UN To Spend $13.4m In Northeast

Filed in News by on December 12, 2017

The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund (NHF), will spend $13.4 million to help thousands of children, women and men in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the Northeast.

The humanitarian emergency in the Northeast is one of the most severe in the world, with about 8.5 million people in need of aid in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The NHF allocation will finance 24 projects in protection, nutrition, water and sanitation, health, education, shelter and non-food items, rapid response and early recovery, targeting 950,000 people.

In line with commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit, five local responders are being supported through direct funding. By empowering national partners, a more integrated and localised response will be possible, and their capacity will also be strengthened.

The Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, said: “Humanitarian needs in the Northeast are vast. The United Nations and our partners, in support of the Federal Government, are committed to helping the needy, especially in pivotal areas such as protection and health.

“In particular, the funds will be used to expand and improve sexual and reproductive health services for about 130,000 women and adolescent girls in Borno, the epicentre of the crisis, as well as to boost mental health services for vulnerable children, women and men.

“Gender-based violence will also be addressed by providing more accessible medical care. In light of the recent cholera outbreak, and to mitigate the risk of faecal contamination and poor hygiene, funds have also been allocated to improve the availability of safe water and sanitation for 125,000 people.”

The NHF is one of 18 country-based pooled funds and was launched during the Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region in February 2017. Managed by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on behalf of the Humanitarian Coordinator, it plays a vital role in ensuring an effective, coordinated, prioritised and principled humanitarian response in Nigeria.

The NHF has received $41 million in contributions and pledges, thanks to the support of Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland, Republic of Korea, Canada, Spain, Luxembourg, Arab Gulf Programme for Development, Malta, Azerbaijan and Sri Lanka.

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