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.

Haiti 2011

CERF allocates $10.3 million in response to a cholera outbreak in Haiti

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.

Guatemala 2011

CERF gives $2.2 million of rapid response funds for victims of Guatemalan floods

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.

El Salvador 2011

CERF allocates $2.5 million to respond to historic flooding in El Salvador

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.

Colombia 2011

CERF allocates $5.9 million in Colombia

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.

Zimbabwe 2011

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

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.

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.
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