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Meikhtila IDPs face water shortages, sanitation issues

Some 900 displaced people who fled communal violence in Meikhtila city just over a year ago are now facing water shortages and sanitation-related diseases at the shelter where they reside.

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Polio drive postponed for want of security


KARACHI: The health authorities postponed the ninth round of one-day special polio campaign on Sunday in ‘sensitive’ neighbourhoods of the city for a week as they could not get the security cover for host of reasons, officials said on Sunday.

The special campaign on Sundays was launched two months ago especially to target areas where children had missed out polio boosters because of security situation.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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Iraq Polio Campaign April 2014: Post-campaign monitoring


Following the April 2014 national polio campaign in Iraq, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society, supported by WHO Iraq country office, conducted a post-campaign monitoring survey to determine routine and campaign polio immunisation coverage. 120 surveyors worked over two days to survey a total of 3,811 children under five and 2,373 households, in 19 provinces and 57 districts.

The results of the survey are presented in this report, as well as conclusions and recommendations to inform future rounds of polio immunisation in Iraq and the region.

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Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Aid Report (April 2014)

Three-Year Report Available Online

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011, leading to the largest Japanese Red Cross disaster response in the country in its history.

Immediately after the earthquake, the Japanese Red Cross launched relief operations such as distributing relief supplies, deploying medical teams from 92 Red Cross hospitals, preparing hot meals at evacuation centres, and other activities to help people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

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Red Cross assists victims of explosion in Nigeria

When an explosion ripped through a crowded bus terminal not far from Nigeria’s capital Monday, staff and volunteers from the Nigerian Red Cross Society were on the scene immediately.

“We mobilized and deployed as many people as we could as quickly as we could,” says Nwakpa On, communications manager for the Nigerian Red Cross Society. “We helped evacuate those who were injured to nearby hospitals for emergency care. We also provided first aid on the scene and psychosocial support to not only those who were directly affected by the blast, but to those who also witnessed it.”

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Rwanda Red Cross volunteers assist the traumatized during genocide commemorations

On April 7, Rwanda began 100 days of memorials to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the start of the genocide which claimed more than 800,000 lives.

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Anbar Humanitarian Crisis Situation Report #20

The preliminary findings of the food security survey commissioned by WFP reveals 79% of IDP families are food insecure and in need of food assistance.

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AMDA Reconstruction Activity for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

After AMDA's emergency relief activities for the affected people from Typhoon Yolanda, AMDA shifted our activities towards reconstruction.

On March 30th, 2014, Leyte Medical Society in partnership with AMDA held a medical mission at Manlurip elementary school in San Jose, Tacloban City. During the medical mission, Leyte Medical Society provided medical care to local people and conducted feeding program for children in the area.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
UAE-funded food programme in Afghanistan adds iodine to salt to reduce deaths

Kabul: A large-scale Food Fortification Programme in Afghanistan, funded by the UAE's Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation (KBZF) and implemented by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), is providing iodine to 29 salt factories in Afghanistan in an effort to reduce deaths and disabilities associated with nutritional deficiencies, particularly among women and children.

29 factories across Afghanistan produce around 130,000 tonnes of salt per year which need to be purified and mixed with iodine.

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Sudan + 1 other
UNICEF supports emergency response for children in Sudan with 89 tons of life-saving supplies

Sudan Tribune

Khartoum, 18 April 2014 --- Today in Khartoum airport, UNICEF received 89 tons of life-saving supplies to support the humanitarian response to children affected by emergencies in various hot spots throughout Sudan. These supplies were airlifted as Sudan faced unexpected high numbers of displaced children in the first quarter of 2014 in what is clearly another major crisis for Sudan’s children. In some cases, children account for 70 per cent or more of the newly displaced in Darfur and of the South Sudanese seeking refuge in several states throughout the country.

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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Camp Update - 08 April – 15 April 2014

Current Situation:
In the past week, 1,097 asylums seekers were received at the Nadapal border to Kakuma camp. As of 14th April, a total of 34,301 South Sudanese asylum seekers have arrived through the border point. The total estimated camp population is 165,000

Movement of new arrivals from South Sudan continues to be hindered by rains that have resulted in lower numbers arriving at the Nadapal border. The daily arrival trends are illustrated:

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UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people.

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Solomon Islands Humanitarian Situation Report #5, 15-21 April 2014

Salient Points

  • Two weeks after torrential rain and river overflow in Honiara, Guadalcanal, Malaita and Isabel Provinces caused massive flooding, damages and displacement on 3 and 5 April 2014, flood waters are receding leaving behind acres of mud and debris

  • Destruction or serious damage has been widespread to families, residential and business communities, farmers and related livelihoods, and infrastructure, including water sources, and schools

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One of three Darfur child bomb victims dies, two cling to life

Radio Dabanga

ANKA (20 Apr.) - The nine-year-old Khaled Isa Mohamed has died of severe head wounds he received last Sunday when a bomb he and two friends found at a roadside in North Darfur detonated.

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, Khaled, along with the sisters Amina Abdulah Salem (12), and Hawa Abdulah Salem (10) found the bomb and began to play with it, when it exploded. The bomb is a suspected remnant of repeated aerial bombardments of the area.

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West Africa's Ebola outbreak prompts changes in I.Coast cuisine

04/20/2014 03:56 GM


BOUAKÉ, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - West Africa's first outbreak of Ebola fever is bad news for gourmets in Ivory Coast, but brings respite from the hunter to species sought out for tasty meat but feared to carry the disease.

Late in March, Health Minister Raymonde Goudou Coffie called for her compatriots to stop eating porcupines and agoutis, which look like large river-rats, "until we can be sure there are no risks".

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Guinea + 6 others
Ebola: Sub-regional Snapshot - Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau (19 April 2014)


Guinea and Liberia are the two countries where the Ebola virus has been detected. As of today, 125 people have died as a consequence of the virus (112 in Guinea and 13 in Liberia). In Sierra Leone and Cote d'Ivoire there have been some suspected cases that are under investigation. Adults are more at risks of Ebola, especially those who have be in close contact with infected individuals, such as health workers.