Summary: CHF 73,659 was allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire (RCSCI) in social mobilization of communities to some 89,582 households.
The Red Cross Society of Côte d’Ivoire worked in collaboration with health authorities and other humanitarian agencies in the country to curtail the spread of yellow fever epidemic that reappeared in 4 districts of the country in December 2010. The National Society, with support from the IFRC was able to reach 76.72% of the targeted 111,977 households in the districts of Katiola, Séguéla, Béoumi, and Mankono with messages on the importance of vaccination against epidemics such as yellow fever. The Red Cross of Côte d’Ivoire with the districts health authorities in the target areas identified and trained 320 community volunteers on community sensitization and mobilization techniques and the volunteers equipped with sensitization tools such as megaphones and IEC materials carried out sensitization activities using door-to-door and public gathering approaches to reach a total of 226,395 persons with campaign messages in the 4 districts. The National Society also collaborated with local radio stations in the target districts to carry out jingles and other sensitization messages through their media.
The collaborative efforts of the Red Cross and other actors including community and religious leaders contributed to increased awareness on the importance of vaccination among the target population. The Red Cross volunteers were able to identify those that had not been vaccinated during the previous exercise and notified health authorities on the readiness of the concerned population for vaccination. The exercise has also enhanced the image of the Red Cross among the population, government and other humanitarian actors involved in the campaigns.