For Immediate Release

Office of Press Relations

Press Release

The United States, through USAID, is providing nearly $176 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions of West Africa in response to deteriorating security conditions and increasing humanitarian needs in communities cut off from assistance due to conflict. 

This additional funding from USAID – which includes funds from the recently passed bipartisan supplemental appropriation – will support communities in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria facing staggering humanitarian needs amid conflict, food insecurity, and displacement. These funds will be provided through UN and NGO partners, including the UN World Food Program, UNICEF, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. These funds will allow our partners to reach additional people with food assistance, nutrition, safe drinking water, emergency health care, and protection for the most vulnerable, along with other vital aid.  

The United States is a leading donor to the humanitarian response in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions. This funding is as critical as ever, as humanitarian responses in each of the countries are vastly underfunded and needs are far outpacing the assistance available. The United States calls on other donors to join us in scaling up assistance to this region to help save lives and alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable in the region.

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