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dominican republic: cholera outbreak emergency plan of action (epoa) dref n° mdrdo011 - dominican republic
a. situation analysisdescription of the disasterduring epidemiological week (ew) 28, the ministry of public health and epidemiology reported that the los pinos health center (la descubierta, municipality) saw an increase in the number of patients with acute diarrhoeal diseases from surrounding communities, which were suspected to be cases of cholera.in ew 32, the ministry of health reported that vibrio cholerae had been identified in samples collected from residents of la descubierta municipality in the national public health laboratory. the same report also stated that three confirmed cases of cholera in the municipality had been identified.since the outbreak began in ew 28 and up to ew 34, 4 confirmed cases of cholera and 91 suspected cases have been identified in the municipality (please see figure 1 below), in residents of los pinos del edén, ángel feliz, urban area of la descubierta and los bolos.in comparison, the province of independencia, which accounts for only 0.77 per cent of the dominican republic’s total population, has seen twice as many suspicious cases (91 versus 46) of cholera as the rest of the country in the last two months. moreover, the presence of suspected cases in this province is 300 times higher than in the same period of 2017, and this is the only province where the suspected cases of cholera have increased in relation to 2017. these data are even more concerning when considered against the fact that the 90 per cent of the suspected cases are co...
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las lluvias en sinaloa dejan al menos tres muertos y miles de evacuados - mexico
once municipios del estado al noroeste de méxico han sido declarados zonas de emergencia por el paso de una depresión tropical.las lluvias torrenciales e inundaciones han puesto en alerta máxima al estado mexicano de sinaloa, al noroeste del país. al menos tres personas han muerto y miles de habitantes han sido evacuados por las fuertes precipitaciones que comenzaron el jueves. el paso de la depresión tropical 19-e y los remanentes del huracán isaac han creado esta tormenta perfecta. once de los 18 municipios de la entidad han sido declarados como zona de emergencia por el gobierno de enrique peña nieto.un hombre de 20 años murió ahogado y otros dos, de 20 y 62 años, fallecieron a causa de descargas eléctricas, según los reportes de la fiscal local. las inundaciones superaron el metro y medio de altura en algunos puntos lo que obligó a evacuar a más de 16.000 personas de los municipios de ahome y el fuerte. unas 3.000 personas permanecen en albergues este viernes. además, tres mujeres que fueron arrastradas por la corriente de un arroyo han sido reportadas como desaparecidas.`se nos presentó un fenómeno atípico que se estacionó en el golfo de california. definitivamente no se había recibido en todo el año tal cantidad de lluvia`, declaró el gobernador de sinaloa, quirino ordaz, en una entrevista radiofónica. en tres horas cayeron 271 milímetros de agua en el estado, lo que provocó inundaciones en 62 comunidades y colonias de seis municipios, de acue...
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briefing to the security council on the humanitarian situation in yemen by the under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, mr. mark lowcock - yemen
new york, 21 september 2018as deliveredthank you very much indeed madam president,the security council have asked me to update you today on the humanitarian situation in yemen. in a word, it is bleak. we are losing the fight against famine. the position has deteriorated in an alarming way in recent weeks. we may now be approaching a tipping point, beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.madam president,as you know, yemen has for some time now been the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. years of very intense and protracted fighting all over the country have destroyed infrastructure, wrecked public services, displaced millions of people from their homes and livelihoods, and seen what’s believed to be the worst cholera outbreak the world has ever seen ravage the country.all that, together with a dramatic economic collapse in a country already among the world’s poorest, meant that, at the beginning of this year, fully three quarters of yemenis – 75 per cent, 22 million people – were in need of some kind of humanitarian assistance or protection.many millions no longer have any regular source of income – including the families of teachers, health workers, water and sanitation workers and other public servants who haven’t been paid a regular salary in two years.some 18 million people, including a high proportion of yemen’s children, are food insecure, and more than 8 million of them severe...
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acaps: briefing note - thousands of people displaced due to flooding across nigeria, 21 september 2018 - nigeria
heavy rainfall has caused the niger and benue rivers to overflow, displacing thousands across 12 states as of late august (dg echo 16/09/2018; 21/09/2018). the national emergency management agency has declared an emergency in kogi, niger, delta and anambra states, and is monitoring eight other states in central and southern nigeria (floodlist 19/09/2018). in addition to river flooding, flash floods have occurred in central and northern nigeria since july, affecting katsina, kano, jigawa and sokoto states. thousands of houses have been destroyed across all affected states and the affected population has lost household and personal belongings. the floods have caused considerable damage to farmland across nigeria. there is an urgent need for shelter, nfi, food and livelihood assistance.anticipated scope and scalethe main rainy season in nigeria is expected to continue until october and heavy rainfall is predicted for the next three weeks. this could lead to further flooding in affected communities and floods in previously unaffected areas.the extensive crop damage is likely to aggravate food insecurity in the region and to affect livelihoods. flooding can have a long-term health impact on communities that are already exposed to conflict and displacement.
