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 Red Cross Society of Albania, with support from IFRC, has already addressed the needs of 2,200 families through the distribution of food and non-food relief items including blankets, hygiene kits, soaps and mattresses.
Awareness-raising activities were also conducted to inform the communities about different health and hygiene issues, including water contamination.
To replenish the non-food items distributed from the disaster preparedness stock of the National Society, a tendering procedure has been initiated. However this procedure has lasted longer than expected.
Due to this situation, the Albania Red Cross is extending the operation by one month until 11 May, which will allow the National Society to finalize the purchase of the items to be replenished. The final report will be issued by the end of June 2010 .
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