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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Burkina Faso - Sudan

09 Oct 2020


Local women prepare maize flour outside a village in the northern region of Burkina Faso, May 2019. Credit: OCHA/Giles Clarke

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 9 October 2020

Burkina Faso: Humanitarian situation update

Humanitarian needs are increasing in Burkina Faso following a rise in intercommunal tensions interwoven with security-related protection concerns.

From January 2020 to the end of September, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Burkina Faso has increased by 30 per cent, from 2.2 million to 2.9 million.

Burkina Faso is also facing one of the fastest displacement and protection crises in the world. More than 1 million people have been displaced over the past 2 years in Burkina Faso alone, of the 1.6 million people displaced in the Central Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger).

Food insecurity is also rising at alarming levels, because of the combined effects of forced displacement, climate variability and measures related to preventing COVID-19 such as the temporary closure of borders.

Nationwide, 3.4 million people are facing critical food shortages - twice as many as at the same time last year. Nearly 285,000 children under 5 years old are suffering from acute malnutrition, 85,000 of them in its most severe form in 2020.

Access to education and health care is limited. More than 350,000 children were deprived of their right to education and 200 health centres were barely functioning before COVID-19 hit.

Despite the high level of needs, humanitarian organizations are saving lives and reducing suffering and have reached 1.8 million people in Burkina Faso with assistance from January 2020 to the end of September.

Burkina Faso’s Humanitarian Response Plan, seeking $424 million, is 38 per cent funded.


Sudan: Floods update

The devastating rains that have affected Sudan since July have started to subside and flood waters are receding.

The floods have left more than 150 people dead and more than 875,000 others critically affected and in need of assistance. The full extent of the unprecedented flooding will only become evident in the months ahead.

More than 10 million people risk contracting water-borne diseases following extensive damage to hundreds of water sources and the collapse of several thousand latrines.

In addition, vector-borne diseases are expected to rise with parts of North and East Darfur and Sennar states in particular, already affected by increasing cases of malaria.

Sudan’s fragile food security situation is also likely to be further affected by the recent floods following the destruction of thousands of hectares of crops just before the harvest.

Sudan is already facing dire humanitarian needs compounded by a deteriorating economic situation.

Humanitarian organizations are providing life-saving assistance in response to the crisis and have reached more than 400,000 people to date.

But low funding, especially for health and water, hygiene and sanitation services, is hampering aid organizations’ capacity. Overall, the humanitarian appeal in Sudan has received less than half of the US$1.6 billion requested.