This revised Emergency Appeal seeks 1,290,421 Swiss francs (increased from 941,146 Swiss francs) to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to scale-up the response to the growing cholera outbreak for some 226,000 people. It will enable the National Society to increase community engagement and social mobilization efforts for affected communities, and to set up oral rehydration points, surveillance systems, and household level water treatment mechanisms. With some 146,119 Swiss francs received to date, the net needs amount to 1,144,302 Swiss francs. This revised Emergency Appeal reflects the current situation based on the evolving nature of the crisis on the ground and the detailed assessments carried out by the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT).
Click here for the revised Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA).
The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date
15 August, 2015: first cholera outbreak case reported in Dar es Salaam’s Kinondoni district before spreading throughout the Dar es Salaam region and the following twelve other regions of the country: Morogoro, Kigoma, Dodoma, Geita, Mwanza, Mara, Arusha, Tabora, Tanga, Shinyanga, Singida and Coast, and the island of Zanzibar.
May 2015: cholera outbreak declared in Nyarugusu refugee camp on the Tanzanian/Burundi border, home to around 175,000 Burundian refugees with 4,833 cases and 40 deaths reported. The outbreak was contained through a vaccination campaign, provision of safe water and health education. Neighbouring countries also reported cholera cases in October.
3 November 2015: a total of 7,155 cumulative cases reported, with 96 deaths. Although the figures of the current outbreak are lower than those of previous years, the rapid increase of cases (from 5,973 on 31 October, to 7,155 on 3 November), with almost 20% of overall cases occurring in just 4 days, indicates that a sharp and rapid increase in cases is highly likely. Given the current context and applying attack rates to the population at risk, similar to previous outbreaks, without significant and rapid intervention there is a very real risk that the current outbreak will increase to reach 1997 levels, with upwards of 40,000 cases within the next few months.
11 November 2015: Emergency Appeal launched for 941,146 Swiss francs for 226,000 people, with 188,505 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) as start-up support.
18 December 2015: revised Emergency Appeal seeks 1,290,421 Swiss francs (increased from 941,146 Swiss francs) to support the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS) to scale-up the response n to the growing cholera outbreak for some 226,000 people.