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Ukraine: Situation Report No.18 as of 31 October 2014

Highlights

• The Ukrainian parliamentary elections held on 26 October took place without incident. A coalition government is under negotiation.

• Under the aegis of the UN Resident Coordinator, OCHA facilitated a 1.5-day Strategic Response Plan Workshop in Kyiv with participation of the humanitarian community, including UN agencies, NGOs, donors, and Government of Ukraine representatives.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq IDP Crisis Situation Report No.18 (25 October – 31 October 2014)

The recent displacements in October largely occurred in Anbar, Ninewa, and Diyala. About 47 per cent of all Iraq’s displaced people are located in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) and the disputed border regions of Akre and Shikhan, in Ninewa Governorate; and Kifri and Khanaqin, in Diyala Governorate.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Educate Lesotho's girls to protect themselves

UNFPA Regional Director calls for support to reduce maternal deaths, HIV, teen pregnancy

Lesotho’s high maternal mortality rate of 1155 per 100,000 live births and high HIV infection rates are cause for concern, said Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, during an official three-day visit to Lesotho this week.

The Regional Director met Lesotho’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohlabi Tsekoa, for a discussion and toured the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) clinic.

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Nigeria + 1 other
Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in Cameroon

In recent days, Nigerian insurgents have launched repeated cross-border attacks from Nigerian border towns into northern Cameroon, hindering UNHCR's efforts to relocate refugees.

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Pakistan Emergency Response Fund: Project Performance Report (January to September 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Philippines Humanitarian Bulletin Issue, Issue 29 | 01 – 31 October 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 8 November marks the one-year commemoration of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated central Philippines in 2013.

  • Emergency threshold for severe malnutrition exceeded in Zamboanga.

  • Partners support authorities to meet the needs of over 53,000 Mayon Volcano-evacuees.

FIGURES

Typhoon Haiyan

No. of people in evacuation centres - 320

No. of people in tents - 4,760

No. of people in transitional sites - 19,700

Total - 24,780

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Thailand + 1 other
Bang Saphan Medical Update: October 2014

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Jungle Aid

After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.

It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon: RRP6 Monthly Update - September 2014: Education

KEY FACT OF THE MONTH

The 2014/15 school year started despite pending enrollment of Syrian refugees

HIGHLIGHTS:

In September, the 2014-15 school year commenced in Lebanon. A total of 6,105 children have enrolled, the majority being PRS and PRL enrolled in UNRWA schools and a handful of affected Lebanese. Syrian refugee children have not enrolled yet and are awaiting decisions from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE).

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Katanga: More efforts are necessary - A report on humanitarian response and the remaining challenges in DRC’s Katanga Province

BETWEEN INSTABILITY AND A PRECARIOUS LULL

After years of calm, Katanga has become a powderkeg, like other provinces in the eastern part of the DRC. With some 580,000 internally displaced people and about 300,000 returnees since March 2013, Katanga is, after the two Kivus, the third most affected province by displacements.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Katanga: Encore plus d’effort pour sortir de la crise - Rapport sur la réponse et les défis humanitaires dans la province cuprifère congolaise

ENTRE INSTABILITÉ ET ACCALMIE PRÉCAIRE

Apres quelques années d’accalmie, le Katanga est redevenu depuis le dernier trimestre 2011, une poudrière à l’instar d’autres provinces de la partie orientale de la RDC.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Special Focus - Lebanon : Is the Syrian crisis jeopardizing the economy and food security in Lebanon? October 2014

Highlights

  • The crisis in Syria has had an immense impact on Lebanon, because of the economic slowdown and the arrival of over 1.5 million refugees.

  • The economic slowdown, demonstrated by a sharp decrease in annual growth from almost 10 percent pre-crisis to 1 to 2 percent in 2011–2014, is a result of high insecurity, disrupted trade and the declining consumer and investor confidence.

  • The influx of refugees is particularly evident in the housing and labour markets and in the availability and quality of public services.

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Syria Multi-Sectoral Needs Assessment (MSNA)

INTRODUCTION

After nearly four years of conflict, Syria is still the most complex humanitarian emergency in the world. 6.6 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in at least one sector. The Syria Multi Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA) estimates that 4.8 million people are internally displaced out of a current total population of 15 million in the assessed areas.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Matambanadzo builds bright future

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The Zimbabwean

by Clayton Masekesa

Using her knowledge and vast experience as a psychiatric nurse in the Netherlands for many years, Jane Matambanadzo returned home in 2009 to establish a children’s home in her home town of Juliasdale in Nyanga.

Touched by the increasing number of orphans as a result of HIV and AIDS, Matamganadzo, 42, founded the Gateway Children’s Home in 2009 with the help of John Graham Foundation (JGF) and The Reap Fellowship Trust (RFT).