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15 Dec 2018 description

Overview

Fifty-two humanitarian access incidents were reported in November with the largest number (42 per cent) occurring in Jonglei and Unity. The twelve conflict related incidents (23 per cent) impeded humanitarian operations in Unity, Jonglei, Warrap and Lakes resulting in the relocation of staff, and delay or suspension of humanitarian activities. Eleven incidents (21 per cent) were significant in severity, including violent incidents against personnel and movement restrictions.

Impact

15 Dec 2018 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/12106

GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 53RD & 54TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Speaker Notes Crises Now Last Longer, Majority Being Man-Made

The General Assembly today adopted four resolutions on coordinating humanitarian and disaster relief aid, as Member States echoed concerns that global crises and attacks on humanitarian personnel continue to increase as millions of people are forcibly displaced worldwide.

14 Dec 2018 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13620

SECURITY COUNCIL
8423RD MEETING (PM)

You Have Done Your Part, We Will Now Do Ours, Emergency Relief Coordinator Says, Stressing Importance of Critical Shipments

Ahead of a briefing later in December on assistance to civilians in Syria, the Security Council today renewed its authorization of the delivery of humanitarian supplies to the devastated country across borders and lines of conflict for a further 12 months, until 10 January 2020.

14 Dec 2018 description
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Since reaching a peak in May 2018, active hostilities have levelled off with an average of 1,100 security incidents reported in Donetska and Luhanska oblasts per month. OHCHR recorded ten civilian casualties (two killed and eight injured) in November, which represented a 45 per cent decrease compared to October. In November alone, two cuts in power and water supplies further exacerbated the already harsh living conditions of 8,000 civilians in two towns along the ‘contact line’ as temperatures have dropped to well below zero.

14 Dec 2018 description

1. Highlights

  • A suspected Ebola case was reported in Renk (Abayok PHCC) on 03/12/2018 and investigated by the RRT. The sample was negative for EVD.

  • Similarly, a specimen collected from Yambio hospital on 04/12/2018 tested negative for EVD.

  • Ultra-Cold Freezer for Ebola vaccine storage was received.

  • The SoPs for the technical working groups have been finalized except logistics TWG.

13 Dec 2018 description
  • 231,504 Nigerian refugees displaced in Cameroon, Chad and Niger due to insurgency as of 30 November 2018
  • 2,477,417 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and north-east Nigeria due to insurgency as of 31 October 2018 (or latest figures available)

FUNDING
USD 163.5 M
requested for the Nigeria situation (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, including support costs) Funded 33%
53.65 M
Funding gap 67%
109.85 M

13 Dec 2018 description

Iraq’s civilian activists face severe violent repression, new report

Since July 2018, the outbreak of large-scale popular protests in Basra and other Iraqi cities has led to a wave of violent repression of civilian activists, say Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights in a new report.

13 Dec 2018 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) a été marquée par la persistance des incidents violents contre les civils suscitant de nouveaux déplacements forcés de population. Un travailleur humanitaire a été braqué à Kaga Bandoro (nord). 124 enfants malnutris ont été pris en charge et 2 cas avec complication transférés à l’hôpital de Paoua pour des soins appropriés. L’assistance multisectorielle se poursuit dans le pays.

Prévention de VIH/SIDA

12 Dec 2018 description

Ce rapport est produit en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires qui font partie du Plan de Réponse Humanitaire (HRP) 2018. Il couvre la période du 01 avril au 30 septembre.

Aperçu

12 Dec 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Intercommunal clashes in Alindao and Batangafo kill and displace civilians, damage infrastructure

  • Countrywide insecurity continues to endanger aid workers

  • Number of severely food-insecure people in CAR increases by nearly 20 percent between March and September

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

12 Dec 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Statement from Mercy Corps Country Director for South Sudan, Janardhan Rao, ahead of the fifth anniversary of the conflict in South Sudan

Following the signing of the peace agreement in September, there is some cause for optimism following five years of war in South Sudan. Though we cannot afford to be cynical about peace - too many lives depend on it - we must be realistic. Implementing the peace agreement and maintaining peace in a country that has known only war will be the bigger challenge for many, many years to come.

11 Dec 2018 description

Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2405 (2018), in which the Secretary-General was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

11 Dec 2018 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Measles in Mauritius
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

10 Dec 2018 description

Between 16 and 20 September 2018, a delegation of UK parliamentarians visited Sudan as part of a delegation coordinated by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan. This report discusses their reflections from the visit, and makes some recommendations based on their experience.

10 Dec 2018 description

L’actualité humanitaire en République centrafricaine (RCA) a été marquée par la persistance des incidents violents contre les civils et la réponse humanitaire apportée sur toute l’étendue du territoire. Deux travailleurs humanitaires d’une organisation nationale ont été enlevés et ensuite libérés sur l’axe Bria-Irrabanda. En réponse à l’épidémie d’hépatite E, les organisations humanitaires poursuivent les activités de prévention et de sensibilisation à Bocaranga.

Reprise des activités scolaires Préfecture de l’Ouham

10 Dec 2018 description

CHAD

MEASLES INFECTIONS RISING

Measles infections are on the rise since mid-November when 209 cases were recorded, up from 131 a week earlier. In late November and early December, 43 cases were reported in seven districts in central and southern Chad.

Another 105 samples are being tested. More than 4,000 cases and 91 deaths have been recorded since an outbreak was declared in June. The outbreak has hit the epidemic level in 39 health districts. Vaccination was carried out in 41 districts in November.

DR CONGO

10 Dec 2018 description

“Uniform – November – Romeo – Whisky – Alfa,” Elsie Abdallah calls into the small black radio in her hand. “What am I spelling?” she asks the group of 30 women gathered in Neirab camp, near Aleppo, Syria. The women try to figure it out, using the phonetic alphabet projected on a screen in the front of the training room. A few seconds later, several call out, “UNRWA!”