Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund

The Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF) is a draw-down fund administered by the Canadian Red Cross Society that allows for immediate Canadian support to International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) emergency operations in response to sudden-onset small- and medium-scale humanitarian situations, including natural disasters, non-recurrent health epidemics, and conflicts. The EDAF increases the effectiveness and timeliness of assistance to crisis-affected people.

August 2014

Cameroon – Ebola Outbreak

On August 25, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an Emergency Plan of Action to support the Cameroon Red Cross Society in preparing and potentially providing immediate assistance to approximately 500,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on training, awareness rising and social mobilization activities.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Cameroon to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Cameroon: Ebola virus disease preparedness n° MDRCM019.

Libya - Civil Unrest

On August 12, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an Emergency Appeal to support the Libyan Red Crescent Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 20,000 people for three months. The operation is focused on providing food parcels, water and essential household items to vulnerable people displaced across Libya.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Libya to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Libya: Complex Emergency (PDF - 299 KB, 12 pages).

Nigeria – Ebola Outbreak

On August 12, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately five million people for nine months. The operation will focus on education, awareness raising, social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and contact tracing, as well as psychosocial support.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Nigeria to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Nigeria: Ebola Outbreak (PDF - 1077 KB, 6 pages)

July 2014

Paraguay – Severe Flooding

On July 11, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal to support the Paraguayan Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 22,500 people for 12 months. The operation will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene promotion as well as providing emergency shelter to people affected by the floods.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Paraguay to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Paraguay: Severe Flooding (PDF - 835 KB, 7 pages)

Sierra Leone – Ebola Outbreak

On June 26, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an emergency appeal and a revised emergency appeal on July 18, 2014, to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 6.3 million people for eight months. The operation will focus on education, awareness raising, social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and contact management, as well as case management, psychosocial support and regional preparedness and response.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Sierra Leone to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Sierra Leone: Ebola Outbreak (PDF - 797 KB, 7 pages)

Liberia – Ebola Outbreak

On July 21, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a revised emergency appeal to support the Liberian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 1.5 million people for nine months. The operation will focus on education, awareness raising, social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and case management, as well as psychosocial support.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Liberia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Liberia: Ebola Outbreak (PDF - 404 KB, 5 pages)

Guinea – Ebola Outbreak

On July 30, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a revised emergency appeal to support the Red Cross Society of Guinea in providing immediate assistance to approximately 11.1 million people for nine months. The operation will focus on education, awareness raising, social mobilization, surveillance, case identification and contact management, as well as case management, psychosocial support, and regional preparedness and response.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Guinea to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Guinea: Ebola Outbreak (PDF - 945 KB, 8 pages)

Haiti – Chikungunya Outbreak

On July 3, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Haitian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing water and sanitation services, distributing mosquito nets, and conducting epidemiological surveillance and awareness campaigns.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society.  The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Haiti to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Haiti: Chikungunya outbreak (PDF - 801 KB, 12 pages).

El Salvador – Chikungunya Outbreak

On July 3, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, including fumigation, as well as awareness-raising in the departments of San Salvador, Sonsonate and Cuscatlán.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society.  The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in El Salvador to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - El Salvador: Chikungunya and dengue fever outbreak (PDF - 607 KB, 16 pages).

June 2014

Iraq – Population Movement

On June 13, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Iraqi Red Crescent Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 20,000 people over two months. The operation will focus on providing food parcels, water, core relief items, hygiene kits and blankets to the displaced Iraqi communities in Dohuk, Erbil and Ninewa.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Iraq to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA)-Iraq: Population Movement (PDF, 315 KB, 9 pages)

May 2014

Bolivia - Severe Rain and Floods 

On May 21, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) updated the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund - Emergency Plan of Action to support the Bolivian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 5,000 people for four months. The operation will help restore livelihoods; facilitate access to food, health care and water; and promote sanitation and hygiene in the departments of Beni and La Paz.

Canada is supporting this emergency relief operation through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Bolivia to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to the Emergency Plan of Action update (PDF, 459 KB, 12 pages).

Solomon Islands - floods

On May 2, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an emergency appeal to support the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 21,000 beneficiaries over nine months. The operation will focus on providing essential household items, emergency shelters, safe water, as well as hygiene and health promotion.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Solomon Islands to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Appeal Solomon Islands: Floods (PDF, 1 MB, 12 pages).

March 2014

Indonesia – Volcanic Eruption

On March 3, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Indonesian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 16,500 people over two months. The operation will focus on providing essential food assistance, non-food items, clean drinking water, and sanitation and hygiene services to the displaced people affected by the volcano eruption in Kediri, Malang and Blitar districts.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to:
Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Indonesia: Volcanic Eruption – Mt Kelud (PDF, 896 KB, 9 pages).

