On 30 October 2014 we responded to a funding alert in response to a cholera outbreak in Northern Nigeria, Borno State.
BACKGROUND TO THE CRISIS
Nigeria is experiencing major security issues in the northeast region, as religious extremists continue to take control of this part of the country. As a result, the situation on the ground remains fragile, with the need for humanitarian assistance critical. Approximately nine million people have been displaced because of the violence (Source: ACAPS). The high number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is resulting in deteriorating conditions in the camps, such as access to clean drinking water and insufficient water and sanitation facilities. An outbreak of cholera was reported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and State Ministry of Health (SMoH) in late September. So far, a total of 2,414 cases and 53 deaths have been reported from Maiduguri, Borno State. Numbers are expected to rise in the northeast region, as well as countries bordering Nigeria, such as Cameroon Chad and Niger (Source: Reliefweb).
GHA AND THE START NETWORK
The GHA Programme is partnering with the START network to help to inform its funding allocation decisions. The START network is a consortium of British-based humanitarian INGOs, which has recently launched its own fund to help fill funding gaps and enable rapid response to under-reported crises where need is great.
When the START members issue a funding alert, we produce (within 12 hours) a rapid overview of the humanitarian funding picture – recent funding, an overview of appeals and funds, and analysis of donor trends. The analysis is targeted not only at the START network but also to a wider set of stakeholders engaged in these crises – including donors, humanitarian organisations, analysts, advocates and citizens.