Ghana

Yellow Fever Outbreak - DREF operation n° MDRGH005

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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 the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 86,464 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 100,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary:

The cases of Yellow fever being detected in Ghana have been on the rise for the last six weeks according to the WHO reports on Ghana. As of November 18 th 2011, three regions (Upper west, Northern and Greater Accra) are affected, with eight cases and one recorded death. The Ghana Health Service is covering the affected regions along with other regions that are considered at higher risk of disease as preventive measures of controlling the spread.

The Ghana Red Cross Society with its immense volunteer base intends to implement activities primarily in the field of Social Mobilisation, to support and complement the efforts of the Ghana Health Services and other partners to help curb the spread of the yellow fever epidemic.
This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 5 March, 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by June, 2012).