February 2014

Hepatitis E virus outbreak in Uganda

On February 6, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Ugandan Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 1.2 million people for four months. The operation will focus on identifying and referring cases for treatment, providing water and sanitation assistance to increase access to potable water and hygiene supplies, and awareness-raising activities on the dangers of and prevention approaches for hepatitis E.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Uganda to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Uganda: Hepatitis E Virus disease outbreak (PDF, 1.85 MB, 13 pages).

Iraq civil unrest

On February 4, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Iraqi Red Crescent Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing essential food assistance, non-food items and health services to affected populations around Anbar Province.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Iraq to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Iraq: Civil Unrest 2014 (PDF, 337 KB, 11 pages).

January 2014

Refugee movement from South Sudan to Ethiopia

On January 29, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched an Emergency Appeal to support the Ethiopia Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 30,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing emergency health care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion to affected South Sudanese refugees in Lietchor camp, in the Gambela region of Ethiopia.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Ethiopia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Ethiopia: Population Movement (PDF, 546 KB, pages 11).

South Sudan civil unrest

On January 10, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the South Sudan Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 40,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing essential emergency health care and water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion to affected internally displaced populations in Awerial and Juba.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in South Sudan to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - South Sudan: Civil unrest (PDF, 1.55 MB, 11 pages).

El Salvador volcanic eruption

On January 6, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the El Salvador Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 5,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing non-food items, clean water, emergency health care, and logistics services to those most in need as well as supporting the protection of livelihoods.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in El Salvador to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - El Salvador: Volcanic eruption (PDF, 1.11 MB, 13 pages).

Severe rains and floods in Saint Lucia

On January 3, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Saint Lucia Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 5,270 people for three months. The operation focuses on providing immediate relief items such as blankets, jerry cans, kitchen sets, hygiene kits and cleaning kits and contributes to the reduction of vector- and water-borne diseases.

Canada, through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), is providing support to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Saint Lucia to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that DFATD is supporting, please refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Saint Lucia / Americas: Floods (PDF, 907 KB, 11 pages).

Severe rains and floods in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

On January 3, 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 7,000 people for three months. The operation focuses on providing relief items such as blankets, jerry cans, hygiene kits, Aquatabs, food parcels and shelter toolkits and contributes to the reduction of vector- and water-borne diseases.

Canada, through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), is providing support to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that DFATD is supporting, please refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Americas (PDF, 724 KB, 13 pages).

December 2013

Central Africa Republic civil unrest

On December 23, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Central African Republic Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing psychosocial support to address the trauma of displaced people affected by the violence and gross human rights violations in the country. Hygiene promotion activities and the installation of latrines to enhance sanitation facilities and practices will also be carried out.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Central African Republic to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Central Africa Republic: Civil unrest (PDF, 631 KB, 9 pages).

Tropical cyclone in Somalia

On December 20, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Somali Red Crescent Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 23,100 people for nine months. The operation will focus on the provision of emergency food assistance; improved access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene services; medical support (through mobile outreach clinics); and shelter and essential non-food household items, as well as livelihoods support, to those most in need.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Somalia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) - Somalia: Tropical Cyclone (PDF, 118 KB, 9 pages).

Refugee movement from the Central African Republic into Cameroon

On December 17, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Cameroon Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 8,200 people for six months. The operation will focus on providing emergency and temporary shelter, basic hygiene items, clean water, and meeting the basic sanitation and health needs of refugee families.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Cameroon to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency appeal - Cameroon: Population Movement (PDF, 1.82 MB, 11 pages).

Ukraine civil unrest

On December 13, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Ukrainian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 10,000 people for two months. The operation will focus on training 500 new first aid volunteers and establishing and equipping 15 first aid depot points with blankets and generators across affected cities.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Ukraine to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) - Ukraine: Civil Unrest (PDF, 521 KB, 6 pages).

Zimbabwe - Drought and food insecurity

On December 11, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 10,500 people for seven months. The operation will focus on the provision of basic food assistance, agriculture and livelihood support, clean water, and hygiene promotion.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Zimbabwe to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency Appeal - Zimbabwe: Food Security (PDF, 839 KB, 12 pages).

November 2013

Wild polio outbreak in Cameroon

On November 30, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Cameroon Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 695,000 children aged 0–6 for three months. The operation will focus on undertaking vaccination campaigns in the West, Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Cameroon to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) - Cameroon: Wild Polio Virus Epidemic (PDF, 344 KB, 6 pages).

Vietnam Typhoon Wutip

On October 7, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a preliminary emergency appeal to support the Vietnam Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to the people affected by Typhoon Wutip. On November 26, 2013, the IFRC launched a revised emergency appeal seeking to support the Vietnam Red Cross Society in delivering additional assistance to approximately 34,000 people for ten months in nine provinces. The revised emergency appeal seeks to increase support for the Viet Nam Red Cross Society response to cover three additional provinces following Typhoon Nari. The operation is focused on providing additional household kits, support for increased shelter cost due to updated figures, provision of Aqua tabs to replace the deployment of a water treatment unit, and additional support for cash transfer programming.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Vietnam to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Revised emergency appeal – Viet Nam: Typhoon Wutip (PDF, 1.92 MB, 23 pages).

