Towards the end of 2014, humanitarian partners in Guinea started reporting an upsurge of measles cases across the country. Highly contagious and a leading cause of death amoung children, measles outbreaks are common in Guinea.
On 27 February, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$1 million CERF rapid response allocation to help contain the outbreak. The funds will go to the provision of vaccines, management and detection of new cases, and monitoring of the epidemic.
18 October 2013: Inter-ethnic tensions and sporadic violent clashes between Liberian migrants and Guineans have existed in Nzérékoré, Guinea, since 1991. The violence significantly escalated in July 2013 following the murder of a young man in Koule, near Nzérékoré. Clashes quickly spread to the prefectures of Nzérékoré. To date, 216 civilians have been killed, while another 266 are missing and 457 have been injured.
18 October 2013: In August and September, the Siguiri, Kankan and Macenta prefectures in Guinea experienced severe flooding. The floods have caused huge damage to food stocks. For a country that is already fighting high malnutrition rates, the floods are a life-threatening disaster.
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided a rapid response grant of US$1,097,986 to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) for emergency interventions.