Paraguay

Paraguay: Dengue DREF operation n° MDRPY009

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99,593 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Paraguayan Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 6,000 families. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: On 8 April 2011, the government of Paraguay reported 7,071 confirmed cases of dengue and 14,292 suspected ones across the country and launched a contingency plan to fight the outbreak. As part of its auxiliary role to the government, the Paraguayan Red Cross (PRC) is working to control the increase of dengue cases.

With the support of this DREF-supported operation, the National Society will complete a there level operation. First, the PRC will carry out several coordinating and advocacy activities with government institutions. Second, the National Society will support the formation of community-based groups and work alongside them in vector control through cleaning campaigns for the elimination of mosquito breeding grounds and in preventive health. And last, the National Society will carry out a dengue-awareness communication campaign using different media outlets.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by July 2011; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by October 2011).