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19 Oct 2017 description
report UN News Service

19 October 2017 – Mere mention of the Caribbean conjures up images of pristine waters, beautiful beaches and fun in the sun. However, the images emanating from the region over the past couple of months have painted a very different picture.

19 Oct 2017 description

Antananarivo/ Geneva, 19 October 2017— The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy has appealed for international support for Madagascar’s plague response, at the end of an emergency visit to the Indian Ocean island nation.

19 Oct 2017 description

By Angela Hill/IFRC

Even after he was shot Naimullah kept walking.

His wound is the result of just one of many acts of violence he, his wife Johora, and their five children encountered while they were walking towards the Myanmar-Bangladesh border. Johora gave birth the day they left their home; just hours later she fled carrying the newborn baby they named Nursahera.

During the 10 day journey, Naimullah said he saw bodies and burning homes. Two people in their group died before they reached the river marking the border.

19 Oct 2017 description

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  • WFP successfully migrated the SCOPE Platform (a digital beneficiary registration and management platform) to support the people residing at Tongogara Refugee Camp, culminating in 2,700 refugees redeeming their assistance using the SCOPE card.

  • 2017 Productive Assets Creation cycle (PAC) registered an increase in the number of assets being created and rehabilitated from 55 in 2016 to 119 in 2017, as WFP gears up its resilience activities.

19 Oct 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

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• Simultaneous attacks in the two villages of Far North region displaced some 2,000 people in Mayo Tsanaga department. While the precarious security situation has not allowed an inter-agency assessment to take place, a rapid assessment by an NGO identified the priority needs as Shelter and WASH.

19 Oct 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 856,387 Swiss francs (increased from 655,512 Swiss Francs) to enable the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 11,264 people for 13 months (increased from 10 months) with a focus on health; livelihoods, nutrition, food security; shelter (including household needs), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building.

19 Oct 2017 description

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  • From January 2015 to September 2017, a total of 43,991 children under the age of 5 years and 56,865 pregnant and nursing mothers were treated for malnutrition.

  • From January 2015 – September 2017, 338.89 mt of locally produced Timor Vita, a specialized nutritious food for women, and 123.32 mt of Ready-to-Use Supplementary Food was distributed to 125 health facilities in six municipalities.

19 Oct 2017 description

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  • WFP delivered food assistance for 3.3 million people in all 14 governorates in Syria.

  • WFP took part in three inter-agency convoys delivering food assistance for 34,000 people in hard-to-reach locations.

  • A fourth de-escalation zone was established in Idleb governorate and parts of Hama and Aleppo.

  • The siege on Deir Ezzor City has been lifted enabling the resumption of land access. WFP delivered fortified wheat flour and nutrition supplies.

19 Oct 2017 description

New cases of Hepataitis E are still being presented and recorded in the region of Diffa. Since the declaration of the epidemic by the Health authorities on the 19 April 2017. A total of 1,987 cases have been declared with 38 deaths recorded. Up to 25 April the mortality rate was 29 per cent dropping to 1.91 per cent by the 12 October. Analysis of reported cases reveal that women and people aged 15 and over are the most likely affected. Personnel from the Health authorities and partners from the Humanitarian sector are working jointly to ensure an effective response to those in need.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society(IRCS) has announced that its relief teams have entered the liberated areas in Hawejah district and distributed more than 880 food parcels for the families who have remained in their areas. ”

The relief teams of the IRCS have been managed to enter the liberated areas in Hawejah district and distributed more than 880 food parcels for the families who are living in the areas of ( AlAsriyah, AlJafaariyah and basin 13 at Zab area of Hawejah district. ”, Said Mr. Haider Qassim the relief official of the IRCS in Salahadin center.

19 Oct 2017 description

When the biggest natural disaster on record in Sierra Leone hit Freetown on 14 August, hundreds of staff and volunteers immediately joined in the response and relief efforts to assist those affected. The scale of the disaster challenged the authorities’ existing resources, particularly for search and rescue. “I played my part. Our contribution might not have made headlines in the media but it was a significant part of the process and I feel satisfied in myself to have supported these efforts,” says Dain Kay*, a volunteer grave digger in Waterloo village.

19 Oct 2017 description

19 October 2017 – The provincial health department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan has reported a cumulative total of 74 820 cases of suspected dengue fever since the outbreak was first reported on 19 July 2017, including 15 828 laboratory-confirmed cases and 54 deaths.

The district of Peshawar has reported the highest number of cases, with a current total of 68 142 suspected cases, including 14 035 confirmed cases and 50 deaths reported from local health facilities.

19 Oct 2017 description
report UN Women

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovo [1] women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.

19 Oct 2017 description

The Commonwealth of Dominica is a sovereign island country, part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island lies - southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique. Its area is 750km2, and the highest point is Morne Diablotins. The island’s vegetation is dense, a consequence of its elevation and very high rainfall, which varies from about 1800mm per year on the western coast to over 7,500mm in the mountainous interior. Dominica is a lower middle-income country and the poorest of the southeastern Caribbean islands.

19 Oct 2017 description

This weekly update is produced by UNDP in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with the Office of National Security and development partners.

Situation overview

Following the landslides and floods that hit Freetown and surrounding areas on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery.

19 Oct 2017 description

Tamatave – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has begun working with local authorities to tackle an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the port city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar.

MSF’s international medical personnel are supporting staff from the Malagasy Ministry of Health to provide treatment to the patients currently hospitalised in the plague triage and treatment centre. The specialised centre was built earlier this week outside the city’s hospital by international partners, including MSF.

19 Oct 2017 description

Sittwe/Yangon (MRCS/ICRC/IFRC) – The Red Cross has given emergency assistance to more than 28,000 people affected by violence in Rakhine since 25 August.

As well as distributing emergency items such as hygiene kits, mosquito nets, blankets and tarpaulins to 28,800 people (5,500 households), the Red Cross has provided food to more than 28,000 people and thousands have benefited from improved water and sanitation. Support to mobile clinics and seven health structures has also been given. Additionally, more than 5,000 people received cash grants.