Women queue up to receive medical treatment at the Kassab camp in north Darfur. Some of the CERF allocation will go towards providing health services, including pre-natal and maternal care. Credit: UNAMID
The United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, has allocated US$14 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to life-saving humanitarian projects in Darfur, western Sudan. This money will get vital aid to people who are enduring one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.
The OCHA office in Sudan will manage the disbursement of the CERF funds to meet the highest-priority needs including clean water, sanitation facilities and basic health care. CERF funding will also help people build for the future by providing seeds for the winter and veterinary care.
Sudan’s 2012 appeal, through which the humanitarian community asks for funds to implement humanitarian projects, has received less money than usual this year. By the end of September, only 48 per cent of the $1.1 billion required to meet Darfur’s humanitarian needs had been funded. By that point in 2011, funding had reached 55 per cent of the requirement.
Some 3.2 million people in Darfur receive humanitarian assistance, and an estimated 1.7 million internally displaced people are registered in camps, having fled their homes. Some displaced people have been able to return home this year, but others have been newly displaced by floods and inter-tribal fighting.
“The CERF funding helps us to ensure that ongoing humanitarian needs in Darfur continue to get attention, and that people receive the life-saving support they need,” said Ali Al-Za’tari, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.
From this CERF allocation, UNICEF
will receive $2.5 million to improve drinking water and sanitation for 700,000 people and $2 million to treat an estimated 24,000 children for acute malnutrition. The World Health Organization (WHO)
will receive $2 million to provide drugs and medical supplies and maintain a disease-surveillance system. The funds will also go towards providing health services, including pre-natal and maternal care, for 700,000 people through eight non-governmental organizations. Through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
, the CERF allocation will provide seeds for winter vegetables and access to veterinary services. This type of support reduces dependency on aid and helps families build resilience and become self-sufficient.
The CERF funding will also help train more female police officers who can better respond to gender-based violence, and will help build and rehabilitate schools for children living in refugee camps.
CERF is funded by Governments and the private sector to provide timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to victims of disasters and complex emergencies.