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Angola Appeal no. 05AA008 Programme Update No. 2

Countries
Angola
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IFRC
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In Brief

Period covered: July to November 2005; Appeal coverage: 26.8%; Outstanding needs: CHF 814,205 (USD 620,583 or EUR 526,142).

Appeal target: CHF 1,112,426 (USD 883,600 or EUR 716,500).

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Marburg haemorrhagic fever outbreak; Minor Emergency no. (05ME021) and Floods: (05ME016).

Programme summary: The Angola Red Cross(1) is undergoing a comprehensive change process with the vision of becoming a well-functioning national society with strong branches and motivated volunteers capable of assisting and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Following the March 2005 decision by the national council to review the Statutes, to develop a new five-year strategic plan and to audit the last five years accounts, three commissions were set up and reported the progress at the November 2005 meeting. While the work is moving in the right direction, some delays have been encountered and have prompted the postponement of the annual general meeting to early 2006.

The national society continued to implement activities in community-based health and care, health education, mother and child health care, HIV/AIDS prevention and promotion of behavioural change. Disaster management activities included mine awareness campaigns, response to flooding in Kwanza Norte and Bengo provinces, continued Marburg Hemorrhagic Fever control, social mobilization activities and the provision of safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Operational developments

Following an update on Angola Red Cross programme activities, it is evident that many of the institutional development strategic initiatives undertaken in 2005 have produced the desired results and had substantial impact. In the provinces, good level of commitment amongst the new provincial governing boards on the change process has facilitated the revision of the Statutes, development of better finance system, structure and a strategic plan for the next three years.

The relief operations towards flooding in Bengo and Kwanza Norte provinces were well coordinated at the field level. Effective cooperation and coordination mechanisms were also established between the Red Cross branches and other humanitarian aid organizations, to avoid duplication of work and to maximize the positive impact of the collective efforts. Key partners in the field during this operation include UNICEF and WFP who provided mosquito nets and food items respectively for distribution to affected families. Coordination with local civil protection services was also strong, helping to optimize the impact of relief aid provided.

An outbreak of Marburg Haemorrhagic Fever (MHF) in the beginning of 2005 had claimed the lives of 323 people, mainly in Uige province, by August 2005. The Angola Red Cross, as a member of the National Civil Protection Commission, played an important role in controlling the spread of the deadly virus. The national society was a member of the social mobilization sub-commission with two national society staff members as permanent members to participate in all meetings. Angola Red Cross volunteers carried out sensitization activities in Uige Province and surrounding villages on control and prevention of Marburg and other communicable diseases The Federation supported Angola Red Cross with an allocation of CHF 252,000 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to respond to the MHF outbreak. The Federation regional delegation recruited a delegate from Guinea-Bissau who was deployed to Uige province to support with social mobilisation and relief activities. The delegate worked closely with the national society provincial secretary in co-coordinating the operations and regularly communicated with the provincial local authorities, provincial Marburg control committee and the international team from Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), WHO, UNICEF and OCHA. The operation was closed in August 2005.

Angola Red Cross's change process slowed down a bit during the month of July and August as the national society's president was involved in an accident and was hospitalised. The three commissions that were tasked with the review of the constitution, strategic planning, finance and audit experienced some delays in carrying out their tasks due to lack of funding. The books of accounts have now been closed and auditing is in progress. The national society held a council meeting, on the 3 and 4 November 2005, which was attended by representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Federation to assess the progress of the drafting of national society statutes and strategic plan as well as the preparation of audit. The Statutes review has not been finalized in time to hold the annual general assembly. Consequently, it has been rescheduled for early 2006. There is therefore, the need to carry out a comprehensive assessment of the 2004 mission' action plan and identify the short term gaps that is holding the Angola Red Cross to carry out its change process effectively.

Note:

(1) Angola Red Cross- refer to http://www.ifrc.org/where/country/check.asp?countryid=18

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Angola: The Secretary General, Angola Red Cross, Luanda ; Email: cruzvermelha@netangola.com; Phone +244.2.33.39.91; Fax +244.2.39.11.70

In Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email: ifrczw02@ifrc.org; Phone +263.4.70.61 55; Fax +263.4.70.87.84

In Geneva: Terry Carney, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Dept.; Email: terry.carney@ifrc.org; Phone +41.22.730.42.98; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

This Programme Update reflects activities to be implemented over a one-year period. This forms part of, and is based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents). All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

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