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07 Dec 2016 description

Less than a month ago, on November 18th, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the Zika virus is no longer a public health emergency of international concern. It does, however, continue to present a serious public health concern in the Americas, especially to the most vulnerable populations like women of childbearing age. To date, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has registered over 515,000 suspected Zika cases, of which more than 170,000 have been confirmed.

07 Dec 2016 description

Hace menos de un mes, el 18 de noviembre, la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) anunció que el virus Zika ya no representa una emergencia de salud pública de interés internacional. El virus sin embargo sigue siendo una importante preocupación en la salud pública en las Américas, en especial para las poblaciones más vulnerables como las mujeres en edad fértil. Hasta la fecha, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) ha registrado más de 515,000 casos sospechosos del Zika, de los cuales se han confirmado más de 170,000 casos.

07 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Marta López Fesser

As a country prone to natural hazards, Cuba has begun to incorporate lessons and exercises on disaster risk reduction into its school curriculum. Learn how children are leading the way for a society rooted in preparedness and resilience.

04 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Rosangela Berman-Bieler

“We mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the wake of the adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This global blueprint for action summons us to “leave no one behind”.  _Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon_

02 Dec 2016 description
report IRIN

By John Kirk

Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a serial author on Cuba, Kirk’s most recent book is Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism

02 Dec 2016 description

To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015.

In addition, five countries in the Americas have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases. Since the last Zika Epidemiological Update of 17 November 2016, no new country or territory has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus in the Americas.

01 Dec 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme

Shelter kits delivered to Haiti

One hundred shelter kits have been shipped to Haiti, from Panama, on behalf of Shelterbox.

Each kit will provide to local population essential protection from the elements and a safe space in which families can start the process of creating a new home and a take back their everyday life.

01 Dec 2016 description
  • Recent rainfall in the province of Guantanamo is further exacerbating the situation of the people who have already suffered partial or total loss of their homes. New damages have been reported.

  • Due to the damages to 119 educational institutions, other spaces such as homes and public institutions are serving as alternative classrooms in Baracoa.

01 Dec 2016 description

SITUATION

  • Severe weather events, including heavy rain, strong winds and tropical cyclones, have been affecting many countries of The Caribbean over the past two months causing casualties and damage. In particular most affected have been the countries of Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Barbados,St. Lucia, Dominica, Colombia and Panama.

Dominican Republic

30 Nov 2016 description

Este reporte ha sido elaborado desde la Oficina de la Coordinadora Residente del Sistema de Naciones Unidas en Cuba. Cubre el período de las 14:00 del 21 de noviembre a las 14:00 del 28 de noviembre (hora local). El siguiente reporte será emitido el 5 de diciembre de 2016.

Resumen

  • Lluvias recientes en la costa norte de la provincia de Guantánamo complejizan la situación de las personas que perdieron parcial o totalmente sus techos y viviendas.

29 Nov 2016 description

DESTACADOS

• Más de 1.4 millones de personas en necesidad de asistencia humanitaria en Cuba y Haití, tras el paso del huracán Matthew.

• 12.5 millones de personas afectadas por desastres en 2016. La sequía y los huracanes son los principales desastres.

• Seis meses después del terremoto en Ecuador, US$26.9 millones han sido financiados de los $72.8 solicitados en el Llamamiento Internacional.

29 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• More than 1.4 million people need humanitarian assistance in Cuba and Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

• Some 12.5 million people have been affected by disasters in 2016. Droughts and hurricanes have caused the worst impacts .

• Six months after the Ecuador earthquake, US$26.9 million has been funded of the $72.8 international appeal

• A study shows that gender equality in humanitarian action is most effective when it focuses on protecting the rights and long-term well -being of the most vulnerable people.

29 Nov 2016 description

Cholera in the Americas - Situation summary

Between epidemiological week (EW) 1 and EW 43 of 2016, a total of 35,755 cholera cases were reported in four countries of the Americas: the Dominican Republic (1,097), Ecuador1 (1), Haiti (34,656), and Mexico (1). Of the total cases, 97% were reported in Haiti. Table 1 shows the number of cholera cases reported in selected countries between 2010 and 2016.

In Haiti, a total of 34,656 suspected cholera cases, including 339 related deaths (case fatality rate: 1%), were reported from EW 1 to EW 43 of 2016.

26 Nov 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2016 expected to recover from last year’s drought-reduced level

  • Horticultural output severely impacted by Hurricane Matthew at beginning of October

  • Cereal imports anticipated to remain high in 2016/17 marketing year

  • Food security response to Hurricane Matthew

Cereal production in 2016 recovers from last year’s drought-reduced level

24 Nov 2016 description

La Habana, Cuba, 23 de noviembre – Se encuentra camino a Guantánamo el cargamento que arribó el pasado viernes al puerto de Santiago de Cuba destinado a respaldar a los afectados tras el paso del Huracán Matthew en la zona oriental del país.

El nuevo envío, enmarcado en su Plan de Acción como respuesta al huracán, contiene 3.732 kits de cocina y 7.536 juegos de sábanas, y complementa cargamentos anteriores que suman 18.700 lonas, 3.768 kits de cocina, y 5.740 colchones.

23 Nov 2016 description

Resumen

 A 40 días del paso del huracán Matthew por el oriente de Cuba, 11 escuelas, 5 consultorios médicos y un policlínico acogen a centenares de damnificados en Baracoa, incluidos niñas y niños entre 0 y 14 años, embarazadas y personas con discapacidad.

  • Autoridades locales elevan a 290 los centros educacionales dañados por el huracán en la provincia de Guantánamo.

22 Nov 2016 description
report ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$ 516,644

Balance Requested: US$ 478,305

Geneva, 22 November 2016

Dear Colleagues,