Uganda: Ebola Outbreak DREF operation n° MDRUG031

CHF 107,056 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance directly to 585 people affected by Ebola, 100 households at risk, and 3,628,390 people indirectly. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: This DREF request is in response to a request from the Uganda Ministry of Health (MoH) to Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) for support as a result of the series of haemorrhagic fever outbreaks in the country.These outbreaks have resulted in depletion of the health care service delivery systems budget.

The National Society will focus on providing support in social mobilization through house to house health promotion campaigns, psychosocial services, media campaign as well as information, education communication (IEC) in various districts of Uganda. This will ensure that community members take appropriate and timely control measures against the spread of the disease.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 22 February, 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 22 May, 2013).