Period covered by this update: 23 January to 30 April 2012.
CHF 142,268 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 23 January 2012 to support the Cameroon Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 1,170,253 beneficiaries.
The North region of Cameroon started recording renewed cases of yellow fever in October 2011. In response to the ever increasing number of cases, the Cameroon government decided to launch a yellow fever immunization campaign targeting 1,170,253 people aged 9 months and older in January 2012 and intensify epidemiological surveillance. IFRC supported Cameroon Red Cross by allocating funds from its DREF to assist in the campaign. With this allocation, Cameroon Red Cross mobilized 150 volunteers who were then trained on yellow fever management with the participation of government health authorities in North region. The trained volunteers intensified social mobilization activities for the immunization campaign, which facilitated the achievement of 96.8% immunization coverage during the anti-yellow fever immunization campaign, with 1,132,472 people aged 9 months and above vaccinated against yellow fever, out of the 1,170,253 people targeted. In addition, a total of 250 Red Cross volunteers were trained on the community-based health and first aid approach (CBHFA) in February 2012. These trained volunteers are expected to intensify sensitization on diseases covered by the expanded immunization programme (EIP), strengthen epidemiological surveillance, and search for missing cases. In the longer term, this will contribute to improving the immunization coverage in the health districts concerned, and reduce the risks of epidemic outbreaks in the same districts.
This operation is expected to be implemented in 4 months, and completed by 20 May 2012. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation, by 20 August 2012.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian Red Cross/ Australian government, Austrian Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/ Canadian government, Danish Red Cross/ Danish government, Icelandic Red Cross, Irish Red Cross Society, Japanese Red Cross Society, Monaco Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross/ Netherlands government, Norwegian Red Cross/ Norwegian government, Swedish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross/ Swiss government, as well as the European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection office (DG ECHO), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. Details of all contributions to the DREF for 2012 can be found on:
IFRC, on behalf of the Cameroon Red Cross Society, would like to thank all partners for their generous contributions.