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17 Jun 2015 description
report Rotary

Rotary is releasing $40.3 million in grants to support polio immunization activities in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan, three countries where the disease has never been stopped.

The funds will help build on gains Rotary and its partners have been making in the fight to eradicate polio. Nigeria hasn’t seen a polio case since 24 July and the World Health Organization could remove it from the list of polio-endemic countries as soon as September if no cases are reported. Nigeria would have to go another two years without a case to be certified polio-free.

23 Oct 2013 description
  • World Polio Day - 24 October! Partners, governments, civil society and communities worldwide are today marking World Polio Day, as efforts to eradicate this disease once and for all are being intensified. More

  • In Syria, reports of suspected polio cases have emerged. A cluster of hot cases is currently being investigated, and has prompted planning for a comprehensive outbreak response across the region. See ‘Syrian Arab Republic’ section below for more.

09 Sep 2013 description

CDC Continues to Support the Global Polio Eradication Effort

The eradication of polio is an important priority for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are closer than we have ever been to eradicating polio and it is critical that we take advantage of this opportunity.

21 Mar 2013 description

In the Armenian village of Aragatsavan, residents had struggled for more than two decades to secure clean drinking water.

The community’s Soviet-era reservoir was contaminated, and leaked more than 70 tons of water a day. It was limiting access to water for 5,600 residents; 120 families had no water at all.

During a town hall meeting facilitated by Counterpart International, the community agreed it had to take action.

26 Nov 2012 description

Afghanistan

MUSHROOMS ADDRESS ISSUES OF FOOD SECURITY

The food security situation has much improved thanks to good harvests this year, but pockets of food insecurity are predicted among poor households who lost livestock last year in northern Badakhshan and the Wakhan Corridor. GHNI is now expanding its mushroom project, working with widows to yield income by providing more mushroom spores as a small business opportunity.

Mali to Burkina Faso

GHNI SEEKS TO HELP REFUGEES IN POOR VILLAGES

20 Jul 2012 description

Food and nutrition support is essential for keeping people living with HIV healthy longer and for improving the effectiveness of treatment.

People living with HIV have weakened immune systems and increased nutritional needs. Poor people living with HIV often only begin treatment after HIV — and malnutrition — have already reached an advanced stage.

Poor nutritional status and HIV can reinforce each other in a vicious cycle. The combination of food insecurity and HIV can result in greater poverty, malnutrition and health risks.

18 Jul 2012 description

A summary of news and reports from the field staff and interns of GHNI, Geneva Switzerland.

AFGHANISTAN: HELPING FARMERS TOWARDS SELF SUSTAINABILITY

GHNI’s Project Manager reports: “Oribigud Village was facing water shortages both for irrigation and household use. The line from the mountain spring to the village was broken and the water that ran through the channel was insufficient to reach the village in the fall. However, this water line was just fixed, bringing water to the village.”

BURKINA FASO: NEW VILLAGE TCD WORK LAUNCHED

27 Apr 2012 description

A summary of news and reports from the field staff and interns of GHNI, Geneva Switzerland.

Afghanistan

Through the generous gift from a donor, GHNI was able to distribute winter food aid to 117 families in the Yakawlang region. The communities in this region experienced a summer drought in 2011 which limited the wheat harvested in the autumn. Each family received 9 liters of cooking oil, 25 kg of rice and 50 kg of flour. The distribution was done with the blessing of the Governor of Yakawlang, with whom GHNI has a very good relationship.

Armenia

30 Mar 2012 description

UNHCR is very grateful for the USD 113.18 million received from the Government of Japan during the first quarter of the 2012. 19 operations worldwide will benefit with some USD 83.18 million allocated to Africa and the Middle East while USD 30 million will help internally displaced persons and returnees inside Afghanistan as well as countries hosting Afghan refugees in the region. The Japanese funding will contribute toward UNHCR’s 2012 global requirement of USD 3.59 billion.

28 Feb 2012 description

Yokohama - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a US$114 million contribution from the government of Japan to provide urgently needed food and nutritional assistance to millions of the most vulnerable people including refugees, internally displaced people, malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding women in 21 countries. The donation will also support logistics operations in two countries.

23 Feb 2012 description

A summary of news and reports from the field staff and interns of GHNI, Geneva Switzerland.

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01 Feb 2012 description

KOFF – swisspeace

  • CSPM Training in Colombia
  • UNDP Mandate on Conflict Prevention
  • NCCR Workshop in Ethiopia
  • Women in Peace Negotiations

Focus

  • Difficult Security and Development Environment in Afghanistan

News from Swiss NGOs

  • Peace Watch Switzerland: Observing Stealth Resettlement
  • Society for Threatened Peoples: Chechen Archive Project
  • miva Switzerland: Mobile Judicial Hearings in DR Congo

News from Swiss Government Agencies

14 Oct 2011 description

Plus d’un milliard de personnes souffrent aujourd’hui de la faim*. En cause : l’augmentation du prix des denrées alimentaires et la récurrence des chocs climatiques qui rendent les populations encore plus vulnérables à la pauvreté et à l'insécurité alimentaire. Au Kenya, en Somalie, en RDC, au Tchad, en Afghanistan… SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL intervient au niveau local pour pallier au manque d’accès à la nourriture, principal effet de la crise alimentaire mondiale et de la multiplication des épisodes de sécheresse.

14 Jun 2011 description

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2011
Public Information: 202-712-4810

www.usaid.gov

01 Jun 2011 description

Ottawa, Ontario―The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, announced the Government of Canada's support for 11 projects to give a better future to today's generation of children and youth, the largest ever in history with more than 90 percent living in the developing world. Save the Children Canada CEO, Patricia Erb, and children from Nepean's Knoxdale Public School joined Minister Oda to celebrate the announcement with a lively game of soccer on Parliament Hill.

01 Apr 2011 description
report Save the Children

Almost 48 million women - one in three - give birth around the world every year without expert help, and of them two million deliver their babies completely alone - often with devastating consequences, according to Save the Children's new research published to coincide with Mother's Day on April 3.

The Missing Midwives report reveals that pregnant women frequently give birth at home without a midwife with only a dirty blade to cut the umbilical cord and herbs from a traditional healer to try and combat infection.

In some countries, cultural reasons mean that husbands …

01 Mar 2011 description

Milestone Convention continues to be a guiding light for the global disarmament movement.

NEW YORK, New York, March 1, 2011- Twelve years ago, the milestone Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction entered into force. Since the Convention's inception, 156 countries have become States Parties.

The Mine-Ban Convention commits member states to prevent future landmine contamination and to work to solve the existing landmine problem.

28 Feb 2011 description

Co-funded grants aim to reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia as world food prices mount

The Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced a coordinated effort to reduce hunger and poverty in developing countries by supporting agricultural research projects to help small farmers increase their yields and incomes.

18 Jan 2011 description
report UN News Service

18 janvier 2011 - La Secrétaire générale adjointe de l'ONU aux affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos, a alloué 84 millions de dollars pour renforcer la réponse humanitaire dans 15 situations d'urgence négligées à travers le monde, où les populations souffrent de la guerre, de la faim, de la malnutrition et de maladies, a annoncé mardi le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA).

Les acteurs humanitaires en Somalie vont bénéficier de 15 millions de dollars, les agences des Nations Unies en Ethiopie vont obtenir 11 millions de dollars, les agences …