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26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

26 Nov 2014 description

Millions of people with disabilities live in the countries worst affected by the Ebola virus epidemic. For Handicap International, it’s vital to ensure that these vulnerable people are included in awareness campaigns and aid efforts. Bruno Leclercq, Handicap International’s field program director in Liberia and Sierra Leone, talks about what the organization is doing in response to the outbreak.

26 Nov 2014 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, have some form of disability.

According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 80 per cent live in poor countries, where communities are already more vulnerable to disasters and crises such as the current Ebola epidemic, with people with disabilities often disproportionately affected.

26 Nov 2014 description

26 November 2014, Gaza –“According to our culture, I should take care of my elderly mother, but now I am disabled and my husband has died, so my mother will have to take care of me,” said Nahla, a 44-year-old woman who sustained grave injuries in the recent conflict.

A wall in her home collapsed on her and her husband when a warning rocket struck the building. Nahla’s husband was killed instantly, and Nahla suffered spinal injuries. They had been married only four months.

26 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

26 Nov 2014 description

Document Summary

UNDP works with a range of civil society organizations (CSOs) at regional and local levels in Africa to help lift people out of poverty, build resilient communities and promote human rights and thereby advance the millennium Development Goals. To achieve this, UNDP facilitates dialogue between governments and civil society to ensure civic participation in policy planning and reform and enhances partnerships with CSOs for development results.

26 Nov 2014 description
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2015 Strategic Response Plan
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A humanitarian response to the life saving needs of 3.8 million people

25 Nov 2014 description

“We miss ordinary life. We have been living without electricity for a long time and we have no work. All what we do is getting out of the house to the street and back inside,” says aid Abu Riad, a 50-year-old man who lives in a suburb of the Iraqi city of Musol.

“Nothing has been functioning properly here since the onset of the latest events. We are living in the unknown and the future is also mysterious. We have lost many relatives and neighbors who have left the city,” he adds.

25 Nov 2014 description

Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.

25 Nov 2014 description

KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES

Conflict causes death, injury and displacement

7,965 civilians killed and injured by conflict January-September 2014, 22 per cent of which were children. 105,800 people fled their homes, in the same period, amidst increased fighting in Northern Hilmand and other provinces.

1.2 million children acutely malnourished

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that she would be forever bed-ridden.

25 Nov 2014 description

The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma surgery project near Jordan’s border with Syria opened in September 2013 and began saving lives straight away. Since then, the project team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries - many of which were life-saving - on over 600 patients.

“One of our very first critical patients was admitted in September 2013 after he had been caught in an air strike in southern Syria. He told our medical team ‘let me die, you can’t fix me,’” said Paul Foreman, MSF head of mission.

24 Nov 2014 description
report Christian Aid

Charity won’t stop the injustices that mean women do two-thirds of the world’s work, but earn just one-tenth of the world income.

It won’t stop multinational companies dodging millions in tax, depriving poor countries of the money they need to pay for healthcare and education.

It won’t protect the world’s poorest communities who did least to cause climate change from taking the brunt of its effects.

To end poverty we must end injustice.

Our impact

24 Nov 2014 description

With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.

"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."

21 Nov 2014 description
report CBM

Dr Carmen Valle is a CBM Co-worker, who works as project coordinator and mental health specialist with the ‘Enabling Access to Mental Health Programme’. In this article, she discusses the progress made in Sierra Leone for people with psychosocial disabilities and also the current threat the Ebola virus is bringing to this progress.

First impressions

20 Nov 2014 description
report IRIN

BANGUI, 20 November 2014 (IRIN) - One of the most telling effects of the bitter internal crisis which has rocked the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2012 is the continuing displacement of thousands of ordinary citizens. Those who fled have been forced to abandon their houses and home areas, often moving into rapidly-established camps, living in dismal conditions.

19 Nov 2014 description
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Second International Conference on Nutrition
Rome, 19-21 November 2014
Conference Outcome Document: Rome Declaration on Nutrition

Welcoming the participation of Heads of State and Government and other high-level guests,

18 Nov 2014 description

By Ra’ed Al Nims, Palestine Red Crescent Society

It will be a long time before Rawan Al Najjar,10, forgets what happened on the day a shell hit her home in Khoza’a to the East of Khan Younis, turning much of it to rubble. The last thing Rawan remembers before losing consciousness is a loud explosion which left her with a skull fracture, internal bleeding and serious wounds.