Faced with a real risk of a nationwide shortage of essential drugs, UNICEF was able to order essential drugs to cover priority needs in over 900 health centers and district hospitals for the next 2.5 months. A first cargo relief flight carrying 70 tons of essential drugs for children and women landed in Bujumbura on 27 November. Nevertheless, the shortage is expected to continue for at least 6 months.
FEATURE - ‘Ebola is under control!’ headlines affirmed the other week. The disease has made no new victims in Sierra Leone since the outbreak started in April 2014. But the recovery process will still take a long time: not only have people died, but the economy has been severely disrupted and survivors, especially children, are left without care or protection. Mr Siapha Kamara, CEO of our partner SEND West-Africa, tells us about the struggles of rebuilding and the heroism of his staff.
BANGKOK, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Myanmar military offensive against ethnic rebels in the country's east has uprooted more than 10,000 people, rights groups said, accusing the army of bombing schools and Buddhist temples, firing on civilians and raping women.
27 November 2015 – Following the flare-up of Ebola in Liberia 77 days after the outbreak was declared over, the region's top coordinator of the United Nations response to the epidemic said the three West African countries most affected by the deadly disease cannot recover from its ravages on their own.
Following the declaration by WHO on the end of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone on 7 November 2015, UNICEF continues to support the Government of Sierra Leone in ensuring that vigilance is maintained, through social mobilization efforts, systems strengthening in the areas of health, education and WASH, and support to Community Care Centers and Observational Interim Care Centers, amongst others.
Nigerian military frees more than 400 Boko Haram captives in October and November
Food insecurity persists in Boko Haram-affected areas in northeastern Nigeria
Cameroon grants UNHAS permission to operate humanitarian flights in the north of the country
Chad extends its declared state of emergency until March 2016
In the past two weeks, no Ebola case was reported in Guinea.
Thus, the total number of confirmed cases remains at 3,351 out of which 749 children.
Guinea will be declared Ebola Free if no case is reported on 29 December 2015. As of 25 November 2015, the countdown is at day 9 over 42.
L’épidémie de rougeole connaît son premier recul grâce aux interventions des acteurs
Quand la limitation des ressources rime avec limitation des activités
Protection des civils
More than 10 years since the start of the Darfur conflict, violence and insecurity continue to cause displacement, despite the Doha Peace Agreement1 . More than 2.5 million people live internally displaced in Darfur due to the fighting between government forces and rebel groups and intertribal conflict. Since the beginning of the year, 223 000 people were uprooted from their homes.
In Nigeria, the security situation in the north-east is volatile as fighting continues between the insurgents and the Multinational Joint Task Force. The insurgents continue to sack communities, worship centres and other public structures in the north-east. The Nigerian Government recently unfolded a ‘North-East Marshall Plan’ (NEMAP) aimed at assisting those internally displaced by the insurgency.
In 2015, over 3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance out of which 2.5 million have been targeted by the humanitarian community for assistance. This represents nearly 20 percent of the population (13.2 million), indicative of the high levels of vulnerability throughout the country.
Throughout 2015 consultations have been building towards the World Humanitarian Summit, to be held in 2016. All over the world, and in EU Member States, consultations and debates have taken place between humanitarian NGOs, governments, UN agencies, the Red Cross, affected people, private sector organisations and other civil society actors. VOICE members have been heavily involved in this process. They have taken stock of where the humanitarian sector is at and identified what changes they would prioritise to best respond to the needs of people affected by crisis in the future.
Besoins humanitaires et chiffres clés
Le contexte humanitaire reste marqué par l’insécurité alimentaire, la malnutrition, les mouvements de population, les épidémies et les inondations.
(Abuja et Dakar - 27 Novembre 2015): « La violence extrême dans le nord-est du Nigéria est le facteur le plus visible de l'instabilité et la nécessité de l’action humanitaire autour du bassin du Lac Tchad, mais la pauvreté absolue et la dégradation environnementale constituent les causes profondes de la crise qui mine la région.
(Abuja and Dakar, 27 November 2015): “Extreme violence in the North-East of Nigeria is the most visible driver of instability and need for emergency relief across the Lake Chad Basin, but abject poverty and environmental degradation are the root cause of the crisis that plagues the region. The political, environmental and developmental causes of the crisis must be addressed with a renewed sense of urgency”, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, said today at the end of a week-long visit to affected areas in Nigeria.
High levels of humanitarian needs persist in Somalia with about 4.9 million people in need of life-saving and livelihood support and 1.1 million in protracted internal displaced. Some 308,000 children under the age of 5, or one in eight, are estimated to be acutely malnourished. Hereof, 56,000 are severely malnourished and in urgent of need of medical treatment and therapeutic food.