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, the Ecuadorian Red Cross has requested an additional CHF 223,848 from the DREF to increase the number of beneficiaries to be reached. Thus, the total amount of this DREF allocation is CHF 286,608.
After more detailed assessments and coordination meetings with partners, the National Society identified gaps in the relief efforts and will now deliver assistance in the form of relief items to some 1,314 families and health, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions to some 6,685 families – a total of 33,425 beneficiaries. The operational timeframe is being maintained as the National Society has indicated the intention of completing the operation within the initial June 2012 date to focus on reducing the risk of a dengue epidemic.
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 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 Belgian Red Cross and Belgian government, and ECHO have replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation. The IFRC, on behalf of the Ecuadorian Red Cross, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. More details on contributions can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp