Disaster Management Programme

Programme Update

Goal of Disaster Management Programme

 Introduction:

The Red Cross movement is born out of a desire to save lives and provide relief services in both peace and disater times. The Disaster Management and Preparedness programme is thus a critical arm of the National Society and has done a lot to advance the ideals of the Red Cross Movement. As has been the case in all corners of the world in challenging situations; the Zimbabwe chapter of the global Red Cross movement has done a lot to alleviate human suffering through interventions during the 2014 and 2015 floods disasters that affected and displaced many families, the 2008 Cholera outbreak, the recurrent Muzarabani floods, the Zambezi River Basin Initiative, the food shortages experienced in Zimbabwe and other preceding years, other minor cholera and deadly disease scares as well as educating the community on how to come up with Community Based solutions to disasters and challenges.

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THE HIV and AIDS pandemic calls for a coordinated approach if concerted efforts to mitigate the impact of the epidemic are to yield positive results.

Cognisant of that, the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society joined other AIDS service organisations in the exhibition at the 2007 National AIDS Expo that was being coordinated by Tibatane/ Sibambane Consultancy in collaboration with the country’s HIV and AIDS coordinating body, the National AIDS Council, which provided technical support.

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The CBHA (Community Based HIV and AIDS) Programme is volunteer driven and aims at alleviating the suffering of the most vulnerable populations in Zimbabwe with the assistance the Society receives from its partners – Danish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies through the consortium. The programme also receives material support from the National AIDS Council and UNICEF to mention a few.

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Country: ZIMBABWE Programme update  

Summary:

The overall strategy of ZRCS in combating the HIV and AIDS pandemic is through the community based approach. This is hinged on social and psycho-social support to people living with HIV & AIDS and OVC and prevention. Subsequently, the National Society has adopted the following five key strategic initiatives:

? Strengthening the capacity of families to care for the family members living with HIV and AIDS and to protect and care for their OVC

? Mobilize and strengthen social support systems and community based responses for HIV and AIDS).

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Subcategories

Disaster Preparedness and Responses

The programme goal is to make sure that communities are empowered and their capacities strengthened to respond, predict, prevent and reduce the impact of disasters with major focus on Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Response and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Water and Sanitation Programme
The Zimbabwe Red Cross Society’s water and sanitation policy objective is “To improve the health and social status of people in Zimbabwe’s most vulnerable communities through the provision of safe potable water and sanitation supplies.”
The water and sanitation interventions by the Society have, in most cases, been responsive to emergency situations and therefore not developmental in nature. However, the Society supports the development of water and sanitation services to vulnerable communities of Zimbabwe with the objective of improving the general health and social status of vulnerable communities. Zimbabwe Red Cross Society has identified two approaches to the provision of water and sanitation facilities that is the relief/emergency and developmental approach