The EU funding will enable volunteers and teams from the Egyptian Red Crescent to provide much needed assistance. In addition to previously distributed relief items, hot meals and first aid to thousands of people, the funding will allow the Red Crescent to supply 5,000 evacuees in Cairo, Giza, Beni Suef, Ismailia and Faiyum governorates with mattresses, blankets, kitchen sets and hygiene kits. 880 families, many of whom have lost their livestock and source of income, will receive cash assistance amounting to around €225 each to buy food, clothes and medicines.
Against the backdrop of the fast-evolving coronavirus outbreak and given the lack of health facilities in the affected communities, all families will be targeted with health education and hygiene promotion campaigns including for hand washing. Access to safe water will also be ensured.
The funding 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).
About EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid
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 its Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department (ECHO), 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 EU provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.
About the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund
The European Commission has signed 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 (DREF) 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 in with its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of €3 million.