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21 Oct 2016 description


  • An extension of the Development project until December 2016 is approved. In this frame, WFP Country Office is currently developing a resource mobilization strategy and a communication plan.

  • Prices of food staples have started decreasing due to newly harvested maize in the southern region of the country since last month, helping to improve the access of rural poor people to food.

Operational Updates

21 Oct 2016 description

The Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No. 8 Northwest Gale or Storm Signal by the No. 8 Southwest Gale or Storm Signal today (October 21) at 2.15pm.

The Home Affairs Department has so far opened 22 temporary shelters in various districts, with a total of 170 people seeking refuge at the shelters.

The 1823 Government Call Centre has so far received 156 reports of fallen trees.

21 Oct 2016 description

Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps to improve the situation of Haitians affected by the hurricane with 50,000 euros through the Word Health Organisations (WHO).

21 Oct 2016 description
report Government of Egypt

Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din Radi and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi signed Wednesday a MoU, allowing the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to provide health services for refugees in Egypt.

The $1.1 million MoU aims at setting a framework for cooperation between the Health Ministry and the UNHCR to provide primary care and emergency services to the registered refugees at the UN body in Egypt.

21 Oct 2016 description
report Save the Children

Aid workers and medical professionals in East Aleppo are reporting the widespread use of cluster bombs in recent months, weapons that are banned under International Humanitarian Law. Despite ‘humanitarian pauses’ taking place in Aleppo today, concerns are mounting for the increased number of children already injured by explosive weaponry who may be too unwell to leave or untreatable in the existing medical facilities which have been battered in the recent bombardment.

21 Oct 2016 description

Fast Facts

  • An estimated 1.4 million people are in need of assistance in Haiti due to Hurricane Matthew
  • Official fatality figures in Haiti indicate 546 deaths, while the full death toll remains unknown
  • More than 175,500 people have been displaced to evacuation shelters

Situation at a Glance

21 Oct 2016 description
report Trócaire

Over the last year and a half, some 300,000 Burundians have fled their homeland to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

So far, this unfolding refugee crisis and the escalating political situation in Burundi have received little attention in the mainstream media.

Violent clashes between protestors and police began in Burundi in April 2015 when incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his intension to run for a third term – a move deemed unconstitutional by his opponents.

21 Oct 2016 description


Italy remains one of the primary entry points for migrants coming to Europe and a transit country for those aiming to reach other destinations in Northern Europe.

Based on the official data of the Italian Ministry of Interior, 159,419 people have disembarked in Italy from January until 30 September 2016. Between 1 January and 31 August 2016, 18,537 children arrived to Italy by sea: 9 out of 10 children arrived unaccompanied (16,863).

21 Oct 2016 description

ADEN: Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has moved quickly to save lives in Yemen by delivering oral rehydration solution (ORS), which is used to treat diarrhoea, as well as cholera.

The ERC delivered the rehydration solution to the coordinator of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Yemen, Dr. Mohammed Cleese.

The move is part of the UAE efforts to improve the performance of vital sectors, including the medical sector.

21 Oct 2016 description


As the relief phase of the earthquake operation is closed, this operation update focuses on the progress on recovery activities.

21 Oct 2016 description


  • WFP stands ready to provide cash and livelihood support to the Myanmar refugees to be voluntarily repatriated from the border camps in Thailand to eight regions/states of Myanmar in mid-October.

  • WFP assisted 342,168 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin, northern Shan and Rakhine States in September 2016.

  • By end-September, WFP has provided life-saving food and cash assistance to 187,000 people affected by the June-August floods in the country’s worst-hit areas.

21 Oct 2016 description

“Our staff are working round the clock to prepare for a mass exodus of families fleeing Mosul”, says NRC's Country Director in Iraq, Wolfgang Gressmann.

With the assault just launched by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns that the fate of some 1.2 million Iraqis is now in grave danger.

21 Oct 2016 description


  • Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week: o None

  • Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o Grenada

  • Countries and territories reporting Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) cases associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week: o None

21 Oct 2016 description
report UNAIDS

The Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (CHAPS) leads a consortium that supports the Swaziland Ministry of Health to implement the national strategic voluntary medical male circumcision plan, which is part of the country’s efforts to keep men and boys free from HIV.

The centre’s work demonstrates how voluntary medical male circumcision programmes can be an important entry point to expanded health programming for men and boys, helping to ensure they are reached with a broad spectrum of vital health messages.

21 Oct 2016 description
report BioMed Central


Background: Given the large burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among both Syrian refugees and the host communities within which they are settled, humanitarian actors and the government of Lebanon face immense challenges in addressing health needs. This study assessed health status, unmet needs, and utilization of health services among Syrian refugees and host communities in Lebanon.

21 Oct 2016 description
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Annex: Rapid Assessment of Cholera Treatment Facilities


  • Distribution of medical supplies to health centers by PAHO/WHO has started in Grand’ Anse and South departments.

  • Next health group meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 October at 10:00 am at PAHO/WHO.

Situation Overview

Grand’ Anse Department

  • Overall Situation:

  • UN’s special adviser on sustainable development visited water treatment plant and CTC’s in Jérémie.