Chile Earthquake Emergency Appeal no. MDRCL006 Final Report


Period covered by this final report : 27 February 2010 to 2 March 2013

Appeal target : 16,075,870 Swiss francs

Appeal coverage: 94%

Appeal history:

 On February 2010, 300,000 Swiss francs were initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in its emergency response and enable the distribution of relief goods to 3,000 families.

 An Emergency Appeal was launched on a preliminary basis on 2 March 2010, for 7,000,000 Swiss francs for six months to assist 15,000 beneficiaries.

 On 10 March 2010, the Emergency Appeal was extended for 13,086,822 Swiss francs – including Emergency Response Units (ERUs) – to assist the Chilean Red Cross in the provision of non-food items to 10,000 families (50,000 people), emergency and/or transitional shelter solutions to 10,000 families (50,000 people), curative and preventive health care for at least 90,000 people, and water and sanitation services for up to 10,000 households.

 On 24 August 2010, a Revised Appeal was issued, which included changes in objectives, an extension of the implementation timeframe to 24 months and a revised budget of 14,143,016 Swiss francs – in line with the revised plan of action of the Chilean Red Cross. The revised budget, not including ERU costs, increased from 10,035,095 Swiss francs to 14,143,016 Swiss francs.

 In December 2010, the Operations Update n° 9 established a revised budget of 14,540,398 Swiss francs to reflect the changes in estimated costs for the reconstruction of several warehouses and National Society branches.

 On 2 March 2011, a second Revised Appeal was published that included the extension of the operation implementation to 36 months, a revised budget of 16,075,870 Swiss francs and a relocation of budgetary lines.


The Emergency Appeal set up seven goals for this operation, some finalized in the emergency phase and others during the following months. There were two timeframe extensions; initially, from six months to 24 months, ending finally with 36 months. The same happened with the budget, which was increased from 300,000 Swiss francs up to the figure of 16,075,870 Swiss francs.

With the cooperation of the IFRC and Participating National Societies (PNS), the seven goals set initially in the 2010 earthquake operation have been reached, and in some cases, exceeded.

• Aid distribution for 10,000 households (50,000 people) and food delivery for covering their immediate needs for 3,000 families.

• Shelter solutions for 10,000 families.

• Preventative health solutions for at least 10,000 families.

• Access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion for 10,000 families.

• Contribution to livelihoods recovery of 2,500 families.

• Contribution to the disaster response preparation within the communities.

• Strengthening the Chilean Red Cross governance and management structure, as well as their volunteers.

One of the greatest fears when deploying a large team of operatives, as with the 2010 Chile earthquake operation, is that the international presence could generate more harm to the National Society than benefits.

In this case, due to the existence of a favourable context for doing so, the IFRC assumed an advisory and supporting role, opting to leave the leading role of the operation to the Chilean Red Cross. Contrary to previous occasions, the enhancement of the capabilities of the Chilean Red Cross was a constant in the conduct of the IFRC team. Coupled with the efforts made by the National Society, this has led to a significantly stronger organization. Moreover, the exit strategy implemented by the IFRC has been successful in avoiding gaps in the Chilean Red Cross’ resources. As the months progressed, a gradual decrease of the appeal activities has enabled the National Society to deal with the adjustments that the logical exit and entry of actions and projects involve. In the third and final year of the IFRC operation, this only represented 30 per cent of the Chilean Red Cross’ yearly activities, including bilateral projects and actions financed by the National Society.

This report describes the actions carried out to obtain the final results and reach the objectives.

---------------For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
In Chile:

  • Chilean Red Cross, Fernando Larraín, executive director; phone: (56 2) 278 3416; email: - Gustavo Ramírez, IFRC Country Representative; phone (56 2) 777 1448; email: In the Zone office:

  • Jan Gelfand, head of operations; phone: (507) 317 3050; email: - Douglas Baquero, Logistics regional coordinator; phone: (507) 317 3050; email:

-Roxana Lupu, reporting officer; phone: (507) 317 3050; email: In Geneva:

Christine South, Operations assistant; phone: (41 22) 730 4529, email: