After one year on the job, the Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer speaks about the huge disparities he sees, aid worker security and his personal commitment to Afghanistan.
While the number of mine casualties is on the rise, funding for mine action in Afghanistan dropped by 65 per cent over the past five years.
ACBAR’s Twinning Program successfully teams up international and national NGOs to build capacities to the benefit of both counterparts.
The Government of the Philippines and international humanitarian organizations exercise their response plans for a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Metro Manila.
Effective local leadership and inclusive partnerships are key to a successful response to the Mayon volcano eruption.
Food, protection and livelihoods are among the top unmet needs facing returnees and people still displaced by the Marawi conflict.
Afghan citizens returning to their home country can become internally displaced within days.
A total of 10,453 civilian casualties were recorded by UNAMA in the past year: 3,438 people killed and 7,015 people injured.
On International Women’s Day, the United Nations drew attention to women left behind in many areas of development.
In February, two aid workers were killed and one was abducted.
• Humanitarian needs continue for both returnees and those displaced by the Marawi conflict.
• Alert level-4 remains over Mayon Volcano. Albay communities within the volcano's danger zone face indefinite displacement, severely affecting their food security, agriculture crops, and livelihood.
• Philippine delegates from the Office of Civil Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the private sector attended the Humanitarian Networks and Partnership Week to share expertise on responding to natural disasters and preparedness.
Four aid workers from Save the Children were killed in an attack on the NGO’s office in Jalalabad.
Thousands of Kuchi families are unable to cross the border into Pakistan with their livestock.
More than two million people live in informal settlement. The vast majority of has not enough to eat.
The Afghan health care system has achieved remarkable progress over the past years, despite deepening conflict.
• Mayon Volcano continues to show high levels of unrest. Local authorities have evacuated over 82,000 people to safety and have requested the Humanitarian Country Team to assist with addressing priority needs and issues.
• Severe Tropical Storm Tembin affected over 797,000 people in northeastern Mindanao, including those who were displaced by the Marawi conflict.
• A United Nations emergency response grant programme for Marawi has been completed successfully.
Conflict indicators reached record highs in 2017, including air strikes.
The coming months are expected to be drier and warmer than on average, affecting the upcoming winter and spring crops.
Pressure could mount again on more than two million Afghan citizens in Pakistan to return to their home country.
Awareness campaigns by health workers in Khost have built trust with residents and ensured their better treatment.
Fighting between armed groups in Nangarhar displaced more than 61,000 people since mid-October, 45,000 of which have received assistance.
Ramped up winterisation assistance reaches the most vulnerable families across the country.
The 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan calls for US$430 million to assist 2.8 million people in acute need.
Furthermore, 8.7 million people are in chronic need in Afghanistan.
Thousands of IDPs are gradually returning to some areas of Marawi City and surrounding municipalities. Humanitarian needs of the affected population remain and will continue well into the new year.
Non-governmental organizations who were displaced by the Marawi conflict reopen their field offices and continue operations.
Marawi humanitarian actors participate in a Gender in Humanitarian Action training in Iligan City.
Humanitarians and the Government plan to help 78,000 families to get through winter warmly.
Civilian casualties recorded in the first nine months of the year remain close to record levels.
Biosand filters provide clean drinking water to families in Lashkargah.
More than 160 humanitarian partners ensure good coverage and capacities across the country.
Eradication of Polio in Afghanistan has never been so close, but much work remains to be done.
Over 600,000 people flee Rakhine State since 25 August, while access for international organisations inside northern Rakhine remains restricted
Restrictions on humanitarian access in central Rakhine
Challenges in getting aid to displaced people in Kachin and Shan states
Launch of 2017 Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction
Displaced people with disabilities tell their own stories
IDPs in Kachin 89,000
• The Government declares an end to the conflict in Marawi as humanitarian needs continue and planning for return begins.
• ASEAN humanitarian partners and government agencies convene for a workshop to develop a regional contingency plan for a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Manila.
• The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, together with partners supported an ASEAN symposium on humanitarian response.
Following a series of attacks leaving seven staff members of ICRC dead, the organization reduces its footprint in Afghanistan after three decades of continuous presence.
Displacement in Afghanistan surpasses a quarter of a million people from January to September.
Polio vaccinators were unable to reach more than 130,000 girls and boys due to conflict and lack of humanitarian access.
As the conflict continues in Marawi, authorities and humanitarian actors find ways to sustain support to those displaced.
The delivery of activities funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) reaches its midpoint and recipient agencies share learnings, challenges and next steps.
The Humanitarian Country Team's emergency response clusters hold a workshop to discuss key responsibilities and solutions for a mediumscale typhoon emergency.
Over 400,000 flee their homes in northern Rakhine
Humanitarian operations severely disrupted in central Rakhine
Rakhine Advisory Commission issues final report
Civilians in Kachin and Shan bear the brunt of armed conflict
Monsoon season floods temporarily displaced over 300,000
Fighting over control of eight district centres displaced more than 50,000 people in August.
More than two million people have been reached with assistance in the first six months of the year.
Girls and boys across the country are exposed to high levels of violence and often brutal punishments.
Skills taught in youth development centres improve women’s employment prospects and help them break with traditional gender roles.
As the Government begins to plan for recovery and rehabilitation, humanitarian needs of those displaced by the Marawi conflict continue.
The needs of Marawi IDPs with disabilities have been overlooked, especially in evacuation centres, which lack accessibility features, and the availability of specialized health services and rehabilitation is scarce.
UN organizations access emergency response funding to assist in the health and WASH concerns of Marawi IDPs.
Armed groups force clinics to close and deny civilians access to health care to pressure NGOs to provide more trauma care for their combat-wounded.
Doctors and medical professionals are under threat across the country by armed groups and criminal gangs.
Cash assistance exceeded US$9.5 million in the first four months of the year.
Displaced families in Taloqan face a difficult life as solidarity in the host community wears thin.
Nearly 360,000 remain displaced by the Marawi conflict as government shifts from response to rehabilitation and recovery.
Displaced communities in Marawi convey their need for more information on their return and to be included in plans for recovery.
The Philippines continues to increase its capacity in urban search and rescue and to have a team classified under international standards.
- UN Secretary-General António Guterres met with displaced families in Kabul.
- Humanitarian organizations provide trauma care that is not funded by the public system.
- Darzab District Hospital damaged in an airstrike on the first day of fighting.
- Families returning from Pakistan after decades face a difficult future.
- The country faces an import requirement of 1.4 million tons of wheat but no substantial rise of the market price of flour.
- CHF-Afghanistan funded with one third of its target halfway through the year.