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IN THIS ISSUE
World Malaria Report 2012 launched
Malaria elimination in West Africa a priority – ECOWAS
New Executive Director of RBM Visits AFRO
UN General Assembly Calls for Accelerated Efforts to Eliminate Malaria in Developing Countries, Particularly Africa, by 2015
African leaders reaffirm commitment to malaria elimination
Forum ends in Rwanda with calls for zero malaria deaths
When communities are struck by conflict or natural disaster, older people are among the most vulnerable people affected. Some need targeted assistance or specific approaches within general assistance to address their needs. However, humanitarian programmes often fail to recognise the challenges and vulnerabilities faced by older people – either because they do not meet their programming criteria or because their needs are not fully understood.
Recurrent humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa have led many aid donors to support an emerging set of strategies, frameworks and programmes around the concept of resiliencei. This support is likely to lead to substantial aid investments in the Horn of Africa region, through both regional and national programmes, and with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) acting as the lead regional actor. Central to this support is the concept of reducing, or ending, the impacts of drought.
This review covers the entire universe of funding mechanisms and sources of humanitarian operations within the United Nations system, comparing or linking their objectives so as to close gaps and avoid duplication. Its key recommendations aim at providing a governance and strategic planning framework for financing humanitarian operations in the United Nations system organizations, so as to improve efficiency and accountability of humanitarian financing.
This report offers a brief review of the concept of social resilience, especially in relation to natural disasters and with specific attention to women and girls as victims of disasters and active participants in disaster prevention and response. It next provides a summary of a conference that took place at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs on October 11, 2012, marking the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction and its 2012 theme, Women & Girls: The inVisible Source of Resilience.
This guidance note presents a series of steps to initiate and sustain Pre Disaster Recovery Planning (PDRP) in order to ensure that communities "build back better" following a natural disaster. It offers guidance on developing a planning framework and attempts to present the key steps and considerations at a broad level, to present relevant examples, and to provide recommendations grounded in the experiences of others.
The WHO-UNHCR publication Assessing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs and Resources: Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings was developed because of frequent requests from the field to advise on assessment. Although a range of assessment tools exist, what has been missing is an overall approach that clarifies when to use which tool for what purpose. This document offers an approach that should help assessors review information that is already available and only collect new data that will be of practical use.
Humanitarian actors in emergencies often encounter challenges in knowing Who is Where, When, doing What (4Ws) with regard to mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS). Such knowledge is essential to inform coordination. 4Ws tools are used in many areas of aid to map activities conducted across large geographical areas. 4Ws tools generally aim to map supports by government and non-governmental agencies, including preemergency services and supports.
Many publications addressing mental health issues in disaster situations have been produced in the last decade. Nevertheless, the specific reality of the Caribbean, with its limited number of mental health professionals and its high vulnerability to natural hazards, requires material that specifically addresses these characteristics and reflects the latest developments and approaches. This new publication is directed to Caribbean health sector managers, community workers and other disaster and health professionals.
By Joint Report The EastAfrican
In the Central African Republic a new rebel alliance seized key towns in the north and east, including Sibut, only 185 kilometers from capital Bangui, and currently controls about a third of the country. Chadian troops arrived mid-month to help contain the rebels, and regional leaders later announced the deployment of additional troops. The UN has begun evacuating staff, and the U.S. government has called for its citizens to leave. The security situation is precarious as the rebels warned they may enter Bangui, despite agreeing late month to talks with the government.
The year 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the Climate Centre when we looked back at a decade of work on climate change within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. We celebrated great accomplishments and huge growth in awareness of the humanitarian consequences of climate change. But we also realize that the challenges the Climate Centre was set up to address are rising more rapidly than our collective ability to address them.
The United Nations Focal Point for Mine Action
UNMAS is the United Nations focal point for mine action. Fourteen entities are working together in the United Nations system to implement the United Nations vision of a world free from the threat of mine, and explosive remnants of war (ERW) including cluster munitions. UNMAS leads that effort in six key areas:
• Survey, mark, fence-off, and clear explosive hazards, including mines, ERW, cluster munitions