CERF gives $1.7 million in response to meningitis in Burkina Faso

7 June 2012 : Since 1 January 2012, an outbreak of meningitis has been reported in 42 districts in 10 African countries, and contributed to some 11,000 cases, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). Countries affected include Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan. Burkina Faso is the most adversely affected by the outbreak, with some 5,300 suspected cases, and 553 deaths attributed to the disease.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has given US$1.7 million to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure that 400,000 children aged 2-14 are immunised and protected against meningitis, as they are the most affected group.

Working closely with the national Ministry of Health and WHO, UNICEFwill purchase and provide vaccines and immunisation consumables. UNICEF in collaboration with partners will also support community awareness-raising campaigns on meningitis prevention, promote early care-seeking behaviours amongst affected communities and provide technical support for the management of cases.

CERF provides $9 million to humanitarian partners in Burkina Faso

24 April 2012 : Due to insufficient rainfall in Burkina Faso, agricultural output decreased significantly during the 2011-2012 agricultural season. More than 50 per cent of rural communities in Burkina Faso are at risk of food insecurity in 2012, affecting more than 2.8 million people. Many of the affected communities are located in the Sahel region of the country where subsistence agriculture and livestock rearing are practised as the main sources of livelihood. Many families have been forced to sell their livestock to meet household food requirements. Due to the drought, grazing areas have shrunk, putting millions of cattle at risk of starvation and disease.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) gave US$9 million to four UN agencies in Burkina Faso to help the most vulnerable people affected by drought and food insecurity.

CERF provides $4 million in response to refugee influx in Burkina Faso

21 March 2012 : As a result of recent instability in Mali, thousands of people have fled their homes. As of 7 March 2012, some 82,000 Malians have been internally displaced and more than 90,000 people have sought refuge in other countries, including some 21,653 people who have fled to the Sahel region of Burkina Faso.

The Sahel region of Burkina Faso is among the poorest regions in the country; people in the region currently face a food deficit due to the poor harvests. The influx of refugees has placed additional pressure on limited food, water and sanitation resources which is further worsening the situation of already highly vulnerable host communities. The absence of water and sanitation systems such as latrines and bathing facilities, are putting refugees, especially children, at an increased risk of hygiene-related communicable diseases.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided rapid response grants of $3,990,300 to six UN agencies to respond to refugees and provide support to affected host communities.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response