The UK will provide further life-saving food, water and support for families forced from their homes by recent fighting in Sudan.
Britain will contribute a further £7 million to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund appeal for Sudan, International Development Minster Baroness Northover announced today during a visit to Khartoum.
The ongoing conflict has forced more people from their homes than at any time since 2003 and seven million people are now expected to need emergency assistance this year.
The government of impoverished Malawi has said it will need more than $65-million (R750-million) to reach out to more than 121,000 people made homeless and cut off by flooding, the worst in 24 years.
Malawi is the worst affected of the three southeast African countries hit by heavy rainstorms, which started two weeks ago. Mozambique and Madagascar have also reported damage and deaths from floods.
In pictures: How humanitarian aid from the UK is helping Iraqi and Syrian people cope with freezing conditions in northern Iraq.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is leading the UK’s humanitarian response to the crisis created by ISIL in Iraq. There are over 5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq, and over 2 million people were displaced by ISIL in 2014.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.
SUPPORT INSIDE SYRIA
The UK has allocated £332 million to help people affected by the conflict in Syria, including in opposition held and contested areas. £154 million of this has been allocated to partners delivering aid across international borders (cross-border aid). Up to 50% of all UK assistance inside Syria this year will be delivered as cross border aid, targeted towards the 4.8 million people in hard to reach areas (UNOCHA 01.11.2014) which the UN estimate could be reached across borders.
Britain will continue to provide the leadership and resources Sierra Leone needs to contain and control Ebola
Britain’s strategy in Sierra Leone has centred on making burials safe, increasing the number of available treatment beds and changing behaviour so people suspected of having Ebola seek treatment early. The UK will continue to ensure sufficient resources are available to tackle the outbreak.
The UK’s updated support will provide:
￼At the Girl Summit in London, Somali Government officials and civil society organizations joined world leaders in committing to end child, early and forced marriage and all forms of FGM within a ￼generation.
￼August 2014 ￼The UK became the joint lead donor ￼on the New Deal Framework. ￼
September 2014 ￼The UK will support Somalia in ￼improving its justice systems. This ￼will cover South Central Somalia ￼where mobile courts will operate ￼for the first time. ￼
• In Sierra Leone WFP is supporting 102 EVD health facilities including treatment centers, holding centers, and Community Care Centers (CCC). So far, WFP has already distributed assorted food commodities to meet the needs of more than 7,400 patients in these facilities, representing a bed capacity of over 1,100.
Case incidence continues to fall in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, with a halving time of 1.4 weeks in Guinea, 2.0 weeks Liberia, and 2.7 weeks in Sierra Leone. A combined total of 145 confirmed cases were reported from the 3 countries in the week to 18 January: 20 in Guinea, 8 in Liberia, and 117 in Sierra Leone.
Mali has been declared free of Ebola virus disease (EVD) after completing 42 days since the last case tested negative for EVD.
A DFID spokeswoman said:
“The close links between Scotland and Malawi mean that many people in Scotland will be particularly saddened to learn of the devastation being caused by the floods there.
“The UK’s Department for International Development, working with the UN, has provided emergency assistance to those in need. Support from DFID’s £3.8 million fund for disasters in Malawi is providing food and shelter to those affected by the floods. We are continuing to monitor the situation for potential further UK support.
In 2013-14, DFID’s programme was £253 million
400,000 girls have received stipends to help them go to school since 2009.
36,000 classrooms will be constructed in Punjab and Khyber Paktunkhwa and 90,000 teachers trained.
GIRLS AND WOMEN
10,000 community midwives have been trained and over 70 midwife schools constructed or renovated since 2009.
In 2013-14, DFID’s programme in Nigeria was £266 million
GIRLS AND WOMEN
1.4 million pregnant women and children received help with nutrition in 2013-14.
4.7 million more pregnant women and children will have improved nutrition by the end of 2015.
JOBS AND GROWTH
In the last year we’ve helped 470,000 people increase their incomes by more than 15% and since 2011 we’ve helped over 7 million people gain access formal financial services.
WATER, SANITATION, HYGIENE
In 2013-14, DFID spent £85 million reducing poverty in Malawi
GIRLS AND WOMEN
23,000 women have gained access to financial services by September 2014.
13,000 girls were supported with secondary school bursaries by September 2014.
406,000 women will be supported to have improved access to security and justice by the end of 2015.
196,000 women had sustainable access to clean drinking water sources through DFID support by September 2014.
As of 11 January, the cumulative number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone is estimated to have reached 10,124 with a total of 2,696 confirmed deaths.
• Pujehun district in Sierra Leone has been declared Ebola-free, the first to be given the all-clear after 42 days with zero recorded cases of the virus, according to the Government of Sierra Leone (GoSL). Pujehun, in the south-east of the country, was hit by Ebola in August and suffered 24 deaths from 31 cases.
Guinea reported its lowest weekly total of new confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases since the week ending 17 August 2014. Case numbers remain low in Liberia, with no confirmed cases nationally for the final 2 days of the week ending 11 January, and the lowest weekly total of confirmed cases since the first week of June 2014. Sierra Leone has now reported a decline in case incidence for the second week running, and recorded its lowest weekly total of new confirmed cases since the week ending 31 August 2014.
• As of 4 January, the cumulative number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone is estimated to have reached 9,780 with a total of 2,557 confirmed deaths; while 1,808 have been discharged from treatment. The number of people infected by Ebola in Sierra Leone,
Guinea and Liberia has now passed 20,000.
Reported case incidence continues to fluctuate in Guinea, with no identifiable downward trend. Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to spread geographically within the country, with the prefecture of Fria reporting 2 confirmed cases for the first time. Case incidence has declined to low levels in Liberia. There are signs that incidence has levelled off in Sierra Leone, although transmission remains intense in the west of the country.
Project code: OSRO/ZIM/203/UK
Donor: United Kingdom (DFID)
Contribution: GBP 5.5 million (USD 8.9 million)
Implementation: 19/11/2012 – 31/10/2013
Target areas: Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Midlands, Manicaland, Masvingo provinces
Objective: To contribute to poverty reduction through protection of livestock assets.
Key partners: Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanization and Irrigation Development and the NGOs World Vision, Caritas, Netherlands Development Organisation and Africare.
· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.
· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.
· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.
· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.