Summary: CHF 86,464 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 December, 2011 to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 20,000 households (100,000 beneficiaries) affected by the yellow fever outbreak in 8 regions of Ghana for 3 months.
Ghana Red Cross Society mobilized and trained 260 volunteers to carry out social mobilization for the vaccination activities. As the leading organization for social mobilization during emergencies and national immunizations, the Ministry of Health rely heavily on the Red Cross volunteers to mobilize communities for health preventive measures and surveillance in their communities.
These trained volunteers reached 20,000 households with an average family size of 5, i.e. 100,000 populations reached with health messages on yellow fever and its prevention, including environmental cleanliness. Yellow fever related IEC materials were adopted, printed and distributed to 15,500 people. Radio jingles and TV discussions were broadcast in local dialect on the importance of sleeping under long lasting insecticide nets, hygiene and environmental sanitation during the period.
Advocacy visits/meetings were paid to key partners such as Ministry of health, WHO, traditional and religious leaders as well as to heads of school. This approach motivated communities to support the Red Cross work.
ECHO and the Canadian Red Cross replenished this DREF allocation. 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 DREF final report Ghana: Yellow fever outbreakEuropean 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 IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.