This operation update depicts the progress in the implementation of cholera outbreak response activities of Zambia Red Cross in Lusaka. It revises the number of target people from 70,000 to 200,000 and seeks an additional allocation of CHF 26,354, which will support additional costs for volunteer incentives as they conduct door to door hygiene promotion.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
• Following the declaration of a cholera outbreak on 6 October 2017, ZRCS mobilized 150 volunteers on 15 October 2017 to carry out door-to-door sensitization activities in 3 affected sub-districts i.e. Chipata, Kanyama and Bauleni.
• An initial DREF was requested for CHF 222,351 out of which CHF 80,865 was planned to cover two phases of volunteer hygiene promotion activities. Phase one involved allowances for 1,500 volunteers carrying out intensive door-to-door sensitization and distribution of chlorine, while phase 2 scaled this number down to 90 volunteers carrying out door-to-door sensitization.
• Additional resources assigned by Ministry of Health (MoH) and Netherlands Red Cross (NLRC) allowed supplementation of the existing plans and expansion in the scope of actions to match the sensitization needs, covering the needs of 200,000 people.
• Other activities, such as the acquisition of personal and protection equipment were carried out in complementarity with the support of Netherlands Red Cross.
• Thus, to reflect the above changes in scope, this DREF update is requesting for:
o A one-month extension for the DREF timeframe ending 18 April 2018
o A supplementary allocation of CHF 26,354, increasing the overall operation budget from CHF 222,351 to CHF 248,705 to allow continued support to volunteers in carrying out hygiene promotion until the 18 of April 2018
- The change in strategy will see approximately 200,0001 direct beneficiaries reached through door-to-door hygiene promotion activities by the end of the operation.