BY CHELSEA COWAN
The memory of a turning point in life – a change, a decision – sticks with you, clear as the day it happened.
“I joined Save the Children on 2nd February, 2014,” Nourshan recalled. “I had been in Dohuk, in northern Iraq, for six months, waiting to register for university.”
According to the WHO, there has been a significant decrease of Ebola cases from 21 confirmed cases in the last reporting period to four new confirmed cases during this week. The new confirmed cases were in Coyah (one) and Conakry (three). The total number of confirmed cases rose to 3,326.
The number of confirmed deaths rose from 2,063 to 2,069 this past week (six deaths including two children), with a total count of 2,520 confirmed and probable deaths.
The WASH cluster, under the lead of UNICEF, provided safe drinking water and hygiene promotion messaging to 175,905 people and 41,400 people benefited from proper management of excreta and solid waste systems including 10,000 children in schools and rural households. Specifically,
UNICEF supported 5,369 person benefited from access to safe water.
Afin d’éviter les doublons et des lacunes qui ont été enregistrés dans la réponse humanitaire, notamment dans la réponse au tsunami en 2004, les agences humanitaires (Nations Unies (ONU) et les organisations non-gouvernementales (ONG) intervenant dans l’humanitaire) ont initié une réforme pour assurer une meilleure coordination. Cette réforme a permis de mettre en place l’approche à responsabilité sectorielle sur la base de laquelle les agences des ONU et les ONG intervenant dans la réponse humanitaire ont pris des engagements selon leur secteur de compétences.
In the week to 26 July 2015, there were three confirmed Ebola cases, down from four cases the previous week. Two cases were reported from a quarantined home in Hagan street community in Freetown, Western Area Urban district (the only area reporting cases out of 48 wards in the district). One case reported from Tonkolili district, after 150 days without a case, came from Kholifa Rowala chiefdom.
Saving lives and livelihoods by preparing for natural disasters is the core principle on which the European Commission has based its Disaster Preparedness Programme "DIPECHO" since 1996.
By Jorge Alvarez-Sala
SIEM REAP, Cambodia, 4 September 2015 – Yuen Roun is 37 years old, has two children and a big debt that obliged her husband to migrate from Cambodia to Thailand a few weeks ago.
Roun’s family lives in Veal village, Siem Reap province. They are landless farmers so they work as daily labourers for other (poor and nearly poor) neighbours.
Yangon, August 3rd 2015 – Vulnerable children in Myanmar face a ‘double catastrophe’ as floods add to the hardship faced by children living in poverty and those recovering from violence and conflict, UNICEF has warned. Myanmar has suffered heavy rain for weeks, with winds and rains from Cyclone Komen that made landfall in Bangladesh on 30 July, adding to the damage in recent days.
1,081 refugees have been provided with legal counseling and assistance since the beginning of 2015
57,656 Syrian children registered with UNHCR Egypt
By Indrias G. Kassaye
With the number of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone dwindling but still dangerous, care centres for children are a vital measure for ensuring their protection and preventing further transmission.
By Issa Davies
As birth registration in Sierra Leone has fallen since the start of the Ebola outbreak, a campaign reaches out to register children under age 5 and at the same time to provide polio vaccinations.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, 31 July 2015 – Abass Mansaray, a 48-year-old farmer in Blama town, in eastern Sierra Leone, beamed proudly while displaying the small yellow paper that has just been given to his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Isata, by local health officials.