DREF operation n° MDRKE022
GLIDE n° FF-2012-000062-KEN
20 December 2012
Summary: CHF 314,208 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 8 May, 2012, to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in delivering assistance to some 20,832 beneficiaries who were affected by floods.
KRCS support was given through provision of non food items (NFIs), improving access to safe water and undertaking emergency health interventions in the affected areas.
The funds received were also utilized for replenishing disaster preparedness stocks as KRCS had already begun responding to the disaster prior to the launching of the DREF request.
KRCS collaborated with relevant stakeholders such as the Kenya Police Air wing and the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) throughout the project in order to respond swiftly to the needs of the affected people in different parts of the country. The synergy enabled a more effective response utilizing the strengths of the different partners thereby ensuring timeliness in the emergency response which ultimately saved lives, for example as was the case in the air rescue operation of beneficiaries in Ruai.
Funds received under this DREF enabled KRCS to carry out rapid and continuous assessments in the affected regions, distribute NFI kits (including blankets, tarpaulins, jerry cans, soap, aqua tabs), undertake health and WatSan interventions (including chlorinating wells and latrines), undertake health training sessions with community members and provide medical outreaches in target areas. KRCS was able to purchase interagency health kits and other medical supplies with the funds received. During this DREF operation 20 stranded persons were rescued, 3,300 households were evacuated to safer ground, around 3,500 households were reached with NFI relief items, 7,016 persons were provided with basic health assistance, around 2,400 children were de-wormed and almost 4,000 children were immunized, nearly 14,400 persons reached with health education and disease prevention messages, and 35 water points were purified in four (4) areas (districts).
One important reflection that KRCS made during the operation was the important impact the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) activities in West Kenya region had on mitigating the consequences of the emergency on the population. This was noted by the KRCS through the reduced level of response required in affected areas as compared to previous years, for example in Rachuonyo and Nyando district.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO.
Details of DREF contributions can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf