CERF allocates $2.1 million for refugee camps in Ghana
19 July 2011: The CERF provided $2.1 million for humanitarian assistance in Ghana when some 17,000 people fled from the political crisis in neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire. A United Nations assessment carried out in June discovered severe food insecurity, lack of proper sanitation and health services among the displaced population, who were living mainly in camps and with already vulnerable host communities.
The World Food Programme (WFP) was provided with $1 million to provide emergency food assistance to the refugees. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) received $550,000 to provide shelter materials, sanitation facilities, medical services and basic non-food items at the biggest camps established in Ghana. CERF funding was also allocated to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to provide safe transportation and medical screenings.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was provided with the resources to respond to reproductive health and sexual and gender-based health concerns among the displaced population. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) used the CERF to provide protection for children, child-friendly learning spaces, safe water and sanitation facilities. The World Health Organization (WHO) meanwhile used CERF funding to establish disease surveillance systems in areas where the refugees had settled.