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24 May 2016 description

Return of Nigerian Refugees

The Cameroonian government has identified over 67,000 Nigerians who returned from Northern Cameroon mainly at the Fotokol border to Gamboru Ngala, Borno from January through April 2016. As of 26 April 2016, UNHCR has registered 22,092 Nigerians who have returned from Cameroon to Adamawa, many under conditions falling short of international legal obligations. In Borno, UNHCR is preparing to put in place registration systems to respond to the return of Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

22 May 2016 description
report UN Women

In 2016, natural disasters and war zones have created indelible images of barbed wire barriers, endless straggling dusty lines of tired people on the move, overladen boats making hazardous sea passages, buildings destroyed by bombs, cyclones, earthquakes and fires, exhausted responders with hard hats and clipboards. These images reflect desperate flight from violence and destruction, the courage of those who stay, the courage of those who go. They make real for us the extraordinary circumstances of millions on the move.

22 May 2016 description
report World Bank

SENDAI, Japan, May 21, 2016—The World Bank Group today launched the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), an innovative, fast-disbursing global financing mechanism designed to protect the world against deadly pandemics, which will create the first-ever insurance market for pandemic risk. Japan, which holds the G7 Presidency, committed the first $50 million in funding toward the new initiative.

20 May 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 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

19 May 2016 description
  • The Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) related to Ebola in West Africa was lifted on 29 March 2016. A total of 28 616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11 310 deaths.

19 May 2016 description

The Office of the National Security (ONS), in collaboration with all 14 District Councils, has completed training of three hundred and fifty five (355) members of District Disaster Management Committees (DDMCs) in Port Loko recently.

18 May 2016 description

At the height of the Ebola crisis, Sierra Leone turned to mobile wallets to make fast, accurate, and secure payments to Response Workers. Before digitization, cash payments were slow, inaccurate, and open to graft and theft.

Digitization cut payment times from over one month to around one week, putting an end to payment-related strikes. In doing so, digital payments strengthened Sierra Leone’s capacity to contain the Ebola disease, treat those infected, and ultimately save lives.

18 May 2016 description
report World Bank

Emerging from Crisis, Preventing the Next One

By Melanie Mayhew, World Bank Group

Every day for 27 years, in the early morning blackness that only fishermen know, John* and his crew dislodged their boat from Sierra Leone’s shore and paddled north toward Guinea, returning at sunset with nets flopping with fish.

17 May 2016 description
report Peace Direct

May 17 2016: Peace Direct's Local Peacebuilding Experts come together to discuss key issues in a new series of reports. In the first edition, they look at the phenomenon of 'third term' presidents in Africa.

Today we launch a new series of reports from Peace Direct’s Local Peacebuilding Experts. Focusing on five different countries around Africa, the first edition discusses what happens when presidents and prime ministers outstay their welcome.

16 May 2016 description


  • On April 16, IOM participated in the official closing ceremony marking the end of the micro-quarantine at Koropara, in the Forest Guinea, where the latest EVD cases in the country resurfaced in mid-March 2016. The Minister of health, Dr. Abdourahmane Diallo, the National Coordinator, Dr. Sakoba Keita, the EU Ambassador, Mr. Gielen, the IOM Chief of Mission Representative, Dr. Blaise Bathondoli, participated in the ceremony.

16 May 2016 description
  • Le 16 avril, l’OIM a pris part à la cérémonie officielle de fin du micro-cerclage de Koropara, en Guinée forestière, où étaient apparus les derniers cas d’Ebola en Guinée. Une délégation composée du Ministre de la Santé, M. Abdourahmane Diallo, du Coordinateur National, Dr Sakoba, de l’Ambassadeur de l’Union Européenne, M. Gielen, du Représentant du Chef de mission de l’OIM Guinée, Dr Blaise Bathondoli, et d’autres partenaires de la Riposte, avait fait le déplacement depuis Conakry.

14 May 2016 description


13 May 2016 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone | AFP | Friday 5/13/2016 - 18:41 GMT

Sierra Leone's capital is in the grip of a fortnight-long drought that has forced residents to spend hours searching for water, often risking their lives by drinking contaminated supplies.

Activists have warned that schoolchildren are having to spend entire nights looking for water, with no end in sight for the crisis.

"The water crisis is worsening by the hour," Sao Lamin, chairman of Consortium of Civil Societies for Safe and Available Drinking Water told AFP on Friday in Freetown.

13 May 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 8-14 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease, and yellow fever in Angola.

13 May 2016 description


  • 15,418 Ivorian refugees repatriated since 18 December 2015
  • 2,646 Bales of clothing donated by UNIQLO to refugees in Liberia
  • 1,763 Refugee children benefit from national polio immunization campaign 1973
  • Alien and Nationality Law is being revised to prevent statelessness

Population of concern
A total of 22,745 Persons of Concern

USD 23,860,907 requested


13 May 2016 description


What evidence is there that local political dynamics are explanatory factors for the success or failure of aid programmes? Provide examples, drawing on aggregated analyses of aid projects, where available.