A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
CHF 120,982 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 31 January, 2014 to support the Red Cross Society of Guinea (RCSG) in delivering assistance to some 1,600,000 beneficiaries.
Cases of Measles started to be reported in December 2013 in Guinea. In early January 2014, the outbreak crossed the epidemic threshold in several regions with 143 suspected cases and 38 confirmed positive. The International Federation launched a DREF of CHF 120,982 and deployed a health Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) member with experience in social mobilization activities and vaccination campaigns to support the National Society to respond. To limit the transmission chain and spreading of the measles outbreak, this DREF operation supported the vaccination of up to 1,178,849 children between 6 months and 10 years in the target health districts (89.5 percent of the target child population). The IFRC also supported the National Society to train 1,175 volunteers on technical communication and community mobilization. The trained volunteers were deployed across the 15 target districts to carry out social mobilization. They also referred patients to health centers.
The Canadian Red Cross/Government and DG ECHO have contributed towards a partial replenishment of the DREF allocated for this operation. The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic, Zurich and Coca Cola Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of Guinea would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp