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Credit Suisse: achievements in 2010

21-02-2012 Feature

Since 2008, Credit Suisse Group has been supporting the ICRC's assistance programmes in the fields of economic security, health and water & habitat.

Impact of ICRC operations co-financed by Credit Suisse Group cash donations

Assistance

In 2010, the ICRC ran assistance programmes in 66 countries.

The bulk of the work was carried out in:

  • Afghanistan
  • the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Haiti
  • Iraq
  • Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Niger
  • Pakistan
  • the Philippines
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen.

Economic security

During the year, ICRC activities to ensure economic security, often implemented with host National Societies, directly benefited households and communities in 54 countries worldwide. More than 4,937,000 internally displaced people, returnees, residents (in general, people living in rural areas and/or areas difficult to reach owing to insecurity and/or lack of infrastructure) and people deprived of their freedom received aid in the form of food and 4,735,000 in the form of essential household and hygiene items. Around 40 % and 44% of the beneficiaries of food and essential household and hygiene items respectively were IDPs, around 25% and 24% respectively were women and around 48% and 45% respectively children.

In addition, some 3,239,000 people (of whom around 33% were IDPs) benefited from livelihood support through sustainable food-production programmes or micro-economic initiatives. These included various response mechanisms ranging from the repair of traditional irrigation systems to small-scale community-based cash-for-work and livestock-management/support projects.

Water and habitat

In 2010, ICRC engineers and technicians were involved in water, sanitation and construction work in 45 countries. These projects catered for the needs of some 9,928,000 people worldwide (IDPs, returnees, residents – in general, people living in rural areas and/or areas difficult to reach owing to insecurity and/or lack of infrastructure – and people deprived of their freedom). Around 29% and 41% of the beneficiaries were women and children respectively.

Health

During the year, the ICRC regularly supported 294 hospitals and 351 other health facilities around the world. An estimated 5.21 million people (34 % women; 60% children) benefited from ICRC-supported health care facilities. Community health programmes were implemented in 21 countries, in many cases with National Society participation.
More than 17,000 weapon-wounded and 112,00 non-weapon-wounded (surgical) patients were admitted to ICRC-supported hospitals in 28 countries where more than 132,000 surgical operations were performed. These hospitals admitted more than 369,000 other patients, including 177,017 women and girls receiving gynaecological/obstetric care. Some 1.23 million people were treated as outpatients and 3,529 people had their treatment paid for by the ICRC. The ICRC supported 81 first-aid posts located near combat zones, which provided emergency treatment, mainly for weapon-wounded patients.

People with disabilities

ICRC physical rehabilitation technicians provided support to 81 centres in 26 countries, enabling 200,945 patients (including 34,464 women and 56,035 children) to receive services. A total of 8,692 new patients were fitted with prostheses and 21,077 with orthoses. The centres produced and delivered 20,319 prostheses (including 2,700 for women and 1,155 for children; 7,405 for mine victims) and 45,129 orthoses (including 7,497 for women and 24,894 for children; 492 for mine victims). In addition, 2,474 wheelchairs and 29,816 crutches and sticks were distributed, most of them locally manufactured. Training of local staff was a priority in order to ensure sustainable services for patients.

Weapon contamination

Throughout the year, the Weapon Contamination Sector provided operational support to delegations, National Societies and political authorities in 21 contexts (19 delegations). The Sector also worked with the UN and NGOs to further develop and strengthen international mine-action standards and coordination.

Forensics

During 2010, the ICRC’s forensic services supported field operations in more than 50 countries in all regions, to help prevent and resolve cases of missing persons in emergencies and other situations. Activities consisted mainly of promoting and supporting the implementation of forensic best practice for the proper and dignified recovery, management and identification of human remains in armed conflict, other situations of violence and natural disaster. In addition, the ICRC conducted a variety of internal and external training, dissemination and networking activities for National Societies and others to enable countries to better address the problem and to raise awareness of the issue.


Photos

Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In cooperation with the Brazilian Red Cross, the ICRC held community first-aid courses for residents of the Cidade de Deus favela in August 2009. 

Cidade de Deus, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In cooperation with the Brazilian Red Cross, the ICRC held community first-aid courses for residents of the Cidade de Deus favela in August 2009.
© ICRC

The ICRC sets up a water distribution point with the help of Haitian Red Cross volunteers in Cité-Soleil, Port-au-Prince. 

The ICRC sets up a water distribution point with the help of Haitian Red Cross volunteers.
© ICRC / M. Kokic / v-p-ht-e-00562