Statement attributable to the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, 11 October 2012
Khartoum, 11 October 2012. The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, Mr. Ali Al-Za’tari, expressed his appreciation for the recent United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocation of US$14 million to support life-saving underfunded projects in the Darfur region of Sudan. “This much needed CERF allocation helps to close a critical gap in funding for the humanitarian response in Darfur,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari.
Despite persistent humanitarian need, Sudan’s 2012 Humanitarian Work Plan – the second largest humanitarian appeal in the world – has been underfunded compared to previous years. By September of this year, funding had only reached 48% of the requirement, compared to 58% and 60% in 2011 and 2010, respectively. “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,” Mr. Al-Za’tari said.
In Darfur, an estimated 1.7 million displaced people are registered in camps. This year, while some 55,000 people have been able to return to their homes, others have been newly displaced by violence. Many people in Darfur also face significant challenges due to recent flooding.
From this CERF allocation, UNICEF will receive US$2.5 million to improve drinking water and sanitation for 700,000 people and an additional US$2 million to treat acute malnutrition throughout the region for an estimated 24,000 children. The World Health Organization (WHO) will receive US$2 million to provide drugs and supplies, maintain a disease surveillance system and to support eight non-governmental organizations to provide health services for 700,000 people. Through the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the CERF allocation will also provide seeds for winter vegetables and improved access to veterinary services. “This support will reduce dependency on food aid and build resilience by helping people meet their family’s food requirements through their own production,” Mr. Al-Za’tari noted.
The CERF is a fund established by the United Nations to enable more timely and reliable humanitarian assistance to victims of disasters and complex emergencies. The CERF is supported by 126 United Nations Member States and observers, regional governments, and the private sector, including corporations, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
For further information, please contact Damian Rance, Public Information Officer, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Sudan (email@example.com / +249 912 392 562)