Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Dengue DREF operation n° MDRCR011

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CHF 139,066 have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Costa Rican Red Cross (CRRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 50,400 people. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Costa Rica has the largest number of confirmed cases of dengue fever in Central America during 2013. So far, three people have died of dengue fever and 14,929 cases of classic dengue have been confirmed. This figure means a 258 per cent increase in the cases recorded during 2012. The areas with the highest affectation are the Central Pacific area, Chorotega, Brunca and the Huetar Atlantic and North Central regions. As a result to this situation the Ministry of Health declared a National Health Alert on 3 July 2013.

The DREF funds will contribute to reduce the risk of 50,400 people exposed to dengue in the Central Pacific, Brunca, Huetar Atlantic and North Central regions.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 17 October 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 17 January, 2014).