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29 May 2017 description

Benguela - At least 114 children aged from six months to five years died of malnutrition from January to April this year in central Benguela province.

The information was released recently in Benguela by the local nutritional programme supervisor, Flora Vanda, who mentioned 129 cases in equal period last year.

Speaking to Angop, Flora Vanda said a large percentage of deaths was owed to patients reaching the hospitals too late and the lack of healing drugs like the F75 and F100 milk and Plumply-nut, used in the last stage of the treatment.

29 May 2017 description
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MARAWI/PHILIPPINES, 29 May 2017, Two women in a white pick-up were sobbing as they inched forward in a crush of vehicles leaving the besieged southern Philippines city of Marawi. In the back lay the lifeless body of their father, caught in the crossfire between government soldiers and Islamist militants.

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29 May 2017 description
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Hamidou Barry has come to Bamako to find his son. His village of Ikerena, in the rural heart of Mali, is a long way from the capital, but this is where he’s been told that men detained by the security forces are taken.

Barry rented a room in the home of a very distant relative. The city is expensive: He’s running out of money and he still hasn’t made contact with anyone who can shed light on the whereabouts of his son, also called Hamidou.

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29 May 2017 description

Libya - IOM Libya’s Displacement Tracking Matrix is expanding its programme by increasing its Flow Monitoring coverage to 35 baladiyas, launching a pilot of Detention Centre Profiles and developing rapid response assessment capacity.

29 May 2017 description
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Each year, 29 May marks the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, in remembrance of the more than 3,500 people who have lost their lives in peacekeeping operations over the UN’s 70-year history.

29 May 2017 description

The European Commission has announced humanitarian assistance of over €44 million to help people in need in south-west and Central Asia, who continue to face the consequences of years of conflicts and displacement, as well as recurrent natural disasters. The funding will support Afghan refugees and their families in Iran and Pakistan, help victims of conflict in Afghanistan, and improve disaster risk management in Central Asia.

29 May 2017 description

KINSHASA, May 29 (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry has approved the use of a new Ebola vaccine to counter an outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in its northeast that has killed four people, a spokesman said on Monday.

"The non-objection was given. Now there's a Medecins Sans Frontieres team that is arriving (in Congo) today to validate the protocol with the technical teams," Jonathan Simba, a health ministry spokesman, said by telephone.

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29 May 2017 description

DHAKA/AGALAWATTE, Sri Lanka/ May 29 (Reuters) - A severe and intensifying cyclone churned north towards Bangladesh on Monday after heavy rain in Sri Lanka and thunderstorms in eastern India killed at least 201 people, with more torrential downpours forecast.

Impoverished Bangladesh, hit by cyclones every year, warned that some low-lying coastal areas were "likely to be inundated by a storm surge of four to five feet (1.2 to 1.5 metres)" above normal and raised the storm danger signal, on a scale of one to 10, to seven.

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May 29th, 2017 ― Doha: Within its commitment to serve the refugees in Lebanon, Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Lebanon launched the fifth phase of its orthopedic surgery project for Syrian and Palestinian children in Tripoli. The activity is part of a project that started in 2016 and will continue along phased intervals.

29 May 2017 description

KEY ISSUES

  • Results from the post-Jilaal assessment and recent SMART surveys indicate that Crisis (IPC Phase 3) and Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity persist in many areas of Somalia (Maps 1, 5 and 6).

  • Accordingly, approximately 3.2 million people will be in Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phase 3 and 4) and are in need or urgent humanitarian assistance through June 2017, An additional 3.5 million will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and are in need of livelihood protection support

29 May 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone MORA formed over the central Bay of Bengal on 27 May. It then moved north toward Bangladesh, intensifying. On 29 May at 0.00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 500 km south-west of Cox's Bazar town (Chittagong division, Bangladesh) and had max. sustained wind speed of 93 km/h (Tropical Storm).
29 May 2017 description

Khin Khin Saw stands out from a group of chatting women in Baw Du Pha-1 camp. She has determination in her eyes and does not shy away from sharing her story with us. For the past five years, BdP camp has been her home, where she lives with her six children. Making a living is difficult, and not being able to always feed her children when they are hungry, keeps her awake at night.

29 May 2017 description

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through its Field Offices (FOs) in Regions X and XII continue to work with concerned local government units (LGUs) in the regions and with DSWD Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) for the continuous provision of assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) who have been affected by the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur between government troops and members of the Maute Group and Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

29 May 2017 description

The Emergency Committee of the International Health Regulations removes Lao PDR from list of infected countries

As of May 2017, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) is officially no longer infected with circulating-vaccine derived polio virus (cVDPV), according to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the international spread of poliovirus.

29 May 2017 description

Baghdad, 29 May 2017 – The Government of Japan extended its support to the World Health Organization in March this year with a donation of over US$ 1 million to implement a project to provide integrated lifesaving services in camps for internally displaced people and Syrian refugees in the hosting governorates of Ninewa, Erbil and Duhok.

29 May 2017 description

Major Challenges Faced by FSAC Partners in March 2017

  • FSAC activities were only 13.6 % funded by 31st March 2017. There is a potential pipeline break from June onwards if no additional funding will have been secured. It is also noteworthy that the lead time for importing humanitarian food commodities into Yemen takes an average of 3 months necessitating urgent action to save lives especially in districts facing the potential risk of sliding into famine

29 May 2017 description

Highlights

5,088 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

6,357 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

65,073 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017

139,901 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017

98% of returnees from Pakistan (4,976 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (252 individuals) assisted

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