Since the outbreak of the civil war in South Sudan 4 years ago, on the 13th of December 2013, millions of South Sudanese have been and are still fleeing every day from brutal violence, extensive food insecurity and a lack of access to basic services. Handicap International is supporting civilians displaced within the country and the people who took refuge in neighbouring countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya or Uganda.
Mogadishu, Somalia, 12 December 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) today supported the Somali Federal Ministry of Health with a shipment of over 32 tons of medicines and medical supplies to be prepositioned in districts of the Banadir region/Mogadishu as well as the districts of Kismayo, Baidoa, Adado, Baladwayne, and Hudur.
ACCES HUMANITAIRE RESTAURÉ À MOBAYE
Des groupes armés rivaux dans la ville de Mobaye, au sud du pays, ont accepté de cesser le feu, de libérer les routes principales et de permettre des opérations d'aide. L'assistance alimentaire, la protection civile et l'éducation sont les besoins humanitaires urgents. Une organisation humanitaire a déjà envoyé des approvisionnements médicaux à la ville où une alerte de potentielle crise nutritionnelle a été lancée.
ATTACKS CLAIM 10 LIVES IN CRISIS-HIT REGION
At least 10 people were killed on 7 and 10 December in the South-West region, which along with the North-West, have been gripped by protests and violence against alleged Government marginalisation. More than 5,000 people have already fled to neighbouring Nigeria. There are fears that the figure could rise with the escalating tensions.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
AID ACCESS IMPROVES IN MOBAYE
Shipment of the humanitarian aid with baby milk was delivered by a Czech Army plane to Syria on December 11, 2017. The delivery was organized in cooperation of Czech Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence and Administration of State Material Reserves. Almost 3,7 tons of baby milk worth 650 thousand CZK were handed over to the representatives of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). This organization is operating on the major part of the Syrian territory, even in difficult conditions caused by the ongoing conflict.
In South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, drought and conflict left almost 23 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment by March 2017, when the DEC launched its appeal. While relief assistance in 2017 has been providing a life-line to people and communities in these four countries, preventing a rapid deterioration of the humanitarian crisis, persistent drought and ongoing fighting continue to affect the lives of millions. A sustained, and in places, increased relief effort is needed into 2018 to protect livelihoods and prevent loss of life.
To improve health of women and girls in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Central America, Grand Challenges Canada and partners launch or scale-up 18 projects, bring Canada's new Feminist International Assistance Policy to life.
Toronto - Grand Challenges Canada today announced 18 projects extending innovative forms of health-related lifelines to some of humanity's most acutely impoverished, neglected and vulnerable women and girls, supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
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KINSHASA/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 12 December 2017 – At least 400,000 children under five in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and could die in 2018 if they are not urgently reached with lifesaving health and nutrition interventions, UNICEF warned today. The dire situation has largely been caused by violence, mass displacement and reduced agricultural production over the past 18 months.
The humanitarian situation for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh remains dire, with some 646,000 refugees newly arrived since 25 August 2017. At least 58% of them are children. Even if the pace of arrivals has slowed down, thousands of refugees continue to arrive every week, adding pressure on already heavily stretched resources on the ground.
The war has had a devastating impact on the areas previously controlled by the militants
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BAGHDAD, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The United States is committed to helping Iraq recover from three years of war against Islamic State despite President Donald Trump cutting the foreign aid budget, a senior official in its main government aid agency has said.
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Countries across Latin America and beyond have received a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship, crime and what critics call an increasingly authoritarian government
By Anthony Boadle
BOA VISTA, Brazil, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.
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To assist South Asia with post disaster response due to the recent flooding and population displacements in the region, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China has partnered with the United Nations Development programme (UNDP), to provide US $12 million to support early recovery efforts in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal.
From 1 January though 29 November 2017, a total of 3967 laboratory-confirmed and probable cases including 76 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.9%) were reported by the Ministry of Health to WHO. Of the cases reported, 596 were laboratory confirmed.
From 1 January 2017 through 29 November, 20 of 47 counties (43%) in Kenya have reported cases. As of 29 November, seven counties continue to have active cholera outbreaks (Embu, Garissa, Kirinyaga, Mombasa, Nairobi, Turkana, and Wajir).
On 6 October 2017, the Minister of Health declared an outbreak of cholera in the Zambian capital, Lusaka. From 28 September through 7 December 2017, 547 cases including 15 deaths (case fatality rate = 1.8%), have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak. The initial outbreak period was from 28 September through 20 October. From 21 October through 4 November 2017 there were less than five cases reported each week. However, from 5 November 2017 an increase in the number of cases was observed with a total of 136 cases reported in the week beginning 26 November.
Los simulacros tratan de preparar a la población ante sismos, lluvias, inundaciones, deslizamientos o erupciones volcánicas
El Ministerio de Salud (Minsa) realizará mañana martes ejercicios de preparación previos al tercer Simulacro Nacional Multiamenazas que tendrá lugar el próximo 19 de diciembre, según informó hoy la vicepresidenta Rosario Murillo.
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Les autorités du Burkina Faso doivent trouver une solution aux violences commises par des groupes d’autodéfense, ouvrir une enquête sur des actes de torture présumés commis par la police et protéger les femmes et les filles exposées à des risques de mariage précoce, a déclaré Amnesty International le 8 décembre dans sa communication présentée à l’occasion de l’Examen périodique universel du pays.
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A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit the Hijdak area in Kerman province on Friday, 1st December 2017 at 06:02 a.m. local time. So far, 461 aftershocks have rocked the region with the biggest of that scales 5.5 on the Richter according to the Iranian seismological centre. Assessments have been done in 30 cities and villages and the Iranian Red Crescent is providing relief assistance to 15 villages in Hijdak district.
Iranian Red Crescent
To date, there are nearly 860,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar – of whom 646,000 have arrived since 25 August. Not only has the pace of new arrivals since 25 August made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided nearly 21,000 health, medical and rehabilitation services to the earthquake victims in the province of Kermanshah.
These services, estimated at about 20,997 cases, include patient visits, medical emergencies, pregnancy services to pregnant women, physiotherapy and technical orthopedics.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society has been providing emergency services to earthquake victims since November 16.