UN: UN in CAR releases US$9 million for humanitarian needs

New York, US (PANA) - The UN country-based Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) in
Central African Republic (CAR) on Tuesday said it has released US$9 million for life-saving
assistance to 2.3 million people who need urgent support, including those displaced by
violence, returnees, refugees and vulnerable host communities.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the allocation
will fund projects that respond to critical and urgent humanitarian needs to improve access
to basic services, and contribute to reducing violence in and among communities.

A UN statement obtained by PANA in New York, quoted Mr. Aurelien Agbenonci, the UN
Humanitarian Coordinator in CAR, as saying: "Our priority through this CHF funding is to
bring life-saving assistance to the people mostly affected by the crisis.

"This funding will help humanitarian organizations to provide clean water and
sanitation, camp management of internally displaced persons sites, education, healthcare,
food and immediate livelihoods support, nutrition, protection and shelter and non-food
items."

He also noted that the inclusion of gender considerations and the mainstreaming of
protection in each and every funded project will be required.

"It is vitally important that the international community is able to respond rapidly to the
most urgent humanitarian needs in CAR, and thanks to donors who have contributed to
this CHF allocation that allows partners to help alleviate suffering and continue providing
live-saving assistance to thousands of displaced people and host families in desperate
need," said Mr. Agbenonci.

The multi donor funding mechanism CHF was established in 2008 and is managed by OCHA.

As of end of January 2016, the Fund had received US$2.9 million in contributions from
Belgium and Sweden, and in 2015, a total amount of US$24.9 million was provided by
the governments of Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway,
Sweden and the United Kingdom.
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