Summary: CHF 84,691 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 26 February, 2013 to support the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) in delivering assistance to some 300 households (1,800 beneficiaries) in Mumbwa District that had been affected by floods.
On 2 April, the budget was revised upwards to CHF 93,951 to cover the unforeseen costs of the deployment of an RDRT for 30 days as well as the engagement for one month of a logistics and a field officer as support staff for ZRCS.
ZRCS distributed relief items to the targeted beneficiaries and carried out hygiene promotion activities. This was aimed at reducing the vulnerability of 300 flood-affected households in Mumbwa district and to reduce the risk of water-borne and water-related diseases. ZRCS also conducted post-distribution monitoring to evaluate the distribution method as well receive feedback from the beneficiaries on the operation.
The three month operation was extended until the end of July to allow for a DREF review of the operation and a lessons learned workshop.
All planned activities were implemented and a balance of CHF 798 remained and will be returned to the DREF. There was an over expenditure on clothing and textiles due to the increased costs of blankets from the time the budget was developed. This was offset by not spending on other budgeted items such as teaching materials and utensils. Transport and vehicle costs increased due to an increase of monitoring activities after the deployment of RDRT. National society staff costs also increased as more staff time was spent in field than anticipated. On workshops and training, costs were higher as a result of the inclusion of a lessons’ learnt workshop at a later stage during implementation.
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and the Netherlands Red Cross and Netherlands Government contributed to the replenishment of the DREF allocation made for this operation. Other major donors and partners to the DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, DG ECHO, the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the ZRCS, would like to thank all donors to the DREF.
The IFRC would also like to express its appreciation for the support given bilaterally to ZRCS by World Vision Zambia.