The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 10-16 December 2017 and includes updates on diphtheria, influenza, Salmonella and cholera.
Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operate in 16 countries. Partner agencies reported four incidents in three countries. No security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes were identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.
Situational overview: The security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated in the latter half of November, with more than 14,000 ceasefire violations recorded.
Protection concerns: Winter conditions are exacerbating the protection situation; UNHCR launched its winter assistance plan to meet the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs.
Assistance provided: In November, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 3,100 people.
By Phillip Connor
Syrians filed more than twice as many asylum applications as any other origin group during Europe’s record migration surge in 2015 and 2016. In response, some European countries such as Germany prioritized the review of Syrian asylum applications above other nationalities of asylum seekers and approved a greater share of them than non-Syrians.
By Kathleen Newland and Brian Salant
KYIV, 12 December 2017 - The Government of Germany provided additional 14.3 million EUR to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to ensure water security to communities living along the contact line in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. This was announced today at the press conference in Kyiv. The indiscriminate shelling of civilian infrastructure, such as pumping and power stations, is affecting access to essential and basic services in eastern Ukraine. In 2017 alone, over 3 million people across the region suffered water cuts and lack of sanitation.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 12 December 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today supported the Somali Federal Ministry of Health with a shipment of over 32 tons of medicines and medical supplies to be prepositioned in districts of the Banadir region/Mogadishu as well as the districts of Kismayo, Baidoa, Adado, Baladwayne, and Hudur.
Summary of the situation
Between October 2016 and September 2017, countries of the European Region reported 15,941 confirmed measles cases; 86% (n=13,712) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest incidence was reported in Romania (252.4 cases per 1 million population), followed by Italy (82.4 cases per 1 million population) and Tajikistan (77.3 cases per 1 million population). In 2017, there were 20 measles deaths, including 10 reported in Romania.
(Baghdad, 10 December 2017): The Federal Foreign Office of Germany has generously donated EUR 30 million (USD 34.8 million) to the Iraq Humanitarian Fund (IHF), a pooled fund led by the Humanitarian Coordinator and managed by OCHA.
“We are deeply grateful to the German Government and the German people for this very generous contribution,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 3-9 December and includes updates on influenza, Listeria monocytogenes IVb, measles, MERS-CoV, plague, poliomyelitis, rubella, and yellow fever.
The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) for 2017 outlines the intended operational response and financial requirements for the response to the large-scale population movements registered throughout Europe since 2015. The response is primarily designed on the basis of protection-related concerns and humanitarian imperatives.
160,247 Total arrivals to Europe
150,895 Total arrivals to Europe by sea
9,352 Total arrivals to Europe by land
by John Borton and Sarah Collinson
For years nationals from outside the European Union (EU) have sought to enter the EU by irregular means, outside the regulatory norms of sending, transit and receiving countries. Since early 2015, however, the number of refugees and migrants entering (and trying to enter) the EU irregularly has increased dramatically, presenting the EU and its member states with profound organisational and political challenges and confronting the formal humanitarian sector with tests that it has struggled, and often failed, to meet.
During a ceremony that took place today at UNDP Libya office in Tunis, his excellency, the Ambassador of Germany to Libya, Dr. Christian Buck and Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Libya, Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro, signed an agreement increasing Germany's contribution to the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL) with an additional 1 million euro.
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
Global agreements on migration and refugees should include commitments to protect children, UNICEF urges world leaders
Ahead of international meeting on migration in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, UNICEF releases blueprint for how to protect children on the move
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DAR ES SALAAM – The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 2 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in order to maintain food assistance for almost half a million refugees and asylum seekers residing in Tanzania and Rwanda. This funding is vital as WFP refugee operations in the region are facing critical funding shortages. WFP operations in Tanzania and Rwanda each received EUR 1 million from the contribution.
The European Emergency Response Capacity is commonly referred to as the "voluntary pool". It consists of a range of emergency response capacities that countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism make available for EU emergency response operations.
Learning lyrics has been a good way for refugees to improve their German
“I never knew I could feel this way,” sings 18-year-old Maher Shamashan from Syria. The audience whoops and whistles at the premiere of a musical that has turned refugees into star performers on the Berlin stage.
At the end of the performance there is a standing ovation for American composer Todd Fletcher and the multicultural cast of “Hoch Hinaus” (“Flying High”).
Measuring irregular migration: Innovative data practices
Solon Ardittis and Frank Laczko
Measuring unsafe migration: The challenge of collecting accurate data on migrant fatalities
Ann Singleton, Frank Laczko and Julia Black
A new approach: Displacement Tracking Matrix Comprehensive Migration Flows Survey Model
Michelle Münstermann and Vivianne van der Vorst