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South Sudan: Humanitarian Funding Update (as of 21 October 2014)

Ten months of conict in South Sudan have shattered the lives of millions of people. So far, partners have reached over 3.5 million people with assistance of the 3.8 million targeted. The Crisis Response Plan for 2014 is 61 per cent funded, leaving a shortfall of $696 million. Resources are urgently needed for the most critical requirements until the end of the year.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 59 (as of 23 October 2014)

Aid organizations providing water, sanitation and hygiene support reached 3.5 million people as of October, though the response needed to be sustained.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Liberia + 8 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 25 October 2014

SUMMARY

A total of 10 141 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in six affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) and two previously affected countries (Nigeria, Senegal) up to the end of 23 October. There have been 4922 reported deaths.

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Burundi: Floods - DREF Operation n° MDRBI010 Final Report

During the night of Sunday, 9 February 2014, torrential rains (that fell for around 10 hours) caused flooding, mudslides and landslides in five communes namely: Buterere, Kamenge, Kanyosha, Kinama, and Ngagara in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi. Bujumbura is located on a plain between a range of hills and Lake Tanganyika, which makes certain areas of the town vulnerable to heavy rainfall and landslides. On 12 February, the Kajaga and Kinyinya areas in Mutumbuzi commune, Bujumbura rural province, were also affected.

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Ukraine: Situation Report No.17 as of 24 October 2014

Highlights

· The Ukrainian Parliament adopted the long-awaited law ensuring the rights and freedoms of IDPs on 20 October 2014. The law is expected to help resolve several key outstanding issues that cannot be addressed within the current legislative framework and is delaying humanitarian assistance.

· As of 23 October, 50,000 people have registered under the recently adopted Government Decree 509. Some 10,000 of these already received state support under Government Decree 505.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

By IPS Correspondents

Mallika Aryal contributed to this report from Kathmandu, Kanya D’Almeida from Colombo and Ashfaq Yusufzai from Peshawar, Pakistan.

KATHMANDU/PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 24 2014 (IPS) - The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that “every last child” is immunised against the crippling disease.

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Ghanaian Authorities Struggle to Contain Cholera Outbreak

Report
Voice of America

Chris Stein

ACCRA— While the world is focused on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, cholera has sickened more than 7,000 in Ghana’s capital, Accra, since breaking out this summer. Fifty-seven victims have died.

Simpson Boateng, director of public health for the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, said the outbreak was traceable to the cooking of food in the unsanitary conditions of the city's slums. Overflowing gutters and fetid, open sewers are common across the capital.

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Eastern Equatoria launches community health mobilisation

Report
Sudan Tribune

October 20, 2014 (TORIT) – South Sudan’s national health ministry has launched an integrated community-based health promotion project in Eastern Equatoria capital Torit.

State governor Louis Lobong Lojore presided over the project’s official launch on Saturday.

He also pledged to involve actors in other development projects and called for community policing efforts to ensure security.

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PM Nawaz says immunisation right of every child, vows to eradicate polio

By Mateen Haider

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that a comprehensive communication strategy was being evolved which would promote immunisation as the right of every child and also called upon every segment of the society to ensure that children were being given their due rights.

A ceremony was held at the Prime Minister House in relation to World Polio Day. On the occasion, the premier met polio-affected children and their parents.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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El Salvador: Chikungunya and dengue fever outbreak Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) Update Operation n° MDRSV007

Summary: On 2 July 2014, 167,572 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Salvadorean Red Cross Society (SRCS) in the delivery of immediate assistance for up to 25,000 people. Un-earmarked funds to repay the DREF are encouraged. The operation’s implementation timeframe was extended by an additional month in order to continue with response actions and strengthen the affected population’s organizing and community-based surveillance.

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Mali confirms its first case of Ebola

The patient’s symptomatic state during the bus journey is especially concerning, as it presented multiple opportunities for exposures - including high-risk exposures - involving many people.

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Mali seeks to contain Ebola fears after girl dies

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Thursday 10/25/2014 - 15:14 GMT

UPDATES OBAMA QUOTES, MAURITANIA BORDER CONTROLS, UPDATES MALI PEOPLE UNDER OBSERVATION, HEALTH MINISTRY STATEMENT

by Ahamadou CISSE

Mali authorities on Saturday scrambled to calm fears after Ebola claimed its first victim in the African country, a contagious toddler who took a 1,000-kilometre bus journey before being treated.

Agence France-Presse:

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Iraq Crisis: Revised IOM Appeal February 2014 -December 2015

SITUATION OVERVIEW

Ongoing violence between Armed Opposition Groups (AOG) and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Kurdish Peshmerga has resulted in massive displacement throughout Iraq.

Since December 2013, this conflict has had three major waves of violence (which occurred in January, June and August 2014) which have caused insecurity, dramatic levels of displacement, and suffering for the Iraqi people.

International Organization for Migration:

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Syria ‑ Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #1, Fiscal Year (FY) 2015

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With USG assistance, relief organizations continue to respond to acute humanitarian needs in areas affected by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attacks in northern Syria and neighboring countries.

  • Although USAID/FFP has provided nearly $810 million to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) since the crisis in Syria began, the agency is facing significant funding shortfalls for operations in Syria and the region through the end of 2014.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

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State of Palestine Humanitarian Situation Report, as of 23 October 2014

Highlights

  • The number of Palestinian child casualties from the recent Gaza war continues to rise, as children with serious injuries are still being treated in hospitals, and as further verification of earlier incidents is ongoing. Between 8 July and 26 August, at least 538 Palestinian children were reported killed during the hostilities in Gaza.

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DR Congo UNICEF Monthly Humanitarian Situation Report (01 August - 30 September 2014) [EN/FR]

Highlights

  • Ebola: an outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease was declared by the DRC Minister of Health on August 24, 2014, in a remote rural area in north-western Equateur province’s Boende health zone (HZ). As of 18 October there were 68 cases of which 2 suspected, 28 likely and 38 confirmed. There have been 49 deaths total, of which 28 likely and 21 confirmed. There are currently 2 patients in isolation in Lokolia. Since the declaration of the outbreak, UNICEF has joined efforts with the Government and partners to rapidly respond (details, p. 8).

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Liberia + 3 others
Ethiopia Contributes to African Union Ebola Response Efforts

Report
African Union

Press Release Nº290/2014

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia–24 October 2014:The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia has answered to the appeal made by the African Union Commission Chairperson, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma last week to Member States to urgently contribute human resources to the fight against Ebola in West Africa.