West and Central Africa

Situation Report
Emergency Response

COVID-19 exacerbating acute needs

Across the region, COVID‑19 is further compounding acute needs. Sahel countries have registered nearly 300,000 cases of COVID-19. The delivery of humanitarian assistance continued with adapted delivery modalities accompanied by sensitization measures. In Burkina Faso, Chad, and Nigeria, COVID-19 mitigation measures have had a negative impact on access to agricultural inputs and labour. The COVID crisis, on top of the escalation of conflict, forced displacements, and natural disasters, has exacerbated pre-existing gender inequalities and significantly worsened protection of women and girls in the region.