Ghana Cholera DREF operation n° MDRGH007


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 and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of t he International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 122,571 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 300,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Ghana’s health authorities officially declared a cholera outbreak in the country April. According to the country’s health service, as of 24 April 2012, over 1,570 cases and 21 deaths have been recorded in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions. This outbreak is linked to poor sanitation conditions and migration from affected regions to other regions. In response to the outbreak, Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), with support from IFRC, aims to reach up to 300,000 people through hygiene promotion activities such as information, education and communication materials, radio jingles and house-to-house visits, to help raise awareness and reduce the further transmission of this disease.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 31 July 2 012. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by 31 October 2012.