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.
26 December 2004 is a date that remains etched into the minds of tens of thousands of victims of the tsunami that devastated South Asia. It also evokes particular memories among the humanitarian aid workers who provided emergency assistance. Now deputy head of the Swiss Cooperation office in Sri Lanka, Lars Büchler has worked in the country since 2005. Ten years on, he tells his story with an insider's view of the aid provided by Switzerland at the time.
Berne, Communiqué de presse, 28.11.2014
Ce vendredi, le Conseil fédéral a pris connaissance du fait que l’engagement de l’aide humanitaire de la Confédération sera poursuivi pour endiguer l’épidémie d’Ebola, mais que les moyens de transport aérien de l’armée ne seront pas engagés.
The current situation and the SDC’s commitment
The situation in the three worst affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - remains 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.
Bern, 10.12.2014 - Switzerland continues its commitment to the victims of the crisis in Syria. The Confederation’s Humanitarian Aid is to support the UN World Food Programme with a further CHF 4 million. This amount is part of an additional credit line of CHF 20 million pledged by the Federal Council, bringing Switzerland’s humanitarian aid to the victims of the crisis in Syria to a total of CHF 122 million.
ROME – Following an unprecedented social media campaign, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today the tally of contributions by government donors towards the reinstatement of food assistance to nearly 1.7 million Syrian refugees.
Thanks to substantial support from government partners in donor countries, a total of US$88.4 million has been raised to date. As this exceeds the goal of US$64 million required to fund the refugee programme in December, it allows WFP to cover some of the refugees’ food needs in January.
• Inter-agency mission to Adila and Abu Karinka in East Darfur has identified about 123,000 IDPs in the two locations.
• The number of registered South Sudanese refugees in Sudan since mid-December 2013 has reached 113,221 people.
• A desert locust outbreak continues in Sudan as locust swarms move to winter breeding areas on the Red Sea coastal plains, FAO said.
Partnership will improve livelihoods of 200,000 IDPs in FATA
Matthias Weingart, the director of Cooperation Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Pakistan, and Marc-André Franche, UNDP Pakistan country director, signed an agreement for US$1.05 million to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of 200,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the IDP hosting communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA 1st Meeting (AM)
Twenty six donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2015 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials estimated that the chronically underfunded Agency would begin the year facing a $35 million deficit.
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UNRWA has inaugurated a new reverse osmosis water plant in Burj Barajneh camp, Beirut. The plant will improve the quantity, quality and affordability of water in the camp, as well as access to potable water. This development forms part of UNRWA efforts to enhance water services for communities in Palestine Refugee camps and was made possible through a generous donation from Switzerland.
Reverse Osmosis is a process where salty water is demineralised using a semi permeable membrane at high pressure. As a result, clean potable water is produced.
Khartoum, 27 November 2014. To help address growing humanitarian needs in Sudan, the Government of Switzerland has contributed an additional US $523,013 to the Sudan Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), making the total Swiss contribution to the CHF US $1,092,916 in 2014.
• Close to 37,000 Eritrean asylum seekers arrived in Europe between January and October 2014 via Sudan and Ethiopia, according to UNHCR.
• On average 1,000 refugees from South Sudan have been arriving in Sudan per week recently, UNHCR reports.
• SMoH and WHO report that 101 cases of hemorrhagic fever were registered in North Darfur and West Darfur since late August 2014.
• WFP to start a food voucher programme for an estimated 50,000 displaced people residing in Hamediya IDP camp, Central Darfur.