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14 Jan 2014 description

CCHF remains entrenched in Pakistan

In 2013, Pakistan has probably seen one of the worst outbreaks from Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF). As of December 2013, a total of 100 cases were reported across the country including 20 deaths (CFR: 20%). 64 of these cases have been laboratory-confirmed.

30 Dec 2013 description

Current major event

Dengue in Pakistan

The dengue fever (DF) outbreak in Khy-ber Pakthunkhwa (KPK) province of Pakistan, reported in weekly epidemiol-ogical monitor (Volume-6, issue-37, dated 15 September 2013), has subsided. This was one of the major outbreaks of den-gue fever reported ever from this prov-ince in the country. As of November 2013, a total of 8,494 laboratory-confirmed cases of DF were reported from this province. As reported earlier, the district of Swat was the most af-fected area in the province.

01 Dec 2013 description

Current major event

Call for strengthening surveillance for SARI

There has been a renewed call to strengthen surveillance for severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) in the countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. This was the main recommendation of a recently concluded intercountry meeting of the Eastern Mediterranean Acute Respiratory Infection Surveillance Network held at Sharm-El-Shaikh, Egypt from 24-27 November 2013.

22 Aug 2013 description

21 August 2013 – Floods affecting parts of the Eastern Mediterranean Region have killed hundreds of people and left thousands more homeless.

As the monsoon season begins, heavy rains have triggered flash floods in Pakistan, claiming the lives of 154 people, destroying entire villages and leaving thousands homeless. In Punjab and Baluchistan, the floods have also caused damage to health facilities, although the extent of the damage has not yet been determined.

12 Jul 2011 description

Operational Update

Working with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the ICRC provided humanitarian assistance to 4.3 million internally displaced people in 32 countries during 2010, all of whom had been driven from their homes by armed conflict or violence. The organization devoted 200 million Swiss francs to IDPs, which corresponds to 20% of the ICRC’s operations budget for 2010.

08 Jul 2011 description
report DARA

The President

Diego Hidalgo

New dimensions of DARA

22 Mar 2011 description

- Inflation trends in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suggest that the steep rise in grain prices in international export markets between June 2010 and early 2011 has been passed through to consumer prices.

- Governments have taken measures to contain the cost of food to consumers and to raise households' disposable income, such as reductions in food import tariffs, increases in food price subsidies, and increases in welfare transfers.

22 Sep 2010 description


Front Page

  • As Pakistan's Waters Recede, USAID Commitment Grows
  • Shah Visits Flood-Ravaged Areas
  • Innovation in Spotlight at UN General Assembly
Inside Development/Dialogue
  • Interview with Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation
  • Nigeria Pushes Polio to the Brink
  • Insights from Administrator Dr.
15 Sep 2010 description

As Pakistan's disastrous flooding continued to spread, the new United Nations humanitarian chief said today that she planned to ask donors this Friday to scale up funding for humanitarian assistance to the growing number of victims.

"More people are turning to us for help, and as a world community we need to respond," Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said at a Headquarters press conference.

She said that approximately 70 per cent of the $460 million in emergency aid initially requested had been …

26 Aug 2010 description

As the number of people significantly affected by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan climbed to an estimated 17.2 million, the United Nations was scaling up relief operations, John Holmes, outgoing Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, said today during a Headquarters news conference.

"This is a disaster of unprecedented scale in terms of the number of people affected and the geographical area affected," he said, calling the situation "extremely challenging".

He said the deadly floods, triggered by torrential monsoon …

04 Jan 2010 description

The crises and problems that Refugees International tackles are daunting. Yet, in 2009 progress was made that directly eases the burdens of people who are forced to flee their homes.

28 Dec 2009 description


Darfur, Sudan

Fatima Abakir is the proud headmistress of the Girls' Basic School at Dereig, near Nyala in Darfur, Sudan. Dereig is a camp for some of the people displaced by the violence in Darfur.

A new 12-room school--built by the ACTCaritas coalition, of which Church World Service is a member--is replacing a temporary structure that had a straw roof and was no match for tropical storms.

13 Nov 2009 description

Launching a special report on internally displaced people (IDPs), the ICRC points out that an estimated 26 million people had fled their homes as a result of armed conflict by the end of 2008.*

Camps like Gereida in Darfur, which has sheltered up to 150,000 residents, reflect only a tiny part of the problem.

While the role camps play in temporary emergency relief is clear, they often create new problems and compound vulnerabilities.

12 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Third Committee
8th & 9th Meetings (AM & PM)

Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Gender Hopes for 'Swift Decision'; Committee Hears from 35 Speakers, as Debate on Advancement of Women Begins

17 Aug 2009 description

Every day of the year, New Zealand Red Cross international humanitarian aid workers are making a difference to the lives of vulnerable people across the globe.

Wednesday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, selected to honour all humanitarian aid workers. In recognition, New Zealand Red Cross pays tribute to its 44 humanitarian aid workers who have undertaken 55 international missions in the past 12 months.

It is also the day to reflect on those who have lost their lives in the field while working with New Zealand Red Cross.

12 Jul 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO rogrammes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

29 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA, June 29 (UNHCR) - Annual consultations between the UN refugee agency and its non-governmental organization (NGO) partners began in Geneva on Monday, with particular focus this year on urban refugees and protracted refugee situations.

Some 380 people from about 140 organizations, including 70 national NGOs, are attending the meeting, which will discuss a wide range of issues of mutual concern over the next three days during regional and thematic sessions.

"It's a time for UNHCR and NGOs to meet at the strategic level and for the senior staff of UNHCR to be available …

25 Jun 2009 description


45th Meeting