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18 Oct 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

TEHRAN, 18 October 2019- “Very recently during the United Nations General Assembly and in Astana last year, we came together to reaffirm that primary health care is the foundation for achieving universal health coverage and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In a discussion today on strengthening primary health care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region we covered four key areas:

17 Oct 2019 description

This Quarterly Mixed Migration Update (QMMU) covers the Middle East region (ME). The core countries of focus for this region are Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and Turkey. Depending on the quarterly trends and migrationrelated updates, more attention may be given to some countries over the rest.

17 Oct 2019 description
map UNOSAT

Fire hotspots density estimation in Lebanon and Syria as detected by VIIRS between October 15-16, 2019

This map illustrates satellite-detected fire hotspots based on the analysis of NASA's Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) accessed via NASA FIRMS, between October 15-16, 2019. 30 hotspots were detected in Lebanon and 121 hotspots were detected in three analysed Governorates (i.e.
Homs, Lattakia and Tartous) in Syria. This is a preliminary analysis and has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR - UNOSAT.

17 Oct 2019 description

EUCPM activation

  • Forest fires continue to burn across northern and central-west (south of Beirut) districts, burning an area of more than 1,200 hectares. The fires are in the vicinity of several towns, in particular Kfarmta, Dqoun, Al-Mushrif, and Awrah. As of 17 October, media report 2 fatalities, 1 firefighter in Aley and 1 more in Sayda.

16 Oct 2019 description

EU Response

  • Lebanon requested assistance from the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM) on 15 October.

  • 6 firefighting planes have been offered and accepted by the Lebanese authorities.

  • 1 ERCC Liaison Officer has been deployed to support the national authorities and facilitate the operations of the EUCPM aerial assets.

16 Oct 2019 description
  • Up to 100 forest fires broke out across central-western, and northern Lebanon since 13 October, burning an area of over 1,000 hectares so far.

  • As of 16 October, media report 1 death and 72 injured. The main fires are in the districts of Chouf and Nakkar and approaching populated areas, resulting in evacuations.

15 Oct 2019 description

UNIFIL firefighters today joined Lebanese Civil Defense and the Lebanese Armed Forces in putting out raging fire in the Mazraat El Dahr village, 15 kilometres northeast of Saida.

The UNIFIL firefighters from Austria, supported by Tanzanian Military Police personnel, joined the Lebanese emergency services with fire trucks and water tankers this afternoon, following requests from Lebanese authorities. Indian and Indonesian peacekeepers from the UNIFIL Hospital in Naqoura provided a standby ambulance and medical service throughout the humanitarian operation.

15 Oct 2019 description

For too long, policy-makers, practitioners and funders in the international community have failed to pay sufficient attention to disaster risk reduction (DRR) in contexts of conflict. As a result, states and citizens living in fragile, volatile and violent situations are often unable to prepare for or mitigate against risk and, when natural hazards occur, the impacts are likely to be disproportionately devastating.

15 Oct 2019 description

On 15 November 2018, several buses pulled up at the Unchiprang camp for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, organised as part of a repatriation agreement between the governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar.

The buses remained in the camps all day but left empty. Not a single Rohingya refugee volunteered to return to Myanmar. The exercise was spoken of by Bangladesh and UN officials as a successful demonstration of their commitment to voluntary return, even though it resulted in a spike in mental health difficulties among an already highly traumatised population.

14 Oct 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• As the offensive along the Turkey/Syria border enters its third day, the original planning figure of 100,000 affected people (scenario 3 in the inter-agency contingency plan) has been surpassed. The geographical area affected has also exceeded the initial plan. UNICEF and UN agencies are now preparing for scenario 4, which is for potentially 400,000 people being affected.

14 Oct 2019 description

This dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends aecting people in need.

14 Oct 2019 description

The January-December dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need.

14 Oct 2019 description

The Jan-June dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Basic Assistance Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Strengthen the ability of vulnerable households, including female-headed, to meet their basic survival needs; OUTCOME 2) Ensure that In-kind assistance in support of populations affected by seasonal hazards and emergencies is provided; OUTCOME 3) Develop National Social Safety Net Strategy.

14 Oct 2019 description

The January - June 2019 dashboard summarizes the progress made by partners involved in the Lebanon Crisis Response and highlights trends affecting people in need. The Health Sector in Lebanon is working to: OUTCOME 1) Improve access to comprehensive primary healthcare (PHC); OUTCOME 2) Improve access to hospital (incl. ER care) and advanced referral care (advanced diagnostic laboratory & radiology care); OUTCOME 3) Improve Outbreak Control; OUTCOME 4) Improve Adolescent & Youth Health.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

13 Oct 2019 description

INTRODUCTION

What is it like for a young girl growing up in the midst of the Syria crisis?

Such is the question the interviewer addressed to 17-year-old Layali, who was a mere 11 years old when she fled her hometown in Qamishli, northern Syria, to take refuge in Iraq. Outside the steel-panelled caravan where the interview took place, the Domiz 1 camp teemed with life. Children played football, soft music echoed from a nearby arts and crafts class, and nails were being hammered at a construction site across the road.