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07 Dec 2018 description


The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (39 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

06 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Transition from EWARN to routine surveillance

A three days workshop was conducted in Damascus, Syria from 8-10 August 2018 to disseminate findings of Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) evaluation in Syria. Participants included Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and technical EWARN officers. During this workshop the question of how and when to transition from EWARN to routine surveillance was examined.

Editorial note

05 Dec 2018 description

5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.

05 Dec 2018 description

Key Highlights

2 million people assessed for cash assistance in 2018 so far;

1.4 million found eligible.

696,792 individuals reached with cash assistance in 2018 so far, over 443,000 in September alone.

USD 17 million distributed in September 2018, USD 128 million so far in 2018.

USD 48 million - UNHCR’s winter assistance programme, 70 per cent of which is cash-based, has a funding gap of USD 48 million.

Regional Indicators

04 Dec 2018 description
report Mixed Migration Hub



EU parliament president proposes new scheme for responsibility sharing

04 Dec 2018 description

4 December 2018 – Six countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean and African Regions have signed a declaration committing themselves to strengthening preparedness and response to public health threats and events across borders in an effort to further the implementation of the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) and enhance global health security. The Khartoum Declaration on Sudan and Bordering Countries: Cross-Border Health Security was signed by Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, South Sudan and Sudan on 22 November 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan.

04 Dec 2018 description

Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

03 Dec 2018 description

General situation during November 2018 Forecast until mid-January 2019

The Desert Locust situation continued to remain calm during November

03 Dec 2018 description

ACCRA, Ghana, le 20 novembre 2018— La pratique du mariage d’enfants coûtera des dizaines de milliards de dollars aux pays africains, indique un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale publié à l’occasion du deuxième Sommet de la Commission de l’Union africaine pour mettre fin au mariage précoce qui se tiendra cette semaine au Ghana.

30 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

The Middle East and North Africa has achieved substantial success in treatment coverage for children living with HIV: 71 per cent, a higher rate than the global one of 52 per cent. But the epidemic trend in the region remains unclear, due to the lack of critical data in 14 out of 19 countries. The data that do exist indicate a low burden with limited improvement. In 2017, for example, an estimated 1,500 new HIV infections occurred among those aged 10–19, about the same number estimated every year since 2010.

28 Nov 2018 description
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13 million people in need of humanitarian aid

6.2 million internally displaced people

5.6 million registered Syrian refugees

3.9 million members of host communities - direct beneficiaries targeted

27 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• In October in Al-Hassakeh governorate in Syria, almost 70,000 school children (70 per cent of all children attending Ministry of Education schools) were negatively impacted by a local authority decision to ban transportation of children to schools to attend the nationally accredited curriculum. UNICEF and partners are advocating with the local authorities to resolve the issue.

27 Nov 2018 description

Current major event

Chikungunya update: Sudan

Sudan has had a major outbreak of Chikungunya since July 2018. A total of 20,110 cases have been reported since the outbreak began. No new cases of the disease were reported during the week ending 11th November 2018.

Editorial note

27 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF facing $33 million funding shortfall for lifesaving winter supplies and cash assistance for children, placing them at risk of illness, school absences or death

26 Nov 2018 description

This upcoming winter, UNHCR aims to provide live-saving winterization assistance to 3.5 million vulnerable Syrian and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

Distribution of winterization assistance has already started in Syria and Jordan. As of 31 October, over 420,000 people have been reached with winterization assistance.

22 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

115.9 mt of food assistance distributed

US$1.8 m cash-based transfers made

US$17.0 m six months (November 2018 – April 2019) net funding requirements

132,454 people assisted in October 2018

Operational Updates

20 Nov 2018 description
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