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Ethiopia Polio Outbreak DREF operation no. MDRET012

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CHF 155,608 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Ethiopia Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 508,097 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Six cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) have been confirmed in Ethiopia, two in the past week beginning 14 October 2013. Prior to the current outbreak, Ethiopia had been wild poliovirus-free since 2008. The immediate priority is to stop this active outbreak in Ethiopia, and national rounds of emergency Polio immunisation are planned in November and December 2013.

Ethiopia Red Cross Society (ERCS), with support from this IFRC DREF appeal, aims to support one national round of emergency Polio immunisation with social mobilization activities in 28 Woredas in 5 Zones (Warder, Korahe, Gode, Afder and Liben) of Somali Region. Somali Region, which has low routine coverage of immunisation, is the focus on the current outbreak in Ethiopia. It is a high-risk and inaccessible area bordering Somalia, which is the epicentre of the current Horn of Africa Polio outbreak.

This DREF will support immediate participation and action of ERCS in the forthcoming immunisation round and provide a foundation for future partnership with other actors to support the Federal Ministry of Health plan for the further rounds of vaccination.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 25 January 2014; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 25 April 2014).