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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.

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$92 Million USAID Project to Help Higher Education

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A new $92 million project to improve Afghan higher-education administration and academic standards launched on Aug. 13, officials in Kabul said on Tuesday.

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Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update August 2014

An average to above-average wheat harvest is ongoing in the highlands

KEY MESSAGES

  • Across almost all areas the wheat harvest has been average to above-average. The ongoing harvest in the highlands is starting similarly with higher yields than last year reported in some areas.
    With own produced crops or labor income from the harvest, most areas remain Minimal (IPC Phase 1).

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Amos: UN seeks cooperation with Iran in information sharing on crisis management

Tehran, Aug 17, IRNA – The UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos on Sunday announced that the UN favors cooperation with Iran in sharing information on crisis management as the country ranks sixth worldwide in term of being prone to natural disasters.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with IRNA, Amos said there is a lot of experience available to Iran that are important to share.

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Abducted ICRC staff members released

Geneva/Kabul (ICRC) – All five staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) abducted on 14 August in the province of Herat were released unharmed today. The ICRC welcomes their unconditional release and calls for greater respect for its work in Afghanistan.

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UN concerned by harassment of New York Times reporter

KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses its concern over the acts of intimidation against New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg.

“The attempts aimed at preventing a media representative from freely carrying out his duties demonstrate a disturbing disregard for freedom of expression,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA, Ján Kubiš. “Open media is critical for healthy society and journalists must be able to work in a climate free from intimidation.”

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UN condemns yesterday’s clash and interruption to audit

KABUL, 20 August 2014 - The United Nations expresses concern about yesterday’s clash between supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah’s campaign team and workers from the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that left several people hurt at the audit centre compound in Kabul. This is not the first case in which representatives of the campaign teams have engaged in heated exchanges culminating in violence.

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Afghanistan: Cross-Border Movement from Pakistan (as of 19 August 2014)

Recent security situation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan has led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost province in Afghanistan. As of 15 July, 12,340 of the original estimate of 13,0001 displaced families had been assessed. From 16 July to 19 August an additional 8,473 families were assessed and reported by UNHCR.

Food, WASH, shelter and non-food items are the immediate priority needs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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In memory of those who lost their lives working for human rights

Speaking at a memorial ceremony held at human rights headquarters in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay spoke of the “acts of simple and unselfish courage by UN and NGO staff”, who choose, often, to work in very dangerous situations “to mitigate oppression, repair disaster and heal the scars of conflict.”

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Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan: Attacks Against Aid Workers 2013 -2014, 19 August 2014

Attacks against humanitarian workers are on the rise in the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan and South Sudan. For the period 2013-2014, 298 incidents were recorded against humanitarian workers, in which 286 were killed, 441 wounded and 402 kidnapped. The overwhelming majority of victims are national staff, with Non-Governmental Organizations the most affected.

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks, with 2013 witnessing the highest number of incidents

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World Humanitarian Day in the shadow of crises

The UN World Humanitarian Day is dedicated to the aid-workers stationed in conflict and disaster affected places around the globe. With a historic number of humanitarian crises and a record 50 million people displaced their efforts are more needed than ever.

War and conflict ravages Africa and the Middle East and according to the UN more than 50 million people are displaced worldwide – the highest number since World War II. Humanitarian resources and capacity are under pressure and aid-workers are fighting to keep up with the increasing needs.

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Immigration Detention and Community Statistics Summary - 30 June 2014

About this report

This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

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Aid Worker Security Report 2014

Five countries - Syria, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan - accounted for three quarters of attacks in 2013.

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Pyawosht Village to have Graveled Road in the year to come

During his trip to Panjshir province on August 14, 2014, H.E. Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak-Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development inaugurated the construction work of road project in Pyawosht village of Rokha district, Panjshir province.

The mentioned 10.6-km long and six-m wide road along with seven bridges (10-meters long) will be graveled at a budget of approximately AFN 44969570 by the National Rural Access Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). The project will be completed in upcoming one year.

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Water Points, Source of Life

The foundation stone of a drinking and irrigation water intake was laid in Samangan province on August 16, 2014.

The water intake project will be constructed in Khudryan village of Khuram Sarbagh district of Samangan province at a sum of AFN two million and 300 thousand by Regional Programmes of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development. The project will be completed in three months time period; the people will also make 10% contribution towards the finalization of this project.

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Forty ambulances donated to help reduce maternal and child mortality

The Ministry of Public Health today received 40 new ambulances as part of a project for the improvement of maternal, newborn and child health in Afghanistan. This was made possible with the generous support the people of Japan in partnership with UNICEF; support that amounts to a total of USD1.4 These forty ambulances will help mothers and children in Badghis, Bamyan, Helmand, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Jawzjan and Fariyab to reach health centres quickly easily when it is most needed.

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WASH Rapid Needs Assessment: For Pakistani Refugees in the Barmal and Urgon districts of the Paktika Province, Afghanistan (August 3-5, 2014)

Background

Over the last two months, over 112,000 people1 from Pakistan have the fled North Waziristan Agency into the eastern parts of Afghanistan, with the majority entering Khost and Paktika provinces. As one of the most insecure provinces in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Paktika also shares a longer border of approximately 300 kilometers with the insecure tribal areas of Pakistan, primarily North and South Waziristan.

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National Nutrition Survey Afghanistan - 2013

Executive Summary

The Afghanistan National Nutrition Survey (NNS) 2013 provides a recent benchmark of the national and provincial nutritional status of women, children, adolescent and elderly in Afghanistan and comparison with previous findings from 2004. The objectives of survey were to review the current nutritional situation, establish the trends and look for associated factors that influence the nutritional status of the population in Afghanistan.