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26 May 2017 description

No Health without Peace: Seventy, Fifty and Ten Are Not Just Numbers in the Lives of 5.3 million Palestine Refugees

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) released the latest annual report from the Agency’s Department of Health earlier today in Geneva, revealing some important statistics regarding the UNRWA health programme (HP) and the health situation of Palestine refugees in the Agency’s five fields of operations – Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank, Gaza and Syria.

26 May 2017 description

By Andrew McElroy

CANCUN, Mexico, 25 May 2017 – It may look like a gadget to many but this robot is a shining example of inclusive technology for disaster risk reduction.

The telepresence robot known as Double enabled the wisdom of 11 persons living with disability participating from the other side of the world in Bangladesh to be shared at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

25 May 2017 description


25 May 2017 description

Suite à l’ouragan Matthew, qui a frappé Haïti le 4 octobre 2016 et a affecté des milliers de personnes, Handicap International a mobilisé des physiothérapeutes afin d’aider les personnes blessées par la catastrophe. L’association a notamment permis à plus de 240 personnes de bénéficier de séances de réadaptation. Carole et Lorestal, deux victimes de l’ouragan, témoignent.

24 May 2017 description

1 - Key Development(s)/changes (if any)

*The MoE has led the Education Sector Working Group for the past three meetings.

*On 18 April 2017, a new Minister of Education (Dr. Osman Abed Al‐Jalil Mohammad Amhammad) was appointed by the Preseidency Council of the Government of National Accord to replace Dr. Mohammad Khalifa Al‐Azabi.

*Partners for Sirte humanitrain intervention were idenfied.

*Scaling up of Education Response in 7 towns/cities in the South (Sabha, Obari, Ghat, Morsq, Alshati’, Timenhint & Samno) was carried out by UNICEF.

24 May 2017 description

23 May 2017 – The health situation in Ar-Raqqa governorate in north-east Syria continues to deteriorate, with more than 400 000 people in and around the governorate facing increasingly limited access to health services. All 4 national hospitals in the governorate are only partially functioning and facing shortages in health staff, medicines, electricity and safe water supplies.

24 May 2017 description

Con el propósito de mejorar la intervención durante las emergencias con personas con discapacidad, la Gobernación de Concepción y la Secretaría Nacional por los Derechos Humanos de las Personas con Discapacidad (Senadis), lideraron un taller en el marco del proyecto Cháke Ou, que cuenta con aval de la Secretaría de Emergencia Nacional (SEN) como ente rector de la gestión y reducción de riesgos del país y es financiado por la Ayuda Humanitaria de la Unión Europea.

24 May 2017 description

“I was on the bus on my way home from school,” José explains. “I felt a sharp pain in my leg and wanted to get up to run away, but couldn’t.” In 2000, 18-year-old José lost his right leg in a mine accident in Colombia

During that time, he lived with his mother on a farm in the Cauca region. “We had a small pig farm and grew coriander which provided enough for us to live on,” José continues. “During the week, I went to school and in the evenings and weekends, I worked.”

23 May 2017 description


This update provides information on legislative developments that occurred during the reporting period. Latest developments include laws on access to housing solutions for internally displaced persons (IDP), elimination of the need for a stamp confirming registration of the place of stay in IDP certificates, changes to the procedures on crossing the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, and other issues.

Adopted legislation

Laws regulating IDP’s access to certain rights and freedoms

23 May 2017 description


In 2016, different humanitarian actors came together prior to the World Humanitarian Summit to develop the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. Despite the milestone that the Charter represents, most of its recommendations are not being implemented in the field, especially in the Iraq humanitarian response, even by organisations that endorsed it.

23 May 2017 description

Mensajes clave sobre la situación humanitaria

  1. Las necesidades humanitarias persisten en la mayoría de las áreas afectadas, en particular en las poblaciones que se desplazaron y las que están en áreas rurales.

  2. El Niño costero ha intensificado las vulnerabilidades ya existentes en las zonas afectadas y ha conllevado a riesgos que requieren control urgente como el dengue y la presencia de contaminantes ambientales.

23 May 2017 description


  • The camp population is currently at 53,646 individuals divided into 18, 634 households and of whom 49% are female;

  • Health partners led by MoH and WHO organized malaria screening and treatment in Mahama camp with 4,142 individuals tested;

  • Swedish mission impressed by Mahama camp

  • UNICEF signs agreement with IEE (Innovation Education for Empowerment) to build teachers capacity.

23 May 2017 description
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- Held 48 immediate assistance distribution events in various parts of the country. A total of 372 immediate assistance packages were delivered reaching 3,731 beneficiaries (1,935 males, 1,796 females).
- Provided psychosocial counselling to 731 new beneficiaries (411 males, 320 females).
- Provided physical therapy to 305 new beneficiaries (72 female, 233 male).
- Delivered 15 income generation assistance packages tailored to victims’ and families’ needs benefitting 123 victims and families (64 males, 59 females).

23 May 2017 description

At a glance

483,257 people of concern as of April 2017

The Burundi crisis was categorized by UNHCR as a Level 2 emergency on 11 May 2015. Since April 2015, some 420,689 Burundians have fled to neighbouring countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Within Burundi, a further 55,293 people are displaced and 7,275 refuge returnees have been reported.

US$250 million is needed in financial requirements for the Burundi situation for January until December 2017

22 May 2017 description


The Philippines experience in humanitarian Cash Transfer Programming (CTP) started way before super Typhoon Haiyan. These are in 2009 Typhoon Ketsana, 2011 Tropical Storm Washi and 2012 Typhoon Bopha. In 2012, humanitarian agencies have since then organized ad hoc cash working groups to guide and support CTP, however, the dwindling structure disbanded in 2013. Despite this, the use of CTP in humanitarian programming and response continue to progress and used in both natural disaster and conflict emergencies.