EU Doubles Humanitarian Aid for Ivory Coast

Ivorians at a bus station in Abidjan's Adjamé district, looking to flee post-election fighting in March 2011. Photo by Alexis Adélé / IRIN

The European Union is doubling its humanitarian assistance to Ivory Coast to €60 million ($80 million) following an extended needs assessment conducted recently by a team from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department, or ECHO.

The team says that humantarian conditions in the African nation, which is still reeling from the impacts of post-election violence, remains “cause for major concern.”

The additional EU humanitarian support will be channeled through United Nations agencies, Red Cross and non-governmental organizations.

The European Commission expects to open a full-time ECHO office in Abidjan shortly.

Meanwhile, a team of U.N. health experts have traveled to Ivory Coast’s western region to identify needs on the ground.

The Moyen Cavally region, one of the areas hit hardest by fighting, has now only 10 of 44 health centers open and providing limited services, according to the World Health Organization.

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.