Dozens of migrants, many with wounds from climbing over the 6-metre barbed wire fence, celebrated in the streets with some shouting "freedom"
MADRID, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Around 500 sub-Saharan African migrants crossed the fenced border surrounding Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco early on Friday, emergency services said.
When a country is hit by a natural disaster, such as an earthquake, a tropical storm or flooding, two things are certain: chaos will reign and coordination is key. The first 72 hours after a disaster are crucial; response must begin during that time to save lives. Here are five things that the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) — the UN’s emergency coordination organization —aims to get right within, and prior to, the first 72 hours.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
The Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (APGPD) welcomes the commitment by the Australian Government to continue funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s work with women during humanitarian crises. Over 800 women and girls are dying every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Three in five preventable maternal deaths occur in conflict, displacement and natural disasters.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
Between 06 and 12 February, 207 refugees and migrants arrived to Greece by sea – a decrease from the 460 who arrived the previous week. The number of sea arrivals fluctuated between 0 arrivals (09-12 February) and 57 (07 February). Kastelorizo recorded the majority of estimated sea arrivals (85), followed by Lesvos (54). Comparing with the previous week the average number of daily arrivals decreased from 66 to 30.
Switzerland - IOM reports that 12,381 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 February – just under 9,500 to Italy, just under 2,000 to Greece, and 1,000 to Spain. This compares with 84,645 arrivals during the first seven weeks of 2016 – 90 percent of whom arrived in Greece.
Author: Thomas Ruttig
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Aucun syndrome n’a été signalé cette semaine.
Autres relevés :
· Îles Salomon : Entre le mois d’août 2016 et le 5 février 2017, 10 095 cas ont été déclarés dans l’ensemble des dix provinces du pays. Au total, 2 721 tests de diagnostic rapide ont été réalisés (diagnostic rapide classique Dengue Duo) entre la semaine 33 de 2016 et la semaine 5 de 2017, dont 1 178 (43 %) se sont révélés positifs (NS1 ou IgM).
16 February 2017
Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, to the Coordination Meeting on International Migration, in New York today:
I am pleased to send greetings to this fifteenth Coordination Meeting on International Migration. You gather at a crucial time, with hundreds of millions of people affected by the issues at stake. We cannot fail them; we must work [more] closely than ever before.
Strengthening national and regional early warning systems, response and preparedness plans
16 February 2016, Harare – Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed today on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza.
by Kenn Crossley
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As most natural disasters are predictable to some extent, it makes sense to invest into government social protection schemes to build their long-term resilience
Never before have so many people had to flee their homes as in 2016: more than 65 million refugees and internally displaced persons around the world fled from crises, violence and natural disasters. Africa is a particular focus of Germany’s humanitarian assistance, alongside the huge humanitarian crisis in Syria and its neighbouring countries.
Last week, the government announced it would bring over just 150 more unaccompanied child refugees under the Dubs scheme, drawing widespread criticism.
But in the coming week our MPs have the chance to change this – and you can help make sure they do.
What is the Dubs scheme?
Named after Lord Alf Dubs, who came to Britain as a child refugee during the Second World War, the ‘Dubs scheme’ was introduced in May 2016 after he sponsored an amendment to the Immigration Act.
"They sleep hungry for nights here. It is cold, they have nothing, no money and they feel they have to do it"
By Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi
BELGRADE, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia's capital Belgrade.
Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who offer to pay them for sex - knowing some are so desperate that they will do anything to survive.
Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,936
Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 543
Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 36
Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45
Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45
Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 863
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,850. 6,565 (84%) of them were sheltered in 17 winterised government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.
Washington, DC, Atlanta, Panama City, February 16, 2017 (PAHO/WHO/CNLA/UNICEF) – Cartoon Network and its partners the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are launching a new Public Service Announcement aimed at educating children in Latin America and the Caribbean about controlling the spread of the Zika virus, which continues to affect vulnerable populations in the region.