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22 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation Analysis

Description of the Disaster

• November 2015: The authorities at the National Migration Institute (INM for its acronym in Spanish) estimated that around 20,000 people – of mainly Cuban origin – passed through the region in 2014 and 2015.

• August 2016: The INM’s Regional Office and the Centre for Assistance to Irregular Migrants (CAMI for its acronym in Spanish) received requests for assistance from an average of 2,500 migrants per month.

13 Apr 2017 description

A. Appeal History

  • This Emergency Appeal (EA) was launched on 23 February 2016 for CHF 1,443,961 to enable the IFRC to support Cruz Vermelha de Angola (CVA) to reach 9 million people with Social Mobilization, health, and hygiene promotion (4 million to be assisted directly and a further 5 million through Social Mobilization) to address the devastating effects of the Yellow Fever outbreak.

22 Dec 2016 description

1. Summary

In November 2015, more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported to be camped out at the Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama. In view of requirements for entering the country and the fact that these migrants did not meet them, a significant amount of people began to congregate in this border community, taking to living in the streets while they waited for a solution to their immigration status. The Costa Rican government issued permits allowing migrants to enter the country and continue on their way to the United States.

01 Sep 2016 description

Geneva/Nairobi, 31 August 2016. Thousands of Red Cross staff and volunteers are continuing to work in communities across Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, encouraging and supporting immunization against yellow fever and measures to prevent and control the spread of the disease.

29 Aug 2016 description

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

Overcrowded and busy, the Barumbu vaccination site in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been a hive of activity since opening its doors at 7 o’clock on this particular morning.

Like many other health zones in the country, people are lining up to get their yellow fever vaccination, following an outbreak of the potentially deadly disease.

28 Aug 2016 description

Published: 28 August 2016

Nairobi, Geneva, 28 August 2016 – As government leaders from Japan and Africa gather in Nairobi, Kenya for the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) are calling for increased investment in strengthening community resilience so vulnerable families can better face future challenges, including disease outbreaks.

19 Aug 2016 description

By Mark James Johnson, IFRC

With one of the largest mass yellow fever vaccination campaigns ever attempted in Africa underway in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo this week, Red Cross volunteers are donning the familiar red vests and fanning out across both countries to aid in the response.

09 Aug 2016 description

By Mirabelle Enaka Kima, IFRC

Globalization of travel and trade, unplanned urbanization, and environmental challenges such as climate change, are having a significant impact on disease transmission across sub-Saharan Africa. Some diseases, such as dengue and chikungunya, are emerging in countries where they were previously unknown.

01 Aug 2016 description

Appeal History:

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 50,672 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support Cruz Vermelha de Angola (CVA) to respond to yellow fever outbreak. Two additional allocations were made bringing the total amount of DREF to CHF 173,653.

28 Jul 2016 description

This Operations Update presents the extent of the operation timeframe until 23 December 2016, and the launch of an emergency Appeal in July 2016 that seeks a total of CHF 1,443,961 to support scale up of social mobilization activities around the expanded nationwide vaccination campaign, community based surveillance, vector control environmental sanitation and National Society Capacity building.

27 Jul 2016 description

By Marine Ronzi

It is another busy day at the ’Quilômetro trinta’ market in Viana, a municipality [1] in Luanda Province. Considered as one of the country’s biggest market, ’kilometre 30’ is crowded and buzzing with activity. Colorfully dressed women are swiftly slipping between carts piled high with wooden boxes, while skillfully balancing heavy merchandises on their heads.

06 Jul 2016 description

Luanda/Geneva, 6 July 2016 – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) today launched a 1.4 million Swiss franc emergency appeal to support the Angola Red Cross Society respond to the worst yellow fever outbreak in the country in 30 years.

05 Jul 2016 description

This Emergency Appeal seeks 1,443,961 Swiss franc in total to support the Angola Red Cross Society (CVA) to reach 9 million people with social mobilisation, health and hygiene promotion (4 million people to be assisted directly and a further 5 million through social mobilization), as all efforts are being made to curb the worst yellow fever outbreak in 30 years in the country.

The disaster and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date:

24 Jun 2016 description

This Operations Update extends the operation timeframe for 1 month (new end date: 23 July 2016), and an additional allocation of 113,191 Swiss franc to support a scale up of social mobilization activities while an emergency appeal is being developed.

08 Jun 2016 description

Nairobi/Geneva, 8 June 2016 – Concerned by the ongoing spread of the yellow fever outbreak in Angola and beyond, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is calling for an immediate scale-up in response.

“Limited vaccine supplies, poor sanitation, inadequate disease surveillance systems and everyday cross-border interaction could turn a national outbreak into a larger crisis, if immediate community-based action is not taken,” said Dr Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré, Director, IFRC Africa region.

19 May 2016 description

Geneva, 19 May 2016: Fears are growing that a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola – which has already spread to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and China - will continue to spread internationally without immediate action to prevent it, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

The disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for spreading the Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya.