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18 Dec 2014 description


The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) brings together the plans developed under the leadership of national authorities - namely, the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and the Republic of Turkey – to ensure protection, humanitarian assistance and strengthen resilience.

18 Dec 2014 description

Based on the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit’s (FSNAU) preliminary outlook, acute food insecurity is expected to persist in most parts of Somalia although slight improvements are expected, predominantly in pastoral and agropastoral areas of the country. Based on the Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) acute food insecurity severity scale, a modest decline in the overall number of people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) is expected in the first half of 2015.

18 Dec 2014 description

Key issues

● Israeli forces injure 97 Palestinians; majority in clashes protesting death of Palestinian Minister.
● Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt remains closed in both directions.
● Israeli forces injure four Palestinians in Access Restricted Areas in Gaza.
● Six injured by UXO and three in explosions by unknown assailants in Gaza.

18 Dec 2014 description

December 2014

Prepared by the Humanitarian Country Team

SUMMARY Strategic objectives

  • Promote protection of and access to affected people in accordance with International law, International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

  • Provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian assistance to people in need, prioritizing the most vulnerable.

  • Strengthen resilience, livelihoods and early recovery through communities and institutions.

18 Dec 2014 description

Representatives of Ministry of Health and Social Protection, WHO disability-rehabilitation team in Tajikistan in collaboration , with representatives of the International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics conducted follow-up activities from 22 September to 8 October 2014 to support the implementation of intervention and follow-up plans for children and adults with chronic paralysis caused by poliomyelitis (polio).

18 Dec 2014 description


  • More than 3.4 milion children under-5 years were vacinated against polio during the National Immunisation Days (NID) in November, surpasing the 3.2 milion target. Meanwhile, the final round of NIDs for 2014 tok place from 2 to 5 December.

  • The first round of a polio immunisation campaign targeting children under-15 years in the thre conflict-afected states of Jonglei, Unity and Uper Nile began on 5 December.

18 Dec 2014 description


The Statistical Yearbook 2014 is an electronic file only, it consists of (1) short analytical texts on 32 selected diverse topics, such as population, education, health, poverty and inequalities, gender, economy, environment and connectivity in the region and related key messages as well as relevant data tables, and (2) country profiles of main development indicators for each of the 58 regional member countries/areas of ESCAP.

The Statistical Yearbook is accompanied by the following products:

18 Dec 2014 description


  • Serum therapy supplies are available in Monrovia and treatment has started at ELWA centre. It is expected to begin at various ETUs in the country shortly.

  • A FEWSNET Liberia trader survey released on 9 December has revealed that between 40 and 50 percent of traders are reporting reduced daily market functioning in the counties most affected by EVD. It raises above 50 percent in Lofa County.

18 Dec 2014 description

As 2014 draws to a close, the polio program has made substantial progress toward eradicating the disease.

At the beginning of the year, India celebrated its third year without a wild polio case, paving the way for the South-East Asia Region to be certified polio-free. Now, 80% of the world’s population lives in certified polio-free regions.

In November, we marked two years without a single case of wild poliovirus type 3, potentially leaving only one of the three strains of the wild poliovirus remaining.

18 Dec 2014 description

A low season planning meeting in Bhurban demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to stopping polio transmission.

18 Dec 2014 description


  • More than 41,200 houses were destroyed; families whose houses need reconstruction will face prolonged displacement and require extended humanitarian aid.

  • Authorities to ensure worst-affected communities in Region VIII receive uninterrupted aid during the approaching holiday season.

  • No indication of disease outbreaks to date.

  • International assistance limited to localized and targeted support using in-country resources to complement government relief efforts.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Islamic Relief

Thousands of Syrian people have already been helped this winter with blankets, mattresses and plastic sheeting to keep out the cold.

Islamic Relief is running its Syria Winter Appeal to help support the hundreds of thousands of Syrian people living in camps as a result of conflict in their country.

Currently, nighttime temperatures average between 2-4C (35-39F), while heavy rain is seeping into their tents making it harder for them to keep dry and warm.

18 Dec 2014 description

This issue of the magazine examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves.

It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations.

Please see the bottom of this post for links to download the magazine in English, French and Spanish.

18 Dec 2014 description

Brazzaville, 17 December 2014 - According to a new WHO report, one third of all neonatal deaths occur in the African Region. Approximately three quarters of these deaths occur during the first week of life and almost half within the first 24 hours.

18 Dec 2014 description


Food and Nutrition Security

All efforts at recovery since the massive crop failure in 2011 have, from one year to the other, been aborted by climate-related shocks. In 2014, the late onset of rains led to low agricultural production. The significant number of dry spells caused a lot of destruction, particularly on the rice fields. As a result, the estimated production of most crops has drastically reduced. Rice and groundnuts performed particularly badly in almost all regions, except the Upper River Region.

18 Dec 2014 description

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 15 December 2014, 38,916 displaced families have been assessed.
Response has been ongoing since 18 June 2014

18 Dec 2014 description

Tehran, 16 December 2014 - UN-Habitat and the State Organization of Schools Renovation, Development and Mobilization (SOSDRM) of the Islamic Republic of Iran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to improve the safety and security facilities in schools in Iran.

Dr. Morteza Raissi Dehkordi, the Deputy Minister of Education and Head of SOSRDM and Mr. Siamak Moghaddam, acting Chief of the UN-Habitat Tehran office, signed the agreement at a ceremony held at the SOSRDM conference hall.

18 Dec 2014 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 13:42 GMT

Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 185 people, including women and children, from a Nigerian village, carting the hostages away on trucks towards Sambisa Forest, a notorious rebel stronghold, two local officials and a vigilante leader said Thursday.

The mass abduction, part of an attack that also killed 32 people, occurred Sunday in the village of Gumsuri, Borno state, in the embattled northeast.