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Cholera in Northern Cameroon: DREF operation final report (MDRCM009)

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Summary: CHF 141,474 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 11 June 2010 to support the Cameroon Red Cross National Society in delivering assistance to some 800,000 beneficiaries. The situation deteriorated with an increased number of cholera cases and deaths. Thus the DREF Operation Update no. 1, which was published on 6 August 2010, revised the number of beneficiaries from 800,000 to 3,480,000; and extended the total DREF allocation from CHF 141,474 to CHF 381,154.

DREF Operation Update no. 1 also extended the operation’s timeframe from three to six months, i.e. from September to December 2010. DREF Operation update No 2 was published on 25 November 2010 to highlight the progress of the operation from August to October 2010.

With the DREF allocation, Cameroon Red Cross authorities mobilized, trained and deployed 330 Red Cross volunteers within the framework of the operation. These volunteers sensitized 1,044,411 people, referred cholera patients to hospitals and even took medical care of some cases, treated water, equipped public restaurants with hand-washing kits, carried out hygiene promotion activities, conducted sanitation campaigns, and organized village committees to fight against cholera. The operation ended in December 2010 with a significant drop in the number of new cholera cases in Northern Cameroon. However, new cases of cholera have been registered in other parts of Cameroon (southern) in early 2011. This final report summarizes the achievements since the start of the operation, and the changes obtained on the targeted 3,480,000 beneficiaries.

ECHO contributed CHF 70,737 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, 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 Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.