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253 Progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2014–2015

259 How Liberia reached zero cases of Ebola virus disease


253 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, 2014-2015

259 Comment le Libéria a mis fin à la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola

22 May 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Thu, 21 May 2015 10:29 GMT

ROME, May 21 (Reuters) - More than 900 migrants were rescued in one day from three overcrowded boats en route to Europe from North Africa, an Italian coast guard official said on Thursday. One body was recovered.

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22 May 2015 description

May 22, 2015 / 64(19);527-531

José E. Hagan, MD1,2; Steven G.F. Wassilak, MD2; Allen S. Craig, MD2; Rudolf H. Tangermann, MD3; Ousmane M. Diop, PhD3; Cara C. Burns, PhD4; Arshad Quddus, MD3 (Author affiliations at end of text)

22 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

21 de mayo, 2015 — El enviado especial de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación Mundial, Gordon Brown, urgió este jueves a la comunidad internacional a crear un fondo humanitario para la educación en situaciones de emergencia desatadas por desastres naturales, violencia o crisis políticas.

En conferencia de prensa en la sede de la ONU en Nueva York, el ex primer ministro británico destacó que hay 57 millones de niños en el mundo que no van a la escuela. La mitad de ellos se encuentra en Nigeria, Pakistán, Yemen, Sudán del Sur, India, Afganistán y Haití, entre otros países.

22 May 2015 description
report UN News Service

21 de mayo, 2015 — El Secretario General de Naciones Unidas estableció un Panel de Alto Nivel para la Financiación de Actividades Humanitarias, anunció hoy en conferencia de prensa el portavoz de la ONU, Farhan Haq.

El objetivo de este panel será abordar la brecha cada vez mayor que hay entre el creciente número de personas que necesitan asistencia y la disponibilidad de recursos para atender sus necesidades.

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21 May 2015 – In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for the respect and safety of health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.

22 May 2015 description


Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, observed on 23 May:

Obstetric fistula is a devastating yet completely preventable and, in many cases, treatable injury of childbirth. It leaves women, and many girls, incontinent and often stigmatized, abused and isolated from families and communities. At least 2 million women and girls live with the condition, and 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur every year.

22 May 2015 description

The Governments of Samoa and Japan have united yet again in another historical landmark agreement that will help benefit Pacific island communities through the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The agreement was signed in Samoa by Mr. Yutaka Fukase of Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mr. Lavea Tupa’imatuna Iulai Lavea, CEO of Ministry of Finance, and Mr. Kosi Latu, Acting Director General of Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme.

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Gordon Brown explains the importance of providing education for young people in crisis situations. Credit: UN News Centre

21 May 2015 – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.

21 May 2015 description
report IRIN

LONDON, 21 May 2015 (IRIN) - The US government on Wednesday released a tranche of declassified documents revealing some of Osama bin Laden’s inner thoughts, including on climate change and aid.

His views on humanitarianism have attracted a fair degree of mockery. Few will look for advice on compassion from a man who orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in 2001 that killed more than 3,000 people in New York.

Yet for humanitarian organisations seeking to deliver aid to needy people in areas where militant Islamist militants hold sway, there are lessons to learn:

21 May 2015 description

GENEVA (21 May 2015) – A group of United Nations human rights experts welcomed the Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai leaders’ decision not to pushback migrants and asylum seekers arriving in their territorial waters. They also urged the international community to assist the countries affected by supporting financially and materially their efforts to protect the human rights of all migrants.

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ROME and DOHA – Qatar Charity, Qatar’s largest NGO, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a partnership agreement that will allow Qatar-based companies and individuals to support WFP in building a world with zero hunger.

WFP is recognized as a global leader in the area of corporate partnerships with a history of helping companies express their corporate social responsibility through initiatives that benefit communities in need and achieve a measurable, positive impact.

21 May 2015 description

Le Conseil des ministres fédéral a avalisé aujourd'hui, sur proposition du vice-Premier et ministre de la Coopération au développement Alexander De Croo, une nouvelle liste de quatorze pays partenaires de la Coopération belge au Développement. La liste actuelle de pays partenaires était restée inchangée depuis 2004. Deux nouveaux partenaires font leur entrée : le Burkina Faso et la Guinée. Outre la nouvelle liste de pays partenaires, le gouvernement a également déterminé les organisations partenaires internationales de la coopération multilatérale.

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One of the most important challenges facing the humanitarian system today is the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.

Over the last decade, the demand for humanitarian aid has risen dramatically. The number of people in need has more than doubled since 2004 to over 100 million today, and current humanitarian funding requirements for 2015 stand at $19.1 billion, up from $3.4 billion in 2004.

21 May 2015 description

Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 5/21/2015 - 17:46 GMT

Countries have agreed to rid the world of malaria almost completely over the next 15 years, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Diplomats gathered in Geneva for the UN health body's annual decision-making assembly agreed late Wednesday to a plan to cut malaria cases by 40 percent by 2020 and by 90 percent by 2030, WHO said.

The disease currently kills 600,000 people each year.

The plan also calls for completely eliminating malaria in at least 35 new countries over the next 15 years.

21 May 2015 description
report Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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Key findings

  • Over 2 million people died from natural disasters between 1970 and 2014 in Asia and the Pacific, or 56.6 per cent of the fatalities globally. Earthquakes and tsunamis were the main cause of deaths, despite their relatively infrequent occurrences.

  • 6 billion people from the region were affected by disasters over the same period, or 87.6 per cent of people affected globally. Floods and drought were not the deadliest disasters but affected the highest number of people at 5 billion.

21 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 21 May 2015 – A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years has been adopted at the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The Incheon Declaration was welcomed by the global education community, including government ministers from more than 100 countries, non-governmental organizations and youth groups. It encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all.

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By Ann Weru

NAIROBI, 21 May 2015 – Urban planning is a key element in disaster risk preparedness and community resilience in Africa, say experts.

Africa is an urbanization hotspot, with 56% of its people predicted to live in urban environments by 2050, up from 40% in 2014, according to the United Nations, which will put the issue sharply in focus at a global conference next year.

21 May 2015 description

Les syndromes suivants ont été identifiés:

• Fièvre éruptive: Palau

• Diarrhée: Niue, Tonga

• Fièvre prolongée: Tonga

Autres mises à jour:


• Une épidémie de Chikungunya est en cours dans les îles Cook et les îles Marshall. Le nombre hebdomadaire des cas à Kiribati a réduit de manière significative.

• Les îles Cook rapportent 38 cas, dans la semaine s’achevant le 17 mai 2015. Au 20 mai 2015, il y a eu 539 cas depuis novembre 2014.