CHF 148,536 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nicaraguan Red Cross (NRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
During 2013 Nicaragua has experienced a significant increase in confirmed cases of dengue fever, exceeding historical ranges of the last 5 years in some departments. So far, five people have died from dengue, and 1,817 cases have been confirmed by national authorities. The most affected departments in terms of greater population incidence rates are Chontales, Madriz, Chinandega, Rivas, Carazo and León, with approximately 350% more confirmed cases than those registered in the previous year.
This DREF operation will provide care for 25,000 people exposed to dengue in the Departments of Chontales, Madriz, Chinandega and León.
This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 24 October, 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 24 January, 2014).