This EU funding is supporting the Ghana Red Cross Society in delivering much needed relief assistance to communities hit by floods. It is part of the EU's overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Through this assistance, communities are to be provided with shelter, access to clean water, mosquito nets, and basic essential items, amongst others. In addition, support will be given to awareness-raising activities in communities on the prevention of waterborne diseases.
At the beginning of October 2019, Ghana registered continuous rains that caused widespread floods across the country, combined with separate floods that hit the Upper regions due to the overflow of the Bagre Dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso. In total, 116 communities from 13 districts have been negatively affected. It is reported that as many as 29 people lost their life in flood-related incidents. Some houses collapsed and others have been extensively damaged. Crops have been swept away and agricultural land has become swamped. The people who lost their homes are being given shelter in nearby schools, churches, or with relatives. Most of the water sources in the flood-hit areas have been contaminated, while sanitation facilities have been destroyed, increasing the risk of waterborne diseases.
The European Union and its Member States are the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.
Through the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.
The European Union is signatory to a €3 million humanitarian delegation agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). Funds from the DREF are mainly allocated to “small-scale” disasters – those that do not give rise to a formal international appeal.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund was established in 1985 and is supported by contributions from donors. Each time a National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society needs immediate financial support to respond to a disaster, it can request funds from the DREF. For small-scale disasters, the IFRC allocates grants from the Fund, which can then be replenished by the donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO enables the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (that fit within its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.
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Delegation of the European Union to Ghana
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