5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.
By Ragy Saro
“Reduce disaster loss and protect lives.”
CAIRO, 14 March 2018 - That refrain echoed through Cairo, the capital city of Egypt as a 3-day training event kicked off this week bringing together representatives from 11 Arab States committed to implementing the global plan for reducing disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
As at the end of October, more than 1 million Syrian children across the region are enrolled in formal education in schools located in camps and host communities. Additionally, over 95,000 Syrian children are enrolled in non-formal education. Some highlights of the Education Sector across the region in October include:
As at the end of November, some 1.2 million Syrian children across the region are enrolled in formal education in schools located in camps and host communities. Additionally, over 96,000 Syrian children are enrolled in non-formal education.
Some highlights of the Education Sector across the region in November include:
In Jordan, a total of 5,802 additional children were enrolled in non-formal education (both drop-out and catch-up programmes) in the month of November.
During the reporting period, 1,315 education enquiries were responded to from refugee families with school age children.
As at the end of July, some 930,000 Syrian children across the region are enrolled in formal education in camps and host communities. Additionally, over 117,200 Syrian children are enrolled in informal education. Highlights across the region in July include: In Turkey, 3RP partners implemented a range of activities to prepare for the upcoming school year in September. Some 2,600 Syrian refugee children have enrolled in a summer language programme, the 10-week course conducted in Turkish and Arabic aims to support Syrian children's entry into the Turkish primary school system.
As at the end of May, some 900,600 Syrian children across the region are enrolled in formal education in schools located in camps and host communities. Additionally, around 51,200 Syrian children are enrolled in informal education.
As at the end of April, 899,263 Syrian girls and boys across the region continued to have access to formal education in schools in camp and host communities. At the same time, more than 33,000 Syrian boys and girls were enrolled in informal or nonaccredited education. Since the start of 2017 some 14,501 teachers and education personnel received incentives, while more than 1.8 million children received school supplies.
The American people, through USAID, have been investing in the water sector across the Middle East to improve access to clean water, reduce water losses, facilitate sustainable use of limited resources and improve access to sanitation.
Concern remains following spike in MERS-CoV cases
The recent spike in cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO remains a concern. So far, ten countries in the region have reported cases of MERS-CoV. While in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates, both community and hospital-acquired infections continue to be reported, sporadic cases, mostly imported and travel associated, have been reported in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen in recent time.
Who are we?
The MENA Zone consists of three regions (North Africa, Middle East and the Gulf). IFRC has Regional Representations for North Africa (based in Tunis) and for the Gulf (based in Amman), as well as Country Representations currently in Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, and Syria.
The Zone Office is based in Beirut.
What is our mission?
At all levels, the support the MENA Zone will provide to the NSs aims to achieve two overarching objectives:
La situation relative au Criquet pèlerin est restée préoccupante en mars dans les aires de reproduction hivernale le long des deux rives de la mer Rouge avec la poursuite des opérations de lutte contre des bandes larvaires et des essaims.
Groups and swarms move in the Central region
The Desert Locust situation continues to remain serious along both sides of the Red Sea. In the past few days, more groups and small swarms have moved from the breeding areas on the coast into the interior of Sudan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. More locusts have also arrived in Israel and Eritrea. Survey and control operations are underway in all countries. Additional movements are expected during the remainder of March and countries should remain on alert.
Desert Locusts arrive in Cairo
On 2 March, at least one immature swarm appeared in the afternoon in the eastern Cairo districts of New Cairo and Mokattam and dispersed into several smaller swarmlets. The locusts originated from breeding that has been in progress since November in southeast Egypt between Berenice and the Sudanese border. As vegetation dried out, small groups and swarms of immature adults moved slowly north along the Red Sea coast, reaching Marsa Alam on 8 February, Hurghada on the 16th and Zafarana on the 26th. From there, a few moved to Cairo yesterday.
Office of the Spokesperson
May 21, 2012
The G-8 launched the Deauville Partnership with Arab Countries in Transition in 2011 to support the democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. The Partnership offers a unique mechanism for marshaling international support from the G-8, regional partners, International Financial Institutions (IFI), and International Organizations (IO) to provide political and economic support for reforms underway in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Jordan.
Press Release No:2012/302/MENA
DOHA, March 6, 2012 --- The World Bank today launched a regional initiative to improve broadband connectivity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by bringing utilities’ fiber optic networks into broadband use. The Bank also announced a new focus on citizen participation in the creation of information and communication technologies (ICT) solutions to development problems, building on the success of the Cairo WaterHackathon.
Broadband Connectivity Initiative
DUBAI, 4 January 2012 (IRIN) - When hundreds of thousands of people across the Arab world poured into the streets in 2011 to demand freedom from dictatorship, they set in motion a series of events which not only created humanitarian needs in countries that were otherwise relatively stable, but also exacerbated existing humanitarian and developmental challenges.
The Support to Partnership, Reform and Inclusive Growth – the SPRING Programme, adopted today - directly responds to the events of the Arab Spring. Initiatives supported by SPRING will focus specifically on two of the renewed EU policies in the region.
The main aim is to respond to the pressing socio-economic challenges that partner countries of the southern Mediterranean region are facing and to support them in their transition to democracy.