Contribution to the ICRC Abidjan Regional Budget Appeal 2019 with earmarking for Burkina Faso (Food Assistance)
Basic needs regarding food/nutrition, access to water and sanitation facilities of vulnerable people, including residents and internally displaced, are covered.
The ICRC aims to achieve the following main targets per assistance sub-programme for 2019:
- Dietary and other basic needs gap for 21,000 vulnerable people reduced
- Access to safe water supply and sanitation facilities for over 20,000 people established
With ADA’s contribution of EUR 100,000 focusing on ICRC's assistance program in Burkina Faso, the ICRC will be able to improve the dietary and other basic needs situation of 7,920 vulnerable people, including residents, internally displaced and returnees for one month.
The ICRC Abidjan Regional Delegation works in cooperation with the Burkinabe Red Cross and implements this project component in Ouagadougou, Djibo, Fada and country-wide (according to needs).
The ICRC will distribute food items such as millet, rice, beans, oil, salt and sugar.
Intense violence in northern and, increasingly, eastern Burkina Faso have caused injuries and deaths. Thousands of people have fled their homes, and require food, shelter and other essentials. Infrastructure, already overstretched, cannot cope with this additional strain: this constricts health-care and other basic services. Access to clean water and sanitation facilities, and knowledge of good hygiene practices are lacking; malaria, diarrhoea and other diseases are prevalent. In addition, climatic shocks, such as drought, have affected the supply of food in areas of northern Burkina Faso. Some residents, and Malian refugees who cannot return home because of the security situation there, rely on herding for sustenance: the prevalence of livestock diseases, worsened by past drought, has thinned their herds.
The ICRC Abidjan regional delegation is present in Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo since 1992. The delegation focuses on responding to the protection and assistance needs of people, including refugees, affected by armed conflicts and other situations of violence in the greater region and provides logistical support for other ICRC delegations in West Africa. In 2019, the ICRC increased the number of staff at its mission in Burkina Faso and will extend its presence to Djibo and Fada.