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30 Sep 2016 description

South Africa - IOM will today sign a cooperation agreement with the Royal Dutch Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, to provide funding worth EUR11.1 million for a four-year project dealing with sexual and reproductive health in migration-affected areas of southern Africa.

23 Sep 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 18-24 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.

23 Sep 2016 description

51,031* migrants assisted with Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) from 1 January to 30 June 2016

23 Sep 2016 description

The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a cost-effective way to support humanitarian action in Sudan. Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the SHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or any agreed upon strategy by the HC. The SHF provides funding to international and national non–governmental organizations and UN agencies. The SHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports humanitarian response year–round.

22 Sep 2016 description

With the combination of increasing weather extremes such as severe storms, alongside the phenomenal growth of cities in many parts of the world, the potential for urban devastation is pronounced. With storms, increased rainfall often overwhelms rivers, drains and gutters, resulting in widespread flooding. However, some water managers are trying to view the abundance of this natural resource as an opportunity to rethink how the urban environment is designed and can function.

22 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
o Saint Kitts and Nevis

16 Sep 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 11-17 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.

16 Sep 2016 description

Greece - As the European Union (EU) relocation scheme reaches its one year anniversary, only 5,000 asylum seekers have been relocated from Greece and Italy to other EU Member States with IOM assistance. The EU programme adopted a year ago was set up to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline EU Member States. Since then, IOM has assisted 4,954 people relocate from Greece and Italy with pre-departure preparation and travel assistance.

15 Sep 2016 description

KEY UPDATES

 Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Countries in the Western Pacific Region have been reporting new cases as seen in Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia.

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

13 Sep 2016 description

The number of refugees and migrants to Europe has grown considerably over recent years, igniting discussions on the economic impacts of refugees to host countries.

13 Sep 2016 description

Netherlands - IOM and the Government of the Netherlands have agreed on closer bilateral cooperation in the field of migration through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed today (13/09) by Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

The Memorandum consolidates the strategic relationship between IOM and the Netherlands and defines priorities for future cooperation towards a more comprehensive and long-term approach to migration governance.

09 Sep 2016 description
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A report launched this week by the Asylum Information Database (AIDA), managed by ECRE, documents the limited and fragmented application of admissibility and safe country concepts in 20 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Serbia and Turkey.

09 Sep 2016 description

Greece - IOM this week has helped 222 asylum seekers relocate safely from Greece and Italy to other European Union (EU) Member States under the EU’s relocation programme, continuing a trend of increased numbers of relocations in recent months.

EU relocations from June to August this year reached 2,596 people, which is 60 percent of the total number relocated so far under the scheme.

An average of 865 people per month were relocated in the last 3 months, a marked increase over the average of 233 per month in the 8 months before that.

08 Sep 2016 description

Key Updates

Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:

o None

 Malaysia, which previously reported Zika infections in 2014, has reported new mosquito-borne Zika virus infections in the past week

 Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:

o None

06 Sep 2016 description

Afghanistan’s Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF), is a Country Based Pooled Fund (CBPF) directed by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, with operational support from OCHA. The CHF-Afghanistan is a strategic financing tool with three key objectives to:

  1. support humanitarian partners (national and international NGOs, UN Agencies and IOM) to address the most pressing evidence-based needs in accordance with humanitarian principles;

02 Sep 2016 description
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​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 28 August - 3 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and cholera.

02 Sep 2016 description
report DanChurchAid

The Dutch government has granted 11.6 million euros to DCA's efforts to create security in four of the world's hotspots. It is the largest donation from an international donor in DCA history

DCA’s can now intensify its efforts to create safety in four countries affected by conflict thanks to a large donation from the Dutch government.

29 Aug 2016 description
report HALO Trust

Abdul Hakim carries fragmentation in his shoulder and leg from a Russian mine which wounded him while he was fighting as a young mujahid in 1987 in the hills near Mazar-e-Sharif, but that doesn’t slow him down now as he walks these same hills with his 10-year-old grandson Kazim tending to their flock of 40 sheep. He explains why he refuses to register with the government to receive disability payments,

I’m strong because I drink goat’s milk! 

26 Aug 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 21-27 August 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and malaria in Greece.