On 15 May 2015 Switzerland sent a convoy carrying 300 tonnes of chemical water treatment products to eastern Ukraine to supply approximately 3.5 million people in need in the Donetsk region with clean drinking water. This is the first humanitarian convoy of its size to have crossed the contact line between the government-controlled area and that under the control of non-government forces since the armed conflict began in the region. The convoy is being accompanied by Manuel Bessler, the Federal Council Delegate for Swiss Humanitarian Aid.
Bern, 08.05.2015 - In view of the rapidly escalating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, Switzerland is making CHF 2 Million available to the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). At the same time it calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international law to ensure the protection of civilians, to engage in dialogue to seek a political solution to the conflict and to cease hostilities.
Bern, Media release, 01.05.2015
38 tonnes of relief supplies will be sent from Zurich to Nepal as soon as landing permission is granted by the Nepalese authorities. As well as large tents and tarpaulins for the construction of emergency shelters in higher altitude regions the material includes water-treatment and medical supplies. This material is urgently needed according to the assessment of the Swiss rapid response team that has been in the disaster-stricken area since 26 April.
Bern, 28.04.2015 - On the evening of 28 April 2015, a 10-strong medical team will fly to Nepal as part of the “Mother and Child” unit to provide medical support in the disaster area for women in childbirth and to perform surgery on children there. The deployment of the team of doctors by the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit is the first response measure to be taken following an initial assessment of the situation by the rapid response team sent to the region on 26 April 2015 in the wake of the devastating earthquake in the Himalayas.
Bern, Media release, 26.04.2015
To assess the situation after the devastating earthquake that struck the Himalayan region, Switzerland dispatched a team of specialists to Nepal on the morning of 26 April 2015. Working under the coordination of Swiss Humanitarian Aid, the team includes a doctor, a structural engineer, a logistics specialist and a water expert, and will set up initial emergency assistance.
Afin d’assurer la sécurité alimentaire et réduire la pauvreté, les collectivités des zones de Youwarou, Tenenkou, Mopti et Niafunké réalisent des projets de soutien aux filières agricoles porteuses.
La Suisse et le Mali viennent de signer un accord de financement d’un montant de 5, 5 milliards de FCFA (CHF 8 millions) en vue de promouvoir une gouvernance locale inclusive et le renforcement de la société civile dans son rôle de veille citoyenne. L’appui bénéficiera aux régions de Mopti et de Tombouctou. Depuis 15 ans, la DDC soutient la gouvernance et la décentralisation dans la région de Sikasso, au sud du pays.
In Sri Lanka, Switzerland is supporting the reconstruction of homes and villages that were destroyed by the tsunami in 2004 and the civil war that ended in 2009. Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter has visited Akkarai, a village in Jaffna in the north of the country.
WFP Yemen needs to urgently mobilize resources for the safety nets. Unless new contributions are ensured, serious pipeline breaks will start to affect this activity in July.
In January, WFP reached 759,440 beneficiaries including conflict-affected populations, malnourished children and nursing mothers, refugees and stranded migrants.
Un proyecto de cupones por activos, financiado por la cooperación suiza y la italiana, ha ayudado a fortalecer los lazos entre los residentes de la comunidad de Entre Ríos –en su mayoría madres solteras, ancianos y personas con discapacidad—y a revivir una práctica ancestral llamada “tornavuelta”, que ayuda al cuidado de los huertos familiares. Unas 1,000 familias se benefician del proyecto.
By Emily Loewen
March 5, 2015
MUTTENZ, Switzerland – There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church in Muttenz, Switzerland. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and colors is a bit boring. In Syria, where Ibrahim is from, people like brighter shades, and more of them.
“She tells us we’re doing the colors all wrong,” said Margrit Amstutz with a laugh. Amstutz is in the same quilting group.
FACTS & FIGURES
Population: 18.2 million (ESCWA 2013)
15.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance:
12.2 million in Syria (7.6 million of which are internally displaced)
3.3 million refugees in neighbouring countries and North Africa
UN Appeals for 2015:
$2.9 billion Syria Strategic Response Plan 2015 (SRP) 0% funded* (*as of 12th January, OCHA)
The Social Welfare Centre in Olovo, one of the facilities heavily damaged in the floods of May 2014, was officially reopened today. Funds for the Centre’s rehabilitation were provided by the European Union through its Flood Recovery Programme (in the amount of 16,500 BAM), the Swiss Government (39,000 BAM) and UNICEF (18,000 BAM).
In this report:
-New Displacement in Kachin
-REACH Mission in Myanmar
-Suspension of School Feeding
Kosovo - With the rise in irregular migration of Kosovo citizens towards the European Union (EU), Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga met with IOM Kosovo Chief of Mission Jorge Baca Vaughan on Thursday (12/2) to discuss the need to engage with local and international institutions to address migration management and the return of irregular Kosovar migrants from EU countries.
En mai 2014, la Mission de l’Union Africaine pour le Mali et le Sahel (MISAHEL), la Direction du développement et de la coopération suisse (DDC) et la station malienne Radio Kledu ont signé un accord tripartite pour la production et la diffusion de l’émission «An ka Ben! – Faisons la paix!».
Cette émission, qui est diffusée tous les samedis à 15h00 sur la Radio Kledu représente la contribution des trois partenaires aux efforts entrepris par le Mali pour une paix durable et une réconciliation nationale que tous les acteurs appellent de leurs vœux.
The current situation and the SDC’s commitment
• Despite several reports of decreasing numbers of new infections in Liberia, the health situation in the three worst affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - remains rather critical. The epidemic is not only having a severe impact on the entire healthcare system of the countries affected but also has serious implications for security, food supplies and the overall economic situation.
Dans un contexte post-crise, la Suisse a su ajuster son soutien aux populations de Tombouctou, Youwarou et Niafunké avec un programme de transition entre les actions humanitaires d’urgence et celles de développement à long terme.