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22 Jan 2018 description

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 14-20 January 2018 and includes updates on influenza, yellow fever and salmonellosis.

22 Jan 2018 description

Summary

At 31 December 2017, there were 1285 people in immigration detention facilities, including 958 in immigration detention on the mainland and 327 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 448 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 19,590 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

22 Jan 2018 description

Penny Mordaunt has hailed the “incredible power of technology to deliver aid in new ways” on her first official visit to Kenya as International Development Secretary.

During her visit, Ms Mordaunt saw how UK aid is supporting vulnerable communities in the north of the country devastated by East Africa’s drought. In Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Ms Mordaunt also heard how UK support for innovative programmes is helping to create jobs for a rising population.

18 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

Read more on IRIN

18 Jan 2018 description

The UK is to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Africa by deploying three RAF Chinook helicopters to Mali.

The Prime Minister is expected to make the announcement as part of the UK-France Summit at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, where she will discuss the UK’s strong and wide-ranging bilateral relationship with President Macron.

The helicopters, which will provide logistic support to French troops, are part of a wider effort to increase stability in the Sahel region of Africa in order to tackle Islamist terrorism.

16 Jan 2018 description

Hasan, a refugee, was initially ‘terrified’ of living with strangers but Hamish and Tamsin gave him space to settle and adapt. Now, he is learning English, trying to integrate

By Nadine Alfa | 16 January 2018

Hamish Dunlop and his partner Tamsin Chowdry used to let out their spare room to bed-and-breakfast guests. Then, one weekend, they visited a family friend who was hosting a refugee. Within hours, the couple had signed up to do the same, with an organisation called Refugees At Home.

16 Jan 2018 description

This national action plan is the UK government’s 5-year strategy for how we will meet our Women, Peace and Security commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution. It is part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls.

16 Jan 2018 description
report RESET

Chatterbox, a social venture based in the UK, is training refugees to become language teachers.

The UK is home to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled war and persecution in their home countries and are looking for a better future. But, despite their high levels of education and their ability to speak (often several) different languages, many of them often struggle to find a job.

16 Jan 2018 description

Summary

We are examining DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma. This Report is the first output from that inquiry. It focuses on the culmination of decades of marginalisation and abuse of the Rohingya people of Rakhine State in northern Burma. This took the form of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” perpetrated by the Burmese security forces over the latter half of 2017 causing the flight of over 650,500 Rohingya people into Bangladesh.

15 Jan 2018 description

A series of photos by Aubrey Wade, backed by UNHCR, highlights how UK households have discovered that offering a room to a refugee can benefit both parties.

By Matthew Saltmarsh

LONDON - Opening one’s home — and life — to someone who has been forced to flee their own country is not a decision to be taken lightly. But, as a new photographic exhibition on refugee-hosting in Britain demonstrates, it can bring real benefits to both parties.

15 Jan 2018 description

SANA’A – A ship carrying four mobile cranes purchased by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has arrived in Yemen’s Hodeidah Port to allow faster delivery of relief items for Yemeni families in the grips of the world’s biggest hunger crisis.

15 Jan 2018 description

UK is contributing to a vaccination programme which will protect more than 350,000 vulnerable Rohingya children from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria.

The UK has once again led the response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh, by contributing to a vaccination programme which will protect more than 350,000 vulnerable Rohingya children from a deadly outbreak of diphtheria.

10 Jan 2018 description
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  • About 1,500 people returned to their home villages in Dafag, ending 10 years of asylum in CAR - UNHCR

  • As of 31 December 2017, the HRP funding level stood at 45.4 per cent of the US$804 million budgeted.

  • MSF-Spain to phase out of Sortony, North Darfur, due to the improved health situation in the area.

  • Plan International WASH interventions in two IDP camps in North Darfur to end in February 2018.

  • UK contributes over £71.5 million towards aid operations in Sudan.

09 Jan 2018 description

City of Sanctuary, a ‘movement for cultural change’, is expanding often in deprived areas, helping instil values of hospitality and welcome

BOLTON, England – Upstairs at Victoria Hall Methodist Mission, a warren of meeting rooms tucked around a 1,250-seat concert hall in this once prosperous northern English city, the strains of a Mozart serenade fill a makeshift studio where untrained dancers move with surprising grace.

05 Jan 2018 description
report The Guardian

As the South Sudan conflict enters its fifth year, 31 British parliamentarians call on the UK government to redouble its efforts to support peace in the country

31 Dec 2017 description

New package of support for humanitarian crises in the coming year, after UK aid delivered life-saving support to millions of people around the world in 2017.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt today announced a new package of support for humanitarian crises in the coming year, after UK aid delivered life-saving support to millions of people around the world and averted two famines in 2017.

29 Dec 2017 description

International Development Secretary announces that Britain will extend its demining work to save lives in Angola, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

In response to the unprecedented generosity of the UK public in supporting the most successful Christmas landmine-clearing appeal ever, International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has today (29 December) announced that Britain will extend its demining work to save lives in emergencies in Angola, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

28 Dec 2017 description

More than 40 British doctors, nurses and firefighters from the UK’s Emergency Medical Team are going to Bangladesh to treat the disease.

More than 40 British doctors, nurses and firefighters from the UK’s Emergency Medical Team (EMT) are making their way to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to save thousands of lives at risk from a rapid and deadly outbreak of diphtheria.

26 Dec 2017 description

TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES

Between 1 January 2017 and 30 November 2017, 171,300 refugees and migrants arrived by sea and land to Europe (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus only, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). While sea arrivals to Europe in November were 51% lower than last year, largely due to fewer people crossing from Libya, higher numbers crossed from Libya in November than in October while Spain recorded the highest number of land and sea arrivals this year.

26 Dec 2017 description
report The Guardian

Without any idea where their relatives are or the ability to search for them, people around the world turn to international family tracing teams for help

Six months after he arrived in the UK, Hassan’s calls to his family started going unanswered. He would send WhatsApp messages to his wife and children, but the blue double tick sign for message read did not appear. From April 2016 until January 2017, nothing.