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World + 1 other
Urban risks: moving from humanitarian responses to disaster prevention

Wilton Park

Conference report, Monday 22 – Thursday 25 November 2010 (WP1059)

Key points

  • How do urban disasters differ from other humanitarian disasters?

  • How should humanitarians adapt their response to a disaster (natural or man-made) which affects a large urban population?

  • What specialist expertise, tools and knowledge are needed in an urban context?

  • How can the risks and economic and social impact of a disaster be reduced through more effective risk reduction measures in urban areas?

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Haiti: Cholera Cumulative Cases since 20 October 2010 (as of 29 Nov 2010)

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Côte d'Ivoire + 4 others
CrisisWatch N°88, 1 Dec 2010

Nine actual or potential conflict situations around the world deteriorated and one improved in November 2010, according to the latest issue of the International Crisis Group's monthly bulletin CrisisWatch released today.

Tensions surged on the Korean peninsula as two South Korean civilians and two marines were killed when North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at Yeonpyeong Island, where South Korea was conducting military drills. The North Korean attack was condemned by the international community. Seoul announced new rules of engagement with

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Haïti : Violences dans la ville frontalière de Ouanaminthe

Le GARR appelle les autorités haïtiennes et dominicaines à une gestion concertée de la frontière respectueuse des droits de la personne

Mercredi 1er décembre 2010

Le Groupe d'Appui aux Rapatriés et Refugiés (GARR) est profondément préoccupé par la tension grandissante qui tend à marquer les rapports entre les deux peuples voisins depuis plusieurs semaines ainsi que divers incidents regrettables observés à la frontière haïtiano-dominicaine. Le GARR tient à souligner l'urgence d'une gestion concertée de cette aire stratégique dans une approche participative et

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UN calls on Haitians to ignore unofficial election results

UN News Service
1 December 2010 - The United Nations has called on Haitians to ignore unofficial results of Sunday's presidential and legislative elections and to wait for the official results to be announced next Tuesday by the country's electoral council.

"The Provisional Electoral Council should be granted the time and political stability needed to complete its work, the results of which will then be subject to any eventual dispute from candidates, political parties and the Haitian people through legal procedures for settling the issue," the UN Stabilization Mission in

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Haïti : les besoins sont toujours importants pour faire face au choléra

UN News Service
30 novembre 2010 - Les besoins humanitaires pour faire face à l'épidémie de choléra en Haïti sont toujours importants, a souligné mardi le Bureau de coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA). Sur les 164 millions de dollars demandés par l'ONU et ses partenaires pour lutter contre la maladie, 32,9 millions de dollars ont été collectés à ce jour.

Il existe actuellement dans le pays 40 centres de traitement du choléra, ayant en moyenne entre 100 et 200 lits chacun, et 61 unités de traitement, avec une moyenne de 20 lits chacune.

Malgré cette infrastructure, « davantage

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Haïti /Droits humains : Évolution "catastrophique" de la violence faite aux femmes depuis le séisme de janvier 2010, selon la Sofa

P-au-P, 1er déc. 2010 [AlterPresse] --- La violence à l'égard des femmes a évolué de manière catastrophique depuis le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti, indique le 10e rapport-bilan de la Solidarité des femmes haïtiennes (Sofa) dont a pris connaissance l'agence en ligne AlterPresse.

Cette augmentation n'est pas sans lien avec le séisme, signale le rapport, qui prend en compte le cas de 718 femmes et filles victimes ayant été reçues cette année dans les centres "Douvanjou" (Ouest, Sud-Est, Artibonite et Grande Anse / Sud-Ouest),de la Sofa.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
UNOPS partners with global consultants Arup to strengthen infrastructure capacity

Copenhagen - 01 December 2010 - UNOPS (the United Nations Office for Project Services) has signed a partnership with the global consultancy, planning, design and engineering firm Arup to improve the speed, quality and sustainability of infrastructure projects.

UNOPS implements projects for the United Nations system and other partners. One of its main focus areas is physical infrastructure development, often in some of the world's most challenging environments.

Arup first came to the world's attention for engineering the structural design of the Sydney Opera House. Since

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Le Ministère de la Santé, l'OPS/OMS et l'Organisation internationale pour les Migrations (IOM) ont terminé une évaluation de 80 établissements sanitaires pour intensifier le traitement du choléra. De ces sites, 38 ont été jugés adéquats pour y établir des Unités de Traitement du Choléra (UTC) ou des Postes de Réhydratation orale (PRO). Les cartes des évaluations terminées ont été partagées avec le Groupe Santé et le Ministère de la Santé. Les Partenaires intéressés à appuyer ces établissements devraient contacter le Groupe Santé.

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Health Cluster Bulletin Cholera Outbreak in Haiti - #6


The Ministry of Health, PAHO/WHO and the International Organization for Migrations (IOM) completed an assessment of 80 health facilities for scaling up cholera treatment. Of these sites, 38 were deemed suitable for the establishment of Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) or Oral Rehydration Posts (ORPs). Maps of the completed assessments have been shared with Health Cluster and the Ministry of Health. Partners interested in supporting these facilities should contact the Health Cluster.

Last week IOM began establishing structures

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Haiti Cholera Update - Wednesday, December 1, 2010


After enduring a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January this year, and a Category 1 Hurricane (Tomas) in November, Haitian residents continue to face adversity, now battling a widespread cholera epidemic that has persisted to afflict tens of thousands throughout the poor nation. Hurricane Tomas brought heavy rains that triggered floods in early November, overflowing sanitary installations and contaminating drinking water, which exacerbated the cholera situation that emerged in late October. According to the Haitian Ministry of Public Health and Population

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Sudan + 3 others
World AIDS Day 2010 - Much is Needed to Reach Millennium Development Goal

World Concern
Today, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day - a day to focus attention on the deadly pandemic that continues to take 1.8 million lives each year. But have HIV and AIDS slipped into the shadow of other global crises? Christian humanitarian organization World Concern is commemorating this day by raising critical awareness about AIDS and highlighting the organization's work in prevention, treatment, and support for those living with AIDS around the world.

"We need to make a new resolve to win the fight against the AIDS pandemic," said World Concern Director

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Cholera's spread less lethal in Haiti: health officials

PORT-AU-PRINCE - The cholera epidemic gripping Haiti in the wake of national elections continues to spread throughout the country but is less lethal, the Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday.

"We went from nine percent of cases dying in the early days to 2.3 percent now," said Donna Eberwine-Villagran, a spokeswoman for PAHO, a local branch of the World Health Organization.

"It's improving," she told AFP, adding however that the number of cases would continue to rise.

According to the latest official tally,

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Haiti, Nearly a Year Later

New York Times

Published: December 1, 2010


An emergency cholera hospital is the grimmest kind of medical center, and it's a symbol of the succession of horrors that have battered Haiti over the last year.

Here in Haiti's central plateau, I visited a cholera treatment center run by an excellent aid group, Partners in Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Nobody goes in or out without being thoroughly disinfected; to try to control the epidemic, bodies are buried rather than released to families.

In one tent, 40 seriously ill patients

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Indonesia + 1 other
Haiti Learns from Indonesia

World Bank
A delegation from Haiti visited to Indonesia to learn how reconstruction efforts were carried out in Aceh and Yogyakarta

A community driven approach and cooperation were key success factors to rebuilding Yogyakarta.

The involvement of the government both at local and central level made a significant difference in reconstruction and rehabilitation.

December 1, 2010, Jakarta - Ten months after it was struck by a seven magnitude earthquake, Haiti is now shifting its focus to reconstruction. In doing so, Haiti has chosen to learn from

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HAITI: Cholera Outbreak (as of 27 Nov 2010) - Location Map

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