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26 Nov 2014 description

Royal Navy helicopters have delivered essential materials to Northern Sierra Leone as the part of the UK’s ongoing efforts to tackle Ebola.

Responding to a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) request, a Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron lifted urgent supplies for a support camp to be built near a community care centre in Kumala.

The centre is a 28-bed facility for the care of Ebola patients, including young children under the age of 5. Because it is in a mountainous area the centre is currently not accessible by road.

26 Nov 2014 description

Two years on, promoting innovation and evidence-based approaches to humanitarian crises

An overview of DFID's approach to building resilience to natural disasters and responding to humanitarian emergencies.

Every year, the lives and livelihoods of millions of people are pushed to the brink by war and natural hazards.

26 Nov 2014 description

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.

25 Nov 2014 description

IOM Sierra Leone has been awarded a 6-month GBP 4.19 million contract by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to manage an Ebola Training Academy in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Currently managed by the UK Ministry of Defence, the academy provides a comprehensive 3-day training programme for frontline Ebola practitioners deploying to operate Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) throughout Sierra Leone.

22 Nov 2014 description

More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone to join Britain’s fight against Ebola.

More than 30 NHS staff from across the UK will depart for Sierra Leone today (22 November 2014) to join Britain’s fight against Ebola, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt have announced.

21 Nov 2014 description

18 November 2014 - The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) today contributed £1.6 million to for expansion of the UNMISS protection site in the Upper Nile state capital Malakal.

Making the announcement, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) noted that partners were taking advantage of the onset of the dry season to complete expansion of the Malakal protection site, which provides emergency shelter and protection to over 17,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), as others continue to trickle in.

18 Nov 2014 description

FMR 48
November 2014

The role of faith in the humanitarian sector is not easy to measure. Faiths generally advocate welcoming the stranger and there are many organisations and individuals inspired by their faith or religion to provide protection and assistance. Yet it is easier to measure the activities inspired by faith than to measure the difference that having that faith makes, and secularly inspired standards for such activities can appear to be in tension with the faith inspiration. FMR 48 includes 36 articles on ‘Faith’ plus seven ‘general’ articles.

18 Nov 2014 description

Foreign Secretary announces more support for OSCE special monitoring mission in Ukraine, including staff and ten armoured vehicles.

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced that the UK will send ten armoured vehicles with associated communications equipment worth £1.2m to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ukraine Special Monitoring Mission (SMM).

The UK is also sending more monitors to support the mission.

18 Nov 2014 description

South Sudan - December 15th will mark the one-year anniversary of renewed fighting in South Sudan. The conflict has resulted in the displacement of over 1.8 million people, over 102,000 of whom have sought shelter in UN bases throughout the country.

One of the largest of these so-called Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites is in Malakal, Upper Nile State. The site provides emergency shelter and protection to over 17,000 people and internally displaced people (IDPs) continue to trickle in.

17 Nov 2014 description
report GOAL

Aid agency will be managing Ebola treatment centre by Christmas

17/11/2014

GOAL is calling on the Irish artists from the Band Aid single to visit West Africa before Christmas, and capitalise on the public support they have helped generate.

In less than five minutes after it was launched on Monday morning, sales of the Band Aid 30 single, Do They Know It’s Christmas, raised more than £1 million for the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

17 Nov 2014 description

The UK government and Wellcome Trust will provide over £1 million for new Ebola research projects

A portable device which can test bodily fluids for Ebola and anthropological training for health workers to help them work more effectively with local communities are among the five research programmes which the UK government and the Wellcome Trust are funding to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

13 Nov 2014 description

Philip Hammond sees early signs of impact of UK support to #EndEbola in #SierraLeone, but says battle has just begun.

Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, and Minister for the Armed Forces, Mark Francois, today met British military, aid workers, diplomats and health workers who are part of the UK effort to fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone. The Foreign Secretary also met President Koroma to underline the UK’s commitment and discuss progress to date and next steps in tackling the crisis.

12 Nov 2014 description

Farmers in Western Africa will have the opportunity to grow and sell more crops on the open market following a new investment from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

A £9.04 million investment, from DFID’s Impact Investment Fund managed by the UK’s Development Finance Institution CDC, will help farmers in countries including Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali improve their food security and income, helping lift them out of poverty.

11 Nov 2014 description

Highlights – UK response:

  • The UK has provided £23m of humanitarian funding to Iraq in three rounds since the beginning of June. This includes: up to £4 million for humanitarian supplies (including air drops), £17.5 million funding to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN agencies, and NGO partners, £1.5m for technical assistance and support to the overall humanitarian response.

08 Nov 2014 description
report The Zimbabwean

According to the programme coordinator, Chengetai Magadu, the network, established in 2007, links local women farmers and shop owners. In a recent interview Magadu explained that they had engaged fertiliser and seed distribution companies to partner with shopkeepers and help supply the women with inputs and advice.

07 Nov 2014 description

British expertise from the Met Office will help the Philippines better predict and prepare for natural disasters.

As the Philippines marks one year since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan, the International Development Secretary has announced new UK support for the country’s long-term recovery.

06 Nov 2014 description

Today the first Ebola aid supplies will be loaded onto the naval ship Karel Doorman, leaving for West Africa tomorrow. Goods will start to come aboard at around midday, including 11 million rubber gloves, a significant number of lorries, ambulances and other vehicles, 1,000 rubber boots, disinfectant, thermometers, generators, mobile laboratories, protective clothing for medical staff and more than 300,000 medical masks for relief workers.

05 Nov 2014 description

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.

KEY FACTS

10.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance inside Syria (UNOCHA 30.09.2014), of which:

6.5 million people a re Internally Displaced Persons inside Syria. (UNOCHA 30.09.2014)

04 Nov 2014 description

DFID spent £192.8 million on nutrition in 2012 and this is expected to more than double by 2015. DFID has committed £3.3 billion to nutrition in 2013-20 and aims to contribute to a dramatic reduction in the high levels of global undernutrition. To achieve this, DFID has supported global action, invested in projects and generated evidence on new solutions.

03 Nov 2014 description

Corruption is a fundamental issue that afflicts the everyday lives of the very poorest and thwarts global efforts to lift countries out of poverty. DFID recognises corruption as a critical development challenge and seeks to tackle it through direct and indirect activities. DFID has shown leadership on important activities at the global level to tackle corruption. It has shown promising intention to establish a new strategy on tackling corruption and some programming to meet that strategy, although it is only in its very early stages.