Central African Republic: Measles Outbreak DREF Operation n° MDRCF015


GLIDE n° EP-2013-000059-CAF

Summary: CHF 126,352 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 124,176 direct beneficiaries and 884,000 indirect beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Measles outbreaks have been reported in several regions of the Central African Republic, notably in the towns of Ngaoundaye, Abba and Carnot, Begoua and Mbaiki, in suburbs of the capital city, Bangui. From January to April of this year, 63 cases of measles were reported in the capital city, Bangui, including 11 cases in April. Large population movements from rural areas to Bangui due to insecurity have increased the risk of a large-scale outbreak.

The Central African Republic (CAR) Red Cross (RC) National Society (NS) has started raising awareness among the population, pending intensive social mobilisation during an immunisation campaign scheduled for the end of May for the promotion of routine immunisation.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 15 August, 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 15 November, 2013). <click here for the D