19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.
On 23 November, the town of Damassack in northern Nigeria was attacked by the militant group Boko Haram. Thirteen-year-old Hadja Chetima Gambo was at school at the time. In the ensuing panic, the school emptied as everyone scrambled to find a safe place to hide.
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Urgent actions for children in 2015
• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.
• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.
In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001
• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.
• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.
Insecurity, including attacks targeting relief workers and logistical constraints, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.
More than 1.5 million people in CAR are experiencing acute food insecurity and require emergency food assistance.
As of December 19, international donors had committed $374.4 million, or 67 percent, of the $555 million requested in the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.
USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.
One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.
An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.
A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.
When military operations began in North Waziristan in June this year, Noor Ayaz knew that he and his family had to leave their home in Pakistan for their own safety.
“There were thirteen of us, including children,” he said. “It took two days to come to Afghanistan ”.
By KAREEM FAHIMDEC. 18, 2014
MILAH, Yemen — A doctor in a bare, rural clinic here decided to extend his working week to five days from two, to cope with the rush of hollow-eyed children who kept showing up in the mornings.
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FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION
Nutrition challenges are not only about a lack of food. Malnutrition often arises when there is a gap in knowledge about positive nutrition behaviours – including what to eat, the importance of a balanced diet, and how to prepare foods to retain nutrients. Where CPAR works, diets are typically heavily starch based, limited to one or two food groups and locally available nutritious foods have been overlooked. This is why CPAR integrates nutrition and health education into all of our programming.
Dozens of mortars continue to fall daily on the villages, towns and cities of Syria, causing daily deaths and injuries. Fighting rages between the government, opposition forces and the so-called ‘Islamic State’ militants who control large swathes of territory.
Some 190,000 people have been killed in a conflict approaching its fourth year. A quarter of a million live under siege.
Hospitals are closed. School attendance has dropped by more than 50 per cent. Electricity and water supplies can be down for days in a row.
An innovative program in Lebanon and Syria, supported by Caritas Australia, and delivered by the Caritas network in partnership with No Strings International, is using puppets and film to build hope and turn the lives of children around.
19 December 2014
APHEDA donors helped the health volunteers from our Philippines partner organisation reach over 7,000 patients during six medical and relief missions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Nurul Aina was not at home when the 2004 tsunami swept over Lam Pulo, a neighborhood of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra Island. The 8-year old girl was sleeping at her grandparent’s home several kilometers away, and was thus spared the violent waves that flattened the family’s home, killing her parents and two siblings. As international aid poured into Aceh in the months after the tragedy, the residents of Lam Pulo grew frustrated with the slow pace of reconstruction.
This evaluation report is presented as part of the Effectiveness Review Series 2013/14, selected for review under the humanitarian response thematic area using the application of Oxfam’s Humanitarian Indicator Toolkit (HIT). The report presents findings from the evaluation carried out between October and December 2013, of Oxfam’s humanitarian response to the Syria crisis in Lebanon between July 2012 and October 2013.
Members of the Community Defection Committee (CDC) in Mboki, CAR, which was established by Invisible Children and community partner Vision Development, have been busy lately.
A Test of Lebanon’s Stability After four years of generous welcome to families displaced by the Syrian crisis, Lebanon’s government and communities now face a critical test of stability.
More than 170 families in the villages of Piki, Lumbi and Tutam in Imbonggu district of the Southern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) were provided with essential items distributed by the PNG Red Cross Society (PNGRCS) and the ICRC on 29 September.
Earlier, in July, 200 houses had allegedly been destroyed during a police raid, the affected families losing not only their homes and belongings, but also their basic livelihood items.
NEW YORK/GENEVA/KYIV, 19 December 2014 – Conflict in Ukraine has left 147 schools closed in parts of Donetsk Oblast where fighting is ongoing, and disrupted the education of some 50,000 children since September 1.
Some of the schools are in ruins and others remain closed because of safety concerns. In government-controlled areas 187 educational institutions have been damaged or destroyed.