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21 Oct 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.

21 Oct 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Secure housing, care, guardianship, family reunification

(Calais, October 21, 2016) – France and the United Kingdom should ensure that all unaccompanied children in informal migrant camps in Calais receive adequate accommodation and care before the camps are demolished, Human Rights Watch said today.

21 Oct 2016 description
  • In Haiti, DFID is financing a Real-Time Evaluation (RTE) for Matthew’s emergency operation and is setting up a steering committee with the participation of key stakeholders, including donors. A Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) will soon be launched. Experts from the EU, World Bank, UNDP and Inter-America Development Bank (IADB) are already in-country. Preliminary results are expected by the third week of November. The UK is committing GBP 3 million to the fight against cholera.

20 Oct 2016 description


Since its inception in 2014, the CHF-Afghanistan pooled fund has received just over US$120 million in contributions from eight key donors dedicated to coordinated humanitarian action in Afghanistan.

18 Oct 2016 description

Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$414.4 million of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the beginning of 2016.

  • The UN-coordinated appeal for DRC requests US$690 million. It is currently 53% funded at US$365.2 million.

  • The US is currently the largest donor this year, having committed/contributed US$143.1 million.

16 Oct 2016 description

International Development Secretary commits new support

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has committed new support to tackle the threat of cholera in Haiti, ensuring more lives can be saved in the wake of the devastating hurricane.

In addition, as the leading funder to Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, DFID is supporting the immediate shipment of one million doses of the cholera vaccine to Haiti.

16 Oct 2016 description

UK will prioritise ending modern slavery and child exploitation around the world.

To mark the national day against slavery on October 18, International Development Secretary Priti Patel outlined an increase in support for women and girl refugees in Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon, and for vulnerable people at risk of trafficking on migration routes in North Africa and Europe.

15 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund
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More than 12,400 people benefit from the Germany and UK funded projects in five Lebanese municipalities

Bakaa, 14 October 2016: His Excellency Mr. Arthur Nazarian, Minister of Energy and Water inaugurated today five water projects in the Bekaa Valley. The three reservoirs and two wells, funded by the governments of Germany and the UK - with support from UNICEF, will improve access to potable water for local communities and refugees.

14 Oct 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 9-15 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.

12 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA, 12 October 2016 – The commitment by the UK and France to find urgent solutions for all the hundreds of refugee and migrant children languishing in Calais for months, could not come a minute too soon, said Marie Pierre Poirier, UNICEF Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.

12 Oct 2016 description

The new MEST education project ‘Girls Access to Education’ (GATE) programme, supported by DFID and UNICEF, will benefit nearly 200,000 girls nationwide.

Close to 200,000 girls across Sierra Leone will be supported by a new project, funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), led by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), and implemented in collaboration with UNICEF and partners, to improve the transition and completion rates of girls in secondary school.

12 Oct 2016 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

11 Oct 2016 description
report Refugee Council

A court has ruled that Eritreans who have fled the country face real danger on return.

The ruling directly contradicts the UK Government’s view that many Eritreans arriving in the UK are not in need of international protection.

10 Oct 2016 description

BISHKEK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) today launched an online and mobile application to facilitate real-time management of disaster preparedness and response operations.

The Information Analysis and Management System (IAMS) application systemizes data collection and analysis of disasters. Thanks to DFID, the app was developed at a cost of US$110,000 as part of WFP's core activities to enhance disaster risk management and build people’s resilience to shocks in the Kyrgyz Republic.

07 Oct 2016 description

The UK is committing up to £5 million of initial support to help thousands of people in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew, Priti Patel announced today.

The funding includes a first consignment of UK aid arriving in Haiti today including shelter kits for 5,000 people and a further four British experts to help assess and address the needs of those affected by the storm. A team of DFID experts are now in the region who will help NGO and UN partners address immediate needs, including water, healthcare, shelter and protection.

07 Oct 2016 description

The global migration crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing the international community today.

The UK Government has pledged to address the root causes of irregular migration and to facilitate the adoption of safe, responsible policies and solutions for migrants. The UK Aid Strategy recognises that violence and conflict in Africa and the Middle East are causing unprecedented migration flows to Europe and sets out intentions to build stability and tackle the root causes of conflict.

07 Oct 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | Friday 10/6/2016 - 23:30 GMT-4

by Zoé LEROY

As France prepares to close down the squalid 'Jungle' migrant camp in the northern port of Calais, Amjad from Pakistan can't wait to get away.

"That's six months they have been telling us that the 'Jungle' is done with... but it never ends," he told AFP.

"Everyone here knows that they will soon have to leave and are wondering what they are going to do," he said. "Me, I'll take the train to Paris."

06 Oct 2016 description

Calais, France | AFP | jeudi 06/10/2016 - 07:18 GMT |

par Zoé LEROY

Distribution de valises, commerces fermés, repas quotidiens en baisse: depuis l'annonce par les autorités françaises du démantèlement de la "Jungle" de Calais (nord), des milliers de migrants, entre inquiétude et espoir, se préparent au départ quand d'autres ont déjà quitté le plus grand bidonville de France.

05 Oct 2016 description

KAMPALA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today thanked the United Kingdom for recent contributions amounting to more than US$21 million to support WFP’s food assistance programmes in Uganda, noting that the funds are already making a difference for people in Karamoja and for refugees.

The UK government provided US$12.4 million for community-based projects and nutrition assistance in Karamoja, and US$9.2 million to help WFP provide lifesaving food assistance for refugees.

05 Oct 2016 description

DAR ES SALAAM – Thanks to a £1 million (US$1.3 million) contribution from Britain's Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has managed, in the short term, to avoid cutting rations destined for refugees in Tanzania.

WFP was about to cut rations in October for nearly a quarter of a million refugees, given its lack of funds for its refugee operations in Tanzania. Now – and for the time being at least – these operations can continue as normal.