West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (5 - 11 September 2017)
$20 BILLION TO SUPPORT CHAD’S DEVELOPMENT
On 7 and 8 September, the Government of Chad organized a roundtable, hosted in Paris by the French government, to launch its fiveyear National Development Plan. Chad received pledges for a total of $20 billion, with almost $7 billion towards the national development plan and $13 billion to support the private sector. In his intervention, Mr Stephen Tull, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, called for more investment by authorities, development actors and the private sector in crisis-affected areas. He stressed on the fact that low development and chronic poverty are amongst root causes of the humanitarian crises the country faces, hence the importance of adopting the New Way of Working.
OVER 500 DEAD IN SPREADING CHOLERA EPIDEMIC
In a statement on 7 September, WHO said the cholera epidemic is reaching worrying proportions in the Democratic Republic of Congo with now 20 of the country’s 26 provinces affected. To date, 24,217 suspected cases with 528 deaths have been reported by government sources, with an average of 1,500 new cases each week since the end of July 2017. The disease is affecting major cities of the country, including certain areas of Kinshasa. The risk is especially high in the Kasai region where the health system has been affected by a conflict raging for over a year.
KASAÏ: SOME START RETURNING HOME BUT TO NOTHING
A recently concluded FAO mission in and around the towns of Kananga and Dibaya found out that since mid-August, civilians have been returning to their home areas in Tshikula and Dibaya, in Dibaya Territory, in the center of the country. In some areas, as much as 80% of the population are estimated to have returned. However, these returnees came back to nothing: their homes have been destroyed and some people resulted in sleeping in makeshift shelters. Some 1.4 million people are today displaced in the wake of the Kasai crisis.
NEW EMERGENCY RELIEF COORDINATOR VISITS NIGER, NIGERIA
In his first trip as new United Nations UnderSecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr Mark Lowcock, has visited areas of Niger and Nigeria that are affected by the Lake Chad crisis. During a four-day visit from 9 to 12 September, Mr Lowcock has met with affected communities, aid agencies, and local and national authorities. Hearing from displaced persons and host communities in both countries ahead of the 72nd UN General Assembly, he will carry their message to the world leaders gathering.
CHOLERA EPIDEMICS SPREADS TO DIKWA AND MONGUNO
The cholera outbreak in north-east Nigeria, which started on 16 August 2017, has now claimed the lives of at least 35 individuals in Borno State. The number of suspected cases stands at 1,283, with confirmed outbreaks in Maiduguri, Dikwa and Monguno. The number is expected to rise with further assessments. Most reported cases are concentrated in the “Muna Corridor” in Maiduguri, which includes 15 sites for displaced. The World Health Organization carried out a rapid risk assessment. The risk of spread in the Borno capital is high given the congestion, poor infrastructure and water/sanitation conditions in the area. Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) humanitarian partners are coordinating the response and supporting the Borno State Ministry of Health to contain the outbreak.
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