West and Central Africa COVID-19 Digest

Situation Report
Background
Food distribution in Kaya, Burkina Faso
Food distribution in Kaya, Burkina Faso - March 2020 (WFP/Mahamady Ouedraogo)

1- COUNTRIES WITH EXISTING HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLANS INCLUDED IN THE COVID-19 GHRP

In West and Central Africa, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Mali, Niger and Nigeria have existing 2020 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs). The COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP), issued in March 2020, considered countries with ongoing HRPs a priority due to prevailing needs and pre-existing low national response capacity. The GHRP also emphasizes the imperative to sustain funding for HRPs and preparedness to other disasters, beyond COVID-19.

Existing HRPs and Refugee Response Plans (RRRPs) are being adjusted to address the additional consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the GHRP is highlighting emergency and short-term requirements until the end of 2020, those will be progressively integrated into country plans and programmes. HRPs across the region remain severely underfunded, yet they are critical to avoid further loss of life and suffering, a rise of affected people’s vulnerabilities and ever-decreasing capacities to cope with the new emergency.

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