The region faces a daunting spectrum of natural hazards. ESCAP reports that these are closely linked to inequality and poverty, leading to a vicious downward cycle.
Poor households in several parts of the region have exhausted own-produced foods atypically early. These are now relying on markets for food with below-average purchasing power.
The new EU funding will boster the coordination, surveillance and response capacities to Ebola in high-risk districts in Burundi, close to the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Of the 34 major aid programmes, only three are funded for the entire year. Several have been suspended in recent weeks, 22 programmes will close in the next two months unless funding is not received.