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Republic of the Congo Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan for 138,000 people in distress in Pool region. US$ 23.7 million emergency assistance needed

Aug 3, 2017

The Republic of the Congo is currently confronted with a humanitarian emergency in the Pool region, in the southeastern part of the country. The Government of the Republic of the Congo, the United Nations and 16 other humanitarian partners are calling for US$ 23.7 million in a humanitarian response plan to help 138,000 people in need over the next six months.

Some districts of the Pool region have faced critical challenges such as violence and insecurity since April 2016, a situation which has had a direct impact on local populations and has, so far, caused the displacement of nearly one person out of three in this region.

The food security and nutrition analysis which was conducted in June 2017 revealed that more than half of families are affected by food insecurity and face great difficulties in accessing food and meeting their basic needs.

These difficulties have had disastrous consequences: the rate of global acute malnutrition (GAM) among displaced children under five is 17.3 percent and even reaches 20.4 percent in the Bouenza region, also in the southern part of the country, thus exceeding the 15 percent emergency threshold laid down by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Moreover, these figures may point to an even worse situation in certain areas that have been difficult to access since July 2016. Access to health care, education and market products has become increasingly limited. Facilities for displaced people who have fled areas of insecurity are virtually non-existent, leaving them in distress.

The most pressing humanitarian needs are related to food security, nutrition, living conditions, and access to basic health services. The protection needs are numerous, with people still vulnerable to attacks, threats and sexual violence, as well as loss or separation of family members.

Within the Humanitarian Response Plan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is requesting US$ 2.5 million to be focused on early recovery activities, including income-generation opportunities for affected people including internally displaced persons, and strengthening dialogue and conflict management mechanisms.

The Humanitarian Response Plan aims to provide emergency assistance, and to strengthen the protection and resilience of vulnerable people in the affected Pool districts, displaced persons and their host families.

The Humanitarian Response Plan covers the areas of health, nutrition, food security, education, protection, sheltering, water, health and sanitation, early recovery and coordination. This first humanitarian plan will focus on providing a coordinated emergency response, but also on seeking long-term solutions.