ERF extends emergency aid period

The Emergency Response Fund will continue giving grants for emergency interventions in Zimbabwe up to March 2014 to cover the country’s hunger period when humanitarian needs are expected to increase, according to a statement by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

The grant programme was supposed to end in December this year. Under normal circumstances, ERF funding programmes do not exceed six months.

Emergency Response Funds, which fall under the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, have been established in 20 countries since 1997 to provide Non-Governmental Organisations and UN agencies with rapid and flexible funding to address critical gaps in humanitarian emergencies.

According to a recent United Nations study, about 2.2 million people will need food assistance between January and March 2014.

The Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee Rural Livelihoods Report estimates that one in four of the rural population could face hunger during the coming lean season.

Said OCHA in the statement: “Currently, the ERF has a balance of $1,29 million and is open to receiving emergency response funding proposals throughout the year. Most recently, the fund was used to respond to floods in various locations in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland, Masvingo, Midlands, Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces and to support malaria intervention in Chimanimani, Manicaland province.”

The intervention in Chimanimani followed the high number of malaria cases that were reported in the area from January 29 to February 19 this year.

Chimanimani recorded 3, 076 cases during the January 29 to February 19 period and at least 10 fatalities were recorded during that time.

Zimbabwe recorded a total of 123, 969 malaria cases during the first nine weeks of this year, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health.

A total of 55 deaths were recorded during that period as well.

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