A summary of the ICRC's activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo between July and September 2014.
PREPARACIÓN PARA DESASTRES
Sociedades caribeñas de la Cruz Roja lanzan ‘app’ salvavidas gratis para riesgos múltiples
La población en todo el Caribe, ahora puede descargar una aplicación (“app”) gratis para teléfonos móviles, que les ayudará prepararse ante emergencias y mantenerse a salvo durante los desastres naturales, como huracanes, inundaciones y sismos.
In 2012, an estimated 1.6 million people were living with HIV and roughly 57,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
Since 2007, the World Bank's Total War Against AIDS Project counseled over 5 million people for HIV and provided grants to more than 10,000 community-based organizations so that they can respond to local needs in HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR QUALITY OF LIFE
In the past financial year we have continued our commitment to working through partnerships that improve the quality of people’s lives.
A total of 130,204 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 82,610 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,070 in Kiryandongo and 6,5551 in Kampala.
In Kiryandongo, the Chief Justice, Stephen Kavuma made an unannounced 3 hour visit to the settlement on 20 November, to see first hand how refugees live and talk with UNHCR staff.
Millions of people with disabilities live in the countries worst affected by the Ebola virus epidemic. For Handicap International, it’s vital to ensure that these vulnerable people are included in awareness campaigns and aid efforts. Bruno Leclercq, Handicap International’s field program director in Liberia and Sierra Leone, talks about what the organization is doing in response to the outbreak.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that around 15 per cent of the world’s population, or one billion people, have some form of disability.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 80 per cent live in poor countries, where communities are already more vulnerable to disasters and crises such as the current Ebola epidemic, with people with disabilities often disproportionately affected.
26 November 2014, Gaza –“According to our culture, I should take care of my elderly mother, but now I am disabled and my husband has died, so my mother will have to take care of me,” said Nahla, a 44-year-old woman who sustained grave injuries in the recent conflict.
A wall in her home collapsed on her and her husband when a warning rocket struck the building. Nahla’s husband was killed instantly, and Nahla suffered spinal injuries. They had been married only four months.
A total of 129,913 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 81,934 in Adjumani, 11,969 in Arua, 29,490 in Kiryandongo and 6,5201 in Kampala.
An ECHO multi-sectoral team carried out a mission in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo 9-13 November to monitor the quality of activities it funds, identify gaps in the response to the refugee crisis, assess ECHO’s added value and discuss its funding strategy for 2015.
UNDP works with a range of civil society organizations (CSOs) at regional and local levels in Africa to help lift people out of poverty, build resilient communities and promote human rights and thereby advance the millennium Development Goals. To achieve this, UNDP facilitates dialogue between governments and civil society to ensure civic participation in policy planning and reform and enhances partnerships with CSOs for development results.
“We miss ordinary life. We have been living without electricity for a long time and we have no work. All what we do is getting out of the house to the street and back inside,” says aid Abu Riad, a 50-year-old man who lives in a suburb of the Iraqi city of Musol.
“Nothing has been functioning properly here since the onset of the latest events. We are living in the unknown and the future is also mysterious. We have lost many relatives and neighbors who have left the city,” he adds.
Policy-makers and international agencies are currently negotiating the details of the successor to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), which is to be agreed at Sendai, Japan in March 2015. The zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (DRR) now explicitly promotes the integration of gender, age, disability and cultural perspectives into DRR. It acknowledges the need to manage differential levels of vulnerability and exposure, and the need to empower vulnerable groups to participate in decision-making and implementation.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES
Conflict causes death, injury and displacement
7,965 civilians killed and injured by conflict January-September 2014, 22 per cent of which were children. 105,800 people fled their homes, in the same period, amidst increased fighting in Northern Hilmand and other provinces.
1.2 million children acutely malnourished
By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.
Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that she would be forever bed-ridden.
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) trauma surgery project near Jordan’s border with Syria opened in September 2013 and began saving lives straight away. Since then, the project team has conducted more than 2,000 major surgeries - many of which were life-saving - on over 600 patients.
“One of our very first critical patients was admitted in September 2013 after he had been caught in an air strike in southern Syria. He told our medical team ‘let me die, you can’t fix me,’” said Paul Foreman, MSF head of mission.
Le 25 janvier 2014, Madagascar célèbre l’investiture de son nouveau président de la République au stade de Mahamasina, un quartier de la capitale. Il est 19 heures et Élisabeth, qui tient un petit commerce dans le quartier voisin, à Anosy, part rejoindre sa sœur pour ravitailler son commerce. Soudain, une lumière vive l’aveugle et une explosion lui arrache la jambe gauche, la propulsant à quelques mètres d’elle.
Charity won’t stop the injustices that mean women do two-thirds of the world’s work, but earn just one-tenth of the world income.
It won’t stop multinational companies dodging millions in tax, depriving poor countries of the money they need to pay for healthcare and education.
It won’t protect the world’s poorest communities who did least to cause climate change from taking the brunt of its effects.
To end poverty we must end injustice.
With a least four major tropical cyclones expected to hit Pacific Island nations this summer, Red Cross is standing ready to help people prepare, respond and recover.
"The risk of tropical cyclones in the region is higher than normal in El Nino years," says Steve Ray, International Emergencies Manager at Australian Red Cross. "We will likely see seven or eight named tropical cyclones in our region, of which at least four are expected to be severe."
Dr Carmen Valle is a CBM Co-worker, who works as project coordinator and mental health specialist with the ‘Enabling Access to Mental Health Programme’. In this article, she discusses the progress made in Sierra Leone for people with psychosocial disabilities and also the current threat the Ebola virus is bringing to this progress.