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Lake Chad Basin Emergency: Humanitarian needs and requirement overview (January 2017) [EN/FR]

CURBING THE TREND IN AFRICA’S MOST ACUTE CRISIS

The Lake Chad Basin is grappling with a complex humanitarian emergency affecting some 17 million people across north-eastern Nigeria, Cameroon’s Far North, western Chad and south-east Niger. The combined impact of deepening insecurity, rapid population growth and severe vulnerability resulting from the effects of climate change, environmental degradation, poverty and underinvestment in social services is translating into record numbers of people in need of emergency relief. More than 2.3 million people have fled their homes.

Protection concerns highlighted by the Governments of Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger in the Abuja Action Statement of June 2016 remain an ongoing challenge. Violence and insecurity have disrupted trade and markets. Vital infrastructure such as health centres, schools, water pipelines, bridges and roads have been destroyed. Famers are unable to attend to their fields, having missed harvests for three consecutive seasons. Eleven million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Across the region almost a third of the population is struck by food insecurity. Malnutrition rates and related mortality are critically high. Millions of people have limited or no access to basic services such as water, healthcare or education. Humanitarian actors have significantly increased their response capacity in 2016. But with constantly growing needs, especially in northeastern Nigeria, further operational scale-up and financial resources are urgently required to ensure adequate response. In 2017, UN agencies and NGOs aim to reach 8.2 million with assistance in the four countries

Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
09 Jan 2017
Document type: 
Strategic Response Plan
Location(s): 
Cameroon
Chad
Niger
Nigeria
Coordination hub(s): 
Bureau Régional pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre
Disaster(s)/Emergency: 
Lake Chad Basin