Republic of Congo 2011

24 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $1.3 million to mitigate cholera in the Congo

25 November 2011:  The Central Emergency Response Fund has allocated more than $1.3 million to UNICEF and WHO in response to a cholera outbreak in the Congo.

Mauritania 2011

24 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $680,000 in response to Rift Valley Fever epidemic in Mauritania

14 February 2011: In response to the spreading Rift Valley Fever (RVF) epidemic affecting over 58,000 people in the country, CERF has allocated some $680,000 for humanitarian response in Mauritania.

Libya 2011

24 Jan 2012

CERF allocates $1.4 million in response to the humanitarian situation in Libya

21 April 2011: In response to the humanitarian situation following recent protests and violent conflict in the country, CERF has allocated some $1.4 million for humanitarian response in Libya.

Lesotho 2011

24 Jan 2012

CERF provides $2.7 million for Lesotho food crisis response

16 September 2011: Some $2.7 million was provided from the CERF for UN agencies to respond to a food security crisis in Lesotho. Heavy rains caused widespread destruction to Lesotho’s farming in late 2010 and early 2011. Food security assessments showed that food shortages caused by the rains had combined with already high food prices to cause acute vulnerability, particularly among poorer households.

Nearly $1.6 million was allocated by the CERF to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), enabling it to provide agricultural support to 75,000 people. Agricultural trade fairs were organized in the worst-affected areas, and seeds and fertilisers were provided to support food production during the next planting season.

The World Food Programme (WFP) used $1.1 million of CERF funding to launch a ‘food for work’ programme, benefiting 15,000 of the poorest people affected. Food distributions focused on vulnerable groups such as female-headed households and children.

Ethiopia 2011

24 Jan 2012

Refugees in Ethiopia supported with $10 million from the CERF  

13 September 2011: More than $10 million was allocated from the CERF in September to enable United Nations agencies to provide life-saving assistance to refugees in Ethiopia. More than 77,000 refugees fled ongoing conflict and drought in Somalia during the course of the year, arriving at overflowing camps in south-eastern Ethiopia. The majority of the refugees were women and children. An assessment carried out in early 2011 suggested that they were in alarmingly bad health and suffering dangerously high levels of malnutrition.

The World Food Programme (WFP) was provided with $5.3 million from the CERF to provide emergency food assistance to 300,000 refugees over a three month period. A further $129,000 allowed WFP to put in place vital communications support for humanitarian organizations involved with the response. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) used $4.6 million of CERF funding to provide shelter materials, non-food items (such as kitchen sets and sanitary kits) to refugee families at the camps, as well as meals at refugee transit centres.


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