The European Union is providing the sum of €152.05 million to bring relief to people in the Sahel Region to combat armed conflicts, climate change, and food and nutrition.The Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis management Christos Stylianides, disclosed that the new aid will package will provide food assistance, emergency health care, clean water, shelter, protection and education for children.
“The EU’s vital work in the Sahel continues to help the most vulnerable, in one of the poorest and most fragile regions in the world, where humanitarian needs are worryingly According to the European Union, funding from this aid package provides humanitarian assistance in the following seven countries: Burkina Faso (€15.7 million), Cameroon (€17.8 million), Chad (€27.2 million), Mali (23.55 million), Mauritania (€11.15 million), Niger (€23.15 million) and Nigeria (€28 million). An additional €5.5 million is allocated to a regional project that fights malnutrition in Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.
In a statement from the body, the new aid package will ensure adequate Food Security.
“Lack of sufficient rainfall, scarce vegetation, and high food prices persist in some areas of the Sahel. EU humanitarian aid continues to go towards giving food assistance, health care and water to vulnerable households, especially in the most critical months of the year in-between harvests, where food reserves are severely depleted.@
In terms of adequate health care services, the people in the Sahel region will be able to access this form of services.
“In a region where nearly 3 million children under the age of five are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, another priority of EU humanitarian support is the prevention and treatment of this life-threatening condition. EU funding also helps awareness-raising about early diagnosis, support to the health system, and the supply of therapeutic foods and essential medicines for undernourished children.”
The European Union is also contributing to measures aimed at building long term community resilience.
“We aid in strengthening communities’ preparedness and quick response in risk-prone areas, especially as concerns food crises, people displacement, natural disasters and epidemics.”