CERF bolsters medical personnel and supply delivery in Ebola-affected countries

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United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$3.8 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the UN Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) to support humanitarian operations in the Ebola-struck West Africa region.

Reduced commercial travel in the region has hindered the urgent deployment of healthcare personnel and supplies. This has severely affected the scale up of the urgent life-saving response to the Ebola outbreak in the region.

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CERF response to Ebola outbreak

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In March 2014, a severe Ebola outbreak rippled through West Africa. To-date, more than 3,500 people have been infected and over 1,900 killed. In response to the crisis, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) already allocated some US$7.58 million to help humanitarian partners fight the epidemic. 

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Fighting malnutrition in Mali

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Perched on the side of the Bandiagara cliffs in northern Mali, the village of Sibi Sibi overlooks a dried creek bed. Drought has hit the village several times over the last decade, taking its toll on the livelihoods and health of the town’s 1,300 inhabitants.

Just two years ago, during the Sahel drought of 2012, Fanta Karembe, a twenty-one-year old mother from Sibi Sibi, had to fight to survive. Now, just as she was finally starting to recover from the last crisis, drought has again hit her village.

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CERF allocates $75 million to boost humanitarian operations in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

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The UN Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC), Valerie Amos, has allocated US$75 million from CERF to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa.

With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity.

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Zimbabwe 2014

The government of Zimbabwe declared a national disaster in February when torrential rains caused flooding in the south of the country.

The floods destroyed infrastructure and crops and displaced more than 3,000 families in Chivi and Masvingo districts in Masvingo province and Tsholotsho district in Matabeleland North.

Sierra Leone 2014

In March 2014, an Ebola outbreak in Guinea spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone. Despite efforts to contain the deadly virus, the number of infections kept rising causing over 2,400 deaths in West Africa.

Togo 2012

CERF allocates more than US$600,000 to help internally displaced people in Togo

11 December 2012: In early June 2012, a land dispute between the Konkomba and Moba communities in Namkpandouri, Togo, turned violent and claimed the lives of three people. The dispute also caused severe material damage and loss of livestock.

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