CERF provides $11.3 million for displaced population in South Sudan
18 July 2011: More than $11.3 million was made available from the CERF in July to allow United Nations agencies to provide assistance to people displaced by fresh violence in South Sudan. South Sudan’s declaration of independence in early July 2011 took place in the context of heightened tensions along the border with the north, and more than 110,000 people were displaced following violence in Abyei.
Although humanitarian organizations were quick to respond, the CERF was critical in ensuring sustained support for the most vulnerable among the affected population.
The World Food Programme (WFP) was provided with $5.3 million, enabling it to provide emergency food for 110,000 people for a period of three months. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received $1.1 million to improve food security within the most vulnerable communities by providing support for agriculture. The CERF made $2 million available to the World Health Organization (WHO) to improve primary health care services for the displaced population, and strengthen epidemic response capacity and surveillance. An additional $1 million was provided to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to work with WHO to carry out a measles vaccination campaign for half a million children in the affected areas. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) used $1.9 million from the CERF to provide emergency shelter materials, non-food items and health support.