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28 Apr 2015 description

How to get a consignment of maize from Tanzania to Somalia, some 2,000 kilometres away? This was one challenge facing the UN World Food Programme this year. Although both Somalia and Tanzania have sizeable coastlines and well-established ports, overland transport was the most viable option given geographical proximity of the maize to the people it was intended for.

28 Apr 2015 description

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is mounting an emergency operation to help survivors of the Nepal earthquake, with food trucks rolling today into the district of Gorkha, one of the worst-hit areas.

WFP plans to provide food for 1.4 million people in urgent need of assistance over the next three months at a cost of US$116.5 million. Distributions of rice are expected to start tomorrow (Wednesday) in Gorkha, using stocks that WFP already had in-country from its existing operations prior to the earthquake.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Guardian

Lucy Lamble presents this edition of the Global development podcast, looking at how the lack of water and sanitation is affecting health centres in Mali. Just 20% of the country's health facilities provide clean water.

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28 Apr 2015 description

Dakar, 28 avril 2015 - Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies (RSSG) et Chef du Bureau des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, a mené des discussions avec les responsables politiques guinéens au cours des derniers jours.

Ces contacts interviennent suite à la reprise des manifestations de l’opposition guinéenne, hostile au calendrier des échéances électorales soumis par la Commission Electorale Nationale Indépendante.

28 Apr 2015 description

The Foreign Secretary has given an update on the situation in Nepal.

FCO building

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said:

“Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff are continuing to work round the clock to identify and assist British Nationals in Nepal.

“We’ve got a British Army Gurkha team, as you know, that was on Everest that is continuing to trek down the mountain and identifying and reporting British Nationals on the way as they go. We’ve also got Gurkhas from the Gurkha Training Base in Nepal who are assisting the local authorities.

28 Apr 2015 description

Dakar, 28 April 2015 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary- General (SRSG) and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, had recently series of discussions with political leaders in Guinea.

These contacts have been conducted following the renewal of demonstrations by the Guinean opposition, hostile to the elections calendar that has been submitted by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

28 Apr 2015 description

At least 14 people were killed in landslides in the city of Salvador in north-east Brazil on Monday.

Heavy rains flooded streets and triggered two separate landslides, sweeping away hillside homes in poor neighbourhoods and injuring 10 people.

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28 Apr 2015 description
report Terre des hommes

28 April 2015 - Terre des Hommes has been mobilizing its teams in Nepal immediately after the earthquake. Together with our Nepalese NGO partners, we are providing immediate relief to the population, first aid kits and non-food items, water, hygienic kits, health care and immediate measures of child protection. In the meanwhile, we operate initial assessment and coordinate our actions with others humanitarian agencies.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Trócaire

Trócaire's Nepal emergency response is focused on getting shelter, food and water to people left homeless as a result of last Saturday’s devastating earthquake.

We have launched an emergency appeal in response to the earthquake, and need your support to raise money to deliver aid to those who need it most. Donations can be made here or by phoning 1850,408 408 (RoI) or 0800 912 1200 (NI).

Donations made to our emergency appeal will be added to our initial €100,000 commitment, helping us reach even greater numbers of people.

28 Apr 2015 description
report UN News Service

28 avril 2015 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon, a condamné mardi la vague de violence au Burundi suite à la nomination du Président Pierre Nkurunziza comme candidat à l’élection présidentielle par le parti au pouvoir, le Conseil national pour la défense de la démocratie–forces pour la défense de la démocratie (CNDD-FDD).

28 Apr 2015 description

This update is produced by the Field Coordination Support Section (FCSS) of the Emergency Service Branch of OCHA Geneva. It was issued on 28 April 2015.

Background

On 25 April, an earthquake with of 7.8 magnitude and a depth of 2 km, hit Nepal near the capital city of Kathmandu. The government reported that 39 out of 75 districts have been affected in the Western and Central Regions, including Kathmandu Valley districts.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Finn Church Aid

Emergency work is underway in Nepal in the wake of the earthquake Saturday which has already cost over 4000 lives and resulted in devastating damage.

“We have become internally displaced now,” Laxman Niroula, Information and Technology Officer with Finn Church Aid’s partner, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Kathmandu, says.

“We put up a tarpaulin and a mat, and me and my family are sleeping outside.”

28 Apr 2015 description

Une nouvelle initiative inscrit les problèmes des éleveurs dans le dialogue mondial

27 avril 2015, Rome – Des millions d'éleveurs pastoraux pourront compter sur un nouveau pôle de connaissances en ligne qui leur permettra de faire entendre leur voix dans les débats internationaux de politique et à partager de précieuses informations visant à améliorer leurs moyens de subsistance agricoles.

28 Apr 2015 description
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Democratic Republic of Congo to introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine with Gavi and partners’ support

KINSHASA, 28 April 2015 – More than two million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo will benefit from Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) every year as the country celebrates African Vaccination Week by introducing the vaccine into its routine immunisation schedule.

28 Apr 2015 description

Donate Now to Help Earthquake Survivors. Your donation will help us reach the most vulnerable earthquake survivors including people with serious injuries and disabilities.

Hélène Robin, the manager of Handicap International’s emergency response in Nepal, details the organization’s most recent actions and our plans for the days ahead.

28 Apr 2015 description
report GAVI Alliance

Democratic Republic of Congo to introduce Inactivated Polio Vaccine with Gavi and partners’ support

Kinshasa, 28 April 2015 – More than two million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo will benefit from Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) every year as the country celebrates African Vaccination Week by introducing the vaccine into its routine immunisation schedule.

28 Apr 2015 description

A la lumière des dangereux développements sur le terrain hier à Ménaka et aujourd’hui à Tombouctou, le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire général (RSSG) et Chef de la MINUSMA, M. Mongi Hamdi, exprime sa plus vive préoccupation quant au processus de paix engagé il y a plus d’un an pour résoudre durablement et pacifiquement la crise sécuritaire malienne.

28 Apr 2015 description
report Radio Okapi

La nouvelle société civile de Sange invite les FARDC à renforcer la sécurité à la frontière entre la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) et le Burundi. Le coordonnateur de cette structure, Bernard Kadogo, a lancé cet appel dimanche 26 avril lors d’une conférence de presse à Sange, cité située à 70 kilomètres au Sud de Bukavu dans le Sud-Kivu.

28 Apr 2015 description
report DanChurchAid

Hope for finding survivors in the ruins after the devastating Earthquake in Nepal is fading. Heavy rains and landslides create new challenges for the rescue workers.

The destructions after the strongest earthquake in recent times seem immeasurable. The prime minister of Nepal admits the government is overwhelmed by the multitude of requests for assistance from the provinces affected.

So far, DanChurchAid has pledged 2 million DKK (293,100 USD) to the relief work but more is needed.

28 Apr 2015 description

28 April 2015 - Two rival communities in Bur payam in the Torit County of Eastern Equatoria State recently reached a peace deal that is expected to end two years of conflict that has claimed many lives and posed serious security challenges in the area.

Members of the Bari and Omworo communities met in Loudo locality on 25 April 2015 at a peace conference organized by local authorities with support from UNMISS and committed to ending the long-running tensions and violence.