FEATURE - ‘Ebola is under control!’ headlines affirmed the other week. The disease has made no new victims in Sierra Leone since the outbreak started in April 2014. But the recovery process will still take a long time: not only have people died, but the economy has been severely disrupted and survivors, especially children, are left without care or protection. Mr Siapha Kamara, CEO of our partner SEND West-Africa, tells us about the struggles of rebuilding and the heroism of his staff.
Depuis 2014, le Cameroun est affecté par les effets du mouvement insurgé de l’Etat Islamique en Afrique de l’Ouest (EAIO, ex Boko Haram). L’augmentation des attaques et incursions aux Nigéria, au Cameroun et dans les pays frontaliers a créé des déplacements de populations depuis les zones de conflit et de violence.
A total of 221,375 Burundian refugees and asylum-seekers have arrived in the neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the United Republic of Tanzania, Rwanda, as well as Uganda and Zambia since April 2015.
Recapping discussions from the first day, Dr Santino Severoni noted that delegates recognized that the current massive refugee, asylum seeker and other migrant influx in Europe is an urgent public health concern for all Member States in the Region. He underlined the principles of solidarity and humanity that many participants had referred to with regard to the pan-European collaborative response to the current crisis.
HELPAGE LAUNCHES LOW COST TOOL TO ASSESS NEEDS OF OLDER PEOPLE IN EMERGENCIES
Today (Wednesday 25 November) HelpAge International is launching a quick, simple and low-cost tool to assess the needs and vulnerabilities of older people in humanitarian situations.
The rapid assessment method for older people (RAM-OP) is a house-to-house survey that can be used to assess the nutrition status of older people as well as a range of vulnerability factors, some of them specific to old age.
A. Situation Analysis
Description of the Emergency
On 12 November 2015, more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported to be camped out at Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama expecting the issuance of a pass permit not contemplated by Costa Rican legislation. Some of the foreign nationals claim to have been there for more than seven days, and they are not able to pay for food and lodgings due to lack of funds. These people have been spending the night in the open, outside of customs.
GENEVA (23 November 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing, Leilani Farha, today urged the Nigerian Government to put an immediate end to the ongoing trend of evictions in the country.
The human rights expert raised concerns with the government about the large-scale demolitions and evictions carried out in Badia, Lagos, which rendered thousands of people homeless. All up, more than 30,000 people will lose their homes, businesses and livelihoods, if demolitions in this area continue as planned.
Two people have died and about 250 were left homeless after a storm hit Bobonong on November 19. In an interview, Bobonong police station commander, Superintendent Paul Seoko, said a seven-year old child died when a wall collapsed on him while a 69-year-old woman died due to a shock. Supt Seoko said the storm started just after midnight but worsened after 1am when winds became stronger and aggressive.
People in Need 21.2M
Humanitarian needs & key figures
Ongoing conflict is devastating Yemen. Humanitarian partners now estimate that 21.2 million people – or 82 per cent of the population – require some kind of humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs or protect their fundamental rights. The severity of needs among vulnerable people has also intensified across sectors. Major needs include the following:
1. Protection of Civilians
Summary of WFP assistance: