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09 Aug 2018 description


More than 500 women and girls die in emergency settings every day due to complications arising from pregnancy and childbirth (UNFPA, 2018, p. 3). In 2017, an estimated 535 million children (nearly one in four of the world’s children) lived in countries affected by emergencies (UNICEF, 2017). This report provides examples of organisations working in maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) in emergency settings and some key technical resources.

06 Jul 2018 description

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s global efforts to end extreme poverty, deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) and tackle a wide range of global development challenges. The UK’s focus and international leadership on economic development is a vital part of Global Britain - harnessing the potential of new trade relationships, creating jobs and channelling investment to the world’s poorest countries. Throughout history, sustained, job-creating growth has played the greatest role in lifting huge numbers of people out of grinding poverty.

17 Mar 2017 description

This systematic review, commissioned by the Humanitarian Evidence Programme and carried out by a team from the EPPI-Centre, University College London (UCL), draws together primary research on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) programmes for people affected by humanitarian crises in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). It investigates both the process of implementing MHPSS programmes and their receipt by affected populations, as well as assessing their intended and unintended effects.

03 Jun 2015 description

Support will provide essential food, medical care and clean water.

The UK is providing food, medical care and clean water as part of a £9.25 million emergency package to help refugees fleeing Burundi into Tanzania, the UK’s International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

The announcement comes following a request for help by international aid agencies on the ground.

The UK’s £9.25 million package will help more than 46,000 Burundian refugees already in Tanzania by providing:

17 May 2011 description


The UK Government is determined to help reduce the inequalities of opportunity we see around the world today. We believe that promoting global prosperity is both a moral duty and in the UK’s national interest. Aid is only ever a means to an end, never an end in itself. It is wealth creation and sustainable growth that will help people to lift themselves out of poverty.

15 Mar 2010 description

The Centre for Progressive Health Financing, announced by the Secretary of State at DFID's Agenda 2010 conference on 11 March, will help countries remove the financial barriers faced by the poor in accessing quality health services.

Lack of money is often cited by poor people as the main reason for not seeking healthcare.

02 Oct 2009 description

Millions of African families could be saved from destitution thanks to a much-needed vaccine that is being mass-produced in a drive to protect cattle against a deadly parasite.

East Coast fever is a tick-transmitted disease that kills one cow every 30 seconds - with one million a year dying of the disease.

Calves are particularly susceptible to the disease.

23 Sep 2009 description

Britain today helped secure a landmark £3.2 billion ($5.3 billion) international deal with Australia, France, Norway, Italy and others to radically improve health services across the developing world and save millions of lives, especially women and children.

The agreement will see six developing countries announce historic shifts towards free health care, resulting in at least 10 million more people gaining access to free care for the first time.

The announcements came at a UN event in New York co-hosted by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and World Bank President Robert Zoellick, at …

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

05 May 2009 description

On 30 April, International Development Minister Mike Foster launched DFID's 5th Meeting our Promises update, sharing our 2008 achievements in water and sanitation. The External Water Forum - Water & Sanitation in a Changing Climate - took place at the Institute of Physics in London.

09 Mar 2009 description

1. Introduction

Le Commerce au Service de la Paix (TfP) est un programme conçu pour comprendre et promouvoir le rôle du commerce dans les efforts de consolidation de la paix et de lutte contre la pauvreté dans la Région des Grands Lacs, région africaine qui couvre le Burundi, la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), le Rwanda, la Tanzanie, l'Ouganda et des pays limitrophes comme la Zambie.

09 Mar 2009 description

1. Introduction

Trading for Peace (TfP) is a programme that aims to understand and promote the role of trade in peacebuilding and poverty reduction in the Great Lakes area, the region of Africa that covers Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

30 Jun 2008 description

Global headlines 2007

- Every minute a woman dies in childbirth. 536,000 women continue to die needlessly each year at a time which should be joyous - just when they are bringing life into the world.

05 Sep 2007 description

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander, Ministers from developing countries and donor countries, and leaders from all of the major health agencies and foundations, are today launching a new international partnership that will help save millions of lives by helping build national health systems in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Seven 'first wave' countries in Africa and Asia will join the new International Health Partnership which is supported by donor governments and agencies.

11 Oct 2006 description

The new UN Peace Building Fund (PBF) launched today will help countries emerging from war and put them on the path to peace. Hilary Benn, International Development Secretary, announced the UK's contribution of £30 million ($55 m) over three years. The UK's contribution will make it the largest donor over 3 years to the new Fund so far.

Hilary Benn said:

"Today there is a 50% chance that countries will relapse into conflict within a decade after the end of war. We have seen this happen in countries such as Haiti, Liberia, and Somalia.

01 Jun 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006. Countries in Southern Africa and the more north easterly parts (for example, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia) are worst affected - accounting for nearly 24 million people in need.

28 Feb 2006 description

Drought-affected Burundi is set to receive =A33 million to help the World Food Programme deliver food aid to 1.5 million people, the UK International Development Secretary, Hilary Benn, announced today.

The announcement comes in response to the Government of Burundi's appeal for =A334 million assistance to meet immediate food needs, outlined in a new plan launched today.

The recent failure of rains, coupled with crop disease, have lead to a poor harvest in Burundi, where the majority of the country's 6.8 million citizens are dependent on subsistence farming.

The Government …

17 Feb 2006 description

Over 30 million people will need relief to meet their food needs in Africa in 2006.

06 Oct 2005 description

Schools in Burundi have seen class sizes swell in the first few weeks of term after the newly-elected government's decision to scrap primary school fees brought an extra 500,000 children to school.

International Development Secretary Hilary Benn said: "President Nkurunziza's decision to provide free primary education is a courageous step and will allow many more families to send their children to school."

"Burundi has already seen a dramatic increase in the number of children going to school.