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south sudan: uk aid agencies warn that peace will only hold if the voices of all south sudanese are heard - south sudan
uk aid agency cafod has joined other british ngos working with vulnerable communities affected by the conflict in south sudan, in welcoming the signing of the latest peace agreement, but warns that any sustainable peace in the country needs to include the critical role of civil society.in their joint statement released to mark international day of peace, it says:`while it is vital to secure an agreement to end armed conflict, there needs to be political will to engage positively in the support of peace. securing long-term peace in south sudan requires more than a formal agreement. ultimately any signed agreement can only deliver lasting peace if it is supported and connected with long-term transformational changes at the community level, which address grievances fuelling conflict and the causes of disaffection and disenfranchisement.`fergus conmee, cafod's head of africa programmes said:`as the country moves into this new chapter in its history, the international community must support a comprehensive approach to lasting peace including economic development, justice, social cohesion and security, making sure that the voices of ordinary south sudanese are heard at the national, regional and international level.`the signing of the most recent peace agreement last week in addis ababa, between south sudan's president salva kiir and the main opposition leader, riek machar, offers hope that there is an end in sight to the five-year conflict that has engulfed the country.the c...
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refugee and migrant children arriving on greek islands up by one-third in 2018 - unicef - greece
geneva, 21 september 2018 – the number of refugee and migrant children who arrived on the greek islands between january and august has risen by 32 percent compared to the same time-period last year. over 7,000 children – on average more than 850 every month – have made the dangerous journey by sea, with most ending up in overcrowded and unsafe facilities.based on patterns from previous years, the number of refugees and migrants arriving by sea in greece is expected to increase in the coming months.“as the number of refugee and migrant children arriving on the greek islands increases, conditions at the centers hosting these children are becoming more dire and dangerous,” said unicef’s country coordinator for the refugee and migrant response in greece, lucio melandri. “all refugees and migrants living in the reception and identification centers, especially children, need to be transferred to the mainland without further delay to make sure they can have adequate accommodation, protection, health care and other basic services.”approximately 80 percent of the 20,500 refugees and migrants now on the greek islands, including more than 5,000 children, are being sheltered in unsanitary, overfilled reception and identification centers.according to greek law, refugees and migrants should spend a maximum of 25 days at these centres to complete arrival procedures. despite tremendous goodwill and commitment, the overwhelmed staff and local authorities have not been able to ...
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dominica recovering one year after hurricane maria, but thousands still in need - dominica
roseau – one year ago, hurricane maria reached the island of dominica with a wind speed of 220 mph (354 kph). the results were devastating: 31 lives were lost and 34 are still missing; roads and bridges were devastated and about 90 per cent of the housing stock in the island was damaged or destroyed.the day after the hurricane hit, 71-year-old randel adams found himself on the brink of tears. his roof was entirely gone. the contents of his house were soaked and soiled. he made himself a make-shift home and braced himself to bear rain and inclement weather. while adams patched his roof the best he could, thousands of families poured out of the battered island and the government faced the nearly impossible task of restoring damaged property worth millions of dollars, the island’s economy, and people’s lives.a few days after the hurricane, an iom team was on the ground distributing tarpaulins, solar lights, hygiene kits and other non-food items, and tracking the status of displaced people in emergency shelters around the island using the displacement tracking matrix (dtm) tool. since then, iom has been working tirelessly in communities across dominica to assist the most vulnerable through shelter recovery programmes funded by uk aid, the european union’s humanitarian arm (echo), australia aid and china aid via the united nations development programme (undp). the programme has repaired almost 700 roofs, allowing families to return to their homes and developing their capac...
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155 children left orphaned or separated from their parents in drc’s latest ebola outbreak - democratic republic of the congo
kinshasa/dakar/new york/geneva, 21 september 2018 – unicef and its partners have so far identified 155 children who have been orphaned or left unaccompanied as a result of the latest ebola outbreak in the eastern democratic republic of the congo (drc). this figure includes children who have lost one or both parents, or primary caregivers to ebola, as well as those who have been left unaccompanied while their parents are isolated in ebola treatment centres.children who lose a parent due to ebola are at risk of being stigmatized, isolated or abandoned, in addition to the experience of losing a loved one or primary caregiver. this group of children are particularly vulnerable and unicef is concerned for their wellbeing.“the loss of a parent or a loved one can be a deeply upsetting experience for a child,” said dr gianfranco rotigliano, unicef representative in the drc. “our mission is to protect and to assist all the children affected by the ebola virus. as the outbreak continues, we will continue to coordinate with our partners to ensure their physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing.”unicef assistance to orphaned and unaccompanied children is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual child. a newborn who has lost his mother has different needs than a school-aged child. unicef support to an orphaned or unaccompanied child typically includes psycho-social care, food and material assistance, and support to reintegrate into school.one hundred and twelv...
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idlib deal could save three million ‘from catastrophe’ says un chief, as militants are urged to lay down arms - syrian arab republic
a deal reached between russia and turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in syria’s idlib region is a welcome development, un secretary-general antónio guterres said on thursday, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it.“i welcome the agreement three days ago between president erdogan of turkey and president putin of russia, to create a demilitarized buffer zone in idlib”, mr guterres told journalists in new york.“if properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe.”in his appeal to “all the parties” to implement the agreement, the un chief highlighted the need to ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian access.international humanitarian law must also be respected and everyone involved in the more than seven-year conflict should work “urgently for greater progress” in the geneva process to find a political solution to the situation.mr guterres’s comments followed a meeting earlier in the day of the humanitarian access task force on syria, led by senior adviser to the un jan egeland.echoing the un chief’s comments, mr egeland said that the deal between russia and turkey was a welcome development, before appealing to armed militants there not to fight “to the last civilian”.“what some groups have said is that they are preparing to fight,” mr egeland told journalists in geneva. “and our message ...
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españa contribuye con 480.500 euros a paliar la crisis humanitaria ocasionada por el tifón mangkhut en filipinas - philippines
la aecid activa sus protocolos de respuesta a través de la federación internacional de la cruz roja y media luna roja (ficr), cruz roja española (cre), y acción contra el hambre (acf)cerca de un millón de personas se han visto afectadas, y más de 80 han perdido la vidacomo respuesta a la crisis humanitaria producida en filipinas por el tifón mangkhut, de categoría 5, que tocó tierra en la madrugada del sábado 15 de septiembre en la provincia de cagayán (al norte de la isla de luzón), españa ha activado sus protocolos de ayuda humanitaria a través de la agencia española de cooperación internacional para el desarrollo, dependiente del ministerio de asuntos exteriores, unión europea y cooperación, con la aportación de 480.500 euros a través de varias actuaciones de apoyo. por el momento, la unión europea ha movilizado un paquete de ayuda de emergencia por importe total de 2 millones de euros.según los datos recabados a fecha de 19 de septiembre, a causa del tifón, con vientos máximos sostenidos de 205 km/h, se han visto afectadas más de un millón de personas, de las cuales 236.000 han tenido que ser evacuadas, y sin cifras oficiales definitivas el número de fallecidos hasta la fecha ascendería al menos a 81 personas. la cifra de hogares dañados se va incrementando a medida que se consigue acceder a nuevas áreas afectadas, siendo hasta la fecha 6.479 las viviendas que han sufrido daños. más de 35.400 escuelas y 15,5 millones de estudiantes se han v...
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philippines: solidarity and action after typhoon mangkhut - philippines
by mary joy evalarosaif there’s anything good about a typhoon, it’s that people have time to prepare and responders are primed to act. in the days and hours before typhoon mangkhut swirled its deadly path towards luzon – home to nearly 50 million people – the philippine red cross joined a massive effort led by the government to get people ready for the storm, known locally as ompong.manual tagacay, the town captain of carig norte in tuguegarao, said, “as soon as we heard ompong was to hit the philippines and that we were in the direct path of it, we prepared and secured our homes. we were better prepared than before super typhoon haima in 2016.”warnings were issued to millions of people at risk. they stocked up on food, water, flashlights, first aid kits and emergency supplies, tied down roofs and boarded up windows. about 350,000 people moved to evacuation centres.meanwhile, the red cross spread safety messages and urged people to heed messages to evacuate. trained red cross teams were placed in the path of mangkhut, covering cagayan, isabela, apayao and ilocos norte. the teams were followed by a caravan with four 10-wheeler trucks, a six-wheeler truck, an earth mover, four generators, a van for cooking hot meals, a humvee, a steel boat with trailer and much more. water and sanitation equipment included a 10,000-litre water tanker, water treatment unit and four water bladders with tap stands.this early action guaranteed a quick response. after a night of watching...
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uganda prepares to vaccinate against ebola in case the virus strikes the country - uganda
kampala: - 20th september 2018. as ebola virus disease (evd) preparedness activities intensify in uganda, the ministry of health with support from the world health organization (who) is making arrangements to vaccinate frontline health workers and high-risk populations should need arise.in case uganda gets a case of evd, a strategy known as ring vaccination will be implemented. under this strategy, health workers will define several layers of contacts also known as contacts, contact of contacts and vaccinate them. these are people most likely to be infected with the virus and they usually include health workers, family members of evd patients, their neighbours and friends.the ring vaccination strategy was used to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, it helped contain the evd outbreak in west africa and is currently being used to control the disease in eastern democratic republic congo (drc).“evd is a highly contagious and deadly disease with the ebola zaire strain being the most virulent. health workers often lose their lives during ebola outbreaks. therefore, the rollout of this life-saving vaccine will go a long way in averting health worker mortality due to exposure to the deadly disease,” said dr jane ruth aceng, minister of health.in uganda’s preparation, spaces for the cold chain to store the vaccine have already been identified. the freezers, the transportation crates, storage boxes, pallets and vaccines carriers have arrived in the country and have been installed. a...
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crop prospects and food situation, no. 3, september 2018 - world
conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countriessome 39 countries in need of food assistance - fao expects slightly lower global cereal production20 september 2018, rome - persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in southern african and near east countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the un food and agriculture organization (fao) today.some 39 countries, 31 of which are in africa, seven in asia and one in the caribbean (haiti), are in need of external food assistance - unchanged from three months ago, according to the crop prospects and food situation report. fao stresses that protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and displacement continue hampering food access for millions of vulnerable people.civil conflicts and population displacement remain the key drivers of food insecurity in east africa and the near east, whereas dry-weather conditions reduced cereal outputs in southern africa, according to the report.lower global cereal production forecastfao's latest forecast for global cereal production in 2018 is pegged at 2 587 million tonnes, a three-year low and 2.4 percent below last year's record high level.cereal production in the 52 low-income food-deficit countries (lifdcs) is projected this year at around 490 million tonnes, about 19 million above the past five-year average. the unchanged a...
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unicef ethiopia humanitarian situation report #8 – reporting period: august 2018 - ethiopia
highlights• approximately 141,410 people were displaced in somali region after conflict erupted on 4 august. the conflict led to the exodus of government personnel, leaving essential services significantly understaffed. this in turn created pressing and urgent humanitarian needs for children and women in the region.• through unicef support, 134,446 people in gedeo-west guji received essential and life-saving health care services and 30,579 children under 5 years were treated for severe acute malnutrition (sam).• the acute watery diarrhea (awd) situation in the country continues to be of great concern. in tigray region, 769 awd cases have been reported between 22 july and 22 august 2018. unicef has provided support in c4d, health and wash in the affected locations.situation in numbers7.9 million* people in need of relief food/cash350,111* children in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition2.2 million* school-aged children, including adolescents, in need of emergency school feeding and learning material assistance2.6 million** internally displaced people in ethiopia (79 per cent displaced due to conflict)923,863*** registered refugees and asylum seekers in ethiopia.*2018 humanitarian and disaster resilience plan for ethiopia, march 2018** dtm ethiopia national dashboard round 11, (iom may-june 2018) and unocha- west guji/gedeo situation update #7, august 1*** ethiopia, refugee and asylum seekers (unhcr, june 2018)situation overview and humanitarian needsinter-comm...
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'anything that was breathing was killed': war crimes in leer and mayendit - south sudan
south sudan: government troops and militias given free rein to commit new atrocitiesthe staggering brutality of a recent military offensive in south sudan - including murder of civilians, systematic rape of women and girls and massive looting and destruction - was fuelled by the authorities' failure to prosecute or remove suspected war criminals, amnesty international said in a new report today.'anything that was breathing was killed': war crimes in leer and mayendit, south sudan is based on the testimonies of around 100 civilians who fled an offensive by government forces and allied youth militias in southern unity state between late april and early july this year.`a key factor in this brutal offensive was the failure to bring to justice those responsible for previous waves of violence targeting civilians in the region,` said joan nyanyuki, regional director for east africa at amnesty international.`leer and mayendit counties have been hard hit in the past, and yet the south sudanese government continues to give suspected perpetrators free rein to commit fresh atrocities. the result has been catastrophic for civilians.`civilians murdered in villages and swampsunity state has witnessed some of the most ruthless violence since the conflict in south sudan started nearly five years ago.the most recent wave of violence broke out on 21 april 2018 and lasted until early july - a week after the latest ceasefire was brokered on 27 june.dozens of civilian women and men told amn...
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unicef ethiopia humanitarian situation report #8 – reporting period: august 2018 - ethiopia
highlights• approximately 141,410 people were displaced in somali region after conflict erupted on 4 august. the conflict led to the exodus of government personnel, leaving essential services significantly understaffed. this in turn created pressing and urgent humanitarian needs for children and women in the region.• through unicef support, 134,446 people in gedeo-west guji received essential and life-saving health care services and 30,579 children under 5 years were treated for severe acute malnutrition (sam).• the acute watery diarrhea (awd) situation in the country continues to be of great concern. in tigray region, 769 awd cases have been reported between 22 july and 22 august 2018. unicef has provided support in c4d, health and wash in the affected locations.situation in numbers7.9 million* people in need of relief food/cash350,111* children in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition2.2 million* school-aged children, including adolescents, in need of emergency school feeding and learning material assistance2.6 million** internally displaced people in ethiopia (79 per cent displaced due to conflict)923,863*** registered refugees and asylum seekers in ethiopia.*2018 humanitarian and disaster resilience plan for ethiopia,march 2018** dtm ethiopia national dashboard round 11, (iom may-june 2018) and unocha- west guji/gedeo situation update #7, august 1*** ethiopia, refugee and asylum seekers (unhcr, june 2018)situation overview and humanitarian needsinter-commu...
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declaración conjunta del acnur y de la oim acerca del nombramiento del sr. eduardo stein como representante especial conjunto para los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en la región - venezuela (bolivarian republic of)
ginebra – el acnur, la agencia de naciones unidas para los refugiados y la oim, el organismo de las naciones unidas para la migración, tienen el agrado de anunciar el nombramiento del sr. eduardo stein como representante especial conjunto para los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos en la región.el sr. stein trae una vasta experiencia profesional y política, y un profundo conocimiento de la región, todo lo cual será fundamental para brindar apoyo a los esfuerzos de los gobiernos nacionales respecto de la respuesta frente a las necesidades de protección y de soluciones por parte de un número cada vez mayor de refugiados y migrantes venezolanos. el sr. stein promoverá un enfoque regional coherente y armonizado de cara a la situación de venezuela en coordinación con los gobiernos nacionales, las organizaciones internacionales y otros actores relevantes.el sr. stein trabajará muy estrechamente con y reportará directamente tanto al alto comisionado de las naciones unidas para los refugiados (acnur) y al director general de la oim. trabajará para promover el diálogo y el consenso necesarios para la respuesta humanitaria, incluyendo el acceso a territorio, protección de los refugiados, estatuto regular, y la identificación de soluciones para refugiados y migrantes venezolanos.
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helmand leaders gather to discuss causes of local conflict, prospects for peace - afghanistan
nadali - government officials, elders, activists and other community leaders in the southern province of helmand gathered at a un-backed symposium to discuss local peace efforts and to strategize on ways to build national and sustainable peace.more than 50 leaders from helmand’s nadali district, located west of the provincial capital of lashkar gah, gathered at the event to exchange ideas about the main drivers of instability in the province, such as corruption, underdevelopment and unemployment, especially among young people, and to chart out possible next steps toward peace.“building confidence in the peace process should start with improving good governance, justice and the rule of law,” said shagofa, a women’s rights activist, who added that socio-economic development and justice are the foundations for peace.haji ghulam mohammad eshaqzai, the head of helmand’s provincial peace committee, expressed similar views, adding that communities across helmand have been suffering from the conflict for years and urgently need peace.“local community engagement is crucial for achieving peace, because only communities will be able to safeguard the efforts,” he stressed, highlighting the importance of building confidence among and between helmand’s communities as a key building block for sustaining any advancements toward peace.also speaking at the event was helmand governor mohammad yasin, who described how president ghani has specifically instructed provincial governo...
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ecowas calls for increased coordination to address security and developmental challenges in sahel region - world
abuja, 18th september 2018. the commission of the economic community of west african states (ecowas) along with regional and international organizations, have reiterated their commitment to addressing challenges such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, food insecurity and illicit trafficking in the sahel region by harmonizing their approaches and improving coordination in the implementation of their strategies.this was the major recommendation of a high level meeting of regional organizations on the sahel which held in abuja, nigeria on 18th september, 2018.the meeting which was organized in collaboration with the african union (au) and the united nations office for west africa and the sahel (unowas) called for advocacy policies to facilitate the mobilization of resources from regional and international partners to support joint programs and projects in the sahel region.representing the president of the ecowas commission, jean-claude kassi brou, the commissioner for political affairs, peace and security, general francis behanzin stated that the security situation in the sahel coupled with socio-economic problems brought about by poor infrastructure, poverty and climate change have threaten the peace of both sahelian and non-sahelian states.however, ‘the ecowas sahel strategy which has an action plan of 31 priority projects in the areas of infrastructure, food security, education and peace and security costing and estimated $4.75 billion would help create economic stabili...
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“we simply can’t let these people down. but we remain vigilant”: msf returns to bangassou - central african republic
in november 2017 a series of security incidents forced médecins sans frontières (msf) to evacuate our team from bangassou, central african republic (car), and suspend activities in the area for five months. in april 2018, our team returned to the city. assistant medical coordinator dr ernest lualuali ibongu has been working in bangassou since april 2017, where he experienced the temporary suspension of activities and their resumption. here, he describes the situation.what was the situation in bangassou when you first arrived?before i arrived, bangassou was described to me as a “little paradise”, a haven of social cohesion in central african republic relatively unaffected by the intercommunal conflict that tore the country apart from 2013 to 2014. but just three days after my arrival in 2017, i found myself in an ambulance in the midst of fighting, transporting 27 war-wounded patients to the msf hospital. it was as if the city i had heard about had disappeared.back then we still had a large team in the region. we were expanding the hospital, training medical staff in three rural health centres, implementing an ambitious programme in the villages where we wanted to improve access to drinking water to prevent cases of diarrhoea, and implementing prophylactic measures against malaria. these diseases don’t kill as violently as guns, but they are much more deadly. but when the insecurity got worse we had to reduce our teams.it was an intense period. before tensions escalate...
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a future stolen: young and out of school - world
more than 104 million children and young people – 1 in 3 – are out of school in countries affected by war or natural disastersadolescents in emergency countries face grim future with two in five 15-17 year olds never completing primary school.new york, 19 september 2018 – 1 in 3 children and young people between 5 and 17 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disaster – 104 million – are not in school, a figure that accounts for more than a third of the global out-of-school population, according to a new unicef report. in total, 303 million aged 5 to 17 years old are out of school worldwide.the report notes 1 in 5 young people aged 15 to 17 years old living in countries affected by conflict or disaster have never entered any school, and 2 in 5 have never completed primary school.`a future stolen: young and out-of-school` looks at the education situation of children and young people from pre-primary to upper secondary age across all countries, including those affected by humanitarian emergencies.“when a country is hit by conflict or disaster, its children and young people are victimized twice,” said henrietta fore, unicef executive director. “in the near term, their schools are damaged, destroyed, occupied by military forces or even deliberately attacked, and they join the millions of young people out of school, and as the years progress they seldom return. in the long term they – and the countries they live in – will continue to face perpe...
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yemen: a further one million children at risk of famine as food and fuel prices soar across the country - yemen
any disruption to food and fuel supplies coming through hodeidah port could cause starvation on an unprecedented scale, warns save the childrenmultimedia content and case studies from yemen available to download here.hodeidah, september 19 – an additional one million severely food insecure children in yemen risk falling into famine as families struggle to afford basic food and transport to health facilities for treatment. this brings the total number of children in yemen at risk of famine to 5.2 million. already, more than two-thirds (64.5 per cent) of yemen’s population don’t know where their next meal is coming from.as hodeidah experiences renewed fighting there is a real risk its port – a vital lifeline for goods and aid for 80 per cent of yemen’s population – could be damaged or temporarily closed, reducing the supply of available of food and fuel as well as driving up prices even further. this would put the lives of hundreds of thousands of children in immediate danger while pushing millions more into famine. the united nations has warned that failure to keep food, fuel and aid flowing into yemen, particularly through hodeidah, could result in one of the worst hunger crises in living history.a depreciating currency and collapsing economy are pushing communities to the brink of starvation.food prices are up by an average of 68 per cent since 2015. the yemeni rial (yer) has depreciated nearly 180 per cent in the same period. it now costs 600 yer to buy one us d...
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united nations agencies launch environmental protection and resilience project for host communities and refugees in bangladesh - bangladesh
18/09/2018 cox’s bazar, bangladeshfamilies living in the world’s largest refugee camp this week received the first 2,500 stoves and liquid petroleum gas (lpg) cylinders that are part of a united nations project to protect the environment and build resilience for people living in cox’s bazar, bangladesh.the “safe plus” (safe approaches to fuel and energy plus landscape restoration and livelihoods) project, which finally aims to provide ultimately 125,000 host community and refugee families with lpg stoves to prevent further deforestation caused by cutting firewood for cooking, is a partnership between the united nations’ food and agriculture organization (fao), migration agency (iom) and world food programme (wfp).when some 700,000 rohingya refugees fled to cox’s bazar in august last year to escape violence in myanmar, much of the area’s protected forest was cut down for fuel and shelter, dramatically increasing the risk of flooding and landslides due to soil erosion.the new lpg stoves will allow families to safely cook without needing to gather firewood from depleted forests. they will also improve the safety of women and children, who risk gender-based violence and attacks from animals, when they collect firewood. additionally, they will reduce health risks caused by smoke inhalation from open fires.host community and refugee families with lpg stoves will receive the fuel that they need through wfp’s ‘multi-wallet’ transfer solution. the agency’s scop...
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school attacks in cameroon prompt parents to withdraw students - cameroon
september 18, 2018 8:56 ammoki edwin kindzekabuea, cameroon — thousands of parents are withdrawing their children from schools in the english-speaking regions of cameroon after armed men attacked and wounded dozens of people in their institutions. separatists fighting for the independence of the english-speaking regions of cameroon had warned parents not to send their kids to school stating that they could not assure safety.dozens of villagers and parents searched the forested areas around sasse, a neighborhood in the southwestern town of buea early tuesday, looking for students who fled after armed med attacked the saint joseph's college late sunday. several dozen people were wounded in the attack.senator charles mbella moki, a lawmaker from the english- speaking southwest region of cameroon who is leading the villagers, says they are happy they found the three students who were still missing.`with the assistance of some good samaritans, we picked up some of the students who had escaped. some of them had wounds, some of them were so traumatized,` said moki. `some did not know where they were, some were in their night dresses and so on. in fact it was so pathetic, emotional but all of the student body of sasse that was in school has been appropriately, adequately accounted for.`bernard okalia bilai, governor of the south west region of cameroon, said an unknown number of armed men attacked the school, its students and staff. he said some of the children, with ages rang...
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philippines | typhoon mangkhut: flash update no. 05 | 18 september 2018 - philippines
situation overviewas of 18 september, more than 890,000 people are affected in region i, ii, iii calabarzon, mimaropa, national capital region (ncr) and cordillera administrative region (car). over 236,000 people are displaced, with over 162,300 people seeking shelter in more than 1,780 evacuation centres, and more than 73,600 people staying with host families.according to the national disaster risk reduction management council (ndrrmc), over 1,477 homes are damaged, with numbers expected to rise as the local authorities conduct damage assessment and reach remote areas. access is still a constraint due to landslides in mountain areas. news outlets are reporting over 60 dead and more than 40 missing, mostly due to landslides, with eight of the deaths confirmed by the ndrrmc.some areas are still flooded, leaving the population vulnerable to diseases including leptospirosis, dengue, acute gastroenteritis and acute watery diarrhoea. local health units are monitoring for a possible outbreak of waterborne diseases. in alcala, cagayan there has reportedly been an increase in cases of dengue that have been referred to tertiary facilities in tuguegarao.government and humanitarian responseprovincial and municipal authorities continue to validate and assess needs, especially in remote and hard-to-reach areas. the department of public works is working in regions i, ii, iii and car to remove debris and open roads to areas cut off by landslides.houses ma...
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iom conducts first climate data tracking in lake chad basin - cameroon
dakar – in august 2018 iom, the un migration agency, conducted the first climate data collection and tracking exercise in the four countries around the lake chad basin – cameroon, chad, niger and nigeria – to gather baseline data on the nexus between climate change, conflict, migration and livelihoods.throughout the region, 3,685 households and 475 key informants were interviewed in locations selected based on their proximity to the lake and their experience of climate events and conflict.the overall findings of the exercise showed that across the four countries and regardless of the interviewees’ status (host community members, internally displaced persons, returnees, migrants, refugees), a change in temperature, rainfall and ecosystems was perceived by all. among the households interviewed, 85 per cent of respondents in cameroon, 71 per cent in chad, 42 per cent in nigeria and 82 per cent in niger indicated experiencing an increase in temperature over the course of the past decade. some respondents also noticed more erratic temperature patterns, impacting the traditional knowledge of the climate which sustained livelihood activities in the region for centuries.“though we’re just scratching the surface of the mountain of analysis to be done on climate induced migration, this pilot project has shown that we are able to draw interesting correlations that will help policy makers, humanitarian and development actors respond to emerging or previously unknown needs of ...
