Summary: CHF 123,061 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 23 February 2012 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 1,000 families and individuals (4,000 beneficiaries) affected by extreme winter conditions. Particularly hardly hit were rural communities whose households, already affected by poverty, had been suffering from the cold weather, due to the lack of basic necessities.
The Moldova Red Cross Society was asked by the Government of Moldova to mobilise support for the on-going relief operation. The National Society made efforts to assist the most vulnerable.
For the consolidation of inputs of various agencies, the Government of Moldova organized regular meetings with Moldova Red Cross, the UN Disaster Management Team, Caritas, UNHCR, and established a task force to discuss the situation in terms of outstanding needs and coordination matters.
By the end of April, Moldova Red Cross finalized the procurement of humanitarian aid and the delivery of relief items to the branches for distributions. Selection of beneficiaries and the distribution were unfolded in close cooperation with local public authorities and district departments of social assistance with widespread involvement of Red Cross volunteers.
Based on the results of the joint assessment it was agreed and recommended to brief the beneficiaries about the content of the relief items (food and non-food parcels) during the distributions.