Maldives

Dengue Outbreak DREF operation n° MDRMV001

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CHF 42,600 (USD 50,318 or EUR 34,686) has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 150,000 beneficiaries.
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

In the first half of 2011, a total of 1,289 cases of dengue were reported to the Centre for Community Health and Disease Control (CCHDC) of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In a country with a population of 309,000, this represents a significant increase in incidence reported over the same period in the past two years.

According to reports, most cases are being identified within island communities (i.e. outside the capital Male’) and especially affecting children under the age of five. On June 28-29, dengue claimed the lives of four children under the age of five.

The Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) is a new and young National Society, which has already established branches on 10 of the country’s 21 atolls (see attached map). The branches are strategically located to reach all areas of the country. In an effort to support national authorities in responding to the dengue outbreak, MRC will initiate communication activities highlighting prevention messages, as well as community clean-up campaigns in the 196 communities across the country for a period of about three months. It intends to use its existing network to reach atoll communities where there are increased levels of reporting of dengue cases. This response will provide an ideal opportunity for the National Society to deliver timely outreach services to communities and improve their capacity to respond effectively to health issues and challenges which may arise in the future.

This operation is expected to be implemented within three months, and will therefore be completed by 30 September 2011; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 31 December 2011).