Brigitte Rohwerder, July 2016
What have been the different approaches/strategies to transitional shelter in post-natural disaster contexts in developing countries and what lessons have been learned (with a focus on the non-technical aspects of transitional shelter)?
Literature on approaches to transitional shelter in post-natural disaster contexts reflects the variety of different approaches and definitions, which complicate understandings of transitional shelter and lessons learned.
In an emergency, many of those already most vulnerable to the effects of disasters are unable to access crucial aid. For World Humanitarian Day, Handicap International reaffirms its commitment to making humanitarian aid accessible to every affected person without distinction.
As of 18 July 2016 some 241,263 people crossed the Mediterranean Sea reaching Europe. During the reporting period, the trend in sea arrivals continued to decrease through the Eastern Mediterranean with approximately 1,327 people arriving to Greece contributing to 158,377 for the first half of 2016. As of 18 July, 79,851 persons have arrived by sea to Italy in 2016, compared to 93,540 at the end of July 2015.
More partners join forces to end violence against children and to promote social inclusion of children with disabilities into society
GENEVA/ BRUSSELS, 4 August 2016 – The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society.
So far this year more than 231,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. While the trend of decreased arrivals through the Eastern Mediterranean continued during the month of June, with only 1,500 new arrivals in Greece, some 22,250 people were rescued in Italian waters during the same period of time.
Every year, some 287,000 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, where Handicap International is working to improve the health of women, mothers and children.
Due to a lack of information, problems accessing health centers, and unaffordable medical care, every day nearly 1,600 women and 10,000 newborn infants die as a result of preventable complications.
Since 2011, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with partners to increase equitable access to education for learners living in conflict and crisis-affected environments (USAID Education Strategy,
February 2011 Goal 3). The following document provides an analysis of the indicators used in Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (PMEPs) from 25 USAID Education projects1 implemented in 16 countries between 2007 and 2018.
Background and aims
In 2015, the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) sought to measure how well early recovery was integrated into each cluster, and in parallel, to advance understanding of the relative importance of early recovery principles and practices in humanitarian crises overall. In designing a methodology to undertake this analysis, two assumptions were made.
Being caught in a humanitarian crisis with a disability can lead to abandonment and neglect. How can we make humanitarian response more inclusive?
When the shooting started Simplice Lenguy told his wife to take their children and run. It was 5 December 2013, and the war in Central African Republic (CAR) had arrived on his doorstep. “I couldn’t go fast with my canes and I didn’t want them to wait for me,” says Simplice. “All our friends and relatives had already fled in fear.”
"If there is a single theme to this year’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, it is the conviction that there is nothing inevitable about trafficking in human beings. That conviction is where the process of change really begins—with the realization that just because a certain abuse has taken place in the past doesn’t mean that we have to tolerate that abuse in the future or that we can afford to avert our eyes. Instead, we should be asking ourselves—what if that victim of trafficking was my daughter, son, sister, or brother?
By Priyali Sur/Contributor — June 29, 2016
The woman looked uneasy and uncomfortable as she peered outside her tent into the darkness. All she could see was an empty stretch with a few bushes, where men were taking turns to urinate. There was nothing—no facilities—available for women.
26 June 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has today expressed support for and solidarity with the victims of torture and their families throughout the world, and underscored that torture must never be used under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.
The Victims of Violence (VoV) project in Athens has been running since October 2014. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works alongside the Greek Council for Refugees and the BABEL Day Centre to provide medical and psychological care, as well as legal advice and social assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who are survivors of torture or extreme violence. Nearly 60,000 refugees are currently “trapped” in Greece and among them are those who have been persecuted and tortured for their political or religious beliefs, their race, their gender or their sexual identity.
Clubfoot is a congenital deformity affecting nearly 200,000 children each year across the world. One or both feet are turned inward making it difficult to walk. It is estimated that 80% of those born with the condition live in low and middle-income countries, including in conflict zones, where treatment is either unavailable or ineffective. Complete treatment for one child can cost as little as US$150 and yet many communities lack the awareness or the funds to tackle the condition.
Dans un contexte de crise humanitaire sans précédent, cette journée symbolique du 20 juin, dédiée à tous les réfugiés, vient rappeler que le droit humanitaire international et le droit d’asile sont quotidiennement bafoués en Europe. Médecins du Monde, association médicale de solidarité internationale qui vient en aide à ces personnes depuis près de 40 ans, s’alarme de leur grande vulnérabilité dans leur pays d’origine, dans les pays d’accueil et sur les parcours migratoires. Notamment en Grèce où transitent des centaines de milliers de réfugiés.
Plan International's new child protection study finds that children with disabilities are experiencing disturbing levels of violence.
Children with disabilities are experiencing extremely high levels of violence, compared to those without disabilities. In fact, 84% of children with disabilities questioned in our research study, Protect Us! reported having experienced some form of violence at school in the previous week. The research commissioned by Plan International was carried out in Uganda and Malawi by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Trovato et al. Conflict and Health (2016) 10:14 DOI 10.1186/s13031-016-0080-y
• Since January 2015, more than 1,200,000 people crossed the Mediterranean. From late 2015 and onwards there has been a steady increase in the proportion of children among refugees and migrants not only on the Eastern Mediterranean, but also on the more dangerous and perilous Central Mediterranean migration route. Currently this proportion stands at 35 per cent of all arrivals in 2016. In addition, it is estimated that almost 500 children lost their lives in the Eastern and Central Mediterranean since the beginning of 2016.
Alors que les organisations humanitaires reconnaissent davantage les femmes et les filles handicapées dans les politiques et les lignes directrices, il existe encore des lacunes importantes dans leur mise en oeuvre. Leurs besoins et leurs capacités sont souvent sous-représentés dans les forums de discussion sur le genre, la protection et l'invalidité.