Providing emergency assistance to refugees in Serbia
Description: With the closure of the Western Balkans migration route in early 2016, the number of refugees stranded in Serbia now stands at over 7 500.
The EU has allocated humanitarian funding of €20.1 million to Serbia which contributes to the provision of emergency assistance at 16 government shelters. This comes on top of €24.5 million of EU pre-accession aid allocated to the refugee crisis in Serbia. UNHCR is a major partner in providing different services at the government shelters which include the provision of food and access to health services.
Video by UNHCR Serbia
16 Mar 2017
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Description: EU Aid Volunteers partner organisations gathered in Brussels to share their experiences, learn from one another and strengthen their partnerships. Here they explain why they got involved in EU Aid Volunteers and why it is worth joining the initiative.
Video by EU
20 Apr 2017
Description: It’s eight o’clock in the morning and in the district of Tagkip, Philippines it’s time to evacuate. A long warning siren means a cyclone is approaching and residents must leave.
This time the emergency is not real, but such exercises are vital to help residents understand what they are exposed to and what they need to do in case of emergency.
18 Apr 2017
Description: In April 2015, central Nepal was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake and several major aftershocks which killed more than 9 000 people. More than half a million homes were reduced to rubble, and countless roads, bridges and other infrastructure were left in ruins.
Here in the remote village of Barpak, the epicentre of the earthquake, the powerful tremor damaged the walking trails that connected the village to the rest of the country. To restore access to services for the villagers, EU Humanitarian Aid has supported People in Need (PIN) in implementing a trail reconstruction programme in the area. Under the initiative, vulnerable groups, such as breast-feeding women and female-headed households, are encouraged to help repair damaged trails in exchange for cash. This has not only provided affected families with an opportunity to earn income and improved their livelihoods, but also contributed to rebuilding the communities.
Video by People in Need
12 Apr 2017
Description: A 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck central Nepal in April 2015 left more than 9 000 people killed and flattened more than half a million homes, taking away belongings and livelihoods. To help the most affected families to get back on their feet, the EU Humanitarian Aid and People in Need (PIN) has worked together to introduce a community-wide recovery programme in areas heavily impacted by the tremor.
As part of the assistance, a cash-for-work initiative has been introduced in the remote village of Barpak, the epicentre of the earthquake. This has given the vulnerable women and girls an opportunity to earn extra income by knitting clothes for their families and other earthquake survivors. Thanks to the funding, not only have their livelihoods improved, but they are also now prepared for the next winter.
Video by People in Need
12 Apr 2017
Description: With the support of EU Humanitarian Aid, UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency - assisted the refugee community in Philippiada, western Greece, to create a library for children and adults alike. The library is stocked with a few hundred books, in German, English and Arabic, and covering a wide range of subjects.
For refugees in Greece, whose lives are temporarily put on hold, reading provides recreation and education. One refugee said "This library has helped me feel human and has given me the spirit to carry on and change my life."
The library helps the community to turn a page and restore hope for the future.
Video by UNHCR
10 Apr 2017
Description: Comment combat-on une maladie si l’on ne dispose pas de personnel médical adéquatement formé à son traitement ? Dans de nombreux endroits de la vaste bande du Sahel, il s’agit là d’un problème quotidien. Dans cette région, la dénutrition est responsable de la mort d’un demi-million d’enfants de moins de cinq ans chaque année. Les centres de santé à distance ne disposent pas de personnel en suffisance pour savoir comment remédier à ce grave problème.
À ce titre, l’aide humanitaire de l’UE privilégie la formation quand elle finance des projets comme celui-ci au Mali. En plus d’offrir un traitement médical aux enfants dénutris, ALIMA, partenaire de l’UE, a formé près de 200 médecins et infirmières dans tout le pays. Cette démarche implique une supervision commune des patients, une formation et un partage mutuel d’expériences de cas médicaux.
À l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de la santé, cette vidéo montre combien il est crucial que chaque travailleur de la santé puisse accéder au savoir nécessaire, de sorte que davantage de vies puissent être sauvées.
10 Apr 2017
Description: After six years of devastating conflict in Syria, almost half of the country's population struggles to put enough food on their plates.
For kids like Ro'a, a 13-year old girl living inside Syria, a daily meal and fresh milk helps sustain hope for a better tomorrow. Thanks to support from the EU Humanitarian Aid, the UN World Food Programme is able to deliver vital food assistance to 4 million people each month inside Syria, over half are children,
Video by WFP
07 Apr 2017
Description: Des milliers d’enfants sont en train d’être vaccinés en Guinée, où une épidémie de rougeole a été déclarée par les autorités. Les services d’aide humanitaire de l’UE ont réagi rapidement et octroyé des fonds à l’organisation médicale non-gouvernementale internationale ALIMA pour qu’elle mène une campagne de vaccination à grande échelle chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans à Nzérékoré - région la plus touchée. Cette campagne vient compléter les efforts nationaux de vaccination menés dans d’autres régions du pays.
Une campagne de vaccination est une vaste opération d’un point de vue logistique. Les vaccins doivent effectuer un long voyage dans des boîtes réfrigérantes pour conserver leurs propriétés. Depuis la capitale jusqu’à la préfecture de Nzérékoré, il y a plus de 1000 kilomètres à parcourir sur des routes souvent en mauvais état. Ensuite, les vaccins doivent être acheminés dans des villages reculés où les enfants se rassemblent pour être vaccinés.
Grâce aux fonds de l’UE, ALIMA a pu vacciner plus de 148 000 enfants au cours du mois dernier. « Nous pouvons déjà constater une diminution du nombre de cas de rougeole dans cette région et nous pensons que cette baisse découle directement de la campagne de vaccination », a déclaré l’expert médical humanitaire de l’UE pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Jean-Pail Jemmy-Ghomsi.
ALIMA veille également à ce que les enfants malades bénéficient d’un traitement médical. Depuis que l’épidémie a été déclarée le 8 février, 4139 cas ont été enregistrés au total à travers le pays dont 1170 dans la région de Nzérékoré (chiffres datant de fin mars) - région frontalière avec le Libéria, ce qui accroît donc le risque de voir l’épidémie se propager au-delà des frontières, comme ce fut le cas en 2012 avec le virus Ébola.
07 Apr 2017
Description: Access basic health care is one of the major concerns of the over 3 million refugees in Turkey. While emergency hospital treatment in Turkey is free of charge, many Syrian and refugees are reluctant to use these facilities due to language and cultural barriers. Many local health facilities are also struggling to cope with the influx of refugee patients. The EU and other donors are addressing this issue by providing financial support to primary or migrant health centres which have been set up by local and international NGOs.
Among the refugees, many Syrian health professionals have also been able to find employment in these health centers; this is much appreciated by the refugees who feel more comfortable being treated by Arab speaking doctors and nurses. The EU has also promoted the employment of Syrian medical personnel through a training program carried by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This training allows Syrian doctors to understand the rules and regulations governing the medical profession in Turkey and allows them to defer their patients to Turkish health facilities correctly and effectively.
With a grant of €2 million from the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, WHO has already trained some one thousand Syrian doctors, nurses and translators, providing a vital service to the refugee community.
05 Apr 2017
Description: Decades of conflict and insecurity have forced countless Afghan families to flee from their homes, stripping children of their right to access education. In 2016, the country saw a staggering number of refugees -- the vast majority of whom were children -- return from neighbouring Pakistan, most of them after decades of displacement. This sudden surge in the number of returning refugees has overwhelmed the capacity of Afghan schools to provide much-needed education to conflict-affected boys and girls. Unable to attend school, children are also exposed to various protection risks, ranging from early marriage to forced recruitment into armed groups.
In response to the situation, the European Commission has teamed up with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) to introduce an emergency education project in eastern Afghanistan, an area bordering Pakistan that has witnessed the highest number of refugee-returnees over the past few years. The initiative helps ensure access to quality education and a protective environment for vulnerable children.
Video: Norwegian Refugee Council
05 Apr 2017
Description: How do you fight a disease if you do not have medical staff properly trained on how to treat it? In many areas of the vast Sahelian band, this is an everyday problem. In this region, under-nutrition is responsible for the deaths of nearly half a million children under five years old every year. Remote health centres do not have sufficient staff with the knowledge on how to address this acute problem.
As such, EU Humanitarian Aid prioritises training when funding projects such as this one in Mali. On top of providing medical treatment to undernourished children, EU partner ALIMA trained nearly 200 doctors and nurses over the country. This involved joint supervision of patients, training and experience sharing on medical cases.
On the occasion of World Health Day, this video shows how crucial it is that knowledge reaches every health worker so that more lives can be saved.
Video by ALIMA
03 Apr 2017
Description: Thousands of children are being vaccinated in Guinea, where a measles epidemic has been declared by the authorities. EU Humanitarian Aid reacted swiftly and provided funding to international medical non-governmental organisation ALIMA to carry out large-scale vaccinations of children under the age of five in Nzérékoré, the most affected region. This adds to the national efforts to vaccinate in other regions.
A vaccination campaign is a big logistical operation. Vaccines must travel long distances in cool boxes to keep their efficacy. From the capital to Nzérékoré prefecture, there are over 1000 kilometres of roads, often in bad condition. Then, the vaccines are to be taken to remote villages where the children gather to take their shot.
With EU funding, ALIMA has vaccinated over 148 000 children in the last month. “Already we can see a drop in the number of measles cases in that region and we believe it is a consequence of the vaccination campaign,” says the EU humanitarian health expert for West Africa, Jean-Paul Jemmy-Ghomsi.
ALIMA is also ensuring that those children who are sick receive medical treatment. Since the epidemic was declared on February 8th, a total of 4 139 cases have been registered in the country (number correct as of late March), of which 1 170 were in the region of Nzérékoré, which borders Liberia, increasing the risk of the disease crossing the border as it happened in 2012 with Ebola.
Video by ALIMA/ECHO
03 Apr 2017