Meningitis outbreak DREF operation n° MDRCI005
CHF 61,402 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 254,050 households. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary On the 9th of January, an outbreak of meningococcal meningitis was reported in the districts in Central and Northern Cote d'Ivoire. According to the National Institute of Public Hygiene, the epidemic was initially limited to only two locations; Tengrela and Bouaké, but has now affected almost all districts in the North (Tengrela, Boundiali, Korhogo, Ferke, Seguela, Bouna) as well as in Bandama Valley Region in central Cote d’Ivoire. By week 5 of 2012, the Institute reports 39 cases, including 6 deaths.
In some localities in northern Côte d'Ivoire such as Kouto, there has been a sharp increase in the number of reported cases from week 2 to week 4 of 2012. The Red Cross of Cote d’Ivoire (CRCI) has drawn on technical support from the West Coast Regional Representation of IFRC to develop a plan of action to scale up CRCI’s humanitarian assistance to the affected communities. It involves orientation of volunteers to enable them to carry out social mobilization activities in support of the national meningitis vaccination campaign.
This operation is expected to be implemented over 1 month, and will therefore be completed by March 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 31st June 2012).