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.
Urgent funding is needed to help vulnerable communities prepare a successful agricultural season. Without timely assistance, thousands of families will fall back into crisis, says the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel.