“WHATEVER THE DROUGHT HAS SPARED, THE HYENAS DEMAND” - PREVENTING FAMINE IN SOMALIA

21 Apr 2017
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A mobile team in Somaliland’s Marodijex examines patients and hands out nutrition supplies, including iron tablets, to drought-affected families. Credit: IOM/Mary-Sanyu Osire

Young Halima has trekked for four days and nights in search of water. “We have named this drought Odi Kawayn, which is Somali for “something bigger than the elders,” she said. “None of our elders has ever seen a drought as severe as this one.”

MATERNITY WING OF FIELD HOSPITAL AT ATHBA, MOSUL NOW FULLY OPERATIONAL

18 Apr 2017
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Baghdad, Iraq, 18 April 2017 – Amidst harrowing accounts of displaced, including pregnant women escaping military activities in Mosul, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is supporting static and mobile reproductive health facilities and ‘Women Centres’ in neighbourhoods in West and East Mosul that are now under the control of the Iraqi military forces. It also runs services related to women’s health and wellbeing in camps that host families who have fled the ongoing conflicts in West Mosul. 
 
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CERF APPROVES $22 MILLION LOAN TO FURTHER SCALE UP FAO ACTION TO PREVENT FAMINE IN SOMALIA

21 Mar 2017
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21 March, Rome/New York - FAO is further scaling up its activities in drought affected regions of Somalia thanks to a $22 million loan approved this week by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), which complements the loans already provided by FAO's Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities.

UN’S GLOBAL EMERGENCY FUND PROVIDES US$18.5 MILLION FOR EARLY RESPONSE TO NEW DROUGHT IN ETHIOPIA

21 Feb 2017
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With the Horn of Africa facing one of the worst droughts in decades, more than 5.6 million people in Ethiopia alone are in desperate need of life’s basic necessities. To provide time-critical aid to more than 785,000 people suffering from hunger, malnutrition and severe water shortages in Ethiopia’s worst-hit Somali region, Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien has released US$18.5 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).
 

RESPONDING TO FORGOTTEN CRISES: CERF FUNDS HELP WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION (WHO) TO REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF HELPING PEOPLE IN URGENT NEED.

6 Feb 2017
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Photo credit: WHO/C. Black

With the number and scale of humanitarian crises around the world, some countries have fallen off the global radar. That is the case for countries like the Central African Republic, Libya and Sudan, where pressing needs don’t seem to garner the world’s attention. This can make it difficult to raise the funding necessary to carry out humanitarian response plans.

CERF FUNDS HELP INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION (IOM) TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY PRIMARY HEALTHCARE IN PUNTLAND AND SOMALILAND

17 Jan 2017
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My child is able to speak to me for the first time since the last 8 hours.”

CERF funds help International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide emergency primary healthcare in Puntland and Somaliland.

HIGH-LEVEL PLEDGING EVENT REACHES 60% OF ANNUAL TARGET FOR FUNDING IN 2017

13 Dec 2016
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Today CERF hosted its High-Level pledging conference for 2017. Thirty-three donors pledged almost US$273 million to the Fund to support urgent aid whenever and wherever crises hit.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon opened the conference. “I am proud to have served as UN Secretary-General during much of CERF’s successful first decade,” he said. “A strong United Nations needs a strong CERF.”

CERF ALLOCATES FUNDS TO KICK START ASSISTANCE FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW AND PROVIDES LOAN TO BOOST ONGOING REPONSE TO CHOLERA EPIDEMIC IN HAITI

7 Oct 2016
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The Central Emergency Response Fund, (CERF) is releasing a grant of $5 million to address the most life-saving needs of people affected by hurricane Matthew. Earlier this week, CERF also released a loan of US$8 million dollars to UNICEF to scale up response to the worsening cholera epidemic in Haiti.  

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