YAOUNDE, Cameroon, October 25, 2021 / Groupe APO / –
Deputy Secretary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG / ERC) Martin Griffiths approved the allocation of $ 5 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support humanitarian assistance in Cameroon .
The six CERF-funded projects will be implemented over the next 12 months by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Office of the High Commissioner for refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Program (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and of public administration. These projects will provide emergency assistance in nutrition, water, hygiene and sanitation, food and agriculture, health, protection and gender-based violence to people affected by the crisis in the regions. North-West and South-West regions of Cameroon.
“This CERF grant will enable the humanitarian community to maintain vital multisectoral assistance to the most vulnerable populations at the required levels. Recipient United Nations agencies will develop partnerships with local NGOs which have better access and a larger presence. The funding will also be used to strengthen needs assessments in the region in order to provide an adequate response, ”said Matthias Z. Naab, Humanitarian Coordinator for Cameroon.
“This funding comes at a time when the humanitarian response in Cameroon is underfunded and thousands of people continue to be left without life-saving humanitarian assistance and protection,” said Carla Martinez, head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA ) in Cameroon. “As of October 25, 2021, the humanitarian response plan for 2021 is only 29.6% funded. Besides the lack of financial resources, the humanitarian response is confronted with other challenges, in particular difficulties of access to the population in need due to the insecurity ”, she added.
The prevailing violence and the socio-economic impact of insecurity in the North West and South West regions significantly affect thousands of people who remain vulnerable. The severity of humanitarian needs continues to grow due to the protracted crisis, increased insecurity and displacement.
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