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06 May 2016 description

A strong resolve to end violence against health care

An open letter to all United Nations Member States:

We continue to sound the alarm. Scores of health-care workers are being killed or injured while caring for sick and wounded men, women and children during armed conflicts. Countless are prevented from carrying out their duties.

We must do more for them and for the civilian populations affected by this unacceptable situation. It's a matter of life and death.

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since the beginning of 2016, almost 184,500 people have crossed the Mediterranean to seek safety and protection in Europe. Of them, 154,914 arrived on Greek shores. Since last March, there has been a significant reduction in the flow of refugee and migrant populations from northern Greece due to the enforcement of more rigid border controls along with adoption of the EU-Turkey agreement.

05 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • ISSG representatives agree to a nationwide cessation of hostilities

  • Relief agencies reach 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged locations since January

  • Intensified aerial attacks in and around the city of Aleppo cause civilian casualties and damage key infrastructure, including NGO-supported health facilities

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• In April, a nationwide cessation of hostilities began and a new round of peace talks started with high hopes for further steps towards the long-waited peace in Yemen. UNICEF and partners welcome the agreement and expanded the humanitarian response in previously active conflict areas namely; Taiz, Sa’ada, Al Jawf, Marib and Al Bayda including education assessment in Taiz and Sa’ada.

05 May 2016 description
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Emilio Dirlikov, PhD1,2; Kyle R. Ryff, MPH1; Jomil Torres-Aponte, MS1; Dana L. Thomas, MD1,3; Janice Perez-Padilla, MPH4; Jorge Munoz-Jordan, PhD4; Elba V. Caraballo, PhD4; Myriam Garcia5,6; Marangely Olivero Segarra, MS5,6; Graciela Malave5,6; Regina M. Simeone, MPH7; Carrie K. Shapiro-Mendoza, PhD8; Lourdes Romero Reyes9; Francisco Alvarado-Ramy, MD10; Angela F. Harris, PhD11; Aidsa Rivera, MSN4; Chelsea G. Major, MPH4,12; Marrielle Mayshack1,12; Luisa I. Alvarado, MD13; Audrey Lenhart, PhD14; Miguel Valencia-Prado, MD15; Steve Waterman, MD4; Tyler M.

05 May 2016 description

Quito, 29 April 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Ecuador is continuing to protect millions of children against polio in the days following the earthquake that struck the country on 16 April. With the support of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), a team from the Ministry of Public Health is continuing implementation of the strategy to switch from the trivalent oral polio vaccine (tOPV) to the new bivalent oral vaccine (bOPV). The process began on Sunday April 17 and will take two weeks.

05 May 2016 description
report Mercy Corps

Civilians continue to bear the brunt of suffering in seemingly endless war

Gaziantep, Turkey – The global organization Mercy Corps calls on all parties to the conflict in Syria to abide by the new cessation of hostilities agreement and allow all humanitarian agencies to deliver sustained and unfettered lifesaving assistance to civilians in Syria.

05 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Several missions have visited affected areas for a multisector assessment (MIRA). Partners and affected communities are contributing to the process.

  • The Flash Appeal (US$72.7 million) has little financing.
    Donors are urged to contribute to the projects that benefit the affected people.

  • The dispersal of people is still a concern. People in formal and informal shelters are being assisted with basic relief measures.

05 May 2016 description
report Global Communities
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As the conflict in Syria extends beyond the fourth year, there is need for a widespread humanitarian response focused on urban areas that addresses humanitarian needs and promotes resilience for the 13.5 million people in need of protection and humanitarian assistance within Syria. The majority of humanitarian assistance both in Syria and worldwide is provided as in-kind aid. However, over the past decade a transition has occurred and cash-based approaches, including both conditional and unconditional cash-transfers and voucher programs, are becoming increasingly common.

05 May 2016 description

A la semana epidemiológica N° 16 (del 17 al 23 de abril de 2016) se han notificado un acumulado de 8,882 casos clínicos de dengue y 160 casos sospechosos de dengue grave. En la presente semana 43 municipios notificaron 541 casos de dengue y 8 casos sospechosos de dengue grave.

05 May 2016 description

nt and the Grenadines, bringing the total number of local patients diagnosed with the virus to three. The patient is a 35 year old female of Bequia.

05 May 2016 description

ST. GEORGE'S, GRENADA, MAY 4, 2016, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE (GIS): - The Ministry of Health wishes to advise that Grenada has reported its first laboratory confirmed case of Zika infection.

A 27year-old female non-Grenadian was diagnosed as the island's first, with the mosquito related illness. The case was confirmed today, Wednesday May 4 2016 at midday by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), based in Trinidad.

05 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

This report highlights the key UNICEF C4D interventions during the response phase of the 2015 earthquakes. It explains how UNICEF worked at the national and local level with key stakeholders to meet the information and communication needs of affected families and communities.

FOREWORD

05 May 2016 description
  • As of 4 May 2016, 57 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 44 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

  • Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

  • 44 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

05 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • As at 30 April 2016, Kakuma had received 54,163 refugees from South Sudan. This brings the total registered camp population to 190,822 with South Sudanese making up 52% of the overall camp population.

05 May 2016 description
report UN News Service

5 May 2016 – Following intense fighting between armed groups inside Yarmouk camp, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) reported that it has been able to continue its humanitarian operations in Yalda, near Damascus, since Monday. 

“UNRWA has provided vital commodities and essential services to Palestine refugees and other vulnerable civilians from Yarmouk, Yalda, Babilla and Beit Saham,” the agency’s spokesperson, Chris Gunness, indicated. 

05 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A total of 3,114 Syrians entered KR-I through the Peshkhabour border post during the reporting period. The number of total arrivals on a 15-day visa increased by 6%. Out of them, no new arrivals were granted entry as asylum-seekers or on the grounds of family reunification a significant drop compared to early 2015 when some 50% of new arrivals entered in Iraq as asylum seekers.

05 May 2016 description

Washington, DC, 4 May 2016 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the EQUATOR Network’s UK Centre recently renewed their memorandum of understanding to advance the Policy on Research for Health CD49/10 by increasing the value of research. A core aspect of the agreement is improving the reporting of research for health by using guidelines and other tools to increase accuracy and transparency. Under the agreement signed this month, PAHO and EQUATOR UK will extend their collaboration for five more years.

05 May 2016 description
  • The Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) related to Ebola in West Africa was lifted on 29 March 2016. A total of 28 616 confirmed, probable and suspected cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with 11 310 deaths.