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29 Apr 2017 description

Key Mission Findings
- According to the local authority, 41,530 people were displaced to Dhobley due to the drought. Most of the displaced households are integrated into host community.
- Most of the drought-displaced households in Dhobley came from riverine and agro-pastoral areas of Middle Juba and Bay regions, particularly from Qansaxdhere, Sakow, Buale and Jilib, which are inaccessible to humanitarian partners.

29 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

SUVA, 28 April 2017 - UNICEF is providing four vehicles to the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to support health workers in their efforts to keep infants safe from vaccine-preventable diseases. The vehicles are being presented on the occasion of World Immunisation Week that runs annually from 24 – 30 April.

29 Apr 2017 description

Situation Summary in the Americas

Since epidemiological week (EW) 44 of 2016, no additional countries or territories of the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease. To date, 48 countries and territories in the Americas have confirmed autochthonous, vectorborne transmission of Zika virus disease since 2015, while five countries have reported sexually transmitted Zika cases (Figure 1).

29 Apr 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

HARGEISA, Somalia, April 28 (KUNA) ­­ A Kuwaiti medical team on Friday checked 600 patients in the region of Somaliland, Somalia, and provided medical supplies for them.

The Shifaa (healing) medical team was keen to treat a large number of patients in the region as it visited patients' houses, and paid for costs of their treatment.

The team has provided a local hospital with medicines and medical equipment for more than 300 children. Meanwhile, health minister of Somaliland Soleeban Ahmad extolled Kuwait's humanitarian support for the region.

29 Apr 2017 description
report ALIMA

LOME/DAKAR, April 25, 2017 - Following the confirmation of several cases of Lassa fever in Togo, the medical organization ALIMA (The Alliance for International Medical Action) donated medicines and medical equipment, including personal protection kits, to the Togolese Ministry of Health. "These kits will allow medical personnel to protect themselves from an infected patient, in order to provide safe and appropriate medical care," said Mélanie Tarabbo, medical coordinator for ALIMA.

29 Apr 2017 description

By Mari Carmen Viñoles, MSF Program Manager for the Sahel

For years, the Diffa region in southeastern Niger, which borders Nigeria and Chad, has suffered the consequences of the armed conflict between Boko Haram and armies of the area. According to Nigerien authorities, there are now more than 240,000 internally displaced people and refugees in the region. More than a third of them have been displaced twice or more due to the violence.

29 Apr 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief supports 3m Syrians with £43m response

Health programmes, counselling services and vital food distributions reach most vulnerable in protracted crisis

29 Apr 2017 description

By Ariel Frisancho, Country Director CMMB Peru

Healing in Peru

Over the past two months, a catastrophe has unfolded in various parts of Peru including the coastal city of Trujillo where CMMB works. Across the country over 813,000 individuals have been affected by heavy rain and flooding; over 124,000 have been injured; 97 have died, and over 182,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.

29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

28 Apr 2017 description

Hurricane Matthew, an overview of comprehensive action during and after the emergency

Hurricane Matthew tested readiness levels of Caribbean countries’ health services and their staff, as well as the technical capacity of PAHO/WHO for mobilization and response.

The Category 5 hurricane put thousands of people at risk in Cuba, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States, and Colombia.

28 Apr 2017 description
report Save the Children

A Save the Children maternity hospital in Idlib, Syria, has been attacked after at least two airstrikes landed near the facility late last night.

It is the latest of 12 incidents targeting health facilities in Syria this month. A similar attack in July left two dead and several, including babies, injured. This incident is the twelfth of a series of attacks against health facilities in April alone.

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28 Apr 2017 description
report Caritas

“We are overstretched and as we speak we are receiving more patients,” said Dr. Mohamed Dahir, who as a medical doctor in Somalia is struggling to cope with high levels of malnutrition.

There is a massive influx of people into the region of Gedo in South Central Somalia where he works. They are fleeing drought. This has led to high levels of hunger in the area. The assistance available is not enough to keep up with the need.

28 Apr 2017 description

Increased fighting and an ongoing economic downturn are leaving many at risk of serious health problems.

By Mohammad Ibrahim Spesalai

Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance.

28 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 27 April 2017 – Over 1.7 million people have been reached with food security response activities in Somalia as part of the ongoing effort to avert a famine in the country and the drought response still needs to be scaled up to meet the increasing needs, the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Vincent Lelei told a press briefing in the Somali capital today.

Mr. Lelei noted that the need to provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by the drought crisis continues to outpace response efforts.

28 Apr 2017 description

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization1 met on 25-27 April 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Polio eradication

28 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, children and their families are struggling to survive. Without access to basic services, every ten minutes a child dies of preventable causes and many more are dying from conflict related causes.

  • Two years since the escalation of the conflict, Yemen is witnessing the highest numbers of malnourished children. Nearly 2.2 million children severely and acutely malnourished are now 11 times more at risk of death as compared to their healthy peers.