Cameroon

Cameroon: Cholera outbreak Emergency appeal n° MDRCM011

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This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,249,847 in cash, kind, or services to support the Cameroon Red Cross National Society to assist about 87,500 direct beneficiaries in Centre, Littoral, West and South-West regions of Cameroon for 12 months. The operation will be completed by end March, 2012. A Final Report will be made available by 30 June, 2012 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 150,000 has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support timely initiation of this operation. Un-earmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Beginning May, 2010, a cholera outbreak occurred in Cameroon infecting about 10,000 people and killing 650. Thanks to joint efforts by Government, partners and the Red Cross, the epidemic was put under control in Far North region, the focus of the disease, towards the end of 2010.

However, since early 2011, another cholera outbreak is underway. By 29 March, 2,391 cases and 98 deaths had been recorded, in 8 of Cameroons 10 regions. The Centre region (including the capital, Yaoundé) is the most affected in terms of number of deaths with 687 cases and 43 deaths registered, and most partners are focussing their efforts there. However, Cameroon Red Cross and IFRC have determined that there is an urgent need to expand the response to the four most affected regions and further scale up as necessary, as people are moving every day from one region to the other, and the Vibrio cholerae bacteria are likely to travel with them.

This Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the Cameroon Red Cross National Society, and focuses on the four most affected regions: Centre, Littoral, West and South-West, supporting the delivery of appropriate and timely assistance and relief in emergency health, water and sanitation, and hygiene promotion.