The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Summary: CHF 78,481 was allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 4 May, 2010 to support the Gabonese Red Cross National Society in delivering assistance to some 230 families, i.e. 1,150 beneficiaries.
DREF operation Update no. 1 was issued on 30 June, 2010 to highlight the progress made within two months since the start of the operation.
In April 2010, violent wind coupled with tornado occurred in Mouila (700 km from Libreville), causing serious material damages, especially the partial or complete destruction of houses with 230 families left homeless.
This DREF allocation enabled the Gabonese Red Cross Society to distribute non-food items such as 460 tarpaulins, 230 cooking kits, 460 insecticide-treated nets (ITN), 2,070 pieces of soap and 460 mats to 230 families, i.e. precisely 1,442 people identified as the most vulnerable following the disaster. This distribution contributed to preventing the appearance of opportunistic diseases such as respiratory infections and malaria in violent wind victims. Red Cross volunteers also conducted a clean-up campaign in Mouila to help prevent recurrent floods in the town.