Summary: CHF 62,760 were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 March 2012 to support the Ecuadorian Red Cross (ERC) in delivering assistance to 2,250 beneficiaries. With the continuation of rains and 3,594 cases of dengue in the first 12 weeks of the year, an additional CHF 223,848 from the DREF were allocated to increase the number of beneficiaries to be reached. Thus, the total amount of this DREF allocation is CHF 286,608.
After a severe rainy season in Ecuador due the effects of La Niña weather phenomenon, the ERC drew up a plan of action to provide immediate relief to affected families by distributing food parcels and hygiene kits, as well as to contribute to the reduction of dengue risks. During the period covered by this update, the National Society completed the distribution of relief items, assisting 1,204 families in the most affected provinces of Los Ríos, Manabí and Guayas. In addition, they started to complete health workshops for volunteers and community members, as well as fumigation and cleaning campaigns of mosquito-breeding grounds. As of 10 May, 775 families had been assisted with these activities in the province of Guayas. The dengue prevention campaigned was supported by the communications department of the National Society which created radio and television spots, as well as different printed materials, both for distribution and for publication in national newspapers.
Although all the main activities are being implemented as planned, the ERC has requested a one-month extension of the operation to strengthen their health activities, support their telecommunication unit, and complete a final evaluation. These activities will be carried out with the financial resources made available after the local providers of relief items reduced their prices when the National Society increased the scope of their response. This operation is now expected to be implemented in four months, and completed by 20 July 2012. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by October 2012).
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, 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 DREF operation update Ecuador: Floodsgovernment, 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 IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. The Belgian Red Cross and ECHO have replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation.