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Haiti: The Diaspora at the Heart of Reconstruction

Haiti Haitian geographer George Anglade, who died during the 12 January earthquake, had a passion for literature and for all things Haitian. He used to say that the 4 million strong diaspora was a pillar of the country, contributing some 2 billion dollars yearly in remittances. Today, many say the diaspora should play a leading role in the reconstruction of the country.

It's a view shared by Haiti's Minister in charge of Haitians abroad, Edwin Paraison, who believes Haitian expatriates play an indispensable role in the reconstruction of this shattered country.

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Nigeria + 1 other
Nigerians plead for foreign help as Ebola fears spread

07/30/2014 15:26 GMT

by Joel Olatunde AGOI

LAGOS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Standing just a few hundred metres from the Lagos hospital where a Liberian man died of Ebola, John Ejiofor pleaded for the world to help contain a spread of the virus raging across west Africa.

"Nigeria is in a serious mess," the 40-year-old electrical engineer told AFP. "We lack the capacity to deal with the situation."

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European Union provides a new contribution of €13 million to East Jerusalem Hospitals

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European Union

Today, the European Union is responding with a contribution of €13 million to the major cash flow problems of East Jerusalem Hospitals as a result of the Palestinian Authority's financial crisis. The contribution, which is channelled through the PEGASE[1] mechanism will cover the outstanding costs of referrals of patients for treatment to East Jerusalem Hospitals by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola – France’s support for the authorities of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone (July 30, 2014)

France has been mobilized since the beginning of the crisis, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the authorities of the concerned countries. It is providing technical support and expertise to contain the epidemic. Our embassies, particularly in Guinea (which also has jurisdiction for Sierra Leone) and Liberia, are in close contact with the health monitoring and care facilities established in each of those countries.

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World Ebola fears grow with Europe and Asia on alert

07/30/2014 15:11 GMT

by Robin MILLARD

LONDON, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Fears that the west African Ebola outbreak could spread to other continents grew on Wednesday with European and Asian countries on alert and a leading medical charity warning the epidemic was out of control.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said the crisis gripping Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone would only get worse and warned there was no overarching strategy to handle the world's worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

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Suicide blast rocks college campus in Nigeria's Kano: witnesses

07/30/2014 15:05 GMT

KANO, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - A suicide bomber targeted students at a technical college in Nigeria's second city of Kano on Wednesday as the campus reopened following a Muslim holiday, witnesses said.

Details on casualties were not immediately known after the sixth attack in the key northern city in the last week, with the violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists who are waging a brutal five-year insurgency.

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Iraq + 1 other
IKEA Foundation helps restore sense of home for Syrian refugees in Iraq

ARBAT REFUGEE CAMP, Iraq, July 30 (UNHCR) – Since arriving from Syria nearly a year ago, 52-year-old Halima Murad and her family have been at the mercy of Iraq's extreme weather in this camp near the northern Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah.

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RDC: 20 villages repris à des groupes armés dans l'Est (ONU)

07/30/2014 13:52 GMT

KINSHASA, 30 juillet 2014 (AFP) - L'armée congolaise et les Casques bleus ont repris la semaine dernière une vingtaine villages à des groupes armés actifs dans l'Est de la République démocratique du Congo, a annoncé mercredi la Mission de l'ONU (Monusco).

"Environ vingt villages ont été reconquis par les militaires congolais durant la semaine écoulée" dans les territoires de Beni, Walikale et Lubero, situés dans la province minière du Nord-Kivu, a déclaré le lieutenant-colonel Felix-Prosper Basse porte-parole de la Monusco.

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Tunisia + 1 other
La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir de réfugiés libyens en masse (ministre)

07/30/2014 13:55 GMT

TUNIS, 30 juillet 2014 (AFP) - La Tunisie ne pourra pas accueillir en masse des Libyens fuyant les combats dans leur pays et est prête à fermer la frontière si le flux des réfugiés devait s'accentuer, a annoncé mercredi le chef de la diplomatie tunisienne.

"La situation économique dans notre pays est précaire et on ne peut pas supporter (l'arrivée) de centaines de milliers de réfugiés" comme cela avait été le cas en 2011, lors du conflit qui a abouti à la chute du régime de Kadhafi, a souligné le ministre, Mongi Hamdi.

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Tunisia + 1 other
Tunisia can't cope with massive Libya refugee influx: minister

07/30/2014 14:05 GMT

TUNIS, July 30, 2014 (AFP) - Tunisia cannot cope with any massive influx of refugees who might seek to enter the country from strife-torn neighbouring Libya and will close its border if necessary, the foreign minister said Wednesday.

"Our country's economic situation is precarious, and we cannot cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees," as was the case during the 2011 revolution that ousted Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Mongi Hamdi told a press conference.

"We will close the border if the national interest requires it," he added.

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Ukraine + 1 other
Russian Emergencies Ministry transports refugees from Ukraine to various regions of Russia

Today, another 380 Ukrainian citizens forced to leave their country will be transported to various regions of the Russian Federation by Russian Emergencies Ministry’s aircraft.

Three IL-76s of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will depart from Rostov Region en route to Kazan, Ufa and St. Petersburg (people will further be carried by road to Novgorod Region). It is planned that the aircraft will carry 320 persons, who will be met by emergency workers and escorted to temporary shelters, where everything is ready for their living.

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Cholera claiming lives in Upper Nile State, South Sudan

Communities and displaced populations living in congested camps with poor hygiene and sanitation are at high risk of contracting cholera in South Sudan. Since the beginning of July this year, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Upper Nile State have treated over 904 patients for cholera. The teams have set up two cholera treatment centres in Malakal and Wau Shilluk where, they are treating cholera patients from affected areas. “Cholera is a treatable disease that can be fatal if not diagnosed and treated promptly.

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Bas-Congo: 150 000 non scolarisés, selon une ONG

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Radio Okapi

Plus de cent cinquante mille enfants, dont soixante-treize mille filles en âge scolaire ne vont pas à l’école au Bas-Congo, a indiqué lundi 28 juillet à Matadi le président du conseil d’administration de l’ONG Coalition nationale de l’éducation pour tous CONEPT-RDC, Ali Kabengele Bakatuseka. D’après lui, cette situation est la conséquence d’un faible du budget alloué au secteur de l’éducation dans cette province.

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HIV funding worries in Kenya

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IRIN

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 30 July 2014 (IRIN) - The US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR), the biggest funder of HIV programmes in Kenya, is set to significantly scale down its funding, a move activists and government officials believe could negatively affect the country’s fight against the disease.

PEPFAR funds 70 percent of Kenya’s HIV programmes.

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HFA ‘central’ to Mexico’s risk management

By Richard Waddington

GUAYAGUIL, 30 July 2014 - Next year’s World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan coincides with the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the devastating 1985 Mexican earthquake, whose tragic consequences pushed the country into developing one of the world’s most effective disaster prevention and response systems.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos Statement on the Occupied Palestinian Territory

More families are being displaced every day and there are currently over 250,000 confirmed displaced people, 200,000 people in UNRWA shelters alone, in need of aid, says Valerie Amos.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Guinea + 2 others
Maladie à virus Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest – mise à jour 24 juillet 2014

Bulletin d’information sur les flambées épidémiques 24 juillet 2014

Épidémiologie et surveillance

L’OMS continue de surveiller l’évolution de la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola en Guinée, au Libéria et en Sierra Leone. Entre le 18 et le 20 juillet 2014, 45 nouveaux cas et 28 décès ont été notifiés dans ces trois pays. Cela comprend les cas suspects, les cas probables et les cas confirmés en laboratoire. Les Ministères de la Santé concernés continuent de collaborer avec l’OMS et ses partenaires pour intensifier les mesures d’endiguement.

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Sierra Leone + 1 other
Tackle Ebola at source to contain it, says ActionAid

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ActionAid

As the Ebola virus kills more than 670 people and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warns the virus poses a threat to the UK, ActionAid staff working to contain the virus in West Africa, as well as London-based experts are available for interview.

ActionAid can talk on the following Ebola outbreak response measures

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Myanmar: Humanitarian relief in Rakhine

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Malteser

Malteser International appreciates discussions on improving humanitarian space for aid delivery and relief efforts

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Guinea + 3 others
Ebola - Soutien de la France aux autorités de Guinée, du Liberia et de la Sierra Leone (30 juillet 2014)

La France est mobilisée depuis le début de la crise, en coordination avec l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et les autorités des pays concernés. Elle apporte un soutien technique et une expertise pour juguler l’épidémie. Nos ambassades, notamment en Guinée (également compétente pour la Sierra Leone) et au Liberia, sont en contact étroit et permanent avec les structures de veille sanitaire et de soins mises en place dans chacun de ces pays.