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23 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 22 March 2017

From 25 to 28 March, synchronised polio campaigns will take place across 13 counties in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators will immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaigns. Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: No new WPV or cVDPV positives were reported this week.

17 Mar 2017 description
  • Summary of newly-reported viruses this week (see country-specific sections below for further details): Pakistan – one WPV1 case, six WPV1 positive environmental samples.

  • Yemen and Syria have both carried out polio immunization campaigns as part of ongoing efforts to protect children affected by conflict.

14 Mar 2017 description

Vienna, Austria, March 14, 2017. Over 15 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing, totaling nearly US$190m, which was approved at the 158th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). The public sector loans, which total US$106m, will support the following projects/programs:

Country: Bolivia


14 Mar 2017 description

The [Aid & International Development Forum (AIDF)] has released an infographic that explores infrastructure resilience and access to services in Southeast Asia, with a particular focus on Myanmar.

10 Mar 2017 description

Key updates

  • Countries, territories and subnational areas reporting vector-borne Zika virus (ZIKV) infections for the first time since 1 February: None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system malformations potentially associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Mexico, Saint Martin

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome cases associated with ZIKV infection for the first time since 1 February: Curaçao, Trinidad and Tobago

09 Mar 2017 description

Polio this week as of 8 March 2017

  • Coffee with Polio Experts: A short video-chat with Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio Eradication in Pakistan, on the prospects of eradicating polio in the country.

09 Mar 2017 description

CHF 128,687 was allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to respond to the humanitarian needs of households affected the floods. In all, the operation utilized CHF 125,483 or 97.5 per cent of the allocation. The unspent balance of CHF 3,204 will be returned to the DREF pot. The variance shown on the food budget line is mainly due to an increased in procurement and distribution of rice (▲ by 1,920 kg after field assessment) and the price of rice and fish (▲ by CHF 0.09 and CHF 0.07 per unit respectively due to the market cost and cost of living announced by government).

03 Mar 2017 description

Although cluster bombs have been banned under the Convention on Cluster Munitions since 2010, they have been used on multiple occasions over the last two years in conflicts in Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, Libya, and Sudan. Cluster bombs have killed and maimed thousands of civilians, who are overwhelmingly the main victims. But what exactly are these weapons?

03 Mar 2017 description

Handicap International's first Mapathon, organized in partnership with CartONG, took place on February 15, 2017 at our Federation headquarters in Lyon, France.

In only 3 hours, the participants were able to map an amazing 320 km of roads and tracks and 130 populated areas (villages or hamlets) in Nong district, Laos.

01 Mar 2017 description

Imagine a country of mountainous landscapes, lush green forests and quietly flowing rivers. Imagine its people, who sport their positive attitude like a national badge. Imagine their broad smile as they appreciate the peace they have enjoyed, for the best part of 40 years.

This country exists. A country with one of the kindest people I have ever met, a country rarely making international headlines.

01 Mar 2017 description

As of 31 January 2017, there were 34 cases of dengue reported in China in 2017. This number is a little higher than that reported during the same period in 2016 (28 cases) (Figure 1).

23 Feb 2017 description

23rd February marks the 10th anniversary of the Oslo Process. Ten years ago today the Oslo Process began when 46 states took an extraordinary step by making a historic declaration to outlaw cluster munitions at a conference hosted by the Norwegian government in Oslo in February 2007.

16 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of 15 February 2017

16 Feb 2017 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No update)

As of 31 December 2016, there were 2,076 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is lower than that reported during the same period in 2015 (Figure 1).


15 Feb 2017 description

The twelfth meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director General on 7 February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description


  • A donor mission from Yum! Brands Australia visited Lao PDR to visit the villages where Mother and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and school meals activities are supported with their contribution. The representatives met with local government officials, visited two schools, three health centres and two villages in Sekong and Savannakhet districts in the south of the country.

Operational Updates

10 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

9 février 2017 – L'action antimines des Nations Unies a besoin de 511 millions de dollars pour mener à bien ses projets en 2017 et cela représente une augmentation de 50% par rapport à l'appel consolidé de l'année dernière, qui s'élevait à 347 millions de dollars.

Cet action antimines comprend le déminage, l'éducation aux risques et l'assistance aux victimes, dans les situations de conflit et d'après conflit dans le monde, a précisé le Service d'action antimines des Nations Unies (UNMAS) dans un communiqué de presse.

09 Feb 2017 description

Polio this week as of  8 February 2017

  • As the low season for poliovirus transmission continues, the first wild poliovirus case from acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) in the calendar year 2017 is reported from Afghanistan. Wild poliovirus type 1 positive samples from 2017 had previously been reported from environmental samples in Pakistan. Both countries continue to intensify their eradication efforts to urgently interrupt any residual virus transmission.

09 Feb 2017 description

Geneva, 6 February 2017. The latest United Nations Portfolio of Mine Action projects shows a sharp increase in the need for humanitarian mine action, including landmine clearance, risk education and victim assistance, in conflict and post-conflict settings around the world. The online Portfolio of Mine Action Projects 2017 presents an overall requirement for USD 511 million, a 50% increase from last year’s USD 347 million consolidated appeal.