· Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, with noted increase in settler violence, incidents involving youth, and the violent death of Cabinet Member Mr. Ziad Abu Ein during a confrontation with IDF in a peaceful ceremony on Human Rights Day. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including UXO explosions and fire opened on fishermen.
- Around 1.4 million people are displaced within South Sudan. Another 448,500 have fled to neighboring countries.
- Acute respiratory infection surpassed malaria as the main cause of illness among displaced people.
- The conflict has caused unprecedented displacement of millions of cattle
from conflict-affected areas into areas outside usual pastoral lands, altering disease patterns.
3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.
Urgent actions for children in 2015
• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.
• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.
18 December 2014 – Peace negotiations between the South Sudanese government and the Opposition resumed on Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. IGAD special envoy General Lazarus Sumbeiywo of Kenya called on the parties to demonstrate the necessary political will during the fresh round of talks to end what he described as a “year of horror and tragedy”. The two conflicting parties have engaged in fresh clashes recent weeks, in violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed in January and recommitted to in May.
The number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia is decreasing each day and community volunteers' work has contributed substantially to this result.
UNDP Liberia has recruited 1,300 volunteers who are being paid $80 per month to go door to door, every day in their communities, to track down anyone who shows symptoms of the disease and get urgent medical help.
• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.
• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.
Insecurity, including attacks targeting relief workers and logistical constraints, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.
More than 1.5 million people in CAR are experiencing acute food insecurity and require emergency food assistance.
As of December 19, international donors had committed $374.4 million, or 67 percent, of the $555 million requested in the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.
USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.
Workers involved in handling, treatment, transport and disposal of medical, laboratory and other waste must be protected from exposure to Ebola virus—which causes Ebola virus disease—and from physical and chemical hazards that may be associated with waste management tasks.
The South Kordofan & Blue Nile Coordination Unit, which works with local civil society organisations and international humanitarian actors to share credible information on humanitarian needs in the two conflict-affected states, has just released its November update.
Category: West Africa
More than 6000 deaths caused by Ebola have now been reported in the six countries affected since spring 2014. As a humanitarian actor in two of the affected countries, DRC is implementing a strategy to ensure security and non-medical assistance.
FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
Nutrition challenges are not only about a lack of food. Malnutrition often arises when there is a gap in knowledge about positive nutrition behaviours – including what to eat, the importance of a balanced diet, and how to prepare foods to retain nutrients. Where CPAR works, diets are typically heavily starch based, limited to one or two food groups and locally available nutritious foods have been overlooked. This is why CPAR integrates nutrition and health education into all of our programming.
Dozens of mortars continue to fall daily on the villages, towns and cities of Syria, causing daily deaths and injuries. Fighting rages between the government, opposition forces and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ militants who control large swathes of territory.
Some 190,000 people have been killed in a conflict approaching its fourth year. A quarter of a million live under siege.
Hospitals are closed. School attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent. Electricity and water supplies can be down for days in a row.
An innovative program in Lebanon and Syria, supported by Caritas Australia, and delivered by the Caritas network in partnership with No Strings International, is using puppets and film to build hope and turn the lives of children around.
19 December 2014
APHEDA donors helped the health volunteers from our Philippines partner organisation reach over 7,000 patients during six medical and relief missions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
By Moustapha Diallo, IFRC
Doctor Alain Kapete usually wears a calm and quiet demeanour, a temperament volunteers from the Mali Red Cross, with whom he is now working, find rather appealing. But today, standing in the middle of his team, suited up in protective gear, mask, gloves and goggles, Doctor Kapete shrugs and moves about constantly. He is involved in a simulation exercise as part of a training on safe and dignified burials, and he wants to ensure the volunteers comply with procedures.
A Test of Lebanon’s Stability After four years of generous welcome to families displaced by the Syrian crisis, Lebanon’s government and communities now face a critical test of stability.