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San Juan, Puerto Rico (August 15, 2018) – Following the catastrophic devastation of Hurricane Maria, Save the Children is teaming up with Puerto Rico’s Department of Education and Rocky Mountain Institute of Boulder, Colorado to support 12 schools that were greatly impacted during last year’s historic hurricane season. Save the Children will focus efforts on helping the schools and their communities become more resilient in the event of a future natural disaster and strengthening social and emotional learning for the entire school populations.
• Residents of Chyhari flee in search of safety and protection
• May 2018 – the deadliest month in 2018 so far
• Water and sanitation facilities are targeted yet again
• UNSC briefing on Ukraine was held in New York
• Positive legislation developments on access to essential services
• Halfway through 2018, Humanitarian Response Plan is only 22 per cent funded
Civilians flee Chyhari as armed clashes rapidly escalate
By Yves Willemot
For Jean-Pierre Masuku, the fight against the new Ebola epidemic in North Kivu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is not new. He witnessed the disease in Equateur Province, 2,500 kilometres west of the newly affected areas. “But whatever it is, you do not get used to fighting a highly dangerous, contagious and deadly disease like Ebola,” he says.
The work is definitely not over. We still have a lot of people to sensitize
Le Niger fait face à une nouvelle épidémie de choléra, qui s’est déclarée dans le district sanitaire de Madarounfa, et s’est etendue au district sanitaire de Maradi commune, dans la région de Maradi.
Les trois premiers cas ont été admis au Centre de santé intégré de N’Yelwa dans la nuit du 4 au 5 juillet 2018, en provenance de Jibiya, au Nigéria voisin. Le 12 juillet, une analyse biologique a confirmé l’épidémie de choléra.
The southwestern state of Kerala has been facing the worst monsoon season since 1924, causing severe flooding and landslides especially in the northern part of the state, where eight districts remain on red alert. As of 14 August, over 60,000 people have been evacuated to some 500 relief camps across the state, and 39 deaths have been reported. Beginning 8 August and as 14 August, this is the second major flood in Kerala this monsoon season, and the impact is greater than in July, when over 34,000 people were displaced in 265 relief camps.
By IOM Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aug 15 2018 (IOM) - The mighty Congo River both connects Kinshasa with Equateur Province where an Ebola epidemic began in May 2018 and separates the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from Congo-Brazzaville, hidden in the haze on the other bank.
The towns of Baashiqa and Bahzani (hereafter referred to as Baashiqa), located in the Ninewa Plains, 13 km northeast of Mosul city have historically hosted a diverse set of population groups and a majority of residents are reported to be Yezidi. Apart from Yezidis, these groups include Christians, Shia Muslims, Sunni Muslims, and Shabak.
Amman, 15 August 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the provision of life-saving health care services for more than 900 000 conflict-affected people in southern Syria.
A report recently published by HI and IOM offers an assessment of the situation in the Bentiu Protection of Civilians (POC) Site in South Sudan, where people with disabilities live in difficult conditions and humanitarian services struggle to meet their needs. The report makes a number of recommendations.
Del 8 al 10 de agosto del año en curso, se realizó la primera parte del Taller de Análisis de la Clasificación Integrada en Fases de la Seguridad Alimentaria (CIF) - Escala Crónica, organizado y coordinado por la Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional de Guatemala (SESAN) y apoyado técnica y financieramente por el Programa de Sistemas de Información para la Resiliencia en Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional de la Región del SICA (PROGRESAN-SICA).
In addition to meeting the needs of people living in the camps, the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC) holds humanitarian relief activities to meet the needs of Syrian people living in the urban areas as the population of Syrian people living in the urban areas is larger. Activities included psychosocial support and orientation programming for Syrian people.
Since the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) was declared on 1 August 2018, a total of 66 cases were reported, consisting of 39 confirmed EVD cases and 27 probable cases. In addition, there are 36 suspected cases which are being investigated. 42 deaths are reported. Over 1 000 contacts of confirmed and/or probable EVD cases have been identified and are being followed-up. The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the DRC initiated a prompt national and international mobilisation jointly with the World Health Organisation (WHO).
346 mt of food assistance distributed
US$147,000 cash-based transfers made
US$35.3 m six months (July–December 2018) net funding requirements, representing 79% of total
60,300 people assisted in June 2018
Situation Update from Democratic Republic of Congo as on 13th August 2018
- Cumulative cases: 57
- Confirmed cases: 30
- Probable: 27
- Total deaths: 41
- Cases under investigation: 58
- Areas affected: Two provinces; North Kivu - Mabalako; Butembo; Ocha; Musienene; Beni and Bingo: Ituri; Mambasa, Mandina - Note: There is no suspected or confirmed case in Uganda
185,798 - Number of refugees and asylum seekers registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement as at 5 August 2018.
6,515 - Number of new arrivals with heightened protection needs registered in 2018.
3,722 - Cumulative number of refugees assisted to return to their home countries since February 2016.
Update on Achievements
The cash amount transferred to benefciaries has started to decrease. While the Emergency Appeal planned for US$32 per person per month, UNRWA was only able to distribute 4 months of assistance during the first semester of 2018. While the first round of 2018 provided US$ 64 per person covering two months, the amount distributed during the second round dropped to US$ 46 per person covering two months. UNRWA is only planning for one additional round until the end of the year, as opposed to four rounds as in previous years.
On Sunday, 12 August 2018, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that chemotherapy would no longer be available to cancer patients in the Gaza Strip due to lack of supplies coming from the Palestinian Authority. According to health officials, the supply of medicines vital for administering chemotherapy has been irregular for the past 18 months. The shortage of these medicines has now peaked at its highest rate of 75 percent out of stock—with 45 types out of the necessary 60 being at zero stock in Gaza.
KINSHASA, 15 août 2018 – La Suède accorde son soutien aux programmes Santé et Protection de l’enfant de l’UNICEF en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) dans le cadre d’un nouvel accord de partenariat d’un montant de 12,2 millions de dollars américains, signé le 8 août 2018 à Kinshasa.