Ivory Coast humanitarian programmes Under-funded
--2 million may not access health care
By Suy Kahofi/WADR Abidjan Correspondent
Lack of adequate funding is undermining the implementation of humanitarian programmes in the Ivory Coast, said the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in this West African country.
Ndolamb Ngokwey said the lack of adequate funding could deprive 400,000 people of access to safe drinking water in the West.
About 2 million people, including 80,000 pregnant women and more than 300,000 children less than 5 years of age would not be able to access quality health care.
Ngokwey was speaking on Monday in the Ivorian main city, Abidjan at a meeting between humanitarian actors and the donor community.
He also said 5,000 houses need to be rehabilitated or constructed to allow for a sustainable return
According to him, the meeting was intended to bring to the attention of donors the current underfunding of humanitarian action in Ivory Coast and its implications.
Ngokwey stressed the need for a sustained action in favour of populations rendered vulnerable as a result of the post-electoral crisis. "Though political stability has culminated in significant return of many
refugees and IDPs to their areas of origin, their long-term integration requires substantial assistance," the UN Humanitarian Coordinator said.
"This much needed assistance may be compromised by lack of adequate funding," the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the Ivory Coast added.
The 2012 Consolidated Appeal 2012 for Ivory Coast, which was launched on 16 January in Abidjan, is funded to date only at 18% or U.S. $31.2 million out of an initial request of US$173 million.Tweet