Humanitarian presence needs to be brought to scale quickly to cope with the escalating needs. Partners in Burkina Faso are striving to step up the scope and the pace of operations in support of the Government to provide life-saving services and protection to the displaced and other people in need. Enhanced efforts and coordination by all actors are required to ensure and maintain access to, and for, affected populations.
A coordinated strategy encompassing humanitarian assistance and addressing the causes of the crisis is needed to shift from delivering aid to ending need in line with the UN Secretary General’s Agenda for Humanity. The creation of more opportunities for the population in terms of education, income generation and access to basic social services, with a focus on youth and women, is critical to help people become self-reliant again and prevent a further deterioration of the crisis.
In February, the authorities and the humanitarian community launched a $100 million response plan to assist around 900,000 people hardest-hit by the crisis. They include communities hosting displaced people, and highly vulnerable families struggling with food insecurity and malnutrition. This year, around 676,000 people are at risk of food insecurity, and 130,000 children are threatened by severe acute malnutrition.
Priority humanitarian response include the following:
Provision of medicines, psychological and psychosocial care for the displaced
Construction of and support to two emergency health centres in Foubé and Barsalogho displacement sites
Provision of emergency kits in 20 health centres Gorom-Gorom, Thiou, Titao and Djibo districts as well as Kelbo and Arbinda health centres.
Distribution of long-lasting impregnated mosquito nets at IDP sites.
Access to health services through the strengthening of mobile clinics, disease prevention and community health, developing strategies for the provision of sexual health and reproduction;
Vaccination against measles and meningitis in IDP sites and health districts with outbreaks.
Screening for acute malnutrition in IDP sites and among out-of-camp IDPs. In January and February 12,438 severely acute malnourished children (SAM) were treated, 45 per cent of whom regions affected by insecurity
55,697 children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition in 2019 in the four regions affected by insecurity, accounting for 42 per cent of the 133,066 cases projected in the country in 2019
Severe acute malnutrition treatment has been integrated in Foubé and Barsalgho IDP site clinics.
Since October 2018, 42 sites provide care for uncomplicated SAMs twice a month. A total of 1,270 children with MAM and 508 SAM have been treated
SHELTER & NFI
Strengthen public service infrastructure within host communities
In Arbinda and Foubé 93 tents have been provided to IDP families
Around 1,700 additional tents to distributed in conflict-affected areas
Essential household items, including mats, cans, buckets, kitchen sets, blankets, dignity kits, solar lamps, clothes distributed to the most vulnerable displaced households in Sahel and Centre-Nord regions
Setting up temporary classes and distributing learning materials in host communities
Developing emergency education strategy to facilitate the gradual reopening of schools, including the return of displaced students.
Strengthening the coordination between NGOs, UN agencies and the Ministry of Education
Training sessions on humanitarian principles, humanitarian coordination and key principles of protection underway
More than 30 sector leaders and aid workers have been trained
GBV assistance to 6,103 survivors Barsalogho, Djibo, Arbinda, Kelbo sites
Distribution of 1,500 Kits of dignity in IDP sites.
Training of 53 health workers, social workers and legal assistance workers on the integrated GBV management for women and girls.
Development of a referencing mechanism for GBV survivors
Support services for the protection of children separated from their families, suffering psychosocial distress and other forms of violence
Establishment of child friendly spaces and capacity building of partners in IDP sites and other areas providing psychosocial activities
Creation of 10 community spaces in Sahel and training of 60 mothers animating some 3,000 children.
Providing peacebuilding training
Vocational training of 360 youths, including 15 IDP girls in Djibo
Distribution of NFI to households of vulnerable children
Potable water supply by drilling or rehabilitating boreholes
Distribution of jerrycans and purification tablets or direct chlorination of water at the point of supply
Setting up sufficient and safe sanitation and hygiene infrastructures.
Household sensitization on water treatment and safe storage.
Hygiene promotion activities and mobilising or health workers and communities/displaced persons
EARLY RECOVERY AND PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE