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I would like to begin the plenary session with a brief overview of CERF’s support in 2014. You will find background documents in your folders.
So far this year, I have approved more than $450 million in CERF funding to help humanitarian partners deliver life-saving assistance in 44 countries.
Some $280 million, or 62 per cent of that amount, has been provided through the Rapid Response Window and $170 million, or 38 per cent, was allocated through CERF’s Underfunded Emergencies Window.
Ladies and gentlemen,
MOSCOW – Recognising a solid and growing relationship, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of the Russian Federation today signed an important strategic partnership agreement that will spearhead joint efforts on many fronts to end global hunger and malnutrition.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
Highlights from this issue:
What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?
How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?
How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?
What role can drug shops play in family planning?
How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?
WASHINGTON, December 11, 2014/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) (http://www.usaid.gov) and global telecommunications operator Orange (http://www.orange.com) announced a new alliance to develop innovations in mobile health (mHealth) at the Global mHealth Forum (http://www.mhealthsummit.org/globalmhealthforum) in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa.
These practical resources have been developed under an initiative of the Government of Switzerland with support from Conflict Dynamics since the initiative's commencement in 2009. A Consultation Group involving the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has guided and contributed actively in various ways to the development of the resources through all stages.
By Cat Graham
Humanity Road in collaboration with Statistics Without Borders is pleased to announce the publication of a guide to help emergency managers understand social media analytics. This twenty page guide and report contains helpful tips for emergency managers.
Niger: 10,000 refugees arrived in Diffa region from Damasack, Nigeria. Most were fleeing forced recruitment by Boko Haram, and some unaccompanied children were reported. More than 105,000 people have arrived from Nigeria since May 2013, and the rate is increasing. The newly displaced are in a critical situation, and Diffa faces serious gaps in service provision.
PREPARACIÓN PARA DESASTRES
Sociedades caribeñas de la Cruz Roja lanzan ‘app’ salvavidas gratis para riesgos múltiples
La población en todo el Caribe, ahora puede descargar una aplicación (“app”) gratis para teléfonos móviles, que les ayudará prepararse ante emergencias y mantenerse a salvo durante los desastres naturales, como huracanes, inundaciones y sismos.
Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.
Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.
New education technology offers solutions to increase the pedagogical skills of teachers, production of innovative learning materials and distance teaching in developing countries and crisis areas, says Laura Vanhanen, adviser on education for Finn Church Aid at Slush2014 -event on Wednesday.
At the event, FCA and its cooperation partner Rovio discussed with the delegation of the World Bank ways to strengthen the education sector in fragile states through the use of new technology.
Snapshot 12–18 November
Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.
Most conflicts today occur not between sovereign states but within them, often among amorphous groups without representative structures and institutions directing the flow of events. At the same time, the forms of media used to report on conflict have changed dramatically, becoming increasingly rapid, interconnected, and participatory.
These new realities require a shift in the way governments, organizations, and media approach conflict prevention and mitigation, and a different understanding of the role media can and does play in conflict situations.
NAIROBI, KENYA: The Ministry of Health is using social media to bolster preparedness and raise awareness on Ebola. “As part of our Ebola preparedness plan, we would like to share the WHO Ebola clinical management guidelines. Follow this link to download https://db.tt/UiHp87BW,” wrote Dr Muraguri, the Director of medical services in Kenya.
While the above SMS is important and critical, it would be even more effective if the public could access basic Ebola information in the language they understand best.
Snapshot 5–11 November
Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.
10 November 2014 – United Nations and other leading international transport, trade and tourism organizations today expressed concern about the report denial of medical care for ill seafarers on board ships that had previously called at ports in Ebola-affected countries.
AUTHORS Tomer Simon, Bruria Adini, Mohammed El-Hadid, Avishay Goldberg, Limor Aharonson-Daniel
Importance: Utilizing social media in an emergency can enhance abilities to locate and evacuate casualties more rapidly and effectively, and can contribute towards saving lives following a disaster, through better coordination and collaboration between search and rescue teams.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, USAID announced four new grants to winners of the joint USAID-Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. The grants of up to $50,000 will help recipients partner with an operational NGO or an established human rights group to further develop and pilot their innovations to document atrocities and facilitate communication for those at risk.