The Burkinabe Red Cross Society (BRCS) mobilized 150 volunteers to assist the affected communities and undertook activities to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases. The International Federation deployed a Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) to reinforce the regional disaster response team (RDRT) members already in place. Emergency Response Units (ERUs) for relief and logistics were deployed. Based on assessments and subsequent revision of the plan of action, BRCS, supported by the FACT and ERUs, assisted emergency and temporary resettlement phases of the plan, distributing non-food items, installing sanitation facilities and supporting the relocation of beneficiaries in temporary shelter located at sites selected by government. The operation also reinforced the water distribution network and hygiene promotion. Phase 3 (recovery) activities provided building materials and training of 360 Red Cross volunteers, masons and craftsmen related to shelter and construction.
The operation showed that the relatively good preparedness was translated into early response. There was also good coordination between health and watsan departments to link non-food items distribution with health and watsan as an integrated "response package". The detailed assessment and coordination mechanisms with the government had a positive impact on the whole operation.
All operations-related appeals, reports, updates and information are available on the Appeals, plans and updates section of the web site: http://www.ifrc.org/en/publications-and-reports/appeals/