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01 Mar 2015 description
report Radio Okapi

Le processus d’éradication de la transmission du virus du Sida de la mère à l’enfant connaît du succès à Lubumbashi (Katanga), a constaté samedi 28 février le directeur pays de l’Onusida, Mamadou Sakho. Il l’a déclaré après avoir visité une maternité dans la commune de Katuba, qui organise un service de prévention de la transmission du VIH de la mère à l’enfant.

Mamadou Sakho s’est dit satisfait après avoir visité cette structure et d’autres qui travaillent dans le domaine de la lutte contre le VIH/Sida:

01 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

JUBA, South Sudan/NAIROBI, Kenya, 28 February 2015 – Scores of children seized by armed men from a village in northern South Sudan two weeks ago remain forcibly recruited as child soldiers, despite intensive efforts to locate and free them.

One week ago UNICEF reported that 89 children preparing for exams were forcibly recruited as child soldiers, but the organization now believes the number of children may be in the hundreds. In addition, adult males were also forcibly recruited during the February 15 and 16 raid.

28 Feb 2015 description

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:21 GMT

Romanian coastguard have intercepted a boat carrying 70 mainly Syrian and Iraqi migrants in the Black Sea, the interior ministry announced on Saturday.

Seven children, including a five-month-old baby, and twenty women were among those on board the fishing boat which came from Turkey.

The small boat was intercepted off the Romanian coast on Friday night after it encountered problems due to high winds and rough seas.

28 Feb 2015 description
report Tzu Chi Foundation

Spanning a total of 5 long, yet paradoxically brief, though painful and arduous years of traversing this fragile and often times broken road towards recovery, this tattered road, despite its cracks and holes, is still in tact with many a travelers still walking upon it. After being struck by the massive earthquake 5 years ago, Haiti and its supporters have continuously shown that despite setbacks and challenges, the will to stand is yet still strong. From individuals to communities, from non-profit humanitarian groups to foreign governments, support for Haiti continues.

27 Feb 2015 description
report ActionAid

It’s exactly six months since Israel's shelling of Gaza ended. Thanks to donations to ActionAid through the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal we're still helping women and children like Ghada and Mahmood to recover from the trauma and rebuild their lives.

The damage and destruction caused by 50 days of conflict between 7 July and 26 August 2014 was unprecedented in the long history of struggle between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories:

27 Feb 2015 description
report Radio Dabanga

Sudan's Federal Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is a deficit in iodine in the country. It claimed that many children suffer from various disorders and health problems caused by iodine deficiency.

The ministry estimated the country's deficit at 22 percent. Dr Iman Salih Swar El Dahab, the official of the Unit for Combating Micronutrient Deficiency at the ministry, said that a lack of iodine in diets causes abortion, infant mortality, hearing loss, mental retardation, stunting, and lack of goiter.

27 Feb 2015 description

The ongoing conflict is worsening the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. At the same time, humanitarian organisations are experiencing cuts in funding from their largest donors. “Despite millions of lives at risk, donors are cutting funding at this critical time,” says Regional Director of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Gabriella Waaijman.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been one of the world’s most severe, even before the latest clashes.

27 Feb 2015 description

Since December 2014, an estimated 20,000 Central Africans have fled over the Ubangi River to into the Bili and Bosobolo health zones in Equateur Province, northern DRC, adding to 10,000 refugees already present in the area. The refugees have arrived with very few possessions, if any, and are heavily dependent on the local community. Available supplies of food and drinking water must be divided among an increasingly large population and the threat of malnutrition and water-borne illness looms.

27 Feb 2015 description

De acuerdo a las autoridades hondureñas, ocho departamentos (49 municipios) tienen los más altos índices de inseguridad alimentaria y nutricional del país. Su ubicación dentro del “corredor seco”, una franja territorial que fue duramente afectada por una prolongada sequía en 2014, contribuye a esta vulnerabilidad. Funcionarios de la Embajada de Canadá visitaron recientemente un municipio para conocer el impacto de su apoyo un proyecto de nutrición que beneficia a miles de familias afectadas por la sequía.

27 Feb 2015 description

Yemen - IOM has been working to improve water and sanitation facilities at the Al-Husna Mosque, a local mosque in Basateen, whose Imam offers a temporary safe haven to destitute migrants from the Horn of Africa stranded en route to Saudi Arabia.

27 Feb 2015 description

LIMA – La Directora Ejecutiva del Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA), Ertharin Cousin, realizará una visita oficial a Perú el 26 de febrero de 2015 con miras a fortalecer la cooperación e intercambios técnicos sobre seguridad alimentaria y nutrición.

27 Feb 2015 description

Ethiopia - IOM offices in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Yemen this week helped 125 Ethiopians – many of them unaccompanied minors – to return home from Tanzania and Yemen.

The 54 returnees from Tanzania, who included six unaccompanied minors, were detained by the Tanzanian authorities while trying to reach South Africa and spent over four months in detention before IOM arranged their return home.

27 Feb 2015 description

BOGOTÁ, Colombia, 26 de febrero de 2015 (ACNUR) - Por el río, en aparente calma, entre árboles y montañas, se va abriendo el camino hacia comunidades que parecen suspendidas en el tiempo, marcadas por avisos y carteles de grupos armados ilegales que hacen presencia en la zona. Solo estelas en el agua y sonidos de motores quedan como rastro de las pangas que transitan por ahí.

27 Feb 2015 description

This month, Nigeria became the first polio endemic country to use inactivated polio vaccine in routine systems.

This February, Nigeria became the first polio endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization system. The Minister of Health, Dr Alhassan Khaliru, described this as “… a quantum-leap opportunity for Nigeria in the polio eradication endgame strategy”.

27 Feb 2015 description

Ensuring access to every child in every district remains the priority in Pakistan.

At a Technical Consultation this February to review the situation on polio eradication in Pakistan, the strength of the low-transmission season plan and the heightened commitment of the Government of Pakistan were recognised by a technical review panel.

27 Feb 2015 description

Amman

H.E. the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, Ralph Tarraf, and the Director of UNRWA in Jordan, Roger Davies, opened the extension to Husn Preparatory Boys School in the Palestine refugee camp of Husn, in northern Jordan, on 24 February. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Director General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs Mahmoud Akrabawi, a delegation from KfW Entwicklungsbank, refugee notables and beneficiaries.

27 Feb 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Catherine Weibel

After losing their father and their home during the most recent conflict, two young girls in Gaza struggle to come to terms with the past and look to a brighter future.

27 Feb 2015 description

Tripoli, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 03:27 GMT

by Sara Hussein

Syrian refugee Yasmine Khalaf lies next to her day-old daughter Israa in a Lebanese hospital, worrying that her tiny newborn risks life without a legal identity.

Israa, sleeping swaddled in a fluffy pink blanket, is one of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees born in Lebanon who are threatened with statelessness because of the hurdles to registering their births.