CHF 247,437 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 November 2012 to support the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS) to complement the Ministry of Health (MoH) social mobilization efforts and in delivering immediate preventive assistance to 53,359 households in 23 localities affected by yellow fever in five states in Sudan.
During the period from 27 November 2012 to 12January 2013, SRCS, with support from IFRC and other Movement and non-Movement partners, were able to reach up to 1,686,768 beneficiaries through intensified social mobilization in 34 localities. During the social mobilization campaigns, SRCS was able to create enhanced awareness on basic facts and prevention on and of yellow fever, vector control and other related activities that have complemented the treatment and prevention efforts carried out by the Ministry of Health, WHO and other humanitarian actors at federal and state levels. The outbreak that hit West, Central, North, South and East Darfur states in October 2012 affected over 849 communities across 35 localities, resulting in 171 deaths reported over the past three months.
Through this IFRC DREF allocation, the SRCS was enabled to help improve the resilience of vulnerable communities to yellow fever outbreaks and contribute to minimizing the spread of the outbreak across the 34 localities of Darfur through vector control and other related activities. Moreover, the comparative advantages of the SRCS enabled the National Society to reinforce its presence in the area and take a leading role during the time of emergencies.
All activities planned under this operation have been carried out. An unspent balance of CHF 31,142 has been returned to DREF.
The Netherlands Red Cross and government contributed to the replenishment of the DREF allocation made for this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, DG ECHO, the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of DREF contributions are found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf
On behalf of the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, IFRC would like to sincerely thank all partners for their generous contributions and support to this operation and DREF.