102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.
Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region, has been met by donors as of July. The budget was increased to incorporate CAR refugees.
A third of The Gambia’s 1.8 million inhabitants are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity - 200,000 people already need critical food assistance. The humanitarian response plan is only funded at 13.5 per cent.
Eleven countries were selected for allocations from the CERF Underfunded Emergencies window, designed to ensure life-saving relief work continues in countries where needs are high but financial support is low.
As the Ebola-related death toll rises above 500 in West Africa, UNICEF and its partners are expanding their activities across the region to halt the spread of the disease by combating rumours, fears and misconceptions.