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

On November 8, 2013, the Government of Canada allocated a sum of $30,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Since, Canada has committed more than $20 million in humanitarian aid to help the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This commitment will cover the cost of emergency relief activities, including the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.

Further, Canada has established a mechanism to match the donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities.

For further information on Canada's commitment to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, please consult the Canada's Response to Typhoon Haiyan Webpage.

October 2013

Philippines Earthquake

On October 19, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operation to support the Philippine Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 50,000 people for three months. The operation is focused on providing relief items, emergency shelter, and health, water and sanitation promotion.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Philippines to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) ― Philippines: Central Visayas Earthquake (PDF, 869 KB, 8 pages).

Cyclone Phailin in India

On October 14, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operation to support the Indian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 75,000 people for six months. The operation is focused on providing emergency relief and shelter, safe drinking water and hygiene promotion materials.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in India to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) India: Cyclone Phailin (PDF, 1.69 Mb, 7 pages).

Paraguay - Severe drought

On October 11, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Paraguay Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 10,000 people for seven months. The operation will focus on the provision of basic food assistance, livelihood support, clean water, and hygiene promotion.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Paraguay to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency appeal - Paraguay: Drought (PDF, 952 KB, 14 pages).

Vietnam Typhoon Wutip

On October 7, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the preliminary emergency appeal to support the Vietnam Red Cross Society in its work over the next ten months delivering immediate assistance to approximately 37,500 people affected by Typhoon Wutip. The operation is focused on providing assistance in the following sectors: food and non-food relief; water and sanitation; shelter and livelihood; preparedness for response; national society capacity development; and disaster risk reduction.

Canada’s support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Vietnam to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Preliminary emergency appeal - Viet Nam: Typhoon Wutip (PDF, 1.34 Mb, 17 pages).

Laos Floods

On October 3, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operation to support the Lao Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 10,000 people for six months. The operation is focusing on providing food assistance, essential household items, mosquito nets and hygiene promotion materials.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Lao to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) — Lao People’s Democratic Republic: Floods (PDF, 1.08 Mb, 9 pages).

September 2013

Pakistan Earthquake

On September 30, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 7,000 people for three months. The operation is focusing on providing emergency health services and distributions of food packets, non-food items and emergency shelter supplies.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Pakistan to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)—Pakistan: Earthquake in Balochistan (PDF, 1.64 Mb, 8 pages).

Flooding in Benin

On September 20, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund operation to support the Benin Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 7,000 people for three months. The operation is focusing on providing emergency shelter materials and basic relief items such as soap, blankets, mosquito nets and sleeping mats, potable water, emergency latrines, and hygiene promotion to affected populations in the regions of Karimama and Malanville.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Benin to ensure that humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) — Benin: Floods (PDF, 921 KB, 7 pages).

Peru – Extreme Winter Conditions

On September 12, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Peruvian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 5,000 people over three months. The operation will focus on providing food assistance and livelihood support to people affected by the extreme weather in Puno region.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Peru to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to:
Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) - Peru: Extreme temperature (Snowfall) (PDF, 449 KB, 9 pages).

Kyrgyzstan bubonic plague epidemic

On September 2, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan in providing immediate assistance to approximately 30,000 people for three months. The operation is focusing on conducting anti-epidemic and prevention measures.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Kyrgyzstan to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) – Kyrgyzstan: Epidemic (PDF, 675 KB, 6 pages).

August 2013

Philippines Typhoons and Floods

On August 26, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a preliminary emergency appeal to support the Philippine Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 75,000 people for eight months. This preliminary appeal increases emergency relief efforts initiated under the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund launched on August 16. The operation is focusing on the provision of food, non-food items, unconditional cash grants, water, sanitation and hygiene interventions, and immediate shelter repair assistance.

Canada’s support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Philippines to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, please refer to: Preliminary emergency appeal – Philippines: Typhoons and floods 2013 (PDF, 962 KB, 13 pages).

Philippines Typhoon Utor

On August 16, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Philippine Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 7,500 people for four and half months. The operation is focusing on the delivery of sleeping materials (blankets and sleeping mats), jerry cans and hygiene kits, and the provision of cash grants and shelter repair assistance to the most vulnerable families.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Philippines to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) — Philippines: Typhoon Utor (PDF, 600 KB, 8 pages).

Sudan floods

On August 13, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Sudanese Red Crescent Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 35,000 people for six months. The operation is focusing on the provision of emergency shelter and non-food items, emergency health, water and sanitation and hygiene interventions to prevent and mitigate possible disease outbreaks, as well as preparedness and planning for risk reduction interventions since more rain is expected in the coming months.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Sudan to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Emergency appeal — Sudan: Floods (PDF, 1.36 MB, 15 pages).

