Senior Advisor, Global Communications
BERLIN - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion over FY 2015-2018 to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, subject to Congressional approval. The U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020. Providing new and underutilized vaccines to the world's poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035.
New Programming Guide Highlights Food and Nutrition in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
A new programming guide on food and nutrition in the context of HIV and Tuberculosis published by WFP together with UNAIDS and PEPFAR/USAID describes why food and nutrition support is an essential component of prevention, treatment, care and support of people living with HIV and discusses how to integrate it into programmes.
The UK will provide further life-saving food, water and support for families forced from their homes by recent fighting in Sudan.
Britain will contribute a further £7 million to the UN’s Common Humanitarian Fund appeal for Sudan, International Development Minster Baroness Northover announced today during a visit to Khartoum.
The ongoing conflict has forced more people from their homes than at any time since 2003 and seven million people are now expected to need emergency assistance this year.
Published: 27 January 2015
To ease the transportation of expectant mothers from remote areas to health facilities, the Staying Alive Project in Uganda has donated five bicycle ambulances to Gweri, Asuret, Kamuda, Arapai and Tubur sub-counties in Soroti District.
Village Health Team members in the project areas received the bicycles, as well as umbrellas and bags. The project is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Internal affairs and implemented in Soroti, Kataki and Serere Districts.
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/16
The Syrian refugees’ life circumstances in Lebanon are still alarming. Two concerns have even become more serious these weeks than they have been during the rest of the year: the oncoming winter and the insufficient care for chronically ill people are specially challenging for the helping humedica teams and are urging for action.
Facing winter without any protection
THE HUMEDICA AID MEASURES AFTER THE TSUNAMI 2004
by Lina Koch, 2014/12/26
It happened exactly ten years ago, on December 26th, when one of the strongest earthquakes ever measured in the Indian Ocean provoked a row of devastating tsunamis. What followed was one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of the modern era: 230,000 people lost their lives in the floods, 110,000 were injured, 1.7 million inhabitants of the coastline were without any shelter. These numbers and facts seem unreal, in reality however, they have involved countless painful fates.
The indirect consequences of the epidemic are significant but less severe than could have been expected. However, major information gaps still prevent a clear picture of the situation in the three countries, Guinea in particular.
Health (not related to Ebola) is the sector most affected by the outbreak. Surveillance and monitoring of other diseases have been put on hold. The drop in attendance at health facilities has left thousands of people without healthcare.
LONDON, 27 January 2015 (IRIN) - When Ebola hit West Africa last year, it was a disease with no sign of a vaccine or cure. To those affected that may have been an indication that the wider world didn't care about them or the diseases that affected them, but in truth there has simply been no incentive for anyone to develop these therapies. Yet now pharmaceutical companies are racing to produce an effective vaccine, and on 23 January the British company GlaxoSmithKline shipped the first 300 doses of its candidate to Liberia to start phase II trials.
Interview with Rob Fowler, a critical care physician from Canada, who worked in West Africa since the first confirmed cases of Ebola
Getting the epidemiology right, contact tracing, social mobilization, infection prevention and control are what will play the biggest role in stopping the Ebola outbreak
Throughout December 2014, Yarmouk and its surrounding areas have seen a serious escalation in armed conflict, with frequent exchanges of fire and use of heavy weapons including by groups inside Yarmouk. The risks faced by UNRWA distribution staff and refugees attempting to collect assistance have increased considerably. As a result, UNRWA was only able to provide successful distribution and health provision on three days between 1 and 31 December. Approximately 400 food parcels are required each day to meet the minimum food needs of this extremely vulnerable population.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
With US$400 million funding received in 2014, humanitarian partners responded to the most urgent needs, with particular focus on life-saving activities that helped prevent the situation from sliding back into a major crisis. As a result of increased advocacy highlighting the needs in the affected areas and partners’ ability to re-programme activities, food security partners reached nearly 1,400,000 people with livelihood investment and asset activities.
On 22-24 of January IOM Sierra Leone was proud to welcome Mr Mohammed Abdiker, Director for IOM’s Department of Operations and Emergencies and Ms Carmela Godeau, Regional Director for West and Central Africa on the Freetown segment of a weeklong operational assessment mission across Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
LONDON/DAKAR, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunising some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbours.
So-called "asymptomatic" Ebola cases - in which someone is exposed to the virus, develops antibodies, but doesn't get sick or suffer symptoms - are hotly disputed among scientists, with some saying their existence is little more than a pipe dream.