CERF Allocations Around the World 2011
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.
10 January 2011: In response to the most severe cholera outbreak in the country’s history, CERF has allocated $10.3 million for humanitarian response in Haiti.
4 November 2011: Following several days of intermittent rain due to a hurricane, a low-pressure system northeast of Guatemala developed into Tropical Depression E-12.
2 November 2011: The arrival of Tropical Depression 12E in El Salvador on 7 October 2011 brought unprecedented heavy rainfall to the Central American nation, particularly along the coastline and the volcanic chain in the east and center of the country.
In 2011, an estimated 35 million people benefited from CERF underfunded emergency allocations in 20 countries and territories.
Over $144 million was disbursed to 185 UN projects in countries with unmet needs.
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.
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.
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.