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Educating people with disabilities about Ebola

In many developing countries, people with disabilities, especially those with hearing and visual impairments, are often not educated about health and disease prevention because the information is not shared in a format they can understand. This lack of information makes them more vulnerable to contracting disease and less likely to seek appropriate care. This is certainly the case with the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

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Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Response - Appeal PHL131 Revision 2

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ACT Alliance

Appeal Target: US$18,836,152 Balance Requested: US$5,585,798

In the early morning of 8 November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda), made landfall in the eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. With winds up to 250 kph sweeping through the region, accompanied by a storm surge of up to 5m, the typhoon caused wide spread damage and losses. Its impact was felt from provinces of Batangas and Cavite in the north as far as Surigao del Sur Province,
Mindanao in the south.

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Vocational Training: a lifeline for Syria Palestinian youth

As the 25 students walked towards the examination hall at the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Damascus Training Centre, 22-year-old Yehya Rummaneh, a second-year information-technology student, trailed a little bit behind the crowd. Living with disabilities caused by prenatal hypoxia – a lack of adequate oxygen before he was born – he needs the help of friends and teachers to get around. But bringing up the rear also gave him a chance to take a breath and prepare for the future on the other side of that exam.

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World + 2 others
Managing Risk and Reducing Vulnerability in Humanitarian Action, Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 116, August 2014

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 116, August 2014:

Hardly anything new can be said in the HFA2 process about managing risk and reducing vulnerability. However, when scoped in detail, both these concepts offer gaps as wide as a gateway to march in. Newer and rarer voices of leaders from Asia and beyond point to these gaps and ways to bridge them through the HFA2 process.

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Odisha Floods Rapid Joint Needs Assessment Report

Report
Sphere India

1. Executive Summary

Odisha is a flood prone state, and as a result communities have become resilient and government response efficient to manage immediate rescue and relief operations. The flooding began with heavy rainfall on the 21st of July and further intensified as a result of two more low-pressure systems that moved over the state and was exacerbated by subsequent release of water from the Hirakud Reservoir.

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Rapid Assessment of Child Protection Needs of Internally Displaced Persons in Ainkawa, Erbil Kurdistan Region of Iraq, August 2014

On the 10th and 11th of August 2014, ACTED’s Child Protection and Assessment and Monitoring teams conducted a rapid assessment of the location and needs of internally displaced children and caregivers who had recently arrived in the Ainkawa district of Erbil city. Through interviews with community focal points the following matters were observed:

  • IDP girls and boys have experienced a wide variety of issues during displacement, including psychosocial distress, limited access to basic resources and a lack of a unsafe environment.

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Lebanon + 1 other
UNHCR Lebanon Monthly Updates - June 2014

  • UNHCR’s Achievements at a Glance

  • Protection

  • Child Protection

  • Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

  • Statelessness

  • Community Development

  • Education

  • Cash Assistance & Core Relief Items (CRI)

  • Shelter

  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)

  • Health

  • Institutional and Community Support

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Turkey + 1 other
IOM Helps Vulnerable Syrian Refugees in South East Turkey

Turkey - For the last nine months, IOM has been helping some 32,300 vulnerable Syrian refugees living outside refugee camps in Turkey’s Hatay province. Aid was focused in the districts of Kirikhan, Kumlu and Hassa.

Some 90 per cent of the 150,000 Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Turkey live outside formal camps. Unlike people living in camps, who get assistance both from the Turkish government and international agencies, most of those living outside in urban and rural areas have difficulty accessing aid.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Nursing advice booklets distributed to China quake victims

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Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) on Thursday delivered 3,000 booklets featuring rehabilitation and nursing know-how to Zhaotong City, Yunnan Province, which was hit by a 6.5-magnitude earthquake earlier this month.

The booklets have already reached the hands of injured quake victims and their families, according to the CDPF.

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First Care Center Opens for Bosnian Children with Disabilities

New facility is a port in the storm for children and their families

“Services like this one are truly welcome because the children can relax and have fun, while I can rest a bit. There is nothing more that someone can give to parents like us.”

Aug. 2014—Until now, children with developmental disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and their parents had no place to go for even a small respite from the extraordinary difficulties and stress in their daily lives. Now there is one place that offers them a soft, safe place to land, if only for a while.

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Gaza Crisis – disability inclusive relief

13 Aug 2014 – CBM, along with its partners in Gaza, has been successful in supporting 2100 families, including more than 300 families of persons with disabilities.

CBM response

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Madagascar : l’Akanin’ny Marary fait un travail de qualité pour les handicapés physiques

Le centre malgache Akanin'ny marary (Foyer pour les malades) est situé à Ambositra, une communauté urbaine de la région d'Amoron'i Mania, dans la province de Fianarantsoa. Il dispense des soins aux personnes souffrant de la lèpre, de la tuberculose ou de problèmes psychiatriques, mais c’est aussi un important centre de soins orthopédiques, soutenu par le Fonds spécial du CICR en faveur des handicapés (FSH).

Un travail minutieux

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Pakistan: KP and FATA - Who, What, Where - Protection Sub Clusters (May 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 45 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 6 - 12 August

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The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Lebanon + 1 other
Lebanon’s Syrian Refugees: Cash grants to help the most vulnerable

With the conflict in Syria into its fourth year, well over a million Syrians have now fled across the border into neighbouring Lebanon. With no legal right to work, most refugees struggle to pay for essential costs such as food, shelter and medicines. But in the northern district of Akkar the Lebanese Red Cross, with help from the British Red Cross, is giving vital support to some of those worst affected.

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Statement of the Executive Director, UNFPA - International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 “Mental Health Matters”

A safe and healthy passage from adolescence into adulthood is the right of every child. Being healthy means not merely the absence of illness, but complete physical, mental and social well-being. An essential component of this is being able to realize one’s potential, cope with the stresses of life, build healthy relationships, work productively and participate fully in society. Yet, the mental health of young people is largely ignored and, as a result, depression is the largest cause of disability, and suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young people worldwide.

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Gaza Situation Report 34, 11 August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

For the fourth time during this military escalation, a temporary 72-hours ceasefire was agreed. At the time of writing, the agreement which came into effect at 00:00hrs local time, holds.

As of 10 August 2014, the Agency sheltered 236,918 IDPs in 90 UNRWA schools.

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Gaza: People cannot bear one more day of fighting

The three day ceasefire in Gaza allowed Handicap International and its partners to initiate essential relief operations, but these operations are now compromised by the resumption of the combat. At the end of the 72-hour truce, Samah Abu Lamzy, project manager for Handicap International in Gaza, describes the catastrophic humanitarian situation for the population and the impossibility for health and humanitarian workers to deliver the necessary aid in a satisfactory manner without a proper peace agreement.