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Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the North Caucasus and the South of Russia (November 2001)

30-11-2001 Operational Update


Following a phase of reduced operational level due to security concerns, the activities of the ICRC and the Russian Red Cross (RRC) in Chechnya have been significantly stepped up in November.

More than 35.000 beneficiaries have been assisted. They are among the most vulnerable in the population, mainly in the urban centres of the Republic. The humanitarian input consisted of either food items in the form of bread, oil, tea and sugar distributions, or non food such as hygienic kits, or water distribution through the ongoing output of the pumping station no.1 in Grozny, or medical assistance, such as the delivery of material and drugs to the main hospitals and the support of medical mobile units, providing Primary health care (PHC) to the rural population.

In the frame of UN Consolidated Appeal 2002 launching event which took place in Moscow on 27th of November, the Red Cross Movement, under the leadership of the ICRC, was able to launch its Plan of Action for Emergency Operations in North Caucasus 2002. The priority for next year focuses on increasing as well as diversifying the current humanitarian programs deployed inside Chechnya. The ICRC, in co-operation with the RRC, intends also to continue its support in favour of the IDPs accommodated in Ingushetia, Daghestan as well as in various southern regions of Russia. For 2002 the ICRC seeks for its operations in the region, contributions of approximately 26 million USD.

In late November, the RRC held its General Assembly in Moscow, an event which takes place ever y five years. Mrs. Tatiana Alexeevna Nikolaenko has been appointed as the new President of the society. The ICRC wishes her best of luck and success in leading the RRC whose role and impact in North Caucasus are to be stressed.

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