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31 Dec 2009 description

Why dead bodies do not cause epidemics

Wherever a natural disaster causes large numbers of deaths, one of the distressing questions facing rescue workers is always "How do we deal with the dead?"

Surprisingly, the answer is "Don’t rush!" Contrary to popular belief, dead bodies are a negligible health hazard. After a disaster, the top priority is to look after the living. Rushing to bury the dead diverts resources away from rescue efforts and can make it impossible to identify bodies later.

31 Dec 2009 description

Appeal No. MAAID002

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The purpose of the International Federation delegation programme is to support the institutional capacity building of the Indonesian Red Cross (Palang Merah Indonesia/PMI) and facilitate a coordinated approach of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (the Movement) in supporting PMI's programmes in Indonesia.

Programme summary: The five-month period saw various achievements in programme implementation, partnership as well as policy changes.

31 Dec 2009 description

In brief

Programme summary:

The second half of 2009 has been a very busy but productive period as the Asia Pacific zone office has responded to multiple disasters simultaneously, while carrying forward its aim to introduce several new initiatives designed to increase the impact of its work with Asia Pacific national societies.

31 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme summary:

The 2009-2010 appeal is in support of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) plan. The national society's plan focuses on organizational development with the primary purpose of increasing the PNRC and local community ("barangay") capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability by maximizing the highly potential resources that PNRC has: its volunteers.

31 Dec 2009 description

In a fast-changing world, and against a backdrop of increasingly complex humanitarian challenges, the Red Cross Red Crescent remains a beacon of hope for vulnerable people in crisis across the world. Because we work at the grass-roots level, using the skills and dedication of tens of millions of volunteers who are present before, during and after disasters, our approach is holistic, sustainable and cost effective.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The last six months have been marked by a number of small and large scale disasters in the Pacific region. The Red Cross Societies of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji have responded to the needs of communities affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a sunken Ferry, a triple epidemic (cholera, dysentery and influenza), a volcano eruption, floods and a cyclone.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

This programme update covers all programmes supported by the International Federation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), with a focus on the integration of the different programme components, namely health and care (including water and sanitation), disaster management and organizational development.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose:

The International Federation's role in Nepal is to provide support to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in the form of funds and technical input to build the national society's capacity to achieve the goals defined under the fifth NRCS development plan (2008-2010). These goals are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda goals and areas follows:

1.

29 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Summary:

The second half of 2009 has been a challenging period for the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) in a way it brought big-scale flooding and public health emergency (H1N1 pandemic) and awarding in a way it presented opportunities to utilize its resources.

The torrential downpour and flooding in Mongolia on 17 July 2009 affected more than 3,000 households, with a total of 26 people killed.

29 Dec 2009 description

Emergency appeal n=B0 MDRPK001

GLIDE n=B0 FF-2007-000082-PAK and TC-2007-000084-PAK

Operations update n=B0 17

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 October to 15 December 2009

Appeal target (current): CHF 14.1 million (USD 13.73 million or EUR 9.31 million);

Appeal coverage: 99%;

Appeal history:

- This operations update further extends this emergency appeal until December 2010; only for the warehouse construction under the organizational development component.

- Operations update 15 extended this appeal until December 2009 only for the activity under organizational …

28 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programmes summary:

The International Federation's support to the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has had many achievements in the past six months.

28 Dec 2009 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 3 August to 14 December, 2009

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,475,768 (USD 2.2m or EUR 1.7)

Appeal coverage: 56%

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 7 April 2009 to assist approximately 25 million children under 5 years of age in 14 countries affected by the polio outbreak for four months.

- Operations Update (no.

28 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from 01 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programmes summary:

The International Federation's East Asia regional office serves to support and build capacities within the national societies of the East Asia region.

24 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The purpose of disaster management is to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

The overall purpose of the health and care programme is to improve the Indian Red Cross Society's (IRCS) capacity in planning to raise awareness on the preventive health needs and responding to public health emergencies, including HIV/AIDS, through prevention, care and support by strengthening the Red Cross volunteer (RCV) network.

IRCS has improved capacity to provide effective …

24 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 01 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose:

- Improve the health status of vulnerable people in targeted areas.

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion.

- Enhance the service delivery capacity of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) at all levels.

Programmes summary:

The major activities during the reporting period include the following:

Disaster management: The disaster management …

23 Dec 2009 description

GLIDE no. TS-2009-000209-ASM; and TS-2009-000210-WSM

Period covered by this Ops Update: 12 November to 11 December 2009

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,469,062 (USD 2.45 million or EUR 1.63 million); Appeal coverage: With 103% contributions received to date, the appeal is fully covered and no additional support is required;

Appeal history:

- A Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 26 October seeking CHF 2,469,064 (USD 2.45 million and EUR 1.63 million) to assist 5,000 people (625 families) for 18 months.

23 Dec 2009 description

GLIDE no. FL-2009-000172-BFA

This revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 3,500,000 (USD 3.3m or EUR 2.3m) in cash, kind, or services to support the Burkinabe Red Cross Society (BRCS) to assist 8,000 families for 6 months. The operation will be extended by one month, to be completed by the end of March, 2010.

23 Dec 2009 description

GLIDE no. FF-2008-000211-VNM

Period covered by this final report: 12 November 2008 to 12 September 2009

Appeal target (current): CHF 4,779,038 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million)

Final appeal coverage: 47%

Appeal history:

- This emergency appeal was initially launched on 12 November 2009 for CHF 4,779,037 (USD 4.07 million or EUR 3.17 million) for 10 months to assist 70,000 households (or 293,860 beneficiaries).

Summary:

Under this operation, the objectives of this appeal were largely achieved within the given timeframe.

23 Dec 2009 description

GLIDE no. FL-2009-000172-BFA

Period covered by this Ops Update: 03 October to 23 December 2009

Appeal target: This operation is still seeking for CHF 2,113,583 but now to support 3,500 families instead of 5,000.