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UNICEF Liberia Ebola Virus Disease Situation Report #42, 30 July 2014

This report provides an update on UNICEF’s response to the Ebola emergency in Liberia. All statistics, other than those related to UNICEF support, are from the SitReps issued by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare through the Ebola National Task Force.

Highlights:

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Food Security Sector Situation Report 17 (30 July 2014)

Highlights

  • Cessation of hostilities is urgently needed.

  • 250,000 people in need of food and other assistance.

  • Humanitarian assistance limited by safety conditions.

  • Massive destruction of houses and productive assets continue.

  • High and still increasing death-toll.

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South Sudan: Monthly Market Update July 30, 2014

CURRENTSITUATION

  • Markets remain severely disrupted in Unity, Upper, Nile, and Jonglei State following the outbreak of conflict since mid-December 2013 (Figure 1).However, the intensity of the conflict in South Sudan continued to abate through June enabling some markets to restart or increase operations in the conflict-affected States including Mirmir in Koch County (Unity State), Bor (Jonglei), and the emergence of a new market near UNMISS Protection of Civilian site (PoC) in Malakal (Upper Nile).

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Food insecurity continues to deepen in South Sudan as funds dry up

Urgent assistance needed for life-saving support to farmers, fishers and pastoralists

31 July 2014, Rome – Continued efforts to provide farmers, fishers and pastoralists in South Sudan with life-saving emergency livelihood kits are at risk due to a funding shortfall, aggravating the risk of famine in some areas of the country, FAO warned today.

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Israel strikes kill 7 on day 24 of Gaza conflict

07/31/2014 07:38 GMT

GAZA CITY, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday killed seven people, medics said, bringing to 1,364 the Palestinian death toll from a bloody 24-day conflict.

A pre-dawn Israeli air strike killed a man in the central town of Deir al-Balah, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

He said two mid-morning strikes killed three more, one in the southern city of Rafah and another two in Deir al-Balah, also men.

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WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Reach Eastern Aleppo City and Mouadamiya in rural Damascus

Damascus, 31 July 2014 – Subsequent to an agreement with the Syrian government and the opposition, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) delivered surgical and medical assistance to the besieged eastern Aleppo city and besieged communities in Mouadamiya in rural Damascus.

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Ethiopia + 2 others
Accelerating Nutrition Improvements (ANI): Mapping of stakeholders and nutrition actions in three scaling-up countries in sub-Saharan Africa

Report of a meeting
27–28 February 2014, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1 Introduction

The Accelerating Nutrition Improvements in sub-Saharan Africa (ANI) project was launched in March 2013, supported by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The project aims to:

• support 11 countries in sub-Saharan Africa1 to strengthen nutrition surveillance systems;

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Southwest monsoon-2014: Daily Flood Situation Report - Summary of important events as on 30.07.2014

RAINFALL/FLOOD SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY

Yesterday, the southwest monsoon was vigorous over East Rajasthan and active over West Uttar Pradesh, West Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat Region, Konkan & Goa, Madhya Maharashtra, coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Indian Meteorological Department (Major features of weather forecast)

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World + 6 others
African Solidarity Trust Fund - by Africans for Africans

A unique, Africa-led fund to improve agriculture and food security across the continent has become a reality. Officially launched in June 2013 with funding totalling over US $ 40 million from Equatorial Guinea, Angola and group of civil society organizations in the Republic of Congo.

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UNICEF’s unconditional cash grants to benefit Pantawid Pamilya families in E. Visayas

MANILA, 30 July 2014—The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), will extend financial assistance to beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in Eastern Samar who were worst affected by super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.

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OCD-CAR intensifies DRRM –CCA trainings and advocacy in LGUs

By: Carlito Dar

BAGUIO CITY, July 31 (PIA) - - In ensuring disaster-resilient communities and aiming for zero casualties during this rainy season, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD – CAR) continues to intensify its support for the conduct of Disaster Risk reduction and Management and Climate Change Adaptation (DRRM – CCA) training and advocacy in the region.

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Breastfeeding pushed in evacuation centers during disasters

By: Miriam P. Aquino

SAN FERNANDO CITY, July 31 (PIA) – Nutrition experts have advised nursing mothers to continue breasfeeding babies in evacuation areas instead of turning to infant formula milk which is not allowed in temporary shelters.

Ma. Eileen C. Blanco, Nutrition Council regional nutrition program coordinator, said mothers should continue breasfeeding despite harsh conditions in evacuation centers.

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Immediate Programme to provide Relief to Sri Lanka's Drought Affected Districts

President Mahinda Rajapaksa drawing his special attention to the people who are encountering immense difficulties due to the prevailing drought, has initiated an immediate development programme.

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Infographic: Investing in Food and Agriculture in Asia and the Pacific

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Asian Development Bank

Two-thirds of the world’s hungry reside in Asia and the Pacific, and food insecurity persists bringing the specter of hunger and undernutrition to millions more of the region’s poor. In response, ADB is focusing on a comprehensive multi-sector engagement with the goal of curbing food insecurity.

Asian Development Bank:

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Accord aims to block migrants boarding 'La Bestia' train

07/31/2014 05:08 GMT

GUATEMALA CITY, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States have agreed to try to stop migrants from boarding a freight train known as "La Bestia" in a dangerous attempt to reach the United States, Guatemala said Wednesday.

Each year, tens of thousands of migrants use the train -- leaping on the moving rail cars -- to pass through Mexico. Dozens have been killed or maimed falling under the wheels of the train or else been victims of attacks by criminal gangs operating along the route.

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Beekeepers in Malawi Preserve the Environment, Earn Income

Protecting natural resources pays off in more ways than one

July 2014—On the edge of the Zomba plateau in southern Malawi, just as the land begins to slope up into an imposing peak, is a pretty patch of land covered with indigenous forests. Past the grass and into the trees there are signs of a careful intervention: a small irrigation canal and a meticulously kept stone wall. A few hundred bees are buzzing.