The International Federation's 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 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.
Period covered by this update: 9 November to 8 December 2009.
Summary: CHF 105,656 (USD 103,918 or EUR 69,950) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9 November 2009 to support the Haitian National Red Cross Society (HNRCS) for its initial damage and needs assessment costs as well as providing non-food items, water, cleaning kits and primary health care support to approximately 500 families.
On 20 October 2009 six communities in Haiti were deeply affected by mudslides caused by heavy rainfall from the normal seasonal rains. This DREF operation is focused on providing support to the Haitian National Red Cross Society in order to provide relief assistance to the most affected people. Clean-up operations are currently on-going and the last activity pending is the completion of the water distribution for the targeted families.
This DREF operations update no.1 covers activities up to 4 December 2009 and has a revised budget since a new objective in emergency health was included. This objective was incorporated after detailed assessments were completed by the Haitian National Red Cross Society and local health authorities which demonstrated the need to provide basic health care to the most vulnerable.
This operation is expected to be implemented in three months, and completed by 6 February 2010. A final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 6 May 2010).