CERF releases close to $3 million to assist Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

15 August 2013: Nearly 10,000 refugees have fled the political and security crisis in Nigeria for neighbouring Cameroon. Most have sought shelter in Mayo Tsanaga, Mayo Sava, Logone and Chari in northern Cameroon, areas that already struggle with poverty, scarce resources, widespread hunger and natural disasters.

Since May 2013, around 8,128 people have left Nigeria for Cameroon. An estimated 54 per cent of the refugees are women, including 2 per cent who are pregnant and/or lactating. The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated a rapid response grant of US$2,988,794 to mitigate the many risks that the refugees currently face. The allocations are expected to benefit 10,000 people.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will use its grant of $839,843 to provide protection and essential services.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide access to potable water through an allocation of $803,926. UNICEF will also provide sanitation facilities.

An allocation of $561,545 will help the World Food Programme (WFP) distribute food and implement a Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme to assist malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will use $783,480 to prevent outbreaks of diseases and reduce mortality.