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Measles in Pointe-Noire DREF operation n° MDRCG008

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CHF 56,281 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 220,000 beneficiaries. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary:
The city of Pointe Noire is again experiencing an epidemic. After cholera and polio, measles was officially declared June 10, 2011 by the local authorities of Pointe Noire. There are already 687 cases and 32 deaths recorded in various hospitals since the outbreak of the disease. The neighbourhoods south of the city are those most affected by the disease. Positive cases are mostly unvaccinated children under 5 years old. Response activities including a vaccination campaign organized by the Ministry of Health and its partners are under preparation and scheduled for the period from June 22 to July 22. The campaign will target all children from 6 to 8 months living in Pointe Noire and the neighbouring region of Kouilou. A second campaign will be organized in October 2011.

During this operation, the Congolese Red Cross will deploy 150 volunteers already trained on the community-based health and First Aid (CBHFA) approach and on the control of epidemics. During a twoday briefing, they will strengthen their ability to use the tool kits provided during the prior operation against polio. Awareness-raising materials purchased during previous operations will also be used during the vaccination campaign.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 5 months, and will therefore be completed by November 2011. A final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by February 2012).