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Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 july

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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MSF Vaccinates 38,000 Children Against Measles in Minova

Last week, the emergency unit of Doctors Without Borders Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in South Kivu ended a measles vaccination campaign in the district of Minova after reaching nearly 38,000 children and young people between 6 months to 15 years of age. The vaccination campaign in different parts of eastern DRC now continues in the neighboring district of Kalonge.

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Military Offensives Free DRC Villages

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Voice of America

Peter Clottey
Last updated on: July 28, 2014 6:05 PM

The military spokesman for the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) says a joint military offensive with the national army in Walikale and Masisi territories has freed over 20 villages from rebels from the Mai Cheka and the Alliance for the Sovereign and Patriotic Congo (APCLH) groups.

Colonel Felix Basse says residents are expressing their appreciation.

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Treating Cerebral Palsy in Developing Countries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common health conditions Handicap International sees in babies and young children around the world. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 1 in every 323 children has cerebral palsy.

This congenital disorder usually results from brain damage that occurs before or at birth or within the first few years of a child’s life. Symptoms vary but may include poor muscle tone, stiff muscles, uncontrolled movements, poor motor skills, and sensory problems. About a third of cases involve cognitive difficulties or epilepsy.

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Description of a large measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010–2013

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BioMed Central

Although measles mortality has declined dramatically in Sub-Saharan Africa, measles remains a major public health problem in countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Here, we describe the large measles epidemic that occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2010 and 2013 using data from the national surveillance system as well as vaccine coverage surveys to provide a snapshot of the epidemiology of measles in DRC.

Mancini et al.: Description of a large measles epidemic in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2010–2013. Conflict and Health 2014 8:9.

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Summary of Roundtable Discussion: Reparations for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) convened a Roundtable on Reparations for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown University on February 24, 2014. This report summarizes major points of discussion from this workshop, which was held in collaboration with Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

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Why soldiers rape — and when they don’t — in diagrams

By Lauren Wolfe/Director — July 25, 2014

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South Sudan + 5 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 46 (as of 24 July 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Some 1.1 million people are facing emergency levels of food insecurity.

  • Water, sanitation and hygiene partners reported reaching some 400,000 more people in crisis-affected areas in June compared to May, raising the overall number of people reached with some humanitarian assistance to 2.4 million.

  • An additional aircraft, able to carry 10 metric tonnes per day, was contracted and dedicated specifically to operations in Bentiu. This frees up other air assets for rapid response operations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Southern Africa: Malnutrition Snapshot (as of July 2014)

SITUATION OVERVIEW: MALNUTRITION

Malnutrition levels, particularly stunting levels, in the southern Africa region are very high, as is reflected in child nutritional status. All the countries in the region have stunting levels that are of concern, above the 20% World Health Organization (WHO) threshold for stunting.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Twenty years on, the Rwandan genocide festers across the border

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Peace Direct

July 23 2014: Dr Denise Bentrovato looks at how the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath is perceived across the border in DR Congo

Last April, the world commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the infamous genocide that tore Rwanda apart in 1994. In only one hundred days, hundreds of thousands were brutally killed there in one of the worst massacres ever recorded in human history.

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Japan Government Official Visits MAG in the DRC

MAG has hosted a visit from the Japanese Government to see first-hand the impact that Japan’s funding brings to conflict-hit communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Mrs Hanako Nakano, from the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa, visited MAG’s operations in Kabalo territory, Katanga province earlier this month.

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Central African Crisis: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 24 July 2014)

The security situation remains volatile throughout the country. Renewed tension and the escalation of violence in the interior of the country, in particular in the town of Bambari, have triggered new displacements. Humanitarian operations continue to be severely constrained by insecurity and serious funding gaps. Total IDP figures remain high, with nearly one million people displaced internally and across borders.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Democratic Republic of Congo: CAR Population Displacement, December 2013 – 22 July 2014

Crisis Overview

  • The deteriorating security situation and increased inter-communal violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013 have led to new waves of displacement into neighbouring countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (ECHO 04/03/2014).

  • Since December 2013, 17,463 CAR refugees have crossed the Ubangi River into DRC, despite the closure of the border, bringing the overall number to 60,269 (UNHCR, 18/07/2014).

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UNMAS Annual Report 2013

In 2013 UNMAS made the world safer. Whether it was through spearheading humanitarian mine action in Afghanistan and Mali, assisting United Nations deployment in the Central African Republic, completing the landmine survey of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, attaining agreements to demine in the West Bank or building secure weapons storage facilities in Libya, the lead United Nations entity on explosives hazards saved lives.

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Canada’s Support for UNICEF’s Humanitarian Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Today’s announcement of $3 million to support UNICEF in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is addressing the humanitarian needs of vulnerable children and their families as a result of ongoing conflict and insecurity.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report - 01 - 30 June 2014

Highlights

Lubero, North Kivu: Following the advance of NDC-Cheka militia towards other localities of Ikobo and Bunyatenge groupings in South Lubero, populations moved towards localities along Masereka- Lukanga axis. Over 1,000 households were added to 3,000 initially recorded in other localities of South Lubero. The threat of this militia walking on Bunyatenge, a locality bordering recently affected Oninga (Walikale), worries populations and humanitarian workers.