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15 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 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.

15 Apr 2015 description

SUMMARY

 A total of 37 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was reported in the week to 12 April, compared with 30 the previous week. Case incidence in Guinea increased to 28, compared with 21 confirmed cases the previous week. Sierra Leone reported 9 confirmed cases, the same total as in the previous week. Liberia reported no confirmed cases.

15 Apr 2015 description

Developments since the ninth update

As of 5 April 2015, WHO has reported 25 550 cases, including 10 587 deaths, linked to the West African outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) with onset in December 2013. Altogether, nine countries have reported EVD cases.

09 Apr 2015 description

The challenges facing small holder farmers in Zimbabwe are multi-faceted; they include low smallholder agricultural productivity caused by, among other things, reliance on rain-fed systems, poor input/output markets, low soil fertility, lack of draught power, lack of smallholder oriented credit support systems and weak agricultural extension service delivery systems. The situation is compounded by the effects of climate change and the prevalence of HIV and AIDS. The adult HIV prevalence is currently 15 percent.

08 Apr 2015 description

SUMMARY

  • A total of 30 confirmed cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) were reported in the week to 5 April. This is the lowest weekly total since the third week of May 2014. Case incidence in Guinea decreased to 21, compared with 57 confirmed cases the previous week. Liberia reported no confirmed cases. Sierra Leone reported a fifth consecutive weekly decrease from 25 confirmed cases in the week to 29 March to 9 in the week to 5 April.

04 Apr 2015 description

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £800 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.

02 Apr 2015 description
report Refugee Council

The Refugee Council is to deliver a new therapeutic service to unaccompanied children in order to help improve their mental health.

The new service, funded by the Department of Education, will enable us to run both therapy and psycho-educational groups for separated children. Our Children’s Section has been advising unaccompanied children since 1994, though previously we have only had funding to offer therapeutic services to adults.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Refugee Council

Child asylum seekers will now be able to appeal against refusals in the same way as their adult counterparts, following changes made in the Immigration Act 2014.

Previously, on section of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 meant that people could not appeal against a refusal of asylum where they had been granted leave to enter or remain for a period of 12 months or less.

31 Mar 2015 description

Kuwait City, Kuwait | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 17:55 GMT

by Omar Hasan

International donors pledged $3.8 billion on Tuesday to help alleviate war-torn Syria's humanitarian crisis, which Kuwait's emir warned was the worst in "modern history".

UN chief Ban Ki-moon told participants at the meeting in Kuwait that four out of five people in Syria were living in "poverty, misery and deprivation".

"The Syrian people are victims of the worst humanitarian crisis of our time," he said.

31 Mar 2015 description
report Food for the Hungry

Education offers positive alternative for children

PHOENIX (March 26, 2015) – Food for the Hungry (FH) recently received a UNICEF grant in the amount of $1,004,221, including a match of $286,792 from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), which will enable FH to provide access to life-saving, inclusive education to girls and boys affected by the crisis in South Sudan.

28 Mar 2015 description

By Kaitlin Grant — 26 March 2015

Thanks to contributions from development partners including UKaid through the Department for International Development (DFID), WFP has been able to rapidly deliver life-saving food assistance to victims of the 2015 floods in Malawi.

28 Mar 2015 description

KATHMANDU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal have today inaugurated the country’s first Humanitarian Staging Area at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Bam Dev Gautam, was the chief guest at the ceremony, attended by 200 government officials and members of the humanitarian community. WFP Assistant Executive Director, Manoj Juneja, and Dr. Gail Marzetti, Head of DFID were also present as special guests.

27 Mar 2015 description

RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.

26 Mar 2015 description
report Refugee Council

Families who are seeking safety in Britain face being forced further into poverty following new changes to asylum support rates.

The Home Office has announced that all destitute asylum seekers awaiting a decision on their claim will now receive the same weekly allowance of £36.95 per person.

This will mean a significant cut to the levels of support that families with children aged under 16 will receive, with single parent families being hit particularly hard. A lone parent with two children will see their asylum support payments cut by 26% in less than two weeks time.

26 Mar 2015 description

Further UK funds allocated to support organisations working in Vanuatu.

Britain’s response to Cyclone Pam is helping to ensure thousands of people across the region get the urgent help they need.

UNICEF will receive the final £500,000 allocation from the UK’s £2 million emergency response to Vanuatu, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

24 Mar 2015 description

Britain to remain at the forefront of the fight against TB by funding the development of a simpler, safer and more affordable treatment.

Britain is funding a global clinical trial of new treatments to beat drug-resistant strains of tuberculosis that threaten to reverse decades of progress in fighting the disease, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said today.

Justine Greening said: