Eritrea: Drought Emergency Appeal 04/2004 Operations Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Period covered: February to October, 2004; Appeal coverage: 41.7%

Appeal history:

Launched on 03 February 2004 for CHF 4,911,000 (USD 3,903,119 or EUR 3,133,492) for nine (9) months to assist 50,000 beneficiaries.

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: N/A

This Update eff ectively closes the Emergency Appeal no. 33/02; the Final Report will be issued shortly .

Outstanding needs: CHF 2,862,970 (USD 1,798,434 or EUR 1,469,560)

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Eritrea; Annual Appeal no. 01.03/2004; and Emergency Appeal 33/2002 (now closed).

Programme summary: The Red Cross Society of Eritrea has made progress in relief operation since the launch of this appeal. The national society has continued to deliver much needed assistance to the vulnerable, despite a travel regulation issued by the government as a result of insecurity. The major priority for the national society is the distribution of food items, which is already underway. The beneficiaries have been identified already and the procurement process has been initiated with assistance from the regional logistics department. Distribution of food will contribute to reducing malnutrition , a major health concern. The national society has also made progress with the water and sanitation operation which aims to give safe drinking water to the vulnerable. With regards to advocacy and public information, the national society is striving to make the existing needs known by using various means of information dissemination.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

  • Red Cross Society of Eritrea, Asmara; Email; Phone 291 115 16 93; Fax 291 115 18 59

  • Ola Skuterud, Federation Representative, Asmara; Email; Phone 29 11 15 05 50; Fax 29 11 15 18 59

  • Steve Penny, Federation Disaster Management Coordinator for Eastern Africa Regional Delegation, Nairobi; Email; Phone 254 20 2714255/6, Cell; 254 734 600 311; Fax 254 (0) 20 2718415

  • Josse Gillijns, Federation Regional Officer for Eastern Africa, Geneva; Email ; Phone 41 22 730 42 24; Fax 41 22 733 03 95.
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