In order to strengthen the specific Red Cross / Red Crescent contribution to development, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) was supporting the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society’s programmes addressing tuberculosis (TB) and vulnerabilities related to migration during the reporting period.
The TB prevention activities were implemented in Almaty, Taldykorgan and Semey (Semipalatinsk), all aimed at improving the treatment outcomes by encouraging treatment adherence through direct observation of treatment, education and psycho-social support. The Kazakhstan National Society reached 205 clients with TB and multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB over the period. Besides, 23,000 people were reached with TB awareness activities in the three mentioned target cities.
In the area of migration, the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society was exerting activities in Astana, Almaty, Taldykorgan, Shymkent, Aktobe, Atyrau, Semey (Semipalatinsk) and Karaganda. The project is part of the regional migration project reaching migrants and potential migrants and their families through information and education centres that form the Central Asian Red Crescent Labour Migration Network. The Kazakhstan Red Crescent provided the following services: legal consultancy, psychosocial support, health promotion, tracing and tailored humanitarian support for the most vulnerable migrants. These services reached 7,449 labour migrants from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan through eight centres and outreach work.
In order to grow Red Cross Red Crescent services for vulnerable people, the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) supported the Kazakhstan Red Crescent in delivering immediate assistance to 159 households affected by a flash flood caused by a dam burst in Karaganda region during the spring. The National Society distributed bedding sets, hygiene kits and kitchen sets to 159 beneficiary households and replenished the National Society`s emergency stock used to reach 195 most affected households in the initial response phase.
In the second half of the year, the Kazakhstan Red Crescent joined the regional project on “Building sustainable community resilience through strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction systems in Central Asia” funded by DG ECHO. The 18-months project is managed, coordinated and supervised by the German Red Cross, supported by the IFRC Secretariat and the Austrian Red Cross and implemented by the National Red Crescent Societies in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. In Kazakhstan, the Red Crescent Society has concentrated on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at schools and first aid training in Pavlodar and Taldykorgan.
To heighten Red Cross Red Crescent influence and support for our work, the National Society has been assisted in strengthening its capacities to contribute to local development decision making and service delivery. A new EU-supported project titled “Strengthening capacities of the Red Crescent Society of Kazakhstan and Civil Society Organizations to contribute to local development in Kyzylorda oblast” and funded through the IFRC Secretariat started in Kazakhstan in May 2014. The main objective of the project is to raise effectiveness of the relationships between the civil society institutions and the state and to expand the participation of the civil society institutions in the realization of development strategies. The Red Crescent experience and the technical expertise from the IFRC Secretariat help the National Society facilitate consultancy support and cross-training to improve capacities of civil society organisations and vulnerable people through the established resource centres in Kyzylorda region.