Cameroon: Cholera Outbreak - Oct 2009
A cholera outbreak started hitting northern Cameroon in September 2009. The first cases were registered in Mayo-oulo, in the North Region, during the epidemiological week from 31 Aug to 6 Sep. In the Far North Region, the first cases were registered in Bourha, a town neighbouring Nigeria. It is alleged that the outbreak was caused by the contamination of the Mobi water source that originates in Nigeria and runs through Bourha. Cholera cases were also registered in Nigeria in populations living along the same Mobi water source. In total, 702 cases of cholera were registered, with an average lethality rate of 12 per cent in the Far North region, and 13 per cent in the North region. After a Red Cross intervention, a very limited number of sporadic cases were registered, the last on 7 Dec which was quickly brought under control in health centres with the support of Red Cross volunteers and community relays that were now equipped with adequate intervention materials. (IFRC, 21 Apr 2010)
Most read reports
- UNICEF: Cholera Epidemiology and Response Factsheet - Cameroon. 16 Mar 2015
- UN GA: Central Emergency Response Fund - Report of the Secretary-General (A/64/327). 24 Aug 2009
- OCHA: Humanitarian Snapshot - Central and East Africa Region (October 2009). 15 Oct 2009
- Reuters: Cameroon cholera death toll rises to 65. 30 Oct 2009
- IFRC: Cameroon: Cholera (as of 26 Oct 2009). 26 Oct 2009
Summary: CHF 203,419 was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 26 October, 2009 to support the Cameroon Red Cross national society in delivering assistance to some 800,000 beneficiaries.
Twenty health districts were hit by a cholera outbreak in the North and Far North regions of Cameroon in October 2009. The funds allocated from DREF enabled the Cameroon Red Cross National Society to train 495 volunteers who in turn conducted health education in the various neighbourhoods affected.
The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.
By Tansa Musa
YAOUNDE, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Cholera has killed 65 people in Cameroon since mid-September in the deadliest outbreak in five years, leading the government to step up monitoring and sanitation efforts.
The disease strikes often in the West African country, where fewer than half of the population have access to potable water, according to the United Nations.
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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies.
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination