Refugees in Ethiopia supported with $10 million from the CERF
13 September 2011: More than $10 million was allocated from the CERF in September to enable United Nations agencies to provide life-saving assistance to refugees in Ethiopia. More than 77,000 refugees fled ongoing conflict and drought in Somalia during the course of the year, arriving at overflowing camps in south-eastern Ethiopia. The majority of the refugees were women and children. An assessment carried out in early 2011 suggested that they were in alarmingly bad health and suffering dangerously high levels of malnutrition.
The World Food Programme (WFP) was provided with $5.3 million from the CERF to provide emergency food assistance to 300,000 refugees over a three month period. A further $129,000 allowed WFP to put in place vital communications support for humanitarian organizations involved with the response. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) used $4.6 million of CERF funding to provide shelter materials, non-food items (such as kitchen sets and sanitary kits) to refugee families at the camps, as well as meals at refugee transit centres.
CERF provides $14.6 million for Ethiopia drought response
14 July 2011: The CERF has allocated $14.6 million to provide urgent life-saving assistance to more than 475,000 people affected by severe drought in southern Ethiopia. Successive seasons of failed rainfall have led to severe drought and widespread crop failure throughout the region and more than three million people are estimated to be in need of urgent assistance in Ethiopia. A dramatic increase in the numbers of children in particular suffering severe malnutrition has been reported.
More than $9.6 million has been allocated to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food supplies for a period of at least two months. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received $4.5 million, enabling it to provide emergency nutritional supplements and medicines for more than 54,000 severely malnourished children. Nearly $600,000 has been made available to the World Health Organization (WHO) to launch a programme combining monitoring and treatment of severe malnutrition and measles among the most vulnerable drought-affected children.