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.
This piece originally appeared in The Express Tribune.
The internally displaced persons in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas have escaped the violence but are confronted with greater challenges.
“Home is a precious place. I would give anything to return to mine,” says 65-year-old Gul Bibi, as she gently rocks back and forth on a bed at the hospital set up by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Sadda, the second-largest town in Kurram Agency, FATA. The hospital is full of women who have babies and children in their arms or sleeping by their feet.
SAKON NAKHON, 18 December 2014 (NNT) – Cold weather still lingers over the North and Northeast, while the South is still being battered by heavy rain.
In Sakon Nakhon, the temperature has dropped to below 15 degrees Celsius for several consecutive days. This has contributed to an increase in the number of patients getting treated for respiratory tract illnesses. Medical officials said the elderly and children aged less than five are especially vulnerable. In Phrae's Mueng district, an 82-year-old man died from heart failure as he was sleeping through the cold weather.
Violence has been ongoing in eastern Ukraine despite the ceasefire of 5 September. Heavy fighting and shelling have increased the number of killed and wounded, and between mid-September and mid-December, the number of registered internally displaced increased by over 266,000. A new ceasefire was announced for 9 December, with differing reports as to whether it has been violated.
Two people have died of cold wave in Lahan, Siraha which has been suffering the blunt of cold weather of late.
60-year old Bauba Sada from Khushipur -8, and 50-year old Ashadevi Mandal from Bidyanagar-2 were the victims of the cold wave, which has increased since the last week.
As a result, people with complaints of cold, pneumonia, fever and respiratory problems have thronged the hospitals in the district.
Children and elderly people have been most affected by the declining temperature
Goal and Strategic objectives
The overarching goal of this strategy is to support the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and local communities to ensure that the lives, dignity and well-being of persons affected by conflict and disaster are protected.
To achieve this goal, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has agreed on the following strategic objectives for humanitarian action in 2015:
One year on from the start of the conflict in South Sudan, the situation for millions of people remains bleak. CAFOD partner Caritas Malakal reports that there has been an upsurge in violence since the end of rainy season in October. Fighting has been witnessed in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states, resulting in people fleeing.
Prague, Slavjansk (22. října 2014) - In the eastern Ukraine the humanitarian situation there is still tense. More than 842 000 people had to leave their homes because of the fighting and from 415 000 people did conflict refugees in their own country. The temperature in this region falls to zero at night, and the local people are trying to repair their houses damaged by bombing, to be there able to stay there during winter. More of that, people, who are already tired after months of fighting and unstability, do not often have enough money for basic food supplies and medicine.
The Chã das Caldeiras area has been evacuated following the eruption of Pico Fogo Volcano on 23 November and access restricted since 7 December by Civil Protection authorities due to increased volcanic activity and increased concentration of SO2 and CO2 gases.
Updated figures indicate that 1080 persons have been displaced and are currently housed in temporary accommodation centres, shelter units built after the 1995 eruption, and with host families.
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The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). Some 600 protestors temporarily occupied the regional administration building in Vinnytsya (300 km north-east of Chernivtsi).
Posted by Mica Bevington
Since forecasters began tracking Typhoon Hagupit, known locally as Ruby, Handicap International has been taking action to help warn and protect the local population. A number of Handicap International’s teams are already working in Tacloban where they have been implementing projects since Typhoon Haiyan hit in November 2013.
ABU DHABI, 6th December 2014 (WAM) - His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has re-affirmed UAE's commitment to supporting humanitarian works all over the world.
This came during a telephone conversation today with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. "We are key partners of the UN and related organisations in supporting humanitarian and charitable works, particularly relief operations in different countries of the world," he said.
By Sarah Marzouk
Tens of thousands are seeking shelter as Typhoon Hagupit, local name Ruby, heads towards the Philippines.
Hagupit is due to make landfall tomorrow, 6 December, hitting north Samar, where Typhoon Haiyan caused so much devastation last year.
Ian Clarke, HelpAge-COSE Programme Director in the Philippines, said:
"We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our staff; briefing them about safety measures, emergency hotlines and evacuation centre information.
In 2015, humanitarian partners estimate that 15.9 million people will need humanitarian assistance. This represents an 8 per cent increase since last year, mainly due to the effects of expanded conflict, improved access to areas that were inaccessible, better data and population growth in areas of high need.
(Bangui, 03 décembre 2014): La Coordonnatrice Humanitaire principale en République centrafricaine, a conduit du 27 au 30 novembre 2014 une mission à Dekoa et dans la préfecture de Nana Gribizi. L’objectif de la mission était d’évaluer la réponse humanitaire et d’identifier les besoins prioritaires. Des agences des Nations Unies, des Organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) nationales et internationales et la représentante du Ministère des affaires sociales et de l’action humanitaire y ont participé.