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24 Jul 2014 description

In June 2014, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator allocated US$75 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support 11 countries in two regions where humanitarian needs are high but financial support is low: West Africa’s Sahel and the Horn of Africa. With this regional approach, CERF aims to help relief agencies address the complex and interlinked regional consequences of violent conflict, mass displacement of people and deepening food insecurity. This is the second of two annual Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) rounds.

11 Dec 2013 description

One of the biggest challenges for the humanitarian community since 2011 was the severe food insecurity and malnutrition situation across the Sahel. The crisis affected more than 18 million people in eight countries, and 1 million children under age 5 were at risk of malnutrition. Successive droughts, combined with conflict, displacement and cholera outbreaks, exacerbated the crisis.

23 Jul 2013 description

One of the biggest challenges facing CERF and the entire humanitarian community in 2012 was the severe food insecurity and malnutrition situation in the Sahel. The crisis affected more than 18 million people in eight countries, and 1 million children under age 5 were at risk of malnutrition. Successive droughts, combined with conflict, displacement and cholera outbreaks, further exacerbated the crisis.

12 Dec 2012 description

Severe food insecurity and malnutrition in the Sahel have presented CERF and the humanitarian community with one of the biggest challenges in 2012. More than 18 million people in eight countries face food insecurity, and 1 million children under age 5 are at risk of dying. Successive droughts, combined with conflict, displacement and cholera outbreaks, have exacerbated the crisis. Since the crisis began, CERF has allocated more than US$111 million to countries in the Sahel to tackle food insecurity and nutrition needs, and to address displacement and prevent disease outbreaks.

18 Jul 2012 description

SAHEL A severe humanitarian emergency is affecting the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Gambia). Alarming food insecurity and malnutrition conditions have emerged in the wake of drought and poor harvests.

SOUTH SUDAN South Sudan continues to face considerable humanitarian challenges. Poor harvests, soaring food and fuel prices, conflict and displacement led to rising hunger and malnutrition across the country.

02 Mar 2012 description

A serious food and nutrition crisis is threatening the Sahel region, with over 10 million people already facing food insecurity and over 1 million children at risk of severe acute malnutrition.1 Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger have declared a crisis and called for international assistance.

30 Jun 2010 description
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24 Feb 2010 description
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DAKAR, 22 February 2010 (IRIN) - A meningitis epidemic has struck earlier than usual and is spreading across sub-Saharan Africa's "meningitis belt" from Senegal to Ethiopia, according to health ministries in the region. The disease occurs during the dry season, with most cases reported in mid-April.