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23 Jun 2018 description

The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) has concluded a 5-day meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, with specific and general recommendations to be transmitted to each country for implementation towards polio eradication in the continent.

The Chair of ARCC Professor Rose Leke on 22 June in Abuja requested strict adherence to the Commission’s recommendation by all countries in order to rid Africa of the debilitating disease in the shortest possible time.

22 Jun 2018 description

The Emergency Communications officers had been dispatched to support routine health messaging before a major international football championship. They had just arrived, but they could already sense that something was off.

The border guards were unusually tense, looming clouds threatened heavy rain, and radio talk shows were inundated with rumours and calls for protests.

Soon after settling in, their fears were confirmed. Unexpected outbreaks of both Zika virus disease and cholera were occurring, just as the international crowds were arriving.

22 Jun 2018 description

Contents

357 Joint External Evaluation in crisis countries – a perspective from the Eastern Mediterranean Region

362 Strategic response to an outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, Syrian Arab Republic, 2017–2018

Sommaire

357 Évaluation externe conjointe dans les pays en situation de crise – perspective de la Région de la Méditerranée orientale

362 Riposte stratégique à une flambée de poliovirus circulants dérivés d’une souche vaccinale de type 2, République arabe Syrienne, 2017-2018

22 Jun 2018 description

A Briefing Note for policy makers and programme implementers

22 Jun 2018 description

ECOSOC/6932
21 JUIN 2018
CONSEIL ÉCONOMIQUE ET SOCIAL
SESSION DE 2018, 39E & 40E SÉANCES PLÉNIÈRES – MATIN & APRÈS-MIDI

Le Conseil économique et social (ECOSOC) a clos, cet après-midi, la session 2018 de son segment humanitaire en adoptant sans vote sa résolution annuelle sur le « renforcement de la coordination de l’aide humanitaire d’urgence fournie par les organismes des Nations Unies ».

21 Jun 2018 description

ECOSOC/6932
21 JUNE 2018
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
2018 SESSION, 39TH & 40TH MEETINGS (AM & PM)

Concluding its humanitarian affairs segment, the Economic and Social Council today adopted a resolution on improving emergency response, stressing that the United Nations could better coordinate the protection of civilians, including women and children, persons with disabilities, the wounded, sick and displaced.

21 Jun 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, JUNE 21, 2018 --- The World Bank Group’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) welcomes Australia as a donor to the PEF, joining Japan and Germany. Australia is contributing US$7.2 million to the PEF’s Cash Window, which was set up through an initial contribution from Germany. Australia will also now be a voting member of the PEF Steering Body.

21 Jun 2018 description
report The Global Fund

Robust health systems are not only essential to ending HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics, but they yield broader outcomes, delivering health care in a sustainable, equitable and effective way. Resilient and sustainable systems for health accelerate progress toward universal health coverage, and help countries prepare for emerging threats to global health security.

21 Jun 2018 description

Summary

As a vibrant community of practice, the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) serves its members through its core functions of community-building, convening, knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, facilitating and learning, and providing members with the resources and support they need to carry out their work.

21 Jun 2018 description

The following syndrome has been flagged:

  • Acute Fever and Rash: Northern Marianna Islands, Tonga

Other Updates:

Invasive Meningococcal Disease:

21 Jun 2018 description
report UN News Service

Le changement climatique, les conflits, les inégalités, la persistance de la pauvreté et de la famine et l'urbanisation rapide remettent en question les efforts des pays pour atteindre les objectifs de développement durable (ODD), selon un rapport de l'ONU publié mercredi à New York.

20 Jun 2018 description

A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UN report launched in New York today.

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018 found that conflict and climate change were major contributing factors leading to growing numbers of people facing hunger and forced displacement, as well as curtailing progress towards universal access to basic water and sanitation services.

20 Jun 2018 description

DOHUK, Iraq – As violence consumed her home in Aleppo, Ghalia’s parents and brother were killed. Ghalia, now 33, fled to Al-Hasakeh, in north-eastern Syria, to live with her uncle’s family. Amid the chaos of war and displacement, she found an unexpected source of hope: She fell in love.

Months into her new life in Al-Hasakeh, she met an Iraqi man who swept her off her feet. They proceeded with a customary marriage, and she soon became pregnant. 

20 Jun 2018 description
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The international community has developed a wide array of policies, frameworks, and structures to help respond to health needs in conflict-affected settings, but the international health response still faces gaps and challenges. On June 7th and 8th, 2018, IPI and the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute took up this subject in a retreat in Geneva on “Doctors in War Zones: International Policy and Health Care in Armed Conflict.”

20 Jun 2018 description

ECDC launched the HEPSA (Health Emergency Preparedness Self-Assessment) tool, in order to support countries in improving their level of public health emergency preparedness. The tool is worksheet-based and is targeted at professionals in public health organisations responsible for emergency planning and event management.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and violence as well as protests and other events affecting the delivery of and access to healthcare. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources. All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Middle-East and North Africa
Occupied Palestinian Territories

20 Jun 2018 description

Résumé

Le présent rapport a été établi en application de la résolution 46/182 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle l’Assemblée a prié le Secrétaire général de lui faire rapport chaque année, ainsi qu’au Conseil économique et social, sur la question de la coordination de l’aide humanitaire d’urgence. Il fait également suite à la résolution 72/133 de l’Assemblée et à la résolution 2017/14 du Conseil. Le présent rapport porte sur la période allant du 1er janvier au 31 décembre 2017.

20 Jun 2018 description

"This is a wake-up call" that action is needed now to deal with fast-approaching problems, says one urban expert

By Laurie Goering

CAPE TOWN, June 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In just 30 years, cities around the world will face dramatically higher risks from extreme heat, coastal flooding, power blackouts and food and water shortages unless climate-changing emissions are curbed, urban researchers warned Tuesday.

19 Jun 2018 description
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Summary

The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/182, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report annually to the Assembly and the Economic and Social Council on the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance. The report is also submitted in response to Assembly resolution 72/133 and Economic and Social Council resolution 2017/14. The period covered by the report is 1 January to 31 December 2017.