This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2011
Disaster response – Various natural disasters in 2011 had left 1,126 people dead or missing in China, 430 million people affected and created over 310 billion yuan (approx. 49 billion dollars) in direct economic losses. With the support of International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) regional delegation, the Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) responded swiftly to the serious disasters with relief items and other assistance needed.
Disaster management – The IFRC’s regional disaster management team, with contributions of experts from the zone office, have been able to support the RCSC in developing capacities in both planning and organizational preparedness. There have been great strides in the past months on further consolidating and supporting the RCSC’s emergency relief team development and agreements on establishing national disaster response teams at the headquarters’ level.
Further work has been done on the grassroots level of community disaster risk reduction in Shaanxi and Gansu.
Health and care – The IFRC continues to work very closely with RCSC headquarters to support their initiatives and activities in the areas of health and care. The RCSC has stepped up their advocacy on issues of HIV, and have had a very successful pilot project on tuberculosis in Shanxi province, supported by Lilly China. The community-based health and first aid initiatives of the RCSC are also expanding and fulfilling a needed role for better integration, capacity building, service delivery and a platform for health interventions at community levels.
Organizational development – Excellent lessons learned from the continuing Intensified Capacity Building (ICB) project, supported by IFRC’s organizational development department in Geneva, have been widely shared with anticipation of capturing the model in its final project year. Branch and leadership development has been stepped up. The IFRC is partnering with ICRC and RCSC headquarters to design a leadership training specific to the China context. In addition, support for finance and programme management has continued.
Sichuan earthquake recovery programmes – The earthquake appeal has been officially closed by the end of 2011. The long-term recovery efforts of the RCSC will be included in the China annual plan and will continue to be implemented in line with the original plans.