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Central African Republic Special Information Brief 9 Months after L3 Declaration - 15 September 2014

  • The crisis in the Central African Republic has been graded at Level 3 since 11 December 2014. Health partners have scaled up their interventions but have not reached all the population in need due to security and financial challenges.

  • The security situation in the Central African Republic remains volatile and unpredictable, which continues to hinder humanitarian access. Since January, more than 890 security incidents have been recorded.

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Iraq + 1 other
Iraq: RRP6 Monthly Update - August 2014: Health

100% of Syrian Refugees (215,303) have access to health care

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS:

• More than 21,000 refugees utilized available primary, secondary and tertiary health care services provided by the Directorate of Health (DoH) and NGO partners with the support of UN agencies. The overall health care utilization rate is stable, no outbreaks of communicable diseases occurred.

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First case of Ebola diagnosed in US: health officials

09/30/2014 20:55 GMT

WASHINGTON, September 30, 2014 (AFP) - The United States has diagnosed its first case of the deadly Ebola virus, a man who became infected in Liberia and traveled to Texas, US health officials said Tuesday.

The patient was hospitalized with symptoms that were confirmed to be caused by Ebola, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesman told AFP.

Further details were to be released during a CDC press conference at 5:30 pm (2130 GMT).

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Update on the ebola virus disease in DRC, No.13, 29 September 2014–7pm [EN/FR]

Coordination/ Keys developments

    • 8 health personnel h ave died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) since the outbreak of the epidemic .
  • On 28 Sept ember, the total number of cases i s(see table above for details) of which2 deaths , an overall lethality rate of around 60%. The latest confirmed case w as on 24 September.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Door-to-door campaign reaches over half a million people in Sierra Leone’s deprived communities

Freetown, Sierra Leone - Following a three-day national “stay at home” initiative to contain the spread of Ebola, Sierra Leone is pursuing an intensive door-to-door campaign in the capital Freetown to educate people on how the virus spreads and what to do to prevent it.

Initiated last week, and led by the Government’s Office of National Security, with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the campaign is focusing on the most densely populated and deprived communities in Freetown.

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Combatting Malaria in Sudan Distribution of Over Five Million Insecticide Treated Bed Nets

UNDP and UNICEF launched the second phase of the bed net distribution plan for 2014 across 32 localities, bringing the total number of distributed bed nets to more than five million.

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Turkey + 1 other
Turkey: Population Movement Emergency Appeal n° MDRTR003 Operations Update n°6

Period covered by this Operations Update: 1 July to 26 September 2014.

Appeal target: CHF 42.1 million in cash, kind, and services to support the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) until December 2015 to extend humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of some 250,000 people seeking assistance and protection.

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Somalia: Tropical cyclone Emergency appeal n° MDRSO002 - Operations update n° 4

Appeal History:

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 67,841 was allocated to support the Somalia Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to affected persons.

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 20 December, 2013 for CHF 2,406,038 to assist 23,100 persons (3,300 households) affected by the tropical cyclone disaster that hit Bari and Nugaal regions of Puntland,
    Somalia on 10 November 2013.

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Population Movement Emergency 6 months Update Appeal n° MDRUG037

Appeal History:

  • Mid-December 2013: Escalation of fighting in the Republic of South Sudan resulting in massive cross border population movement.

  • January 2014: CHF 170,000 allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries from South Sudan in refugee settlements across Arua and Adjumani districts of West Nile Sub Region of Northern Uganda.

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Poor prospects for harvest due to late rains in The Gambia

Chronically underfunded humanitarian response in Gambia requires urgent food assistance for 200,000 vulnerable adults and acutely malnourished children.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Nigeria + 1 other
Ebola outbreak is nearing possible end in Nigeria

Strong emergency operations center, polio eradication experience keys to success

The Ebola outbreak in Nigeria appears to be nearing a possible end thanks to a rapid response coordinated by Nigeria’s Emergency Operations Center with assistance from international partners, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The official end to an Ebola outbreak comes when two of the 21-day incubation periods for Ebola virus have elapsed without any new cases.

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Ukraine: Situation report No. 13 as of 26 September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

• On 19 September, Ukraine, the Russian Federation and separatist groups signed a 9-point Memorandum outlining parameters for the implementation of the ceasefire commitments agreed to in on 5 September in Minsk.

• On 26 September, 300,000 doses of tetanus toxoid arrived in Ukraine. The fast-track approach developed by UNICEF and WHO has enabled the country to rapidly obtain prequalified vaccines.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Liberia + 2 others
New UN Ebola chief vows swift response to crisis

09/30/2014 17:33 GMT

by Chris STEIN

ACCRA, September 30, 2014 (AFP) - The new head of the UN Ebola response team vowed Tuesday to take swift action on the crisis, saying ambitious targets must be met to prevent the spread of the virus worldwide.

Anthony Banbury's pledge came after warnings that Liberia was on the brink of collapse and that thousands of children who have lost parents to the epidemic faced being treated as outcasts.

Agence France-Presse:

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Ebola poses threat to Ivory Coast cocoa output, exporters say

  • Exporters fear quarantines, farmer flight

  • Most exporters expect quick govt action to avoid major outbreak

  • Ivory Coast has launched robust effort to fend off Ebola

By Joe Bavier

ABIDJAN, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Cocoa exporters in the Ivory Coast are fuelling market fears of potential supply shortages that have driven prices to 3-1/2 year highs, warning output could drop dramatically if the Ebola virus spills into the world's top grower.

Reuters - AlertNet:



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Frustrated, Liberian Students Want Ebola Fight Role

Report
Voice of America

MONROVIA— In order to avoid human-to-human transmission of the deadly Ebola virus, the Liberian government temporarily closed schools, universities and other major public gathering points some months ago. Without the prospect of going back to school any time soon, hundreds of students took to the streets of Monrovia Monday to express their frustration.

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Guinea + 1 other
Guinea Intensifies Ebola Screening at Sierra Leone Border

Report
Voice of America

KINDIA, GUINEA — Guinean security forces are intensifying their Ebola screening efforts at the border with Sierra Leone.

At the Madina Oula town crossing, people are subjected to rigorous health checks. Guinean security forces check for fever and instruct all travelers to wash their hands with soap before entering Guinea.

Kindia, the district capital, is a short distance away - just 150 kilometers from the Guinean capital of Conakry.

Kindia's Ebola crisis committee has responded to several suspected cases. All but one have tested negative.

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Floods in Pakistan mean misery for children

Report
World Vision

Author: Asif Raza

Zainab, 3, had never seen flood waters before. She didn’t understand how destructive they could be until she had witnessed the devastation herself. In addition to the visible marks left on the landscape, the floods have left their marks on Zainab as well. Due to the contaminated water, she is suffering from skin infections and high fever. She is also traumatized and trying to process the loss of her maternal grandfather, who drowned in the flood.

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Under-Secretary-General Valerie Amos: Briefing to the Security Council on Syria [EN/AR]

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11 million people in Syria require urgent humanitarian assistance. Amos is calling for greater financial assistance and sustained pressure on all parties to ensure that they respect and implement resolutions 2139 and 2165.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.