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11 Dec 2017 description

Summary of the situation

Between October 2016 and September 2017, countries of the European Region reported 15,941 confirmed measles cases; 86% (n=13,712) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest incidence was reported in Romania (252.4 cases per 1 million population), followed by Italy (82.4 cases per 1 million population) and Tajikistan (77.3 cases per 1 million population). In 2017, there were 20 measles deaths, including 10 reported in Romania.

11 Dec 2017 description
report Oxfam

Tuesday’s climate summit in Paris must boost the financial support going to help poor communities adapt to climate change, said Oxfam. French President Emmanuel Macron, the World Bank, and the United Nations are co-organizing the event, which comes on the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

11 Dec 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

The Government of Japan has granted contracts to assist two Grassroots Human Security Projects in Tonga. The agreement was signed between the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga, H.E Mr. Tetsuya Ishii, and representatives of respective recipient committees, at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Finance and National Planning.

The two projects are known as “The Project for the Construction of the Students Dormitory of Montfort Technical Institute” and “The Project for Upgrading the Main Pipes of the Water Supply System of Holonga Village, Tongatapu.”

11 Dec 2017 description
report Government of India

Press Information Bureau

Government of India

Ministry of Defence

‘OP Sahayam’ of Southern Naval Command persisted for the tenth day on 09 Dec 17 over Southeast Arabian Sea and L& M islands. Ten ships and all aircraft have continued the search and rescue (SAR) operations with same zeal to bring succour to fishing community and sea farers. In the past 72 hours, search area was increased up to the coast of Maldives. However, no stranded boats, fishermen or floating bodies have been found in this duration.

11 Dec 2017 description

More than 8,500 asylum-seekers are stuck on Lesbos, where facilities for migrants were only designed to accommodate about 3,000

By Karolina Tagaris

LESBOS, Greece, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Syrian migrant Bashar Wakaa and his heavily pregnant wife are days away from the birth of their third child, stranded on the Greek island of Lesbos in a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove with no running water or toilets.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website

11 Dec 2017 description
report Peace Direct

08 December 2017: Sierra Leone is amongst the poorest countries in the world with alarming cases of mental health problems, worsened by events like the recent devastating floods. With little knowledge about the conditions, and even less support, patients suffer greatly. But support in psychological first aid (PFA) is giving renewed hope to victims of the recent mudslide disaster in Freetown.

11 Dec 2017 description
report BRAC

What you need to know today

  • A total of 646,000 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 7 December)

  • BRAC's total coverage (based on sanitation) is 498,680 people with installation of 12,467 latrines (181 today). BRAC ensures access to safe water for 320,956 people through 1,201 shallow tube wells, 24 deep tube wells, three ring wells. 2,578 bathing cubicles were set up (88 today) especially for women and adolescent girls.

11 Dec 2017 description

One in five maternal deaths in the region results from hemorrhage during the third trimester of pregnancy or immediately following childbirth

Washington, D.C., December 8, 2017— An approach based on human rights using international legal instruments can help in the effort to reduce maternal mortality in the Americas, according to experts speaking today at a Pan American Health Organization symposium.

11 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

UNICEF State of the World's Children report reveals the digital world is failing children

UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged

Flagship report highlights digital divides and explores current debates about the impact of the internet and social media on children's safety and wellbeing

10 Dec 2017 description


The aim of this rapid Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) needs assessment is to understand the needs of communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Dominica, identify existing services and resources, and generate recommendations to inform the design of International Medical Corps programs.


Country profile

10 Dec 2017 description


  • The continued 20-22hour electricity cuts are placing an increasing burden on hospitals and primary healthcare clinics across Gaza. With funding for fuel from the humanitarian pooled fund, released by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, and from WHO resources, lifesaving services have been sustained. This has directly reduced the mortality risk of 452 newborns, 400 intensive care patients and 658 patients requiring haemodialysis twice or three times a week.

10 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

GENEVA, Dec 10 2017 (Geneva Centre) - The Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue H. E. Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim has called for the promotion of a value-driven human rights system to guide international decision-makers in their endeavours to address the impact of the migrant and refugee crisis.

Dr. Al Qassim made this statement in relation to the observation of the 2017 International Human Rights day which is observed annually on 10 December.

10 Dec 2017 description

Release date: December 9, 2017

Release Number: DR-4339-PR NR 066

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Federal assistance to survivors, municipality governments and Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria now tops $1 billion less than three months after Maria’s landfall.

More than a million Puerto Rican residents registered for FEMA assistance. FEMA has provided funds to more than 366,000 families in Puerto Rico including:

10 Dec 2017 description

News release

6 DECEMBER 2017 | GENEVA - Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today.

More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).

10 Dec 2017 description

Release date: December 9, 2017

Release Number: NR 62

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until January 8, 2018to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

10 Dec 2017 description

Baghdad, 10 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, congratulated the Iraqi people and the government on the complete liberation of all of Iraq’s territory from the yoke of the Daesh terrorists, the so-called Caliphate. With this victory attained, Iraqis are called upon to work towards building a better future and common destiny for all in their united country with the same patriotism and determination that marked their national war against terrorism. 

10 Dec 2017 description
report European Union


UNIQUE ID: 171210_32

In the context of a deteriorating situation in Yemen, the reports from Sanaa of a substantial escalation of violence following the killing of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh are an element of serious concern. We are hearing of brutal repression, serious harassment, arbitrary detention and killing which are being carried out by Ansar Allah against politicians of the General People’s Congress, relatives of the former President, members of civil society organizations and other civilians.