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02 Mar 2015 description

UNDP experts visited Donetsk and Lugansk regions to select sites for social care restoration as a part of the UNDP and the Government of Japan project, "Early Recovery of Social Services and Peacebuilding in the Donetsk and Lugansk oblasts."

02 Mar 2015 description


Children and adults with disabilities face many barriers to full participation in society. This report makes an important contribution to documenting the extent of disability and its impact on people’s lives in Vanuatu.

Through detailed statistical analysis of data collected in Vanuatu’s census, household surveys and education database, the report estimates the prevalence of disability and explores the situation of children, women and men with disabilities with respect to education, employment, poverty, and domestic violence.

27 Feb 2015 description

Se trató de 221 mujeres (19%) y 937 hombres (81%) desmovilizados de los grupos armados al margen de la ley quienes durante el 2014 crearon empresa propia, como parte del proceso de reintegración establecido por el Gobierno nacional a través de la Agencia Colombiana para la Reintegración (ACR). En total son 1.119 nuevos negocios: 1.084 de carácter individual y 35 asociativos.

25 Feb 2015 description

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan trained 121 persons with disabilities including 50 females in several vocational courses in Ghazni, Logar and Maidan Wardak provinces. Funded by the SCA with nearly seven million Afs, the vocational courses included tailoring, carpentry and furniture making.

The graduates upon completion of nine-month long training were awarded certificates along with kits and financial support in launching their own businesses.

24 Feb 2015 description

Human Rights Council

Twenty-eighth session

Agenda items 3 and 5

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development Human rights bodies and mechanisms

I. Mandate and introduction

1. In its resolution 22/16, the Human Rights Council requested the Advisory Committee to prepare a research-based report on best practices and main challenges in the promotion and protection of human rights in post-disaster and post-conflict situations.

24 Feb 2015 description

Almost two years ago, Kholoud, 32, was shot by a sniper while outside her home in Syria. A single bullet struck her in the neck, leaving her paralyzed from the neck down. Now living in a makeshift shack in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, she is cared for by her husband and Handicap International rehabilitation staff.

Kholoud does not know why she was targeted. “There was no reason for it. It seemed like a normal day and it was calm. It was a random shot—there was no fighting at the time. But now we know that there was a sniper in the area.”

24 Feb 2015 description

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Following catastrophic floods in May 2014, the Government of Japan yesterday (23/2) committed 6.2 million Bosnian Marks (USD 700,000) for two one-year projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

IOM will implement the BM 1.2 million Repair and Reconstruction of Centres for Disabled Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina project, which will repair and reconstruct five centres for children with disabilities, which were seriously damaged in the May 2014 floods.

24 Feb 2015 description

By: Raed El Nims Families of children with cerebral palsy in the Gaza Strip often feel helpless at being unable to provide the appropriate care to their children given the lack of specialized institutions dealing with this condition in the area. This void is being partially filled by PRCS' Rehabilitation Department, whose Home Enrichment Program assists families of children with cerebral palsy (CP), teaching them to build the capacities of their children and to provide them with the appropriate nutrition, hygiene and social skills.

24 Feb 2015 description

CAIRO, Egypt, February 23 (UNHCR) – A picture at an exhibition has helped to change the life of Judy El Khatib, a nine-year-old Syrian girl who had been unable to move her right arm since suffering bad burn injuries four years ago.

The young refugee suffered the debilitating injury in Damascus not long after the Syria crisis erupted in March 2011. She was playing in the kitchen when an explosion rocked the family home and knocked a pot of boiling water off the stove and all over her arm.

23 Feb 2015 description
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Dr. John Mattia is one of two practicing Ophthalmologists in Sierra Leone and also the medical director of two hospitals in Sierra Leone supported by CBM, namely; Lowell & Ruth Gess United Methodist Church Eye Hospital (Kissy) in Freetown and Baptist Mission’s Eye Hospital in Lunsar. In this interview Dr. Mattia speaks about the Ebola Sensitisation Project run by the hospital, and the progress made in educating the public about this debilitating disease.

What is the Ebola Sensitisation project about?

22 Feb 2015 description

They are a hidden population, whose size and needs are often little documented. Like anyone else, people with disabilities experience war and torture and seek refuge outside their home countries.

21 Feb 2015 description

The Social Welfare Centre in Olovo, one of the facilities heavily damaged in the floods of May 2014, was officially reopened today. Funds for the Centre’s rehabilitation were provided by the European Union through its Flood Recovery Programme (in the amount of 16,500 BAM), the Swiss Government (39,000 BAM) and UNICEF (18,000 BAM).

21 Feb 2015 description

GENEVA / NEW YORK (20 February 2015) – “One billion people – 15 per cent of the world’s population – are persons with disabilities, and their rights cannot be ignored,” a group of United Nations human rights experts has warned today. Their call comes as the Second Session of International Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda closes this week in New York.