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.
Period covered by this update: 16 August to 16 September 2011
CHF 329,778 was released from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 July 2011 to support Lao Red Cross (LRC) in reaching 5,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Haima in Borikhamxay and Vientiane provinces. The operation involves the distribution of food and hygiene supplies, coupled in some areas, with hygiene promotion activities.
Significant progress was made during this reporting period, with the major objectives of the operation completed well ahead of schedule. Suppliers were selected, materials procured, and, most importantly, all planned distributions were carried out. Beneficiaries had already been selected in the first weeks of August. The operation was originally forecast to last six months (ending 15 January).
A total of 885 families – 4,999 people – were reached with distributions of food and non-food items such as rice, canned fish, oral rehydration solutions (ORS) and soap. The distribution process began on 30 August and was finished on 12 September, reaching 28 villages in five districts across the two provinces. All activities have involved close collaboration with district authorities and community leaders.
The health promotion component of the operation is still ongoing and is expected to wrap up by 6 October. In line with IFRC reporting standards, the final narrative and financial reports are expected to be published 90 days after the end of the operation by 6 January 2012.
Contributions to replenish the DREF in support of this operation have been received from Cambodian Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Netherlands Red Cross/SEF government, and the Directorate-General European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).