Hierarchy of A.P Red Cross Society
President
Sri E.S.L Narasimhan
Hon’ble Governor of Andhra Pradesh
 
Vice President
Justice Dr.A.Lakshmana Rao
Former Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court
 
Hon.Chairperson
Mrs.Rachel Chatterjee, I.A.S.,(Retd.)
Former Special Chief Secretary, A.P.
Vice Chairman
Sri Harpreet Singh, I.A.S
Principal Secretary to Governor.
     
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General Secretary
Sri. S. Balasubramanyam, I.A.S (Retd.),
Former Secretary, Govt.of A.P.

 

 

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Community Bases Cyclone Preparedness Project

The Community Based Cyclone Preparedness Program was started by Indian Red Cross society with the support of German Red Cross at Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh in January 2003.

The Project was carried out with 2.670 house holds (approx. 14.685 people) of ten communities in three mandals (Bandar, Nagayalanka, Koduru) of Krishna District, Andhra Pradesh.

Due to its proximity to the sea and to the mouth of the Krishna river, the intervention area is experiencing the highest tidal surge during cyclones compared to other coastal regions of Andhra Pradesh and thus has been classified as “highly vulnerable” by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

The Objective of this Project is that the 10 target communities are able to mitigate the impact of cyclones on their lives and property, so that they experience less losses than from previous cyclones.

The purpose of the project is that the 10 target communities in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh have established knowledge and practices on cyclone related disaster preparedness measures.


Community Based Health Training Program

The Community Based Health Training programme was held from 16.3.2004 to 20.3.2004 at Regional Health & Family Welfare Training Centre in the premises of Director of Medical & Health Services, Sultan Bazaar, Hyderabad. The trainers from Chittoor, Anantapur, Adilabad, East and West Godavari, Nizamabad and Ranga Reddy District participated in the training programme.

The first destrict level CBHT training programme was held at Kakinada for East Godavari, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam districts. The Second District level RCHV training programme, was held at Ongole, Prakasham district from 25th to 29th October,2004. 30 Red Cross Health Volunteers from 4 districts participated.

Conducted 3rd District Level CBHT at Nalgonda, through District Red Cross Society for 34 community volunteers from Mahabubnagar, Khammam, West Godavari and Nalgonda Districts from 05.12.2004 to 09.12.2004.

Conducted the 4th District Level CBHT from 27.12.2004 to 31.12.2004 at Kurnool Regional Health and Family Welfare Training Centre for the Volunteers from Districts of Chittoor, Kadapah, Anantapur and Kunool.

Tsunami Short Term Recovery Plan

This Project is implemented By Indian Red Cross Society with the support from Spanish Red Cross.

Under this project the following activities were performed.

  • Improved capacity of the IRCS branch in terms of knowledge, material and human resources to implement activities of the project
  • Training to improve skills and knowledge of fisher folks on fish processing and handling
  • Supplied material to improve resources of fisher folks
  • To improve the livelihoods of tsunami-affected communities in East Godavari and Srikakulam Districts, the following equipment was supplied under 1st Phase of Livelihood Programme.

  • 4480 no's of ice boxes
  • 200 no's of fish curing tubs
  • 140 no's of smoking bins
  • Constructed 23 no's of fish drying platforms
  • Constructed 21 no's of dry fish storage sheds

2nd phase of the Livelihood programme will start soon in Nellore and Prakasam Districts.

Youth Peer Education Programme (Y.P.E.P.)

Goal: Prevention of HIV/AIDS/STI among adolescent and youth.

Objective:

  • Enhance the capacity of the programme personnel in life skill approach.
  • Create greater awareness and understanding on HIV/AIDS and related issues.
  • Gain clear understandings of the Peer Education Programme and build their confidence in implementing the programme activities.

     Indian Red Cross Society has started HIV Peer Education Programme as pilot project for one year among the Youth and Junior Red Cross in November 2003 in the states of Andhra Pradesh along with Maharastra and Tamilnadu. Youth Peer Education may be defined as a process which enables youth to build their knowledge, attitude, skills, norms and behavior through educational activities led by selected member of a friendship group. The learning process involves in adopting knowledge, attitude, norms, skills and behavior are possible because personnel bonds between peers and pressure from friendship group dynamics.

    After identification of Peer Educators from 20 High Schools and 20 Colleges each in four districts, with each 10 students and total of 400 Peer Educators were identified in each district. They were given training for 2 days with the help of the Counselors and Program Officers at district level. Each Peer Educator has identified 10 Peers from High Schools and 10 Peer from Colleges and total of 4000 Peers were identified in each target district. Since then weekly counseling and interactive sessions on YPEP are going on and more and more number of Peers are being involved in the Project.

Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Project

The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) is committed to compliment and support Government priorities and plan in influenza pandemic preparedness and response which is intended to minimize preventable excess deaths and illness, as well as impact of a potential influenza pandemic. IRCS is implementing Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Project with in one year, in participation with National authorities, non-governmental organizations and other stake holders, in order to improve human capacity to respond community needs in influenza pandemic areas, particularly in health sector. The project would be implemented in three districts viz. East Godavari, Mahaboob Nagar and Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh.

Goal:To contribute to limiting excess mortality, morbidity and the impact of pandemic influenza in selected districts in Andhra Pradesh State.

Objective:

  • To support the development of influenza pandemic preparedness and emergency response plans and protocols of the humanitarian sector in the areas of health in three districts of Andhra Pradesh viz. East Godavari, Mahaboob Nagar and Srikakulam.
  • To strengthen the capacities of IRCS staff and volunteers of the State societies and selected NGO partner(s) to implement the influenza pandemic preparedness plans and protocols over a period of twelve months.
  • To ensure functional coordination between National, State, district and community level stakeholders especially those dealing with human health in the targeted areas, in preparedness and response of the humanitarian sector.
  • Expected results:

  • Mapping of NGOs/Community based organisations and resources is designed and conducted
  • Coordination/networking arrangement is developed
  • IRCS HQ preparedness and response plan is developed and Operational
  • Tools, guidelines and messages are developed/adapted and tested
  • A cadre of first responders are prepared to roll-out trainings for Community volunteers
  • Project Status:

  • Participated in National Orientation and Sensitization Workshop for State level H2P Staff on 15th December'2009.
  • Conducted State level Orientation and Sensitization Workshop for district level staff on 8th January 2010.
  • Seven members from State and Districts Participated in National Training of Master Trainers (TOT) on 2nd, 3rd, and 4th February 2010.
  • Conducted district level orientation and mapping exercise workshops on 4th and 5th March 2010.

Livelihood Projects in Andhra Pradesh Implemented by IRCS APSB & Supported by SRC (March 2008 to March 2013)

  • Introduction
  • The fisherwomen play a critical role in fish processing and marketing of fish but with limited facilities, knowledge and skills on hygienic post harvesting methods and access to fish markets. With the objective to improve the livelihood capacities of fisherwomen 4 coastal districts (Nellore, Prakasam, East Godavari & Srikakulam) of Andhra Pradesh, India, Indian Red Cross Society with the support of Spanish Red Cross conducted needs assessment studies involving the participation of fisherwomen and local fisheries department in all the above four districts and executed 3 livelihood projects in different phases since 2008. Identifying the livelihood needs of the fisherwomen, the project introduced locally viable and sustainable technologies, such as ice boxes, fish curing tubs, fish smoking bins, fish drying platforms and dry fish storage sheds, truck auto rickshaws, to improve their livelihood capacities of fisherwomen. Till date 8141 fisherwomen from 141 coastal villages have directly benefitted through the projects. Following are the details of the three projects.

  • Overview of the Projects:
  • Projects 3739 5028 5597 Total
    Period 2008 to 2010 2011 to 2013 2012 to 2013
    Total Duration 24 months 24 months 14 months 5.1 Years
    Places of Intervention East Godavari Srikakulam Nellore Prakasam East Godavari Srikakulam 4 Districts
    Villages Intervened 176 29 33 238
    Target Beneficiaries 5320 1626 1195 8141
    Ice Boxes 4980 1527 1054 7561
    Fish curing tubs 200 99 86 385
    Smoking bins 140 0 55 195
    Auto rickshaws 0 2 2 4
    Fish drying platforms 23 13 0 36
    Dry fish storage sheds 21 13 0 34
    Trainings - Use & Maintenance 83 43 33 202
    Trainings - Marketing & Negotiation Skills 0 43

    Key Achievements:

