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WFP And World Bank Scale Up Government Logistical Capacity In Response To Ebola

FREETOWN –With World Bank funding to the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has airlifted 20 ambulances and 10 mortuary pickup trucks to scale up the Government logistical capacity in response to Ebola. This delivery constitutes the first set of 74 vehicles worth US$4 million to be brought in by WFP from its logistical hub in Dubai to Freetown. The remaining 44 vehicles are expected in Freetown by sea in the forthcoming weeks.

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Mali + 6 others
Rapport hebdomadaire #5 de la situation sur la préparation de la riposte a l’épidémie de la maladie à virus ebola au Mali

Etats-Unis, Espagne, Guinée, Libéria, Sierra Leone

A la date du 20 Octobre 2014 le cumul des cas suspects de la maladie à virus Ebola était de 9216 cas (Guinée, Libéria, Nigéria, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, Espagne, et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique) dont 4555 décès.

Selon l’OMS et à cette date 125 contacts potentiels sont actuellement suivis aux Etats-Unis où 3 cas ont été confirmés. En Espagne ce sont 72 personnes à risques très élevés qui sont suivis à ce jour.

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République Centrafricaine (RCA): OCHA Flash Update 2 - Affrontements Bangui, 21 Octobre 2014

Contexte General:

La situation sécuritaire dans le pays demeure instable, tendue et imprévisible. La récente explosion de violence déclenchée depuis le 8 octobre dans certains quartiers de Bangui qui a visé des civils, des travailleurs humanitaires et du personnel des Nations Unies pour le maintien de la paix a fait 11 morts civils et 2 Casques Bleus, ainsi que 229 blessés parmi la population de Bangui et 13 Casques Bleus.

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Syria Crisis Monthly Humanitarian Situation report 16 September - 13 October 2014: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt


  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

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Ministry of Public Health launches national polio immunization campaign to prevent polio resurgence in Lebanon

Beirut, 14 October 2014 – The Ministry of Public Health, in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF and humanitarian partners launched a national polio immunization campaign at a press conference held at the Lebanese Order of Physicians.

The campaign is part of the crucial national response to the outbreak of polio in the country, and aims to reach over 550 000 children under-five in Lebanon, regardless of nationality, in order to keep Lebanon polio-free.

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Pakistan reaffirms commitment to eradicating polio

21 October 2014, Tunis – In a special session on polio eradication held on the sidelines of the Sixty-first WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, Pakistan gave a detailed presentation on the current situation in the country and highlighted the priority actions and procedures needed to accelerate and intensify polio eradication.

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Investir les fonds publics en faveur de tous les enfants de la RDC

Le gouvernement de la RDC et l’UNICEF poursuivent une journée de sensibilisation sur le financement public dans les secteurs sociaux

En vue de susciter le dialogue et l’engagement de différents acteurs sur les financements publics des secteurs sociaux, la Vice-primature en charge du budget de la République démocratique du Congo et le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l’Enfance (UNICEF), organisent depuis septembre 2014 une série de trois sessions d’information sur la mobilisation et affectation des ressources pour les services de base.

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Faits & Chiffres: Principales activités du CICR en RDC (Juillet - Septembre 2014)

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) est une organisation humanitaire, neutre et indépendante. Sa mission exclusivement humanitaire est de protéger la vie et la dignité des victimes de conflits armés et de la violence, et de leur porter assistance. Présent en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) depuis 36 ans, le CICR maintient une délégation à Kinshasa, des sous-délégations à Bukavu, Goma, Kisangani et Lubumbashi ainsi que des bureaux à Manono, Uvira, Beni, Bunia, et Dungu.

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Enhancing skills in handling emergency trauma

Cairo (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Curative and Critical Care Sector of the Ministry of Health and Population held a joint three-day course from 14 to 16 October on the management of emergency-room trauma.

Some 22 doctors working in Cairo hospitals attended. "We organized this course to support Egyptian doctors in their efforts to provide emergency treatment for wounded or sick patients," said Marianne Gasser, head of the ICRC delegation in Cairo.

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More UK troops deploy to Sierra Leone

Around 150 British Army personnel left RAF Brize Norton this morning to add to the significant UK efforts to tackle Ebola.

The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, are due to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, later today.

They will run the Ebola Training Academy – teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to prevent it in others.

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Launch of Trachoma Initiative in Malawi


On 16th October 2014 CBM along with some partners and the Malawian government launched a new Trachoma Initiative and committed to eradicating this debilitating disease in Malawi in the coming five years.

Launch of the Trachoma Initiative

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Hunger threatens to undermine Ebola quarantine measures, warns Christian Aid

Christian Aid

21 October 2014 - The risk of hunger and malnutrition within Ebola-hit communities in West Africa is threatening to undermine the effectiveness of quarantine measures and, with it, the wider Ebola response, warns Christian Aid.

As the rate of infection continues to rise, Christian Aid is calling on the international community to address the problem of food insecurity for over a million people in quarantine in Sierra Leone.

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Liberia + 2 others
Preventing an Ebola-related Food Crisis

October 21, 2014--As the Ebola outbreak continues to unfold, Shenggen Fan, director general of IFPRI, has released a press statement about the outbreak and the rising food crisis that is unfolding in West Africa.

International Food Policy Research Institute:

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Malaysia + 13 others
Dengue Situation Update, 21 October 2014

Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere


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Outbreak of conjunctivitis in Fata Borno, North Darfur

Radio Dabanga

FATA BORNO (21 Oct .) -The people in the area of Fata Borno, Kutum locality in North Darfur, complain about the spread of conjunctivitis.

In September, the eye disease first emerged among children, and spread rapidly. Later also adults complained about the highly contagious inflammation, a listener reported to Radio Dabanga from Fata Borno.

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Liberia + 2 others
French scientists devise fast-track test for Ebola

10/21/2014 - 12:05 GMT

A new device similar to a simple pregnancy home-test could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes, its French developers said Tuesday.

Trials at a high-security lab have validated the technique and prototype kits should be available in Ebola-hit countries by the end of October for a clinical trial, France's Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) said in a statement.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Liberia + 2 others
My son is MSF’s 1000th Ebola survivor

Since the beginning of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, MSF has admitted more than 4,500 patients to its care centres. Among these, more than 2,700 were confirmed as having Ebola.

Amidst all the loss and suffering, there are several stories of survival. Today, out of all the patients cared for in MSF’s projects in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, we celebrate the one thousandth survivor.

Kollie James’ father tells his story.

Saturday, the 21st of September is a day I will never forget in my life.