This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,122,723 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to deliver immediate assistance and support to 10,000 flood-affected families (70,000 people), focusing on food and relief item distributions, health and hygiene promotion, emergency shelter assistance. The planned response covers only the relief phase. The national society will not be undertaking recovery initiatives as other organizations are contributing to these efforts.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
The emergency appeal was revised on 24 November 2014. The main changes and shifts in the operation include:
Reduction in budget by around 40 per cent to the initial budget;
Reduction in number of target beneficiaries from 10,000 families to 8,000 families (40,000 people);
Focus of a recovery component on the four worst affected districts: Banke, Bardiya, Surkhet and Dang;
This month, Nigeria became the first polio endemic country to use inactivated polio vaccine in routine systems.
This February, Nigeria became the first polio endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization system. The Minister of Health, Dr Alhassan Khaliru, described this as “… a quantum-leap opportunity for Nigeria in the polio eradication endgame strategy”.
Ensuring access to every child in every district remains the priority in Pakistan.
At a Technical Consultation this February to review the situation on polio eradication in Pakistan, the strength of the low-transmission season plan and the heightened commitment of the Government of Pakistan were recognised by a technical review panel.
H.E. the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Jordan, Ralph Tarraf, and the Director of UNRWA in Jordan, Roger Davies, opened the extension to Husn Preparatory Boys School in the Palestine refugee camp of Husn, in northern Jordan, on 24 February. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the Director General of the Department of Palestinian Affairs Mahmoud Akrabawi, a delegation from KfW Entwicklungsbank, refugee notables and beneficiaries.
By Catherine Weibel
After losing their father and their home during the most recent conflict, two young girls in Gaza struggle to come to terms with the past and look to a brighter future.
Tripoli, Lebanon | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 03:27 GMT
by Sara Hussein
Syrian refugee Yasmine Khalaf lies next to her day-old daughter Israa in a Lebanese hospital, worrying that her tiny newborn risks life without a legal identity.
Israa, sleeping swaddled in a fluffy pink blanket, is one of tens of thousands of Syrian refugees born in Lebanon who are threatened with statelessness because of the hurdles to registering their births.
Unsafe burials remains a challenge
EVD stigmatization potential threat to response efforts Guinea opens border with Liberia at Diecke
Key Political and Economic Developments
1 . On 25 February, the border between Guinea and Liberia (Diecke side) reopened to the public after months of closure. The response team posted at the border (Guinea side) reported a lack of essential equipment, including an isolation room and a sufficient stock of hand sanitizers, among others.
24.02.2015 - UNESCO Office for Iraq
Of every 100 people living in Bangladesh, just 55 have access to sanitation services, while 64 have mobile phone subscriptions.
A project in Bangladesh has used this as an opportunity to deliver vital health information to about 1.2 million people. MAMA is a public-private partnership that supports programmes to deliver health information through cellphones to mothers and families. So far, its messages have reached nearly 2 million subscribers globally.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:32 GMT
By Kieran Guilbert
LONDON, Feb 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The addition of highly nutritious foods and supplements to the diets of poor mothers could help reduce child mortality and malnutrition in Africa and South Asia, food experts said on Thursday.
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Syed Ali Shah
QUETTA: Balochistan's second case of polio in 2015 was reported in Killa Abdullah district on Thursday morning.
Sources in Balochistan's health department told Dawn that the polio case was reported from Chaman, Pakistan's bordering town with Afghanistan.
A two-year-old girl named Bibi Hanifa fell prey to the crippling virus, they said.
They termed refusal on the part of parents to vaccinate their child as the underlying reason behind her infection.
On behalf of USG and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos, I would like to deliver the following statement.
As Syria enters its fifth year of conflict, violence and brutality continue unabated and with total impunity. The indiscriminate use of explosive weapons in populated areas, by all parties, claimed more lives this month and displaced thousands. Government aerial bombardments, including the use of barrel bombs, and attacks by armed opposition groups have intensified in many areas - including Aleppo, Dar’a and Rural Damascus.
24 February 2015 - Striving to reach zero polio infections, the South Sudanese Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other partners today launched a vaccination campaign in the Upper Nile State capital Malakal.
“This time we are going to target 3,500,000 children across the country to be vaccinated in two rounds,” said national Minister of Health Dr. Riek Gai Kok.
He added that the round beginning today would continue until 27 February, and another round of vaccinations would take place from 24 March to 27 March.
Mambasa: Retour au calme à Badengaido après une semaine de vives tensions autour de la RFO
Plus de 230 cas de méningite enregistrés dans le Territoire d’Aru.
Plus de 450 enfants encore présents dans les groupes armés.
Aperçu de la situation
N’DJAMENA: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a donation of €1.1 million (US$1.25 million) from the European Union to support the reintegration of thousands of Chadian returnees who have fled violence in the Central African Republic, as well as vulnerable host communities.
LIMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, will make an official visit to Peru on 26 February 2015 for high-level meetings on strengthening cooperation and technical exchanges on food security and nutrition.
This report carries out a rigorous literature review around four key areas:
Is education seen as a ‘high priority’ amongst emergency affected populations?
To what extent is schooling disrupted by different types of emergencies? And how are different groups affected?
What are the economic and human costs of emergencies on education? And what are returns to investment in education in emergencies?
What is the nature of funding for education in emergencies?
The report finds that:
Date : L’évaluation s’est déroulée le 24 février 2015.
Zone d’évaluation : Village de Gbakanga-Bofiré-Bolakaba dans la commune de Bén-Zambé, Sous-Préfecture de Bossangoa dans l’Ouham.
Population : Environ 1 215 personnes déplacées regroupant 2431 Ménages dans les Villages de Gbakanga-Bofiré-Bolakaba et à peu près 1 633 personnes représentant 327 ménages de la population hôte.