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27 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Richard Nyamanhindi

“I cannot walk properly,” says 84 year old Mbuya Matajwa Mwanza a beneficiary of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer programme at Marahwa Business Centre in Mashonaland West in Zimbabwe.

“It is completely bent on its side at a very awkward angle. A few years ago, I fell and broke my leg. I could not pay for the doctor. Since then my foot has been paralyzed.”

26 Apr 2015 description

By Jane Scobie

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck an area between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara at 11:41am local time on Saturday 25 April. Tremors have been felt across the region in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.

Death toll rising rapidly

Nepal home ministry officials now say nearly 2,000 people were killed and almost 5,000 were injured.

HelpAge South Asia Regional Director in Nepal, Peter McGeachie said:

26 Apr 2015 description

Key Findings

Anticipated scope and scale

  • Given the shallow depth of the earthquake, aftershocks are expected to continue for some time. Aftershocks are expected to cause further damage and debilitate already weak infrastructure.

  • The number of casualties is expected to increase into the thousands.

  • Kathmandu Valley (population: 2.5 million) is a densely populated area; many people live in buildings that cannot withstand a significant seismic event. 6.6 million people live within the affected areas.

26 Apr 2015 description

Today, the Humanitarian Coalition is launching a national joint appeal to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Nepal. The reports of deaths, injuries, and extensive damage caused to people’s homes and livelihoods are making it clear that this is a disaster of immense and growing scale.

23 Apr 2015 description

The SMM monitored the implementation of the “Package of measures for the Implementation of the Minsk agreements”. Its monitoring was restricted by third parties and security considerations*. Fighting continued around Donetsk airport and Shyrokyne. The SMM observed military movement on both sides of the contact line.

22 Apr 2015 description

Local government officials in Quang Nam province trained the community on mitigating disaster risks and “evacuated” more than 250 people with the support of HFH Vietnam

20 Apr 2015 description

Principaux défis par secteurs


  • Accès à l'eau : standard non atteint

  • Assainissement : Le rythme de construction des infrastructures d’assainissement ne suit pas l’augmentation de la population


  • Essais de pompage en cours sur 10 nouveaux points forés (HCR)

  • Public Concern finalise la construction de 66 latrines

  • MSF finalise la construction de 10 tranchées de défécation

20 Apr 2015 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) has immediately responded and will request in the coming days for assistance through International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) international disaster response mechanisms.

The situation

20 Apr 2015 description
report BioMed Central

Conflict and Health 2015, 9:12 doi:10.1186/s13031-014-0029-y

Abstract (provisional)


The flight of Syrian and Palestinian families into Lebanon from Syria included a number of older refugees. This study sought to characterize the physical and emotional conditions, dietary habits, coping practices, and living conditions of this elderly population arriving in Lebanon between March 2011 and March 2013.


17 Apr 2015 description


  • Overview of IDPs in KP/FATA

  • Overview of protection cluster trainings/workshops

  • ADTF, GBV, CP and HComms/IOM

  • Return Updates

  • Grievance Desks

  • Towards Evidence-based Humanitarian Assistance: A joint report by WFP, UNHCR – an initiative under Protection Cluster

  • Success Story of the Field

16 Apr 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

In Triokhizbenka village, only a about a mile from the front lines of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, we meet Ivan, 61. He shows us a house that was destroyed by shelling in December of last year. Two of his elderly relatives lived there until the violence took their home.

Now, Ivan and his wife are hosting the elderly couple — they have nowhere else to go. “If we don’t help as human beings, who is going to help?” he asks.

15 Apr 2015 description


Violent attacks by Boko Haram in villages in Carmeroon have increased during the last months. Those who fled report of lootings, killings, mass executions and kidnappings including of children which resulted in large scale displacement.

Unless otherwise indicated the data in this document summarizes the results of an assessment conducted by UNHCR Protection staff. It provides a first snapshot of protection and other needs collected end of March 2015 through key informant interviews. The full report is available upon request from UNHCR.

13 Apr 2015 description


  • Governments of storm-affected countries and the international community continue response and early recovery efforts in Kiribati, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu

  • Donors have contributed nearly $28 million—including $13.6 million toward the $29.9 million flash appeal for Vanuatu—for humanitarian activities in response to Tropical Cyclone Pam

11 Apr 2015 description

The July-August 2014 hostilities caused signicant displacement in the Gaza Strip. At the height of the conict, some 500,000 Palestinians were internally displaced. As of January 2015, more than 100,000, whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed remained displaced.

10 Apr 2015 description


Colombia faces persistent humanitarian needs resulting from the impact of armed conflict and violence, combined with natural disasters in certain areas. While armed conflict continues between the government and the guerrilla groups (FARC-EP and ELN), other sources of violence such as post-demobilization armed groups (PDAGs) , pose major humanitarian and protection challenges.