The International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.
Period covered by this update: 26 May to 20 June, 2011.
Summary: CHF 36,849 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 26 May, 2011 to support the Lebanese Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 1500 beneficiaries who crossed the border from Syria, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Within the reporting period, the Emergency Medical Services of the Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) has provided first aid and ambulance services to the Syrian displaced in need for emergency medical assistance.
As the Northern border between Syria and Lebanon has been closed at the end of May, the number of people receiving assistance from the LRC decreased in June. However, taking into that the situation in Syria could result in a sudden increase in the number of people crossing the border into Lebanon; the period for this operation has been extended to 3 months, until 26 August, 2011. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by 26 November, 2011).
With the contacts from the Belgian Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross, both present and operational in Lebanon, the Belgian Government and the Netherlands Government have contributed CHF 36,512 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.