  • Intervention was unique in nature and first of its kind in the state with exclusive focus on fisherwomen
  • The wastage of fish was reduced from 53% before the intervention to 8% after the intervention.
  • The average of daily profit earned by fisherwomen before the intervention was of Rs. 150.00, after the intervention the beneficiaries are able to earn Rs. 182.00 an increase by 21.3%.
  • The awareness among fisherwomen on 'Hygienic Post Harvesting Methods' raised from 56% before the intervention to 95% after the intervention.
  • The skills in 'Marketing and Negotiation' were improved by 37% from 65% before the intervention to 89% after the intervention.
  • Distribution of livelihood assets along with trainings allowed fisherwomen the start up of the behavioural change in post harvesting methods and market approaches.
  • Having observed the impact of the use of hygienic livelihood tools the fisherwomen do not want to roll back to traditional fish handling practices in future.
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    Community Based Health Training Program

    CBDRR Programme Term:1st April-2010 to 30th Sep 2015

    Budget: 5 Crore

    Goal

    The Communities in AP has capacities and resilience to impending Disasters to reduce the impact to tackle with the Disasters.

    Objectives

    1. Improve community ability to manage Disasters including preparedness and response.
    2. Increased IRCS State, Regional Resource Branch and District Branch capacities to manage and sustain the delivery of DRR Programmes in the targeted locations.

    Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction (CBDRR)Program is being implemented in 32 communities in 12 districts of Andhra Pradesh&Telangana states from April 2010 to September 2015 with the support of Canadian Red Cross Monitoring by NHQ, New Delhi.

    Activities

    1. Vulnerability Capacity Assessment in all villages in the year 2011-12 and being updated every year
    2. Regular Project Implementation Committee (PIC) s at District and RRC Level:
    3. Search and Rescue trainings conducted and Search & Rescue material have been distributed in all 32 communities
    4. EWS Systems are distributed in 32 communities and have been implemented effectively
    5. The IEC Material Promotion and Distribution:
      • Developed Books on '7 Task Force Committees roles & responsibilities' in Before-During-After a disaster.
      • Awareness pamphlets on DRR fund mobilization
      • Wall paintings on 'Village Vulnerability, Resource and Hazard mappings' in 32 communities.
      • IEC material for simulation exercise and sustainability (hand-outs etc.)
      • Case Studies on Wall Paintings
      • After Action Review on response to Hudhud Cyclone
      • Final Evaluation Reports
    6. Developed and Implemented Community Contingency Plans in 32 communities and being updated every year
    7. First Aid Trainings to the selected Community Volunteers @ 1 volunteer per 40 house hold in the program villages. Refresher training on First Aid & Kits refilling based on need
    8. State Level Office Man agement Training Programme conducted on 2nd to 4th August-2013 at District Branch, Vishakapatnam.
    9. State Level First Aid TOT Refresher training on 23rd to 24th October at District Branch, Nellore
    10. Trained Staff in turn trained the volunteers at community level

      All the community level trainings had completed by end of Nov 2013

    11. District Disaster Response Team (DDRT) trainings completed in 11 districts
    12. State Level Project Management Committee meeting held on 23rd Nov 2013
    13. Mapping of Vulnerability cum Hazard cum Resources in all villages (painting)
    14. Promotion of Disaster Risk Reduction Fund in communities (emergency fund)
    15. Conducted state level staff meeting on progress & mainstreaming of CBDRR Programme further.
    16. Mitigation Activities to Mitigate the Risk of Disasters in 31 communities
      1. Purified RO Water Plants-in 4 communities
      2. Construction of Chapta-1 community
      3. Construction of Flood Water Diversion Wall-1 community
      4. New Bore wells-1 community
      5. Platforms for Bore wells & Wells-4 Communities
      6. Provision of Dumper Bins-4 Communities
      7. Infrastructure facility for existing water plant (room)-1 community
      8. Solar Lights-3 Communities
    17. External Research / Final Evaluation conducted by the M/s. Banyaneer, Australia
    18. Simulation exercises in 11 selected communities in the month of December-2014 and January-2015.
    19. Reinforcing the Communities with additional DM / DRR equipment (2015-16)
    20. Providing DM / DRR & First Aid Equipment to State & District Branches (2015-16)
    21. Contribution to Godavari Mahapushkaram July 2015
     
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