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Global Humanitarian Overview - Status Report, August 2014

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102 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance compared to 81 million in December 2013. Global financial requirements to cover humanitarian needs rose from $12.9 billion to $17.3 billion now.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No. 8 (16 August – 22 August 2014)

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There are increasing reports of abduction of women, particularly those belonging to minority groups, by armed groups and of human trafficking within and outside the country. Currently there is no response mechanism to address human trafficking.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Health, water and the increasing threat of disease

By Penny Sims and Vivian Tou’meh, Damascus

Sulaf, 15, and her 7-year-old sister Hiba are waiting their turn at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent’s children clinic in Dwailaa areas, Rural Damascus.

The two girls are diabetic, and waiting to get their insulin. Sulaf has been having problems with her eyesight too and her family are concerned.

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Syria Needs Analysis Project (SNAP) - Scenarios: Where is Lebanon heading now?

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Scenarios are a description of situations that could occur; a set of informed assumptions about a development that may require humanitarian action to support strategic planning, create awareness, provide early warning and promote preparedness activities for those working on the Lebanon crisis. The document covers 5 scenarios for Lebanon for the next 6 months.

Note that these scenarios are in no way logically and mutually exclusive and indeed, some of them could also take place in sequence or even in parallel.

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UNRWA Sets up Its First Health Point in Yarmouk And Prevents Outbreak of Typhoid

“We first heard rumours about typhoid from our partners in the Palestine Red Crescent Society, during our missions to distribute food in Yarmouk”, a senior UNRWA health staff member in Syria explains. In areas with adequate public sanitation typhoid, a common but often fatal bacterial disease can easily be prevented, but given the acute shortages of clean water in Yarmouk, our staff knew they had to move quickly to stop an outbreak amongst the 18,000 civilians trapped in the area.

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Middle East Polio Technical Bulletin, as of 18 August 2014

As of 18 August 2014 :

Syria

No new WPV1 cases were reported in the past week. The most recent WPV1 case had onset of paralysis on 21 January 2014, from Salamiyah district, Hama governorate. The total number of laboratory confirmed WPV1 cases for 2014 is ONE, and 35 for 2013. The annualized non-polio AFP rate is 3.0 per 100,000 and the proportion of AFP cases with adequate specimens is 90%.

Iraq:

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Syrian Civilians Living in Besieged Homs Area Receive IOM Aid

Syria - IOM, in partnership with the Al-Oun Association, a local NGO, and the office of the Homs Governor, this week delivered essential non-food relief items to some 7,500 vulnerable people in Al-Waer, a besieged area on the outskirts of Homs city.

The area has not received humanitarian aid since October 2013 and the aid, which represented another breakthrough in delivering relief to hard-to-reach and cross-line areas, included 1,500 hygiene kits and 1,000 baby and adult diapers.

International Organization for Migration:

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Updated Statistical Analysis of Documentation of Killings in the Syrian Arab Republic, August 2014

“With additional killings reported from earlier periods, in addition to the new killings that have taken place, the total is more than double the number documented a year ago," Navi Pillay said.

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Voices in crisis: A monthly insight into the human rights crisis in Syria: August 2014

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Arabic name of Ayn al-Arab) in Aleppo province has been besieged by the Islamic State armed group (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)) since July 2013 following clashes with the Kurdish People's Defense Units (YPG), the armed group linked to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), who took control of Kobani and the surrounding area in July 2012 in the context of the armed conflict taking place in Syria. Militants from IS currently surround the city and its inhabitants. There are estimated to be up to 200,000 people trapped inside Kobani.

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Lebanon + 5 others
Inter-Agency Regional Response for Syrian Refugees, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey 10 - 16 August 2014

REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The United Nations has designated its highest level emergency for the humanitarian crisis (“Level 3”) in Iraq, citing the scale and complexity of the situation, which is impacting tens of thousands of people that have been forcibly displaced by the armed group, Islamic State (IS).

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Social Cohesion & Livelihoods

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 87 beneficiaries have been placed in employment through job placement facilitation supported by DRC –mainly in construction, malls and oil stations –while 99 people received small business assistance.

  • IOM provided vocational training to 20 beneficiaries. 534 refugees have been trained so far.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: WASH

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

All refugees living in camps are benefitting from the minimum standard of water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

Water quality is continuously being monitored to ensure proper chlorination of water supply to camp residents. During the month, water quality reports have been shown that water being distributed meets national drinking water standards.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Basic Needs

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

Barzani Charity Foundation, in the holy month of Ramadan distributed number of items, including clothes for babies and females, diapers, mattresses, kitchen sets and small garbage bins and first aid kits.

In Duhok, Qandil distributed CRI kits to 97 new registered families and 11 singles. Lovan Company has distributed summer packages of water coolers, heater plus filters, electrical fans, cooking stoves, kettle set and buckets to 472 families ISHO distributed new air coolers to some 163 households in Al-Obaidi camp.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Shelter

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

Gawilan Camp: total families relocated from transit site to the Permanent site is 468 (168) in July after UNHCR implemented 1,817 tents foundation with kitchens and government did the electricity grid.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Health

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

• More than 30,000 refugees utilised available primary, secondary and tertiary health care services provided by the Directorate of Health (DoH) and NGO partners with the support of UN agencies. The overall health care utilisation rate is stable, no outbreaks of communicable diseases occurred.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Food Security

JULY HIGHLIGHTS:

•Distribution of in-kind food to Syrian refugees was completed in Akre, Arbat, Gewilan and Qushtapa camps targeting 11,576 Syrian refugees.

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Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Protection

July highlights

As 31 June 2014, 216,040 Syrians were registered with UNHCR (80,181 households), the decrease Is primarily due to spontaneous return and completion of level -1 registration exercise . An estimated 1% of the population is pending for registration at the end of the reporting period.

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Polio this week as of 20 August 2014

  • The Horn of Africa Technical Advisory Group (TAG) met last week to review the current epidemiological situation, the impact of outbreak response and to determine additional strategies needed to rapidly interrupt residual transmission in the region. Plans were developed to increase access to mobile populations, to improve community surveillance and to strengthen campaign quality. Read more in the Horn of Africa section below.