European Union funds humanitarian aid after explosions in Ghana – Ghana

Accra, February 9, 2022

In response to the large explosion that killed at least 17 civilians and affected around 3,300 people in Ghana on January 20, 2022, the EU is donating more than 582,000 Ghana cedis (€80,000) to help those most affected .

The funds will help the Ghana Red Cross Society assist victims with food and household, shelter, water and sanitation, reunification of families and loved ones, health services and psychosocial first aid .

The funds will directly benefit 2,000 people (400 families) who have the most urgent needs. Aid will be given priority to the families of the injured and to female-headed households who have lost their livelihoods due to the blast.

This funding to the Ghana Red Cross is part of the overall EU contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies. Red (IFRC).

The large explosion occurred in the community of Apeate, near the town of Bogoso in Ghana. After the explosion, residents of the community rushed to the scene when a second explosion occurred minutes later destroying dozens of buildings. As of January 26, 17 people have been confirmed dead while 59 have been rescued and transferred to the government hospital in Bogoso. The blast destroyed major roads in the area, and many commuters were stranded. Local schools, markets and other services were also affected and many others lost their livelihoods.


The European Union and its Member States are the world’s largest donor of humanitarian aid. Humanitarian aid is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all over 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 conflicts and disasters every year. With its headquarters in Brussels and a worldwide network of external offices, the European Union provides assistance to the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.

The European Union is a signatory to a €3 million Humanitarian Delegation Agreement with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Emergency Relief Fund Disaster Response (DREF) of the Federation. DREF funds 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 funded by donor contributions. Whenever 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 donors. The delegation agreement between the IFRC and ECHO allows the latter to replenish the DREF for agreed operations (which fall within its humanitarian mandate) up to a total of 3 million euros.

For more information, please visit the European Commission website.

For more information, please contact:

Hilary April
Regional Information Manager for West and Central Africa
European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)
Tel:+221 77 740 92 17
[email protected]

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