Lathyrism, a disease caused by consuming a lot of grass pea, has been affecting thousands in Ethiopia. A DCA partner, EOC- DICAC has raised the issue and discussed with participates on short and long term solutions.
17.10.2014 by Tinbit Amare Dejene
“I was very angry when I first discover my paralysis; I wanted to commit suicide,” said Sisay Teka, 53, victim for the past 30 years. “I suspect the first time I was exposed was when I make a direct contact with the seed coat while feeding my cattle”.
Eight months after conflict broke out, thousands of South Sudanese refugees continue to flee into Ethiopia but lack of funding makes it difficult to provide shelter, clean water and proper sanitation. In August 2014, DanChurchAid visited Leitchuor camp in the Gambella region of south western Ethiopia.
Continued military operations are compounding a health care crisis in Gaza, with hospitals ill-prepared to meet the critical needs arising from a wide-scale emergency right now. The signatory organizations are calling for an immediate ceasefire, noting that all parties must respect international humanitarian law and abide by their obligations to protect civilians from harm.
The small disasters in Myanmar don’t get shown on CNN. But they still make a big difference locally and knock the breath out of people in small villages. That is why the Baptist Church in Denmark supports the Baptist’s disaster preparedness in Chin State in Myanmar through DanChurchAid.
“The problem in our village is diarrhoea. There was a new attack when I left for this course”. U Htay Nyunt is a farmer in Ma-kyee-san village in Chin State of Myanmar and one of 25 participants from in all 16 villages at the first local training course.
83.000 US dollars are on their way to the victims in the Badahkshan province in Afghanistan, who were hit by a mudslide last week. The money will provide relief in terms of food, medical assistance and shelter to the affected families.
09.05.2014 by Lisbeth Svalgaard
2,500 people were buried alive, when the mud came sliding down and covered the village rapidly. Neighbors rushing to help were caught in the mud as well. Around 4,000 thousand people are now displaced.
HOPE DESPITE CRISES
With great hopes for the future the new chairman of the board, Paul Mollerup, addressed the annual general assembly in Nyborg, Central Denmark.
“Impressive 1,300 donations for the work are what DanChurchAid receives every day. And this is what has made DCA and our supporters able to contribute to reach four of the MDG. This has given hope for some of the World’s most vulnerable people,” the new chairman of DanChurchAid Paul Mollerup said in his keynote speech at the annual general assembly 2014.
Rain is already falling in South Sudan, and that is far earlier than usual. They rainy season causes major problems for the population, who is already struggling with the consequences of a broken ceasefire.
Usually, the rainy season begins in the summer, but this year the first heavy rainfalls have already hit South Sudan. Large amounts of rainwater in a short period is catastrophic for the war-torn country, where five million people need help.