Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: Cholera outbreak Emergency appeal n° MDRSL003 Final Report


Period covered by this Final Report: 16 August 2012 - 30 April 2013

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,061,852

Appeal coverage: 107%

Appeal history:

· A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 August 2012 for CHF 1,151,632 for 6 months to assist 1,440,000 beneficiaries.

· CHF 150,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) as start-up funds.

· An Emergency Appeal was launched on 17 September 2012 for CHF 1,358,780 to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to assist 1,539 206 direct and 2,000,000 indirect beneficiaries for six months.

· Operations update no. 1, published on 24 October and provided a progress update on the deployment of a Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) and three Emergency Response Units (ERUs), consisting of a Basic Health Care Unit from the Finnish and Japanese Red Cross, Community Health Module from the Norwegian and Canadian Red Cross, and a Mass Sanitation Module from the British Red Cross.

· Operations update 2 and the Revised Emergency Appeal were published on December 29, 2012, aligning activities with anticipated funding. Budget was revised to CHF 1,061,852.

· Operations Update 3 was published on February 15, 2013, extending the operation with one month due to late arrival of funds.

· Operations update 4 was published on March 11, 2013, extending the operation with one additional month to finalize the TERA messaging system implementation.


917,000 direct beneficiaries were targeted with emergency health and care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion. 2,000,000 people were targeted with SMS messaging, and 2,350,000 people with radio health and hygiene messages. The appeal target included also rehabilitation or construction of 120 strategic water points and 40 latrines. The operation targeted 778 volunteers with epidemic control training (ECV), 129 volunteers were targeted with training on case definition and reporting.

23 cholera treatment centres (CTC) were established in hospitals and health unit, treating 7,280 cases of cholera. 380 oral rehydration points were established, benefitting an estimated 380,000 people. Through the operations 1,388,106 people (151% of target) have been reached with hygiene promotion. More than 2,000,000 SMS messages have been sent through the TERA SMS system, and a SLRCS radio show is broadcast countrywide on a weekly basis in addition to local radio programming by several branches estimated to reach more than 2,000,000 million beneficiaries. 101,696 beneficiaries were reached through construction and/or rehabilitation of 111 water points (92% of target) and 29 latrines (72% of target). 1,232 volunteers were trained in ECV (158% of target), and 97 on case reporting (75% of target).