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Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane to deliver humanitarian cargo in Syria

Today pursuant to the order of the Russian President and instructions of the President and the RF Government a Russian Emergencies Ministry’s plane is going to deliver in the city of Latakia relief goods to the population of the Syrian Arab Republic affected by military action. The cargo contains foodstuffs, drugs and first necessities, over 14 tonnes in all.

The Ilyushin Il-76 of the Russian Emergencies Ministry will deliver in Moscow the citizens wishing to leave Syria.

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World + 1 other
Vulnerable Groups Key to Defeating AIDS

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Government representatives, civil society and technical partners from nine Caribbean countries held intense discussions on how new funding made available from the generous contributions of major donors to the Global Fund will support their efforts to bring the AIDS epidemic under control and build sustainable health systems. Many countries in the region fund the majority of their own national programs, but additional resources can play a significant role.

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Funding cut could threaten progress with malaria control

One of Australia's leading malaria experts says the dramatic success in almost eliminating malaria from Vanuatu and Solomon Islands could be jeopardised because future funding is being cut.

In the latest allocation of funding the Global Fund dramatically cut funding for anti-malarial programs in both countries.

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 14, Wednesday 9 April 2014

Epidemiological week no. 14 (30 Mar to 5 Apr 2014)

• Dengue fever: During this week, no Dengue fever lab confirmed cases have been reported from any province.

• In this week, 77 out of 87 districts and 2,448 out of 2,700 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 82 districts with 2,592 health facilities shared weekly data in week 13, 2014 to the DEWS.

• Total 846,666 patients consultations reported in week 14, 2014 compare to 960,672 consultations in week 13, 2014.

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Experimental drug offers promise in fight against measles

04/16/2014 22:18 GMT

by Jean-Louis SANTINI

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - An experimental antiviral drug taken orally could help contribute to the eradication of measles, an infection responsible for thousands of deaths per year, scientists said in a report Wednesday.

The drug, so far tested on animals, has been effective on a virus closely related to the one that causes measles, having reduced virus levels and prevented death.

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Liberia + 1 other
UNICEF-Liberia Ebola Outbreak: SitRep #16, 16 April 2014

Key Points

 One additional suspected case of Ebola was reported in Saclapea, Nimba County, raising the total number of suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases to 27, including 13 Ebola-related deaths, for a case fatality rate of 48%.

 The total number of confirmed Ebola cases stands at six.

 Foya, Lofa County, remains the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak. However, suspected, probable and confirmed Ebola cases have been reported in Lofa (10), Margibi (6), Bong (5), Nimba (4), Montserrado (1) and Grand Cape Mount (1) Counties.

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UNICEF South Sudan Humanitarian Situation Report #18, 14 April 2014

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 Over 3.7 million people in the country, including almost 740,000 children under five, are at high risk of food insecurity. Malnutrition rates are also on the rise, with partners estimating that the lives of as many as 50,000 children could be at risk unless nutrition programmes are urgently funded and scaled up.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Treating chronic diseases among Syrian refugees

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Since April 2012, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has managed a chronic disease treatment program in Lebanon to meet the desperate needs of Syrian patients who no longer have access to treatment.

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Midwives Heed Call to Save Mothers

JUBA, South Sudan – Armed with a broad smile, Jennifer Ikokole ushers expectant mothers into a makeshift tent at the sprawling Tomping civilian protection camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. As the current crisis takes its toll on the population, the tent serves both as a maternity ward and a maternal and child health clinic.

Ms. Ikokole, 49, started working as a midwife 24 years ago in her native country of Uganda. When she joined UNFPA’s midwifery programme in South Sudan two years ago, she knew her work was cut out for her.

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Myanmar: Humanitarian lifeline cut following violence against aid agencies in Rakhine

Hundreds of thousands of people are finding it difficult to access basic services such as health care following the emergency relocation of up to 300 aid workers from Myanmar’s Rakhine State. More than 1,000 humanitarian staff have been forced to stop working following an outbreak of violence in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine, on 26 and 27 March.

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CERF Quarterly Update - January - March 2014

The largest allocations were provided to address critical needs in CAR and South Sudan. The donor community has contributed $220.7 million to CERF so far for 2014, one of the largest amounts since its launch in 2006.

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Chad + 3 others
Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in Chad

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’Djamena, 16th April 2014 – This year’s second national immunization campaign against polio was launched Friday in the capital city of N’Djamena by Chadian health authorities, alongside representatives of lead UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO. International funding partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the launch.

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Humanitarian situation in South Sudan ‘extremely worrying’ as rainy season approaches

The approaching rainy season in South Sudan is set to exacerbate an already vast humanitarian crisis, the British Red Cross has warned.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been made homeless by fighting in the world’s newest nation, while millions are reportedly in need of aid.

Heavy deluges have already hit the capital Juba, affecting displaced people sheltering in makeshift camps.

Across the country, an estimated 300,000 people made homeless by the conflict were living in camps prone to flooding and a relocation initiative has begun.

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Vaccinating all children across Syria remains a challenge

By Viviene Tou’meh, Syrian Arab Red Crescent

There were humanitarian issues in al-Hasakah governorate even before the conflict broke out in Syria. After three years of fighting, the situation is dire. Drought, severe winter conditions and low temperatures only make matters worse. One resident said that resources were hard to come by. “Last year, we cut the trees in order to warm ourselves and all the roads from al-Raqqah. Deir Ezzor and Aleppo were cut off causing a rise in food prices and a lack of fuel.”

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Revisiting therapeutic governance: the politics of mental health and psychosocial programmes in humanitarian settings - Working paper series no. 98

Over the last several decades, humanitarian programmes have increasingly sought to preserve not only physical life and health, but also to address psychological needs and to promote the social well-being of conflict-affected populations. This growing prioritisation of psychological issues in humanitarian settings can be seen in the development and widespread use of mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes.

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Central African Republic Regional Response Plan January - December 2014

This regional inter-agency appeal aims at mobilizing the emergency response for the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013 to the Republics of Cameroon and Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RoC).
Immediate priorities to support the preservation of lives include the provision of food, individual and family protection, health and nutrition, water and sanitation and shelter.

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UNMISS Update 16 April, 2014

UNMISS “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) Sites

  • As of 16 April March, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in 8 Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 67,948. As of April 16 numbers of registered civilians seeking protection in UNMISS PoC sites are 32,000 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 18,036 in Malakal, 4,829 in Bor and 12,063 in Bentiu.
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Australia + 1 other
Three contract dengue fever at Nauru detention centre

Australia's Immigration Minister confirms three people at the Nauru detention centre have dengue fever.

Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed three people at the government's offshore processing centre on Nauru have dengue fever.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the minister said two asylum seekers and a staff member have contracted the disease.

None of those affected were pregnant women.

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UNHCR and partners seeking $US274 million to meet acute needs of those fleeing the Central African Republic

Nearly 200,000 Central Africans, third country nationals and returnees who escaped violence in CAR over the past four months are struggling to restart their lives in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo.