Summary: 148,808 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Dominican Red Cross (DRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 2,500 families. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
On 16 April 2012, the Dominican health authorities reported 231 cases of patients with diarrhoeal disease and vomiting in the provinces of Santiago and Espaillat. As the laboratory test resulted positive for cholera for a number of cases, the Dominican Red Cross activated its contingency plan for epidemic control including water supply to the vulnerable population. The operation reached more than 9,089 people with awareness-raising campaigns in Spanish and Creole on hygiene and cholera prevention and treatment, as well as 2,905 affected families with stigma reduction messages. In addition, 1,000 families received ORS sachets at home or in in health centres.
The DRC has supported a total of 2,786 families (13,930 people) with access to safe water. The National Society distributed 329,990 gallons of water (1,250,662.1 lt.) to 14 water tanks, reaching 1,088 families (5,440 people) and also provided them with chlorine droppers to ensure the chlorination of the water supply in the Municipalities of Tamboril, Canca and San Víctor. These families were also monitoring the quality of water in the tanks with the assistance of the National Society. Furthermore, the National Society supported an additional 1,689 families in coordination with the Ministry of Public Health through distribution and monitoring of water supplied through 47 water tanks installed by the national authorities.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, the Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The Canadian Red Cross contributed with 13,907 Swiss francs and DG-ECHO with 74,404 Swiss francs for a total replenishment of 59 per cent of the DREF funding allocated. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp