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27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

11 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

Migratory flows to Europe: new dimensions to deep-rooted patterns

02 May 2016 description
report European Union

Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors

Slightly more than half are Afghans

In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.

26 Apr 2016 description

Arrivals and Departures

As reported by local media, a group of 35 people currently located on the island of Lesvos are expected to be returned to Turkey on 26 April as part of the EU-Turkey agreement. Greek media reported that the majority have expressed their wish to be repatriated given the present situation, which only allows for application to asylum in Greece.

13 Apr 2016 description

474 Interviews of Iranian and Pakistani migrants conducted to date by IOM in Croatia, fyROM, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia and Hungary

About DTM’s Flow Monitoring Surveys

08 Apr 2016 description

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Friday 4/8/2016 - 17:00 GMT

A young Afghan boy saved his life and that of 14 adults by texting for help from inside a refrigerated truck in which they were being smuggled to Britain, a charity worker who helped him said Friday.

Ahmed, who is aged six or seven, used a mobile phone given to him by a British aid worker in a French migrant camp to warn her that they were running out of oxygen.

06 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

By Kristy Siegfried

Zakir was just 14 when he fled pressure from Taliban fighters to join their ranks and embarked on the long and dangerous journey from Afghanistan to Britain.

Read the full article on IRIN

01 Mar 2016 description

Feroz Bashari

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 09:46

There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women

Women empowerment is not limited to their participation in the government or elections. It is a broad area. By women empowerment, we mean political empowerment, economic empowerment, and social empowerment. In fact, these three areas of women empowerment are mutually reinforcing. In this article the focus is how to empower un-educated rural women in Afghanistan.

15 Feb 2016 description

Nous n'avons pas vu notre père depuis 7 ans. Nous lui parlons tous les jours. Il essaie de nous faire venir au RoyaumeUni. Un avocat a affirmé à notre père qu'il pouvait faire venir sa femme et ses enfants mineurs, mais personne d'autre. Mais, même cela, va apparemment prendre très longtemps.
Une femme irakienne enceinte, vivant dans le camp de Grande-Synthe avec ses frères et sœurs, son mari et sa mère.

15 Feb 2016 description

We saw our father seven years ago. We talk to him every day. He is trying to bring us to the UK.
A lawyer told our father that he can bring his wife and minor children, but no one else. But even that will apparently take long time. A pregnant Iraqi woman living in the Grande-Synthe camp in Dunkirk with her siblings, husband and mother

01 Feb 2016 description

UK Aid through Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) is supporting the reconstruction of essential canal systems in Bamyan Province.

The canals are helping local farmers to increase their crop yields significantly, thanks to better irrigation. The canals are also improving local living standards by providing hydroelectricity.

Local farmer Baaz Mohammad has seen his land’s productivity increase by 50 percent since the new canal system was built.

Baaz said:

28 Jan 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT

Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.

Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.

14 Jan 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Thursday 1/14/2016 - 13:24 GMT

by Eric RANDOLPH

Tensions were high at a sprawling migrant camp in the northern France on Thursday as hundreds of refugees defied efforts to move them to a more permanent encampment as the winter cold kicks in.

Known as The Jungle, the camp in the northern port city of Calais is home to thousands of refugees and migrants who have gathered at the site in the hope of somehow getting to Britain.

15 Dec 2015 description
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UK and Australia support Future of Afghan Cities Programme

Kabul, 15 December 2015 – At a ceremony held in Kabul the Government of Afghanistan and UN-Habitat over the weekend officially launched the ‘Future of Afghan Cities Programme’.

The programme is supported by Australia and the United Kingdom and will focus on the development of a National Urban Priority Programme (U-NPP) and undertaking a detailed analysis of five main city regions and 20 strategic district municipalities.

09 Dec 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Kabul, 09 December 2015 -The British Embassy in Kabul and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched today in Kabul a new collaboration with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health to expand access to services for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV).

27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

24 Nov 2015 description

Chair’s Summary – Publication of the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict

The Chair of the G7 has the honour to present the G7 Report on the Implementation of the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict.

12 Nov 2015 description

A key supporter of the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP), the UK is helping people with disabilities across Afghanistan earn a better living through business support loans.

People with disabilities are frequently denied access to even basic levels of education and have to rely on the support of their family and friends. Having successfully piloted a programme to support persons with disabilities, AREDP are now expanding their programme to other areas.

29 Oct 2015 description

Through the UK funded business support programme in Balkh, women like Raqiba, a mother of seven, are becoming successful entrepreneurs.

Although Raqiba had worked as a shopkeeper, she did not have the experience of running a professional business until four years ago, when she was trained in a program supported by the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP).

For the last four years she has been selling Balkhi women’s handicrafts in her shop in Rabia Balkhi marketplace in Mazar-e-Sharif city, a market dedicated to female shopkeepers.