The humanitarian situation in Burkina Faso has witnessed an unprecedented deterioration in the course of 2019. Since the end of January until early December, the number of registered internally displaced persons (IDPs) has increased by 500%, from 87,000 to 560,000 as of 9 December. The Centre-North and Sahel regions remain the most affected regions of the country; however, the North region has seen a significant increase in the number of registered IDPs in recent months as well. The humanitarian commu- nity has continued to strengthen its operational capacity to provide urgently-needed assistance; since July 2019, the number of people in need who received food assistance doubled to nearly 650,000 by end-October. At the same time, access to basic services, and particularly access to healthcare, for the affected population has continued to worsen. As of December 2019, 95 health centres were closed and 135 functioning at minimum capacity, jeopardizing the access of nearly 1.2 million people to basic health care. Overall, the humanitarian response remains underfunded; as of 13 December 2019, the US$ 187 million revised Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for 2019 was only 46% funded.
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