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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 27 August–2 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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SIDS hears call for free mobile access in disasters

By Brigitte Leoni

APIA, 1 September 2014 - The private sector is set to have a major impact on the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which opened today in Samoa, with a strong focus on how to reduce the exposure of 52 million island dwellers to future disaster events amplified by climate change.

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AfDB and WHO sign US $60 million MoU to strengthen Ebola response in West Africa

The President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, on Tuesday, August 26 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) cementing a US $60 million Bank grant to help strengthen West Africa’s public health systems in response to the Ebola crisis.

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La BAD et l’OMS signent un protocole d’accord de 60 millions de dollars pour lutter contre l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest

Le président du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), Donald Kaberuka, et le directeur régional pour l’Afrique de l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé, le Dr Luis Sambo, ont signé le mardi 26 août à Abidjan un protocole d’accord scellant une subvention de la Banque d’un montant de 60 millions de dollars US dans le but de renforcer les systèmes de santé publics de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour contrer la crise de l’Ebola.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Humanitarian Response

The use of drones raises serious practical and ethical issues that humanitarian organizations must address through transparency, community engagement, and guidelines for privacy and data security.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

Myanmar

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Mapping disaster, an innovative tool to humanitarian development

Over the years, advances in satellite imaging have provided increasingly advanced cartographic data through programs like Google Earth that allows users all over the world to view detailed maps of nearly every corner of the earth. For development practitioners, these advances in mapping, when coupled with raw data and images from the ground, have created compelling, interactive ways to display and convey data about their current projects.

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Africa - Ebola Coordination and Preparedness, Emergency Appeal MDR60002

The Regional Coordination and Preparedness Emergency Appeal is launched by the IFRC to supplement and to support the current country-level Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Emergency Appeals and preparedness operations supported by the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF). The aim of this appeal is to strengthen and scale up operations support, coordination, communication, capacity building and preparedness for at risk countries in the region and to prepare for the potential spread of Ebola outbreak to other countries in Africa and beyond.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 13 - 19 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Using mobile phones to better understand refugees' food needs

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Guardian

With more than 50 million people in refugee camps or fleeing conflict, the World Food Programme is using mobiles to provide critical food assistance

Beth Hoffman

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 30 July - 5 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Pacific Islands Humanitarian Bulletin, July 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• El Niño alert issued, with meteorologists estimating a 70 per cent chance of event developing by late 2014.

• OCHA and the Pacific Humanitarian Team responded to five emergencies between November 2013 and May 2014.

• Recovery efforts in cyclone-affected Tonga include a cash-for-work programme focusing on food security and debris management.

• A study of the Pacific Humanitarian Team response in the Solomon Islands finds coordination support appreciated, but improved communication and assessments needed.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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50 fois plus de nourriture transportée par les airs en 2014

GENÈVE – La vague de conflits qui a eu lieu durant la première moitié de l’année a multiplié par plus de 50 la quantité de nourriture et d’équipements d’urgence transportée par les airs par le PAM pour atteindre les populations dans le besoin.

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50 Times More Food Moved By Air As WFP Tackles Multiple Emergencies

GENEVA – A surge of conflict in the first half of this year prompted a more than fifty-fold increase in the amount of life-saving food and goods moved globally by air by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to reach those in need, compared to the same period last year.

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50 veces más alimentos son llevados por aire en momentos que el PMA enfrenta simultáneamente varias emergencias

GINEBRA – El incremento de los conflictos en la primera mitad de este año provocó que 50 veces más alimentos y otros suministros para los más necesitados fueran transportados globalmente por aire por el Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) en comparación al mismo periodo del año pasado.

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New one-stop-shop website launched to help those communicating with disaster affected communities

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CDAC Network

Refreshed CDAC Network website launches with a new look and expanded #commisaid resources

LONDON, UK – The Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network launched its new website on Tuesday, featuring tools and resources for aid workers, a message library for humanitarian emergencies, an information exchange, and a brand new learning centre.

The new website was developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters Foundation, a founding member of the CDAC Network, and was made possible with a grant from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

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6 Datos Sobre los Depósitos para la Respuesta Humanitaria de las Naciones Unidas

La semana pasada en Las Palmas, la comunidad humanitaria le dio la bienvenida a un nuevo Depósito para la Respuesta Humanitaria de las Naciones Unidas (UNHRD), y ya está listo para responder a emergencias alrededor del mundo. Pero, ¿qué es UNHRD?

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GIS Support for the MSF Ebola response in Guinea in 2014 - case study

In March 2014, MSF-Switzerland deployed a dedicated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) officer to Guinea in response to the Ebola outbreak in the south of the country. In support of the epidemiological team, the GIS officer was charged with producing general overview maps, as well as topical maps that supported different aspects of the operation.