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EU provides million-dollar funding to help vulnerable communities in Lake Chad region

The Commission has allocated US$111.4mn in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable communities in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate in the Lake Chad region

The Lake Chad Basin remains among the most fragile regions in the world. It is affected by a combination of protracted humanitarian crises driven by conflicts and exacerbated by other factors such as food insecurity and chronic malnutrition. Violence in the region, where the civilian population is increasingly the victim of targeted attacks, is resulting in large-scale displacement, disruption of livelihoods and lack of access to basic services.

The pledge was made on the occasion of the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad region, held from 23-24 January in Niamey. The funding is part of the total US$197.4mn allocated this year for the Lake Chad basin, the Central African Republic and the Sahel, as announced last week. Strengthening disaster preparedness is one of the main targets of the humanitarian aid in the Lake Chad region.

The EU's humanitarian aid is targeted to:

1. Providing life-saving assistance to people displaced by conflict and hosting communities

2. Responding to the most acute food needs of households and communities affected by conflict and treating severe acute malnutrition in children under the age of 5

3. Giving access to healthcare to populations that are newly displaced or outside the reach of health authorities, and improving the access to safe water and sanitation

4. Supporting emergency education for displaced children and those in hard-to-reach areas

5. Strengthening disaster preparedness by taking appropriate climate resilience actions.