Zimbabwe 2011

25 Jan 2012

CERF provides $3 million for Zimbabwe cholera response

15 June 2011:  More than $3 million was provided from the CERF in June to respond to a cholera outbreak that threatened the lives of more than four million people in Zimbabwe.

Cholera has infected nearly 100,000 people in the Southern African country since 2008, claiming more than 4,000 lives. Lack of investment in water service delivery during the past decade in Zimbabwe has limited safe water supplies country-wide, putting many of the population at high risk of infection from cholera and other water-borne diseases.

The $3 million provided by the CERF enabled the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide chemicals to treat water for four million people, including more than half a million children under five. The CERF also allowed UNICEF to provide non-food items to prevent cholera (including water purification tablets, soap and water containers) for a further 40,000 people in particularly high-risk areas.

Tunisia 2011

25 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $5 million in response to humanitarian needs in Tunisia

8 March 2011: In response to humanitarian needs in areas along the Tunisian border hosting displaced populations from Libya, CERF has allocated $5 million for humanitarian response in Tunisia.

Niger 2011

25 Jan 2012

CERF provides $6 million to address food insecurity in Niger

30 November 2011: the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated $6 million to three United Nations agencies to jump-start emergency interventions to address food insecurity in Niger.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has been allocated more than $3.3 million to save lives, reduce malnutrition and protect the livelihoods of vulnerable people, while the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has been provided $700,000 towards emergency assistance for vulnerable herders. An allocation of more than $1.9 million has been given to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure adequate care for excess caseloads of severe acute malnutrition among children aged 6 to 59 months.

CERF funds will be used for cash transfer and food distribution for the most vulnerable populations. Funds will enable UN partners to purchase nutritional supplements to feed children under-five suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Animal feed will also be procured to save livestock, which is currently the main source of income for more than half of the population in Niger.

Through CERF supported interventions in Niger, more than 300,000 people in the country will benefit from United Nations activities supported by the CERF.

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