The total number of cholera cases decreased significantly in 2014. However, delayed rains, compounded by deficiencies in the Port-au-Prince water-supply network, including illegal tapping and a deficient alert and coordination system, resulted in a drastic increase in the number of cases and deaths in the last quarter of the year. This worrying trend continues in 2015 and highlights the need to increase cholera contingency measures ahead of the upcoming rainy season (April - May).
Yemen faces a large scale humanitarian emergency caused by years of under-development, poverty, lack of basic services and the absence of state authority and rule of law in many areas. At the same time, thousands of Yemeni families have had to flee their homes due to conflict this year alone. Sustainable solutions to these long-term problems require progress on political and economic reform. Meanwhile, immediate support is needed to reduce humanitarian suffering.
24 Aug 2014 - The cholera outbreak in Ghana, which was declared in June 2014, continues to seriously affect people in the south of the country. As of 18 August 2014, over 6,000 cases have been reported in five regions. To date, 47 deaths have been registered in the affected regions, including 45 in Greater Accra.
Despite concerns on the limited humanitarian space in Gaza, which has put at risk the lives of the humanitarian workers; response activities have continued to assist and protect people in Gaza.
The 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa left 13.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. CERF funds have been used to address the crisis as rainfall levels diminished towards the end of 2010. More than US$128 million was allocated to drought-affected persons in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2011. In 2012, another $20 million, followed by $21 million in 2013, was allocated to the region – mostly through the Underfunded Emergency window. Since 2011, CERF has disbursed a total of $169.8 million to the Horn of Africa.
The 2011 drought in the Horn of Africa left 13.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. CERF funds have been used to alleviate the crisis as food insecurity increased due to limited rain fall at the end of 2010. More than US$128 million was allocated to drought-affected persons in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia in 2011.
The ongoing political crisis in Syria has left 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. CERF has been extremely proactive in responding and has made vital allocations at key moments. Since the crisis began in 2011, CERF has allocated US$84 million to Syria and the region. UN agencies and IOM in Syria have received more than $61 million in CERF funds, while an additional $23 million is supporting Syrian people who have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.
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.
9 Jul 2013 - The number of dengue cases is at its highest since 2008. This year, 10 people have died, and national authorities have confirmed 8,380 cases of dengue fever and 1,442 cases of haemorrhagic dengue fever. Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are the most affected cities.
9 de julio de 2013 - El número de casos de dengue es el más alto desde 2008. Este año, 10 personas han muerto y las autoridades nacionales han confirmado 8,380 casos de dengue y 1,442 casos de dengue hemorragico.
Tegucigalpa y San Pedro Sula son las ciudades más afectadas.
The ERF for Syria was launched in June 2012. The guiding principle of the fund is to allow timely emergency and/or gap filling responses through consultative and collaborative approval processes. The ERF has been extremely proactive in responding to the emerging needs inside Syria and the neighboring countries. The ERF has disbursed over USD 8 million to 33 projects in 4 countries to reach 1.3 million beneficiaries. The ERF is currently processing 7 projects amounting to USD 2.5 million.