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26 Jan 2015 description
report Government of Japan

The Embassy of Japan has decided today to extend a grant of ninety-nine thousand nine hundred and seventy-eight dollars (USD 99,978) to “Zimbabwe Council for the Blind” for the implementation of “the Project for the Improvement of Eye Care Facility in Mashonaland West”.

The Grant Contracts to this effect were signed by the Ambassador of Japan to Zimbabwe H.E. Mr. Yoshi Hiraishi and the Director of Zimbabwe Council for the Blind, Mr. Aplos Nyathi at the Embassy of Japan in Harare today.

24 Jan 2015 description


  • Since early January 2015 the southern districts of Malawi have been experiencing above-normal rains, which have provoked massive floods along the Shire and Ruo rivers.

  • The President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on 13 January in 15 districts, with floods affected an estimate of 638,000 people countrywide, and 79 deaths. In Nsanje district only, 153 people are still missing.

23 Jan 2015 description


  • A total of 139,276 South Sudanese refugees have been assisted in Uganda since the influx began in mid-December 2013, including 88,066 in Adjumani, 12,503 in Arua, 31,369 in Kiryandongo and 7,338 in Kampala.

  • There were 1,027 new arrivals during the reporting period.

  • The Government of Uganda mass polio vaccination campaign for under-fives began on 17th January across all settlements and refugee hosting areas.

23 Jan 2015 description
report Internews Network

With the support of Internews, a disability rights organization in Somalia begins to collaborate with the media to enhance its work.

“I feel more confident about approaching the media now. I came to realize that journalists are not as I imagined,” commented Mohamed Ali Farah, director and co-founder of the Somali Disability Empowerment Network (SODEN) after attending Internews’ training on media literacy. His organization works to raise public awareness and understanding of disabilities.

22 Jan 2015 description

As Yemen slipped further into violence and intensification of armed conflicts throughout 2014, the ICRC stepped up its humanitarian operations and responses, gaining better and safer access to wider parts of the territory. This was achieved thanks to the outreach and strong contacts of the ICRC office in Sana'a with all parties involved across the country, and through its sub-delegations in Aden, Taiz, Saada and Central Sana'a.

Here is how the ICRC helped the victims of conflict and violence in Yemen in 2014:

Water and infrastructure

22 Jan 2015 description

By Irene van Horrsen

HelpAge is starting a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response, as part of the innovative portfolio of projects supported by the DFID Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and with separate funding from the OFDA.

21 Jan 2015 description

New UN report calls for changes to legal environment to enhance HIV response in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan – A new report, jointly released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Country Team and the National AIDS Control Programme of Pakistan, calls for adoption and revision of laws and policies to create a more effective national HIV response that will mitigate the impact of HIV and promote and protect the human rights of key populations and vulnerable groups.

21 Jan 2015 description


The Ebola outbreak is presenting the world with an extraordinary public health challenge with consequences for millions of people and far beyond the health sector. We have also seen an extraordinary response, primarily by people in communities living with the outbreak. It has been distressing to witness the individual suffering but at the same time it has been encouraging to see how local communities, governments in the affected countries, and the international community at the highest possible level have come together to stop the outbreak.

21 Jan 2015 description

El pasado año 2.360 personas desmovilizadas en proceso de reintegración construyeron puentes, renovaron parques y remodelaron escuelas, beneficiando así a más de 135 mil personas de 30 departamentos de Colombia. Durante el 2013 esta cifra fue de 987, lo cual implica un crecimiento superior al 100%.

20 Jan 2015 description
Section 1: Procedures - English version
Section 2: Annexes - English version
Section 3: Referral Pathways - English version
Section 1: Procedures - Arabic version
Section 2: Annexes - Arabic version
Section 3: Referral Pathways - Arabic version


The purpose and scope of the Inter-Agency Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

19 Jan 2015 description

“80,000 people in Syria need a prosthesis or an orthosis"

Anne Garella, regional representative for Handicap International's emergency response mission in the Middle East, took time recently to explain how a drop in international funding is having devastating consequences for Syrian refugees. She also outlines Handicap International's regional priorities for 2015.


19 Jan 2015 description
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Adolescents twice as likely to be out of school as children of primary school age, say UNESCO and UNICEF

New report shows why ‘business as usual’ won’t lead to universal primary or secondary education

19 Jan 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Khaled Alashqar

GAZA CITY, Jan 17 2015 (IPS) - The Israeli attacks that the Gaza Strip has suffered in recent years have left in their wake a large number of young people who have come up against a further barrier to their creative energies – physical disability caused by military aggression.

Institutions here are increasingly facing the challenge of developing rehabilitation programmes to help support these physically disabled Gazan youth cope with living under the existing harsh political, economic and social conditions.

15 Jan 2015 description

Thank you IKEA customers and co-workers! The IKEA U.S. Soft Toy Campaign 2014 raised almost $1.2 million.

Media Inquiries:
Contact media@savechildren.org

15 Jan 2015 description


  • The total number of South Sudanese refugees who have entered Ethiopia since the outbreak of the conflict in mid-December 2013 is now over 194,546 individuals, comprising 191,944 individuals who entered through Gambella and 2,602 who entered through the Assosa region. This brings the total number of South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia to 251,545 individuals.

15 Jan 2015 description

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Red Crescent on Thursday donated 100 wheel chairs to Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

The wheelchairs were handed over to PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi by UAE Red Crescent Country Head Hamad Abdullah Al-Ali.

14 Jan 2015 description

Key mission findings:

• The local authorities and community elders estimated that the total population in Afgooye district is 134,892 people (22,484 households) while 102,000 people (17,000 households) live in the town. UNDP (2005) estimated the population of Afgooye town at 21,602 people.

14 Jan 2015 description

The SMM continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). A Grad rocket exploded near a civilian bus at a Ukrainian Army Checkpoint near Volnovakha, killing 12 civilians and injuring 17.