North Korea floods

On August 1, 2013, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the North Korean Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 20,000 people for three months. The operation is focusing on the provision of non-food relief items (kitchen sets, water purification tablets, hygiene kits and tarpaulins), safe drinking water and hygiene promotion activities.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in North Korea to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Flood (PDF, 1.36 MB, 8 pages).

July 2013

Nicaragua dengue fever spikes

On July 24, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Nicaraguan Red Cross in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for three months. The operation is focusing on prevention and early detection of dengue fever, distribution of mosquito nets, hygiene promotion and vector control actions to eliminate mosquito breeding in affected parts of Nicaragua.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Nicaragua to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Nicaragua: Dengue (PDF, 858 KB, 10 pages).

Refugee movement from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Uganda

On July 18, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Ugandan Red Cross in providing immediate assistance to approximately 66,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing essential household items such as blankets, cutlery, and tarpaulins to the most vulnerable refugee households as well as water and sanitation assistance in affected areas.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Uganda to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Uganda: Population movement (PDF, 537 KB, 10 pages).

Costa Rica dengue fever outbreak

On July 17, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Costa Rican Red Cross in providing immediate assistance to approximately 50,400 people for 3 months. The operation will focus on prevention and early detection of dengue fever, as well as hygiene promotion to eliminate mosquito breeding in affected parts of Costa Rica.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Costa Rica to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Costa Rica: Dengue (PDF, 571 KB, 8 pages).

Indonesia earthquake

On July 16, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Indonesian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 5,000 people for two months. The operation will focus on providing non-food relief items and emergency health assistance to disaster-affected people in the affected areas.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Indonesia: Central Aceh earthquake (PDF, 365 KB, 7 pages).

Paraguay floods

On July 11, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Paraguayan Red Cross in providing immediate assistance to approximately 8,155 people for three months. The operation will focus on providing emergency health and livelihoods assistance in the departments of Misiones and Ñeembucú.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Paraguay to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Paraguay: Floods (PDF, 940 KB, 10 pages).

Honduras dengue fever outbreak

On July 9, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Honduras Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 30,000 people for three months. The operation will focus on mosquito control, health education and hygiene promotion in affected communities.

Canada's support to this emergency relief operation is being made through the Canadian Red Cross Society. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Honduras to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For more details on this emergency operation supported by Canada, refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) – Honduras: Dengue. (PDF, 542 KB, 9 pages).

News releases related to EDAF in July

June 2013

News releases related to EDAF in June

May 2013

News releases related to EDAF in May

April 2013

Republic of Congo cholera epidemic

On April 12, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Congolese Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 128,000 people for 2 months. The operation will focus on cholera prevention and detection, including referring cases to local centres; the distribution of household water treatment supplies; improvements to family and public latrines; as well as reviewing and planning to prevent future cholera outbreaks.

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is providing support to the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Republic of Congo to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that Canada is supporting, please refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) — Republic of Congo: Epidemic (PDF, 967 KB, 9 pages)

Argentina floods

On April 2, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Argentina Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 9,600 people for 3 months. The operation will focus on providing cash vouchers to acquire non-food relief items, including hygiene support and promotion; psychosocial support and school kits to affected families.

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is providing support to the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Argentina to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that Canada is supporting, please refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) — Argentina: Floods (PDF, 639 KB, 8 pages)

News releases related to EDAF in April

March 2013

Democratic Republic of Congo refugee influx

On March 27, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Democratic Republic of Congo Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 15,000 people for 6 months seeking refugee from Central African Republic. The operation will focus on providing much needed basic relief items to registered refugees, as well as emergency health, water and sanitation services to refugees and their hosts. Additionally, the operation will focus on re-establishing family links for all refugees.

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is providing support to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that CIDA is supporting, please refer to Emergency appeal — Democratic Republic of Congo: Population Movement (PDF, 922 KB, 14 pages)

News releases related to EDAF in March

February 2013

News releases related to EDAF in February

January 2013

Indonesia flooding

On January 31, 2013 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to support the Indonesian Red Cross Society in providing immediate assistance to approximately 25,000 people for 2 months. The operation will focus on the provision of basic relief items, hygiene kits, and drinking water. Additionally, the operation will provide hygiene promotion and sanitation activities to reduce the risk of water borne diseases, including skin infections and respiratory infections.

Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, is providing support to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent's relief operations. The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the situation in Indonesia to ensure humanitarian needs are met and to provide further assistance if required.

For further details on the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies emergency operation that CIDA is supporting, please refer to: Disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) — Indonesia: Floods (PDF, 734 KB, 10 pages)

News releases related to EDAF in January

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