Haiti: Chikungunya Outbreak DREF Operation MDRHT011 Final Report

Situation Report
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The Haiti Red Cross Society’s Health Department reached 20,304 people (81 per cent of the overall target) in sensitization, prevention and vector control activities in order to reduce the widespread cases of chikungunya.

In order to complete actions, the DREF operation was extended for one additional month, which pushed the operation end date back to 1 November 2014.

The operation’s biggest achievements were: 20,304 people with information about chikungunya to decrease the myths and taboos around this disease, and 3,235 were beneficiaries of the Radio Croix Rouge and communication activities. In addition, 22 activities of sanitation to decrease the breeding sites in the target communities were conducted.

The biggest challenge that the National Society had to face in the development of the DREF operation was to respond in a timely manner during the emergency response, which required a lot of elements such as available staff and volunteers, logistics, administrative and financial procedures and the coordination of them in order to reach communities in time to decrease their vulnerability facing the emergency.

Some lessons learned for the National Society, the IFRC staff that participated, the Movement partners actively involved and other partner organizations were: the importance of time in an emergency response, and the importance of involving all of the sectors in an emergency response. More lessons learned are detailed under each programmatic component of the operation. See section C. Detailed operational plan.

The IFRC and the Haiti Red Cross Society express their gratitude to the Canadian Red Cross Society and the Canadian government, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) for replenishing up to 44 per cent of the DREF allocation made for this operation.

The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, the Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (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’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. On behalf of the National Society, the IFRC would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions.