by Emma Batha
Total assistance rose for a fourth consecutive year, but the pace of growth slowed - one factor behind the slowdown may have been the lack of sudden large-scale disasters
LONDON, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - International humanitarian aid hit a record $27.3 billion last year, but several leading donors in the Middle East slashed their contributions, data published on Wednesday showed.
Nairobi, 13 June 2017 - A High-Level Partnership Mission consisting of representatives mainly from Arab states has concluded a six-day fact-finding mission to drought-affected populations in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.
(Nairobi, 13 June 2017): International partners have made financial pledges in support of humanitarian response efforts in the drought-hit Horn of Africa after a visit to Ethiopia,
Somalia and Kenya.
A delegation led by the African Union and the United Nations concluded a five-day visit to the Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, after visiting drought-affected communities in Ethiopia and Somalia. It included representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the African Development Bank, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the World Bank.
$3mn Co-Funding for 62,300 Beneficiaries
June 6th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a multi-sectoral intervention program for the most vulnerable communities in Ethiopia.
(Doha, 14 May 2017): The State of Qatar today announced un-earmarked funding of US$40 million over four years - $10 million annually from 2017 to 2020 - to support the core budget of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
IOM’s overall vision is to enhance good governance of migration throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, ultimately aspiring towards migration and human mobility that is humane and orderly and that benefits migrants and societies.
IOM will do so by addressing the mobility dimensions of crises affecting the region and by contributing to structural transformations in the way in which migration is approached, addressed and discussed in the Middle East and North Africa.
May 6 th , 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Yemen completed the second phase of a project to distribute cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection machines to 430 needy infants with hydrocephalus, at a total cost of $120,000 (QR 436,800).
This phase covered 100 kids. Preparations are underway for the third phase, which is planned to commence this month.
In 2017, Humanitarian Response Plans (HRPs) in the MENA region requested US$6.2 billion. The total amount received to date is $1.0 billion (16%), which leaves a shortfall of $5.2 billion (84%).
The Syria Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) requested US$5.58 billion. The total amount received to date is $1.65 billion (30%), which leaves a shortfall of $3.92 billion (70%).
Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.
December 31 st , 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) to mobilize shared relief interventions for the victims of war in Aleppo, at a total cost of $2,323,000.
On Thursday, 29 December, a high-profile delegation from KRCS visited QRCS's Mission in Turkey to sign the agreement. Headed by President, Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer, the KRCS delegation were received by Dr. Khalid Diab, Director, QRCS Relief and International Development, Doha, as well as top officials of the Mission.
December 26th, 2016 ― Doha: The State-owned Qatar Fund for Development (QFD) has announced the allocation of $5 million to provide urgent humanitarian assistance through Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) for thousands of Libyan families returning to Sirte, Libya, amid severe conditions across the board.
The contribution will be used to secure the basic needs in relief and health care for six months, as well as water and sanitation for one year. This life-saving aid would help an estimated 79,400 people of the city.
November 23rd, 2016 ― Doha: In support of the health sector in Palestine, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed three agreements with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) to conduct a series of projects, at a total cost of $1,493,000 (QR 5.5 million).
The projects are (1) support of the specialized medical education program for doctors of Gaza ($476,000), (2) renovation and equipment of the Department of Cardiology in Nasser Hospital ($517,000), and (3) development of cystoscopy services in Gaza ($500,000).
November 14 th , 2016 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Faculty of Medicine at the Islamic University of Gaza (IU Gaza) to support the Faculty's Emergency and Crisis Management Center (Hayat).
The $148,500 project is aimed at ensuring rapid response, minimized risk, and containment of disasters in Gaza.
October 22nd, 2016 ― Doha: In response to the alarming situation in Mosul, Nineveh, and the probable wave of displacement across the country due to the current military operations, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has activated its emergency operations room at Doha headquarters to collect information about the conditions of displaced people in Iraq.
Real-time reports are received from QRCS's mission in Iraq and its field groups, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
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 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.
Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) strongly condemns today's airstrike that targeted the civilian area of Latamneh in northern Hama countryside, where one of its health facilities is active.
The airstrike resulted in five civilian casualties: a mother, a father, and their 3-month-old baby girl, as well as a mother and her 1-year-old son. These civilians were waiting to receive medical attention at QRCS's Latamneh Primary Health Care Center.
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 9-15 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.