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Making ACTED facilities more accessible for vulnerable people in South Sudan

In South Sudan’s capital Juba, ACTED is providing sanitation facilities – latrines, showers and laundry points – for 11,000 people who have been displaced by the ongoing crisis and are seeking refuge in a United Nations base. ACTED’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) team have participated in a training workshop organised by Handicap International to orient WASH professionals on disability and creating accessible facilities for people in vulnerable situations. Topics included different vulnerable groups and their needs, types of disabilities, its prevalence etc.

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AmeriCares Responds to Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

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AmeriCares

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 24, 2014 – Nearly 30,000 pounds of safety equipment and medical supplies from AmeriCares is headed to Guinea for health workers fighting the Ebola epidemic. The shipment – AmeriCares first aid delivery to Guinea for the crisis – includes more than 350,000 masks, 35,000 gowns and other protective equipment to support the Ebola response in Guinea. This personal protective equipment will be distributed to Ebola Treatment Units and health clinics and will be used to train health workers in infection control procedures.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Le Liban demande à l'ONU de ne plus enregistrer les réfugiés syriens

Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | jeudi 23/10/2014 - 18:15 GMT

Le Liban a annoncé jeudi qu'il allait demander à l'ONU d'arrêter d'enregistrer les réfugiés qui arrivent de Syrie, quelques jours après avoir décidé de limiter de manière draconienne leur entrée dans le pays.

"Le gouvernement s'est mis d'accord pour arrêter d'accueillir les personnes déplacées, sauf cas exceptionnel, et pour demander aux agences des Nations unies d'arrêter de les enregistrer", a indiqué le ministre de l'Information, Ramzi Jreij.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon to ask UN to stop registering Syria refugees

Beyrouth, Liban | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 16:52 GMT

Lebanon said Thursday it will ask the UN to stop registering refugees who enter the country from war-torn Syria, as it formalised a decision to all but close its borders to them.

"As far as the issue of restricting the number of (refugee) cases is concerned, the government agreed to stop welcoming displaced people, barring exceptional cases, and to ask the UN refugee agency to stop registering the displaced," Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said.

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Cyclone Hudhud – Relief supplies for most at risk

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CBM

CBM and partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) are working to ensure that basic needs of people affected by Hudhud are met, especially families of persons with disabilities.

Relief supplies for most at risk

CBM will be supporting our partner Serango Christian hospital (SCH) to ensure that immediate needs among cyclone Hudhud affected families in Gajapati district of Odisha are met.

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Sierra Leone + 2 others
Church fights back against Ebola, Says Tearfund

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Church leaders in Ebola-affected Sierra Leone and Liberia are playing a vital role in helping people to stay safe, says Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

Tearfund partners have found that church leaders are widely trusted and are able to use church services and other gatherings to help people understand how to stop the spread of Ebola.

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WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine

News release 26
24 October 2014

24 OCTOBER 2014 : GENEVA - The World Health Organization convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic.

Key consensus commitments achieved during the meeting include:

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Kristalina Georgieva recognized as DRR Champion

By Biljana Markova

BRUSSELS, 24 October 2014 - The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, today called for a change in “the global mind-set towards disaster risk reduction” as she was confirmed as a Champion of Disaster Risk Reduction by UNISDR.

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OSCE supports discussions on Ukrainian civil society’s development, participation in state policy-making

KYIV, 24 October 2014 - The international conference “Civil Society and State: Dialogue and Partnership" will take place in Kyiv on 30-31 October 2014. The event is organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, in partnership with the country’s State Registration Service, the Ukrainian Parliament’s Commissioner for Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice.

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International election observers in Ukraine to hold press conference on Monday

KYIV, 24 October 2014 – The international observers monitoring the 26 October early parliamentary elections in Ukraine will present their preliminary post-election statement at a news conference on Monday, 27 October, in Kyiv.

The international observation mission is a common endeavour involving the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the European Parliament (EP) and the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA).

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UNICEF Somalia Monthly SitRep 9, September 2014

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  • More than 7,751 suspected measles cases have been reported in 2014 with thousands of unvaccinated Somali children at risk of disability or death. UNICEF will vaccinate 520,000 children under-5 in the outbreak areas of Lower Juba, Banadir and Puntland in October. UNICEF seeks funding for a national campaign to vaccinate 5 million children under-15.

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Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos to visit South Africa

WHO: Valerie Amos, Emergency Relief Coordinator and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
WHAT: Mission to South Africa
WHEN: 26-28 October 2014
WHERE: Johannesburg, Pretoria

Emergency Relief Coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, will visit South Africa from 26 to 28 October. Ms. Amos is scheduled to participate in the Eastern and Southern Africa regional consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit.

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Derrumbes incomunican a más de 30 mil personas en La Reforma

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Guatemala, 24 de Octubre 2014
Fuente: Prensa Libre

Al menos 30 mil habitantes de La Reforma, San Marcos, están incomunicados este viernes por una serie de derrumbes que bloquean la ruta que conduce hacia Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, según reportes oficiales.

De acuerdo con los afectados, a lo largo de la carretera hay un promedio de 15 derrumbes, pero en el km 238 de la ruta RN13 el pasó quedó bloqueado por completo, debido a que gran cantidad de tierra y piedras cayeron sobre la vía.

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The survival struggle of a South-Sudanese single mother

Forced to flee violence and struggling to feed her three children, the inspiring story of Cuaca sheds some light on the bravery of the displaced South Sudanese population, who are surviving against all odds. Our partners at UNICEF bring her story.

The remoteness of Cuaca’s new home makes it a hard place to raise her three children. There are no roads, markets, hospitals or schools. Two of the four wells in the village are broken, while the population that depends on this water has doubled.

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Syria: ICRC delivers food to over 95,000 people in eastern rural Aleppo

Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, yesterday delivered urgently needed food and other essential relief items to over 95,000 people living in areas directly affected by fighting in opposition-controlled eastern rural Aleppo.

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Liberia + 3 others
Ebola: la Chine va donner 82 millions de dollars, annonce son président

24/10/2014 - 14:27 GMT

La Chine va donner 82 millions de dollars pour lutter contre l'épidémie d'Ebola dans les trois pays ouest-africains les plus sévèrement atteints, a annoncé vendredi le président chinois Xi Jinping.

Pékin donnera un total de 500 millions de yuans (82 millions de dollars) au Liberia, à la Sierra Leone et à la Guinée, ainsi qu'à des organisations internationales, a précisé l'agence de presse officielle Xinhua, citant le président chinois.

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Liberia + 3 others
China pledges $82 million to fight Ebola: Xinhua

10/24/2014 - 13:55 GMT

China will provide Ebola hit countries in West Africa with new aid worth the equivalent of $82 million, China's President Xi Jinping said on Friday, as European leaders pledged more donations.

Beijing will give 500 million yuan ($82 million) to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea as well as international organisations, the official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying.

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Six 'militants' killed ahead of key Tunisia polls

Tunis, Tunisia | AFP | Thursday 10/23/2014 - 10:02 GMT

by Kaouther Larbi

A raid by Tunisian security forces on an armed group near the capital Friday left six suspected militants dead, including five women, fanning tensions days ahead of a landmark election.

Tens of thousands of soldiers and police will be deployed for Sunday's parliamentary polls -- the first since an uprising three years ago that inspired the Arab Spring revolutions.

The authorities have expressed fears that "terrorists" will seek to disrupt the vote.

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Katanga : les habitants de Kansowe fuient leurs domiciles après une altercation entre militaires et civils

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Les habitants de Kansowe, à 65 km de Mitwaba-centre, au Katanga, ont fui leur localité dans la matinée de jeudi 23 octobre, après une altercation entre habitants et des soldats des FARDC. La population accuse un militaire d’avoir violé et torturé une sexagénaire, en lui enfonçant un bout d’arbre dans le vagin. La victime aurait succombé à ses blessures.

Selon des sources à Mitwaba, ces militaires sont venus de Shamwana, dans le territoire voisin de Manono, et ont atteint le village Kansowe mardi dernier, dans le cadre de la traque du chef milicien Gédéon Kyungu et ses hommes.

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Liberia + 2 others
'Clever' Japan firm donates high-tech masks for Ebola fight

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Friday 10/24/2014 - 07:03 GMT

A little-known Japanese company has donated 10,000 high-tech face masks to several Ebola-hit African nations and says it is now getting calls from New York City, which confirmed its first case of the virus Thursday.

Clever, a maker of air filters, said it is sending thousands of the $75 masks for use by doctors and other health professionals in Guinea, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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