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31 Dec 2012 description

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

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description
report Tufts University

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

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.

31 Dec 2012 description
Policy Instruction

OCHA endorse new Gender Equality Policy

31 Dec 2012 description
report EastAfrican

By Joint Report The EastAfrican

In Summary

31 Dec 2012 description

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.

31 Dec 2012 description
report United Nations
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Resumen

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (ODM) han sido la herramienta más exitosa en la historia para luchar contra la pobreza a nivel mundial. Se han logrado avances significativos y sustanciales en muchos de los objetivos, incluyendo el de reducir a la mitad la cantidad de personas que viven en condiciones de pobreza extrema y el porcentaje de personas sin acceso sostenible a fuentes mejoradas de agua potable.

31 Dec 2012 description
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International Annual Report 2012
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Facts and figures 2012

Making it possible for children to have loving families

31 Dec 2012 description

INTRODUCTION

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