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acaps: briefing note – zimbabwe: cholera outbreak, 18 september 2018 - zimbabwe
download pdf (424.4 kb)an outbreak of cholera declared on 6 september has killed at least 30 people and infected at least 5,460. the most severely affected areas are the two epicentres of the outbreaks in the suburbs of glenview and budiriro in western harare. the outbreak has spread from harare to chitungwiza, and west to gokwe and bulawayo. cholera is reportedly spreading to different areas of the country. poor wash and health infrastructure are facilitating the rapid spread of the disease. high wash needs, including clean drinking water, hygiene promotion and temporary sanitation facilities, have been reported.
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siege watch - millions still trapped in idlib - syrian arab republic
18-09-2018yesterday’s agreement between russian president vladimir putin and turkish counterpart recep tayyip erdogan may postpone the military offensive the syrian government and its allies are planning in the northern province of idlib. but millions of civilians, most of them refugees from elsewhere in syria, remain trapped in the province.putin and erdogan agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in the province to separate government and opposition forces. this is welcome measure to avert an offensive and protect the 3 million people in idlib. however, it is not a long-term solution for the province.millions moved against their willaccording to the 10th and final quarterly siege watch report, published this week, more than 110,000 people were expelled after the forced surrender agreements of northern homs countryside and various suburbs around damascus, including eastern ghoutha, this past spring. they joined the estimated 2.2 million other syrians forcibly displaced to the northwest of the country. for the second time, these civilians are at risk of devastation.diplomacy is the way out“we welcome a diplomatic agreement that will avert a military assault on idlib,” says pax’s marjolein wijninckx. “with so many lives at risk, the international guarantors turkey and russia have to commit to implementation of their agreement.`the new siege watch quarterly report describes the last stage of the “surrender or die” strategy of the assad regime with russian an...
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dpr korea: floods and landslides emergency plan of action (epoa) dref n° mdrkp012 - democratic people's republic of korea
a. situation analysisdescription of the disasterheavy downpours which started on 28 august have caused large-scale flooding and land slides to low-lying areas in north and south hwanghae province of the democratic people’s republic of korea (dprk). according to the government report, a total of 76 people are confirmed dead and 75 are still missing, most of them were children presumably drowned and swept away in the currents. over 3,200 houses are destroyed in addition to clinics, schools and kindergartens. over 10,000 people have been made homeless due to their houses being destroyed, partially destroyed or submerged. significant damage has been done to water supply systems and clean water is now being trucked in. the persistent heavy rains (such as 100 mm/ hr for several hours) over a 48-hour period caused flash floods in five counties in north hwanghae and four counties in south hwanghae province, which are located in the south-west part of dprk.a total of 3,237 houses have been affected in the north and south hwanghae province with some partially damaged, some completely destroyed, and others still submerged in the floodwater, where the most affected area is kumchon county in north hwanghae province. it is estimated that around 10,681 people have been displaced and are living with family, neighbours or in temporary shelters. the entire communities have been affected especially those whose houses were close to the river. in eup town, kumchon country a landslide destroyed ...
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levels & trends in child mortality: report 2018 - world
a child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world – un reportchildren from the highest mortality countries are up to 60 times more likely to die in the first five years of life than those from the lowest mortality countries, report also says.new york/ geneva/ washington d.c., 18 september 2018 – an estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by unicef, the world health organization (who), the united nations population division and the world bank group.the vast majority of these deaths – 5.4 million – occur in the first five years of life, with newborns accounting for around half of the deaths.`without urgent action, 56 million children under five will die from now until 2030 – half of them newborns,` said laurence chandy, unicef director of data, research and policy. `we have made remarkable progress to save children since 1990, but millions are still dying because of who they are and where they are born. with simple solutions like medicines, clean water, electricity and vaccines, we can change that reality for every child.`globally, in 2017, half of all deaths under five years of age took place in sub-saharan africa, and another 30 per cent in southern asia. in sub-saharan africa, 1 in 13 children died before their fifth birthday. in high-income countries, that number was 1 in 185.`millions of babies and children should not still be ...
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