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21 May 2015 description

In this issue

Building Flood Resilience Page 2
Mapping Invasive Prosopis Page 3
Feature: Land Degradation Page 4 - 5
SWALIM News in Brief Page 5
SWALIM Capacity Building
Borama Academic Open Day Page 6
New SWALIM Website Page 7
Capacity Needs Assessment Study for Line Ministries Page 8
Building a Sustainable Climate Data Monitoring System Page 9
Pictorial Page 10

12 May 2015 description

The 2014 Annual report of the ICRC is an account of field activities conducted worldwide. Activities are part of the organization's mandate to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war, and to promote respect for international humanitarian law.

Facts and figures

26.2 million people had access to water and sanitation improved.
Read more on water and shelter.

9.12 million people were provided with basic aid such as food.
Read more on aid distribution.

08 May 2015 description

After two years in Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, the UN Deputy Special Representative for Somalia, moves onto his next posting in Beirut, Lebanon. On the eve of his departure from Somalia, we sat down with him to get his insights about the future of a country that is trying to rebuild following two decades of civil war.

Read the full story on OCHA

30 Apr 2015 description

Overview

Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

20 Apr 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has immediately responded and will request in the coming days for assistance through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) international disaster response mechanisms.

The situation

20 Apr 2015 description

Key messages

  • Kenya is a disaster-prone country in need of strengthened emergency preparedness and response capacities.

  • The number of food insecure people has increased from 1.3 million in the beginning of 2014, to now 1.5 million. This is due to the two successive poor rain seasons compounded by localised conflict and high food prices.

  • Insecurity and the associated disruption of markets and income earning opportunities are likely to further worsen the food security and nutrition situation.

15 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak; 5,647 children (6 months to 15 years) have been vaccinated in Erigavo District in the northern Sanaag region.

  • The outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea in Jowhar District, in Middle Shabelle region has been successfully responded to highlighting the positive joint collaboration between WASH and health partners.

  • Armed clashes in Guri Ceel and Galgala caused temporary population displacement; inter-agency assessments are planned for March.

13 Apr 2015 description

Regional Plan of Action for Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness in East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

16 Mar 2015 description

This report is produced by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from January to 31 December 2015. It was first issued on 19 November 2014 and updated on 5 March 2015.

Situation Overview

CONTEXT AND HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

10 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 20 January the Federal Government of Somalia ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a clear reflection of its commitment towards protecting and promoting the rights of its children and a major milestone following years of advocacy by UNICEF and other UN and international partners.

  • UNICEF continued to respond to the measles outbreak through support to delivery of routine immunization services.

10 Feb 2015 description
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Guidance on Livelihood

Ten years have passed since the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004. With a view to gathering, learning and sharing from experiences of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami, and other disasters in the region that occurred between 1993 and 2013, the Tsunami Global Lessons Learned Project (TGLLP) was created. The project sought to deliver three principle outcomes: a global lessons learned study, a Discovery Channel documentary tracking the recovery, and a disaster recovery toolkit for recovery practitioners.

26 Dec 2014 description

By Brigitte Leoni

KHAO LAK, THAILAND, 26 December 2014 - It’s exactly ten years since the Indian Ocean Tsunami struck countries across the region, claiming 227,00 lives and leaving communities reeling.

The tragedy, which echoed around the globe, threw the spotlight squarely on just how vulnerable the world is to natural hazards. It was also a stark reminder of the importance of tackling disaster risk head on, by bolstering preparedness and resilience. As such, it spurred a renewed, collective international effort to reduce risk, loss of life and economic damage.

22 Dec 2014 description

But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience

22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

01 Dec 2014 description

The newsletter provides updates on SWALIM water and land information management activities such as:

· SWALIM Completes Mapping Riverbank Breakages on Juba and Shabelle rivers

· Over 100 Partners Trained in SWALIM Information Management Tools

· Somali Water Sources Information Goes Live

· SWALIM - 10 Years of Sustained EU Funding

· Expansion of the Weather Monitoring Network in South and Central Somalia

· SWALIM Conducts Partner Capacity Needs Assessment