CERF allocates $10.3 million in response to the ongoing crisis in Côte d'Ivoire
16 March 2011: In response to the ongoing political crisis, CERF has allocated $10.3 million for humanitarian response in Côte d'Ivoire.
The World Food Programme (WFP) will use some $3.8 million to provide communications services and greater logistics capacity to the humanitarian community as well as household food security support for IDPs. Some $1.6 million has been allocated to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to provide WASH services for IDPs, protection for women and children, and access to education for children affected by the violence. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will receive $900,000 for provision of non-food items and protection of IDPs. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will use some $600,000 for emergency food security support in the west and north of the country. Some $350,000 has been allocated to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for camp management support in western Côte d'Ivoire. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will use some $175,000 for protection of women and children. Finally, UNFPA and the World Health Organization (WHO) will use some $200,000 to support secure blood bag collection to reduce maternal and infant mortality.
CERF will also fund the following joint projects: UNICEF, WHO, and WFP will use some $1.5 million to provide emergency assistance to vulnerable children and women with nutritional needs, some $1 million will go to UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO to provide health care services to two million crisis-affected people and reduce maternal and infant mortality, and WHO and UNICEF will receive 250,000 for epidemic prevention.
While humanitarian response has thus far focused on displaced populations in western Côte d'Ivoire, the crisis is having far-reaching humanitarian consequences throughout the country. In the center and eastern regions, basic services remain functional, but some 2,500 IDPs are currently living in host communities with scarce resources. Food markets, which primarily employ women, have witnessed an increase in the price of staple food items and other foods, and economic sanctions and unemployment are affecting the entire population.
In the west, close to 90 per cent of qualified medical staff and the majority of teaching staff are no longer reporting to work and some 180,000 children have not resumed school since the crisis began. Many households face food insecurity because they have already sold or consumed next season’s seeds and crops. Furthermore, military operations in the west have been restricting access of UN personnel to those in need since late February.
In Abidjan it is estimated that more than 200,000 have fled the Abobo district where violence has prevailed since the end of February. Most people have found temporarily shelter with host families, their birthplaces outside Abidjan, churches and mosques. Hundreds of residents are still trapped in Abobo.