18 November 2014
World’s 1.8 Billion Young Can Propel Socioeconomic Development, New UNFPA Report Shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York, 18 November 2014—Developing countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
25 November 2014 - At least 70 per cent of women in South Sudan had experienced some form of domestic violence, a senior official in the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare said today.
Speaking to Radio Miraya as part of activities to launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, the Director General in the ministry, Regina Ossa Lulo, said the statistics were based on a 2010 assessment report.
Royal Navy helicopters have delivered essential materials to Northern Sierra Leone as the part of the UK’s ongoing efforts to tackle Ebola.
Responding to a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) request, a Merlin helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron lifted urgent supplies for a support camp to be built near a community care centre in Kumala.
The centre is a 28-bed facility for the care of Ebola patients, including young children under the age of 5. Because it is in a mountainous area the centre is currently not accessible by road.
A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.
In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.
In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.
To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence, UNAIDS published Women living with HIV speak out against violence, a collection of powerful essays written by women living with and affected by HIV. Intimate partner violence affects one in three women globally and has been shown to increase the risk of acquiring HIV, while research shows that preventing such violence can reduce HIV incidence by 12%.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has more than 3,300 local staff and 350 international staff working in South Sudan. MSF is also running programmes to provide healthcare to the South Sudanese refugees in neighbouring countries as part of its response to the humanitarian crisis.
Detentions at Erez
A patient remains in Israeli detention after being taken from Erez checkpoint enroute to his hospital treatment. Apatient’s companion was detained and interrogated for 11 days before being turned to Gaza; his father returned to Gaza without accessing medical treatment (page 7).
Access restrictions increase
New initiative aims to reduce mortality rates in remote parts of the province.
A public health drive is under way in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan to ensure children are vaccinated against polio and deliver maternity and.
Three cases of polio were recently recorded in the province. Health officials said one of them originated in Karachi in Pakistan, while the others were traced to Afghanistan’s Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.
From 17th to 20th November, Geneva Call held in Geneva its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment and gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders and officers and legal advisers – of 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) coming from 14 different countries including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most are signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.
The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 193,922 individuals, comprising 191,359 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,563 who entered through the Assosa region.
Registration remains suspended at Akobo and Pagak entry points, while in Burbiey, registration was temporarily halted while the relocation exercise from Matar to Pugnido began. Registration is expected to resume soon.
Measles cases have declined in Honiara and Guadalcanal Province and appear to be declining in other provinces.
Two children from Western Province are reported to have died from measles-related complications, bringing the total death count to nine.
All provinces have either finished or are in the final stages of the Measles Vaccination Campaign.
The focus of the National Measles Vaccination Campaign is now on Rapid Coverage Assessments (RCAs) and a mop-up of all zones with coverage less than 95%
A total of 129,913 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 81,934 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,490 in Kiryandongo and 6,5201 in Kampala.
An ECHO multi-sectoral team carried out a mission in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo 9-13 November to monitor the quality of activities it funds, identify gaps in the response to the refugee crisis, assess ECHO’s added value and discuss its funding strategy for 2015.
Baghdad, 26 November 2014 – At the launch of the ‘16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence’ between 25 November and 10 December, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said “My wholehearted thoughts go on that day particularly to the hundreds of abducted women and girls who are suffering unspeakable abuses and atrocities by terrorist groups”.
The total cumulative number of reported cases across the region has reached 15,319, including 5,444 deaths (Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone each reported over 17-18 November). However, the numbers of registered cases and deaths seem to underestimate the real magnitude of the outbreak.
The unprecedented nature, scope, and complexity of this regional crisis have outstripped the health system’s capacity for response and control.
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 13:26 GMT
by Maaz Khan
Gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, and one survivor recounted screaming at police and dozens of passers-by for help before it finally arrived.
The attack -- the latest in a series by militants in Pakistan -- happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
The worsening security situation in parts of northern and central Iraq has caused mass internal displacement across much of the country. In order to inform the humanitarian response, REACH Initiative has monitored displacement trends and intentions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) crossing through some of the major entry points into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).