The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) 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 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.
Summary: CHF 302,500 was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 11 January, 2010 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 2,200 families and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
The Albanian Red Cross with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other Movement partners as well as international and local donors, addressed the needs of 2,200 families through two rounds of distributions. Families were provided with basic food and non-food relief items including food, blankets, hygiene kits, soaps and mattresses.
Due to repeated floods in the same area, affected families received relief items in two rounds. This was possible thanks to the released funds and donations from various actors as well as lower prices of blankets.
Awareness-raising activities were conducted to inform the communities about health and hygiene issues, including water contamination.
Non-food items were replenished and a few items added to the National Society's disaster preparedness stock through transparent tender procedures. However parts of the tender lasted longer than expected and that meant that the operation had to be extended with one month until 11 May, to allow the National Society to complete the purchase of the non-food items.
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 59,085, the Canadian government CHF 49,940, and ECHO CHF 162,325 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp
The issuance of the final report for this operation was delayed because of outstanding bookings that have been finalized already. According to that the final balance on the appeal is CHF 7,069, which has to be reimbursed to the DREF fund.