Yemen 2011

CERF provides $8.5 million for Yemen humanitarian response

22 July 2011: Civil unrest in Yemen led the Emergency Relief Coordinator to allocate $8.5 million to support the humanitarian response in July. As ongoing unrest escalated into open conflict there was widespread displacement of the civilian population. The crisis disrupted basic social services and caused dramatic increases in essential commodity prices, putting additional strain on an already vulnerable population.

After receiving $2.5 million from the CERF, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) was able to provide shelter materials and non-food items to some 35,000 displaced people in areas directly affected by the conflict. The World Health Organization (WHO) used $2.2 million to deploy mobile health teams in conflict-affected areas, as well as supporting existing health providers to prepare for mass casualties arising from the conflict. An allocation of $1.6 million allowed the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food for some 21,000 displaced people, as well as an additional 3,000 East African migrants left stranded in Yemen by the crisis.
 
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) received $900,000 of CERF funding to provide a comprehensive package of support to the displaced population in southern Yemen, including safe water delivery, distribution of shelter and non-food items, and a fully-equipped mobile health clinic. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) used a $400,000 CERF allocation to provide reproductive health services for the displaced population, as well as support for victims of gender-based violence.

Syria 2011

CERF provides grant of $2.6 million for UN agencies in Syria

22 November 2011: Following the eruption of protests in March 2011, United Nations agencies began to adapt ongoing programme activities to respond to civil unrest in the country.

The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided $2.6 million to six United Nations agencies and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) in Syria. CERF-funded projects will provide seed funding to support and expand humanitarian response in affected areas.
 
Funds provided to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will allow more than 15,000 boys and girls, women and men to have improved access to information on basic health services and psycho-social assistance. In addition, a UNICEF project will offer immediate support to more than 10,000 school-age children in affected areas to assist their reintegration back to school. UNICEF, working with government partners, seeks to ensure that children remain in schools and participate in psycho-social activities in a supportive environment.
 
Projects supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will offer immediate support to 3,400 destitute farmers and small herders. The project will assist them in the restoration of their livelihoods and help them to stay or resettle in their home villages.
 
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will support activities that will ensure access to reproductive health services, including basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care and psychological support services.
 
IOM activities will offer immediate life-saving evacuation assistance for up to 225 highly vulnerable migrants stranded in Syria with no other means of returning home.
 
Projects supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will enhance the prevention, protection and response to vulnerable groups with special attention given to the protection of women and girls and vulnerable children.
 
World Food Programme (WFP) funded projects will save lives and protect livelihoods through provision of emergency food assistance to affected people.
 
World Health Organization (WHO) funded projects will ensure obstetric, surgical and medical capacity for health service delivery, support emergency health services in affected areas and provide emergency rooms and operating theatres in area hospitals.

Pakistan 2011

CERF allocates $17.6 million in Pakistan

10 October 2011:  The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$17.6 million to provide water, food, shelter and healthcare to thousands of families devastated by floods in Pakistan.

The assistance will target the most vulnerable families living in temporary settlements in the eight hardest-hit districts of Sindh, in southern Pakistan. Many of them had not recovered from Pakistan’s record-breaking floods of 2010. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) , United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will deliver the assistance in support of Government-led relief and recovery efforts.
 
Some $4.9 million will help provide 96,000 people with emergency shelter materials, blankets and kitchen sets.  Another $2.9 million will help feed about 270,000 people, and $800,000 will help families keep their livestock alive, to ensure continued milk production and a return to agricultural activities as soon as possible. Additionally, $3.8 million will provide emergency primary health care for 1.3 million people, who face malaria, dengue and cholera, while $3.1 million will respond to critical water, sanitation and hygiene needs.
 

Pakistan 2012

CERF provides US$9.9 million for flood-affected people in Pakistan

25 October 2012: According to Government estimates, almost 5 million people have been affected by the 2012 flooding in southern Pakistan.

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