23 January 2017 – Spotlighting the desperate plight of millions in Africa’s Lake Chad basin, the top United Nations humanitarian official for the Sahel region called today for international solidarity with the people in urgent need.
“I wish I had good news, but I don’t,” Toby Lanzer, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, told a news conference at the UN Headquarters, in New York that was largely focused on the crisis affecting Lake Chad basin countries, which include Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.
Erratic rainfall and decreased agricultural production in the Sahel in 2012 resulted in a food security and malnutrition crisis that depleted household food stocks, resources, and livelihoods assets, exacerbating preexisting levels of acute malnutrition in Niger. As of May 2014, approximately 1 million children younger than five years of age in Niger were experiencing acute malnutrition, according to the UN.
Interview with Gaudia Sironi, Field Coordinator.
Since last November, there has been an escalation in intercommunal violence in Tanganyika province in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Thousands of people have been displaced in this region, and the number of casualties continues to grow. Gaudia Sironi, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Field Coordinator, describes the situation in Manono, where MSF supports the overcrowded general hospital.
What's the current situation in Tanganyika province?
• As of 22 January 2017, 160,260 people were displaced by the Mosul crisis. This is a reduction from a peak of 162,042 people displaced on 18 January, following significant returns from Hasansham camp to areas of origin in different neighbourhoods of eastern Mosul city. This is the first time since the crisis began that the number of people displaced had dropped in absolute terms due to return movements.
1.6 million people remain internally displaced in the North East, of whom 55 per cent are children.
Over the first two weeks of January 2017, more than 2,700 children with SAM have been admitted for treatment.
Emergency PHC services have reached 197,224 people affected by the conflict and UNICEF supported the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) to reopen the MCH clinic in Damasak in Mobbar LGA, Borno State, after being inaccessible for over 3 years.
This report provides work load information for hospitals inside Syria (Non-Governmental, Non-ISIS, Non-PKK Area)
Out of 92 hospitals 60 reported the work load information included in this report
In 2016, there were verified reports of over 2,300 grave violations against children by armed forces and groups throughout Syria. Of these, killing and maiming of children and recruitment and use of children were the most prevalent violations. The actual numbers are likely to be much higher.
On 18 January 2017, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck the central regions of Italy. Around one hour after, a second and a third quake followed with a magnitude of 5 in the same area. A fourth quake of 5.1 magnitude hit the same region in the same afternoon. During the night from 18 to 19 January 2017, some 80 additional quakes hit the region, the two strongest having a magnitude of 3.5.
Since early July, fighting across Greater Equatoria has displaced hundreds of thousands, disrupted market activity, and denied humanitarian services to people in need. Due to the fluid nature of the conflict, humanitarian access has become a major problem, and, as of October 2016, Torit in Eastern Equatoria is the only major town with a substantial humanitarian presence. Insecurity has made road travel outside of town dangerous, and humanitarians are unable safely access surrounding rural areas.
The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has announced the return of 3250 displaced people to their homes after the stability of their areas inside Mosul City.
The IRCS has reported in a statement “3250 displaced people have left the camps of Hasan Al-Sham and Khazer and returned to their homes at Samah, Entisar and Kokjalil neighborhoods after it has witnessed a stabilized security”.
On the other hand, the IRCS has received more than 770 displaced inside the neighborhoods of Mosul City, they have been sheltered at Hasan Al-Sham and Khazer camps.
While chronic child malnutrition fell over the last decade, anaemia has experienced an upward trend since 2011, affecting 43 percent of children under three.
High exposure to recurring disasters threatens the food security of vulnerable populations.
The new Government aims to reduce chronic child undernutrition from 14% to 6.4% and to eliminate extreme poverty and child anemia by 2021.
23 January 2017 – The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen released additional figure for the ongoing outbreak of cholera. Since the last update on 10 January 2017, 1866 new suspected cases of cholera have been reported; no additional deaths were reported. The weekly trend of reported cholera cases remains unchanged although a decrease in the reported cases have been observed in a number of the affected governorates.
Kabul 22 January 2017 - Around 20 million Afghans in 21 provinces are at risk of cutaneous leishmaniasis, a tropical disease transmitted by the bite of a sandfly. The disease may also lead to open lesions and disfigurement, usually on the exposed areas of the body, mainly on the face and hands, and is associated with severe social stigma, especially for women and girls.
23 January 2017 – A national immunization days campaign has today commenced in Iraq and targets over 6 million children aged 0 to 5 years of age. Supported by the Ministry of Health, WHO and UNICEF the door-to-door campaign is being conducted for 5 days and will include the newly liberated areas in Mosul where thousands of children have been deprived of vaccines due to the ongoing conflict. Over 400 000 children in the newly liberated areas of Mosul will be reached.
23 January 2017 – Within 96 hours of opening its doors Bartalla Field hospital received 45 critical trauma patients. The field hospital run by Samaritan’s Purse is supported by WHO through funds from the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance USAID/OFDA.
The Committee on the Rights of the Child today considered the second periodic report of the Central African Republic on its implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The total displaced population decreased in 2016 to 3 million individuals. However, military activity has increased and humanitarian needs continue to be extremely high. The number of people remaining displaced and in camps, continued in 2016 but it is anticipated that many will return in 2017. UNICEF will continue to cover WASH, health, education and child protection for the existing and new IDP caseloads, and will help build services to facilitate returnees and host communities in 2017.
In 2002, more than 4 million people a year worldwide died from three diseases- AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria was founded that year to combat these epidemics, and today there are one third fewer deaths from these diseases, and 20 million lives have been saved in countries where the Global Fund operates.
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Emergency: Winterization support to refugees/migrants in Serbia
Date of Emergency: 17 January 2017
ACT Requesting Member(s): EHO – Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation Novi Sad Philanthropy, Charitable Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church
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MADRID – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a €700,000 contribution from the Government of Spain to support the health and nutritional status of pregnant and breastfeeding women in warn-torn Syria
WFP will use the Spanish contribution to improve women’s access to fresh food items in order to improve their diet. The funds will allow WFP to provide to selected women around 22,000 cash transfers, each with a monthly instalment of US$32.