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06 Feb 2019 description

Thank you, Kimberly.

It is an honour to be here.

I am so grateful to you all for being here today. Particularly because I know that there is another speech this evening you could be listening to.

I gather over there, there is a tradition of standing ovations during the course of the address. I want to assure you that, here, I have entirely realistic expectations.

Thank you CSIS for the invitation. You have been an influential voice in international policy-making for decades.

05 Feb 2019 description

Multipurpose Cash Assistance Activities Worldwide

USAID has long been a global leader in using cash-based programming, as appropriate, to meet humanitarian needs. In FY 2018, USAID/OFDA created a separate programming sector for multipurpose cash assistance (MPCA), which enables USAID/OFDA partners to provide cash to meet a variety of essential needs with one intervention (see Sector Overview). MPCA is best used in contexts where markets are functioning, but disaster-affected people lack the economic resources to meet their basic needs.

05 Feb 2019 description

Providing Health Care in CAR

USAID/OFDA continues to support emergency health care services for conflict-affected people in the Central African Republic (CAR). Escalating conflict in CAR’s Basse-Kotto and Haute-Kotto prefectures since May 2017 generated significant displacement and resultant humanitarian needs, particularly in neighboring Ouaka Prefecture and Haute-Kotto’s Bria town, where internally displaced persons lack access to health care and other basic services.

05 Feb 2019 description

"This 17th Edition of To Walk the Earth In Safety summarizes the United States' CWD programs in 2017. CWD assistance provides the United States with a powerful and flexible tool to help partner countries manage their stockpiles of munitions, destroy excess small arms and light weapons (SA/LW) and clear explosive hazards such as landmines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and UXO. Our assistance also helps countries destroy or enhance security of their man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and their threat to civilian aviation, in addition to other weapons and munitions.

05 Feb 2019 description

IOM works with national and local authorities in order to gain a better understanding of migration flows, trends and routes throughout West and Central Africa. To that end, it has set up Flow Monitoring Points (FMPs) to quantify and qualify migration flows, trends and routes, at key entry, transit or exit points and gather qualitative information on travelers’ profiles, countries of provenance and intended destinations and modes of transport.

05 Feb 2019 description

Key developments in Africa in the week of January 27th include the militant violence in Burkina Faso, the rising instability in Nigeria ahead of the February elections, and the political tensions in Cameroon, Burundi and Western Africa.

05 Feb 2019 description

Arrivals to Europe between January and June 2018

Between January and June 2018, 10,404 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Spain of whom 4,684 (45%) were unaccompanied or separated children (UASC). Arrival of children overall in the first half of 2018 dropped by 37% compared to the same period in 2017 (16,524).


05 Feb 2019 description

Action Against Hunger responds to the cross-border crisis

In northeastern Nigeria, a surge of attacks by non-state armed groups have caused massive displacement of civilians within the country and to neighboring Chad and Cameroon. The attack on military bases in Baga, followed by raids on Monguno, forced the evacuation of humanitarian workers for a few days, threatening assistance to vulnerable populations and displacing more individuals. This week, an attack in Rann caused an estimated 30,000 people to flee.

04 Feb 2019 description

Blog Post by John Campbell

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from January 26 to February 1, 2019. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.

(Last week, approximately January 22–24: Herdsmen killed fifteen in Gwer West, Makurdi, Guma, and Logo LGAs of Benue.)

04 Feb 2019 description
report UN News Service

De petits abris, dont certains recouverts de la bâche blanche omniprésente fournie par l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), sont dispersés dans la plaine grise et poussiéreuse qui entoure le village de Goura, à l'extrême nord-est du Cameroun.

L’abri de Hebibi Toudjum est si bas qu’elle doit se baisser pour y entrer.

Elle est arrivée il y a six jours du village de Rann à 7 km de là, de l’autre côté de la frontière avec le Nigéria, après avoir fui un massacre perpétré par le groupe terroriste Boko Haram.

04 Feb 2019 description


This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

04 Feb 2019 description

Maiduguri/Abuja (ICRC) – A health facility in Rann and shelters for internally displaced people were burnt down a few days ago, the latest in a series of attacks in north-east Nigeria’s Borno state that have caused the largest wave of displacement since 2017.

04 Feb 2019 description

A new report to the UN Security Council shines a spotlight on hunger in conflict zones

04 Feb 2019 description

Current major event

Dengue fever in Oman

The Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman reported an outbreak of dengue fever, which started during second week of December 2018, and till 12th January 2019, a total of 48 dengue fever cases were reported and these cases are probably the first locally-acquired dengue fever cases ever reported from Oman.

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