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11 Dec 2016 description


Erin Stone, Laura Miller, Joseph Jasperse, Grayson Privette, Juan Cruz Diez Beltran, Amara Jambai, John Kpaleyea, Alfred Makavore, Mohamed Foday Kamara, Ruwan Ratnayake


INTRODUCTION: There are few documented examples of community networks that have used unstructured information to support surveillance during a health emergency. In January 2015, the Ebola Response Consortium rapidly implemented community event-based surveillance for Ebola virus disease at a national scale in Sierra Leone.

11 Dec 2016 description
report Wilton Park

The Ebola outbreak demonstrated a clear lack of preparedness from the global health and humanitarian system for an outbreak of infectious disease. The dialogue at Wilton Park built on an investigation conducted by the United States to determine how the response from the IOs and NGOs may change, or even cease, if an outbreak is determined to be intentional, or if the outbreak spread to a nonpermissive environment.

11 Dec 2016 description


  • The Governor of Aceh has issued a decree that the earthquake disaster emergency response commencing on December 7, 2016 will end on December 20, 2016.

11 Dec 2016 description
report Government of Japan

On December 7th, the signing ceremony of Exchange of Notes for three projects amounting to three billion and five hundred eighty-one million Japanese Yen (approx.31.4 million USD) was held in Nay Pyi Taw.

H.E. Mr. Tateshi HIGUCHI, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar signed the Exchange of Notes with H.E. U Maung Maung Win, Deputy Minister for Planning and Finance for two projects, with Ms. Naoe YAKIYA, Deputy Country Director, World Food Program (WFP) Myanmar for the third project.

11 Dec 2016 description

The cities of Sirte and Sebha will receive a package of $US 10 million dollars aimed at rebuilding the battered health and education sectors as well as water and power supplies for their residents, estimated at about 250,000 before most of them fled the fighting.

The decision to allocate the money was made today at a board meeting of the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) initiative, which is chaired by the GNA with member representatives of the donor countries, and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme.

11 Dec 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

The world’s largest children’s organization was established on 11 December 1946 to bring help and hope to children suffering in the aftermath of WWII

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10 Dec 2016 description

The National Action Plan to address Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) was officially launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombo today.

10 Dec 2016 description

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  • Active screening of children under five in most affected areas of Grand’Anse and Sud point to alarming levels of malnutrition and the need for immediate response. 

  • Close to 98% of the 806,000 severely food insecure people in need of assistance have received food distributions. In addition, some 120,000 people have also received food as part of WFP’s second round of distributions. 

10 Dec 2016 description

"What we have no idea of today is the state of medical structures in Mosul and the precise needs of the population"

  • Elite army forces control half of Mosul east bank

  • Likely to miss end-year target to recapture city

  • Police units to reinforce army in southeast Mosul

  • Humanitarian fears grow over siege-like conditions

By Dominic Evans and Stephanie Nebehay

10 Dec 2016 description


  • Mosul military operations enter their second month; the ongoing fighting is taking a high toll on civilians.

  • Humanitarian partners are providing assistance wherever access allows.

  • Well-funded and effective humanitarian assistance will be critical as the crisis deepens; humanitarian partners are revising funding priorities for the coming year.

About 90,000 people flee from Mosul

Civilians are bearing the brunt of ongoing fighting as the crisis deepens

10 Dec 2016 description

Pediatric specialist Marco Olla worked in Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) malnutrition projects in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. Here, he describes the scope of the crisis in Maiduguri, the medical impact of malnutrition on children, and the treatment provided by MSF teams.

As a pediatrician, how would you describe the current emergency in Borno?

10 Dec 2016 description
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  • At present, at least 35,000 individuals remain displaced from east Aleppo to several areas in Aleppo. An estimated half of them reside in collective shelters.

  • All 8,500 IDPs that temporarily displaced to Sheikh Maqsoud returned to their houses in their original neighborhoods east of Sheikh Maqsoud, now under Kurdish control.

  • There are protection concerns that require verification for the remaining IDPs in Aleppo amidst verbal reports of arrest and confiscation of personal documentation.

10 Dec 2016 description

As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

10 Dec 2016 description


  • The President of Indonesia, Mr. Joko Widodo arrived in Pidie Jaya on Friday, 9 December via helicopter. He visited the hospital, the mosque in the district and the refugee camps. He instructed the National Disaster Management Authority of Indonesia (BNPB), the related ministries and local government to provide technical assistance and support during the emergency response and recovery operations.

10 Dec 2016 description



UN-Habitat City Profiles are formulated to offer a cross-sectoral perspective on urban vulnerabilities that will inform interventions by local authorities, humanitarian agencies and others to alleviate poverty. They also aim at contributing to an analytical knowledge base that will facilitate nuanced medium to long term public sector planning and investment agendas.


09 Dec 2016 description

Pakistan, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, remains one of the world’s three polio-endemic countries. While the circumstances vary from one to another, the primary reason why these three have been unable to eliminate the virus is their shared lack of blanket vaccination coverage. According to Elias Durry, the World Health Organization’s chief expert on tackling polio, there is little to no hope of eradication without progress in this area.

09 Dec 2016 description
report UN Security Council



Delegates Say General Assembly, Human Rights Council More Appropriate Forums

In discussing human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Security Council risked disturbing the situation in that country, some delegates warned today following a procedural vote that narrowly approved a meeting on that subject.