This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 7.51 million Swiss francs (decreased from 9.27 million Swiss francs) to enable the IFRC to support National Societies world-wide to respond to the global Zika virus outbreak, delivering assistance to 7 million people for 19 months, with a focus on 10 priority intervention areas, including health emergency risk management, preparedness, vector control, community based surveillance, community engagement and psychosocial support. This revised Appeal results in a no funding gap however, it sees a change in the geographical focus of the appeal, an increased number of beneficiaries, and an extended timeframe. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments.
The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date
May 2015: WHO reports the first local transmission of the Zika virus in the Americas November 2015: Brazil announces a national public health emergency.
February 2016: WHO declares the Zika virus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. CHF 200,000 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support initial relief and response activities. Emergency Appeal launched for the Americas for 2.4 million Swiss francs to support the regional response to the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas.
March 2016: Emergency Appeal launched to support the global response for 9.27 million Swiss francs for 1 million people
October 2016: Under the revised Emergency Appeal the Americas Region reaches 167,000 community members directly and 4.7 million community members indirectly.
February 2017: IFRC issues a revised Emergency Appeal to reach 7 million people, revised to 7.51 million Swiss francs and extended to 30 September 2017.