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31 Jul 2015 description

In the Bafatá region of eastern Guinea-Bissau, more than 28,500 children between six months and five years old have been vaccinated against measles by the country’s Ministry of Health and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). The vaccination campaign lasted five days, from 11 to 16 July and, according to preliminary data, 97% of the children in the area have been vaccinated.

31 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

La modalidad de aulas multigrado es una excelente estrategia para responder a las necesidades y condiciones propias de las comunidades rurales.

31 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Khaled Abdullah

SANAA, July 31 (Reuters) - Born just before the outbreak of Yemen's devastating war, Ali Mohammed al-Tawaari may well not survive it.

Damaged by a lack of skilled medical care at a critical moment in his early weeks, the six-month-old infant struggles for life in a hospital in the bomb-damaged capital Sanaa.

Read the full article on Reuters

31 Jul 2015 description
report Times of India

Even though the flood situation in Odisha has slightly improved in the northern districts on Thursday due to decrease in rainfall, over 500 villages are still cut off from other parts of the state.

The water level in the Baitarani and Budhabalanga rivers is receding, but floodwaters continued to flow above the danger mark in the Subarnarekha river, said sources in the Special Relief Commissioner's (SRC) office.

31 Jul 2015 description

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin, met with leading government officials at the Regional South and Central Asia Consultations for the World Humanitarian Summit and visited the Shaartuz District on a four-day trip to Tajikistan the week of 22 July.

Executive Director makes first visit to Tajikistan

31 Jul 2015 description

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) employs more than 2,800 South Sudanese staff and around 275 international staff to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies and provide free and high quality healthcare to people in need.

31 Jul 2015 description
report Sphere India

Dear Readers,
Greeting from Sphere India Welcome to the June-July 2015 issue of Sphere India Newsletter. This issue features response/relief, updates from Sphere India programme unit and a list of upcoming events.
One of the articles showcases Brainstorming on National capacity building strategy for healthcare. The second article is on Nepal Earthquake: Unfolding Uncertainties for Secondary Hazards.

31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

31 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Chris Niles

Kidnapped by militants and held captive for months on end, a mother and son are reunited with the boy’s father. While the family now lives safely in a camp for displaced people, the emotional wounds remain – as they do for tens of thousands of children in Iraq affected by conflict.

ERBIL, Iraq, 30 July 2015 – Farhan*, 3, looks like any toddler, splashing about in a tiny plastic paddling pool, his arms darkened by the sun and a mischievous glint in his eye.

31 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

MONROVIA, Liberia 31 July 2015 – UNICEF is supporting a drive by the Liberian Government to register more than 70,000 children whose births were not recorded during the Ebola crisis, leaving them vulnerable to marginalization and exclusion.

31 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

BY EVANS MORI ON 30 JUL 2015

The influx of Burundians seeking refuge in Tanzania since the unrest in their own country began is enormous – we’re looking at a figure above 80,000, more than half, children. And of those children, over 952 are unaccompanied by any known adult – their parents or a guardian – and 1,732 have been separated from their parents or other family members. We classify them as ‘unaccompanied’ or ‘separated’ to distinguish between circumstances; 4 per cent of them are under five.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Kids for Kids

The Calais crisis is a tragedy, but what about the basic cause? Why are so many young men braving horrendous danger to try, by all means possible, to reach London? What are their lives like that they leave their homes and their families with no way to return? “My heart goes out to these young men following their Dick Whittington dream that the roads of London are paved with gold” said Patricia Parker MBE, founder of Kids for Kids, today. “Compared to the conditions they have left behind, they are right.

30 Jul 2015 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/31/2015 - 02:28 GMT

by Ola Awoniyi

Nigeria on Thursday named the head of a new multinational force created to fight Boko Haram jihadists carrying out a wave of attacks, as the country's outgoing defence chief of staff warned its military was underfunded and poorly equipped.

The announcement came as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was in Cameroon in a bid to forge a stronger regional alliance against the Islamists, while the Nigerian military said it had rescued dozens of people held hostage by the militant group.

30 Jul 2015 description
  • 24 July marked one year since a child was last paralyzed by wild poliovirus in Nigeria. Final laboratory results on all specimens for the full 12 month period are expected by September 2015, which, if clear for poliovirus, may lead to Nigeria being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends the hard work of the Nigerian government, partners, religious and community leaders, and health workers for such strong progress towards stopping polio.

30 Jul 2015 description

7,000 destroyed schools present a big challenge

30 Jul 2015 description

Kigoma/Geneva – A cholera vaccination campaign to protect Burundian and Congolese refugees in the overflowing Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania has been completed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week. However, with people still living in very precarious conditions, there is a parallel urgent need to improve the sanitary situation in the camp.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Marcy Nicholson

NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters) - The number of children working on cocoa farms in the world's top producer Ivory Coast is on the rise as production climbs, a Tulane University report showed on Thursday, ramping up pressure on chocolate companies to ethically source beans.

Child labor on cocoa farms in Ghana, the world's second biggest producer, has dropped.

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30 Jul 2015 description
report IRIN

DUBAÏ , 30 juillet 2015 (IRIN) - Les organisations d’aide humanitaire conviennent aisément qu’il est important de mener des programmes qui tiennent compte des disparités entre les sexes, mais peu d’entre elles ont mis au point des méthodes concrètes d’évaluation des impacts pour les personnes qu’elles sont censées aider.

Le Comité permanent interagence (IASC, en anglais) a établi une échelle de notation évaluant les propositions de projets humanitaires selon qu’elles ignorent, prennent en compte ou privilégient l’égalité des sexes.

30 Jul 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Despite the continuous development of the Latin American and Caribbean region, violence against children, especially against girls, is still prevalent. Most of the times violence against children goes unnoticed, unheard, or even unreported, impacting children for life. Only a small proportion of acts of violence, exploitation and abuse are reported and investigated, and few perpetrators are held accountable.

Facing these grim realities, we want to understand the role of the telecommunications industry, particularly mobile operators, in ending violence.

30 Jul 2015 description

Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives

Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, director of gender programs at the U.S. Institute of Peace, testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Good morning and thank you to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel, and other Members of the Committee, for this opportunity to testify before you today on this important and timely subject: “Women under ISIS Rule: From Brutality to Recruitment.”