Over the next three months UNICEF requires US$4.2 million to respond to the most urgent needs of children and women affected by insecurity and chronic conflict in the Central African Republic. The insecurity and chronic conflict in the Central African Republic continues to impact tens of thousands of children’s lives in the northern and eastern regions of the country. It is estimated that at least a quarter of the population has been affected by the conflict. Other challenges are frequent outbreaks of epidemic diseases, rising prices of food and other essential commodities, humanitarian access in some parts of the country and limited resources to meet humanitarian needs. In close collaboration with local, national and international partners, UNICEF continues to respond to the humanitarian needs of the population affected by conflict in the priority areas of health, nutrition, WASH, HIV/AIDS, education and child protection. Overall funding status of the office remains a concern, with health, WASH and HIV/AIDS being particularly underfunded. As part of the 2010 HAR and the CAP joint appeal, UNICEF currently still needs US $10,148,270 to be able to respond to the needs of children and women in the Central African Republic. The response from the donor community has been limited thus far, with only US $ 2,569,720, or 20 per cent, received to date. The most urgent funding priorities over the next three months amount to US$ 4,200,000.
CAR Humanitarian Action Update 20 May 2010 [pdf]