Cabo Verde

Cape Verde: Dengue Fever DREF operation no. MDRCV001 final report


The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 153,987 (USD 152,624 or EUR 101,867) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 75,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: An outbreak of Dengue fever in the Cape Verde islands has killed six people, with more than 3,000 cases confirmed and in need of medical assistance and 13,000 suspected cases. To mitigate the effects of the outbreak of Dengue fever, more than 660 Red Cross volunteers have been Sanitation materials used by volunteers/NS trained and assisted in health centres and hospitals through social mobilization and clean-up campaigns in 17 branches of the Red Cross of Cape Verde. The operation benefited from more than 150 beneficiaries in about 20,000 households and enhanced the partnership between the MoH, Cape Verde Red Cross, WHO, the civil society, the municipalities and other NGOs in the country.