Timor-Leste: Dengue outbreak DREF operation n° MDRTP003 update no. 1

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Period covered by this update: 24 January to 9 February 2014.

Summary: CHF 32,204 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 24 January 2014 to support the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL) in delivering assistance to 17,000 beneficiaries in two sub-districts of Dili district.

CVTL has been conducting an awareness campaign since the second week of January 2014 in close coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

CVTL volunteers conducted household visits in two target sub-districts, visited 753 households to deliver dengue messages and refer potential cases to the hospital. These activities were carried out along with MoH workers who distributed Abate pills (larvicide) to the same households.

Led by the MoH, CVTL also participated in a mass public awareness campaign – using vehicles and megaphones to spread messages.

The procurement of cleaning tools and the production of information, education and communication (IEC) materials, such as banners and brochures, are on-going. CVTL plans to have a television talk show together with the MoH to further educate the communities on the dengue outbreak and prevention.