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Caribbean: Appeal No. MAA49001 - Programme Update

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This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 31 June 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: National Societies in the Caribbean region are implementing efficient, responsive and focused programmes that contribute to improving the lives of vulnerable people. These programmes are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Programmes summary:

The first half of 2009 was characterized by finalizing the recovery aspects of two international appeals, the 2008 Caribbean hurricane season Appeal and Suriname Floods Appeal. Focus was also placed on expanding programmatic support as well as a more systematized tailored approach to deliver on National Societies' needs.

As a result of the increased activities centred on building National Societies' disaster management capacities, a five year Disaster Management Strategic Framework for the region was developed with the input of the Disaster Management network, Partner National Societies operating in the region, the Federation secretariat's Zone Office and the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) as well as key donors. This was brought together at a coordination meeting in May and forms the basis of a number of disaster risk reduction programmes at the second half of the year. Attention was also given to further ensuring that this strategy is aligned with the Caribbean Disaster Management framework and increased work with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) as co chair of the Civil Society Forum for the region.

The first six months of 2009 marked a year of reflection and review of the Caribbean Health and Care programme. In the month of May, the Federation's Caribbean Regional Representation (CRR) convened a Regional Health Consultation Meeting with the objective of reviewing the current health programming in the region and to prioritize areas for the 2010 Federation plans. Key outcomes of this meeting included consensus among meeting participants that there should be a move from large regional programmes, to programming that is more tailored to specific needs, a focus on HIV and AIDS programming in the context of the Global Alliance on HIV, a greater emphasis on first aid programming, fostering greater linkages between the Health and the Disaster Management programmes and the continuation of the Health Network to guide health programming within the region.

The emergence of the Influenza A(H1N1) within the region highlighted the need for focus on preparedness and response to non-traditional disasters; the need to improve contingency planning and the need for easy access to pre-approved communication and information material. It also necessitated that steps be taken to support the swift scaling-up of Caribbean National Societies' preparedness, mitigation and potential response operations.

Support to core membership issues of the National Societies in the region was paramount throughout the activities and programmes supported by the Federation, with increased attention to the specific needs of the National Societies, while ensuring regional coherence through internships, peer to peer support and the role of the technical networks. Specific attention to the National Societies' organizational development was provided by, among other things, supporting the development of their first aid service as a means of developing their institutions, supporting the revision of Statutes in conjunction with the ICRC and support for increasing and developing the role of youth and volunteering.

Support to youth and volunteering continued, with the increased momentum of the youth coordinating committee to profile and develop the youth leadership in the region. In regards to volunteering, the volunteer management training course continued to be extremely valued by the National Societies and further tools continue to be developed to provide support for improved volunteer management across the region.

Financial situation: The total budget for 2009 has been revised to CHF 2,597,104 (USD 2,514,746 or EUR 1,719,139).The Appeal coverage is of 72 per cent and the implementation rate stands at 52 per cent at the end of June.

Overall funding was low in the first half of the year, mainly due to the ending of some Disaster Management funding sources and funds were slow to come in for health activities. This situation will change in the second half of the year when a number of programmes start up and new sources of funding come in. However, budgets have been revised to reflect the reality of this funding situation.

See also:

- Caribbean Hurricane Appeal

- Guyana DREF operation

- Suriname Floods Appeal