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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Honduras - Nigeria

10 Aug 2021

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The Humanitarian Response Plan for Honduras was launched today. © Habitat for Humanity

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 10 August 2021

Honduras

The United Nations and the Government of Honduras have launched a Humanitarian Response Plan that aims to address the critical needs of 1.8 million of the most vulnerable people in that country.

The plan, if adequately funded, will provide health, nutrition, food security, and protection to people in need, and address displacement. It also seeks to help strengthen the resilience of communities and affected people.

The plan requires US$222 million in funding and covers the period August 2021 to December 2022.

Today, 2.8 million people in Honduras need humanitarian assistance – nearly a third of the country’s population. That is more than twice as many people as the 1.3 million people who required assistance in early 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic and hurricanes Eta and Iota have worsened the long-standing multidimensional crises in Honduras and weakened the coping capacity of the State and communities. 

As inequality and violence are on the rise, access to basic services is shrinking. There is growing displacement and migration, soaring poverty, and food security is getting worse.

Women, children, informal workers, indigenous and Afro-descendant people, as well as people with disabilities, are among the most affected.

The humanitarian response will target those with the greatest needs in 127 of Honduras’ 298 municipalities. 

The Governments of El Salvador and Guatemala will be launching their plans in the coming days. The documents will be available on the OCHA ROLAC web page.

Nigeria

Humanitarian organizations in Nigeria have formed a task force to respond to the food insecurity situation and prevent catastrophic food insecurity in Nigeria. 

The task force is working with the Government to implement a comprehensive operational plan addressing food security, nutrition, health, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene. The plan requires US$250 million in funding for immediate action.

The plan aims to ensure that those hardest to reach receive the immediate food and nutrition assistance they need. 

The task force will oversee operational teams deployed to at-risk communities. These teams will look at issues related to logistics, the volume of assistance needed, speed of delivery and access to affected people. They will also ensure that all activities conform to best practices in terms of accountability to affected people.