Christian Aid is working around the clock to help those who have fled Myanmar to the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to prepare for the coming cyclone and monsoon season.
Flooding, landslides and cyclones are expected which will destroy many of the temporary shelters set up since the mass movement of people started when violence escalated in Myanmar last August. Since then, about 687,000 people have crossed the border into Bangladesh.
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region in south-eastern Bangladesh is neighbouring to the Greater Mekong region, currently flagged for the spread of resistance to the widely used antimalarial drug ‘artemisinin.’
Artemisinin-resistance means that at present the most widely used drug may not work against the disease spread by mosquitoes.
UNHCR’s overarching protection and solutions goal in Lebanon is to preserve a dignified life for refugees while working towards ensuring an end to their displacement facilitate their realization of durable solutions outside the country.
Epidemiological Highlights Week 15
• To date, 157 health facilities are currently registered as Early Warning Alert and Response System (EWARS) sites, and includes two new sites since week 14.
• In week 16, 112 weekly reports were received by Tuesday, resulting in a cumulative completeness of 68% for 2018.
• In week 16, a total 83 alerts were triggered and all the alerts went through initial verification. Of the 83 alerts, 11 alerts are currently being monitored by the WHO epidemiology team.
KYIV/DONETSK, 21 April 2018 - A UNICEF convoy carrying essential humanitarian supplies has reached the non-government-controlled areas of Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, with the support of the Government of Switzerland.
DHAKA, APRIL 25, 2018 — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), is providing an additional $50 million in humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people fleeing the Rakhine State crisis. This brings the United States’ response to the crisis in Burma and Bangladesh to more than $163 million since August 2017, and total humanitarian assistance for displaced people in and from Burma to more than $255 million since the start of FY 2017.
• UNICEF has finalized its monsoon preparedness/operational plan to mitigate the risk of floods and landslides, and to respond during the monsoon with a budget of US$10million.
• A Diarrhoea Treatment Centre (DTC) is now operational in Leda, Teknaf Upazila treating up to 20 cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) per day from both host and refugee communities. Four more DTCs will be operational in the next few weeks.
Our humanitarian colleagues tell us they are deeply concerned by the escalation of the conflict in Kachin State in Myanmar.
Thousands of civilians have been reportedly displaced by renewed fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army, while many others are trapped in conflict-affected areas, unable to flee. There are grave protection concerns for these communities as a result.
Due to a notable increase in conflict beginning on 18 February, coverage was lost in Kafr Batna, Duma and Arbin of Eastern Ghouta. The incomplete Survival Minimum Expenditure Basket (SMEB) cost from February was 427,829 SYP.
In the northwest, the median complete SMEB cost with 7.5% float increased by 7,438 SYP (+12%) to 68,664 SYP (145 USD) from 61,226 SYP in February. This was the steepest month-to-month increase and highest SMEB cost observed in the past year.
In 2017, IOM continued to respond to the needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and affected communities across Syria through its operations from Damascus, Gaziantep and Amman. Over the course of the year, IOM provided assistance – in the form of Non-Food Items (NFIs), Shelter, Logistics, Coordination, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCM), Early Recovery and Livelihoods, Protection and Health - to over 800,000 individuals in Syria.
Ar-Raqqa governorate is located in northeast Syria. The Euphrates River flows through the governorate and into Al-Thawrah Dam, the largest hydroelectric dam providing electricity in Syria, although years of conflict have impacted the Dam and limited its ability to generate electricity. Only approximately a quarter of the communities assessed in Ar-Raqqa reported access to the network, with the majority relying on generators as their main source of electricity however, Marj Al-Zuhor community reported having no electricity source.
Nairobi/Geneva, 25 April 2018 – The Kenya Red Cross Society is providing emergency relief to thousands of people impacted by rising flood waters that continue to wreak havoc in many parts of Kenya.
Since torrential rains started last month, homes and farms have been destroyed, livestock has been lost and roads and other infrastructure have been washed away. More than 210,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
New York, New York 25 April 2018
Thank you, Mr. President,
GENEVA, 24 April 2018 - his is a summary of what was said by Christophe Boulierac, UNICEF spokesperson in Geneva – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
In Papua New Guinea, almost 2 months after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit the country, children remain disproportionately affected by the disaster.
The Government estimates 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance, including 125,000 children, of which 55,000 are children under five years old.
- As of 14 April 2018, the local health authorities reported a total of 1,584 suspected diphtheria cases including 85 associated deaths (CFR=5.4%).
• The diphtheria outbreak has affected 195 districts from 20 governorates. At governorate level, Ibb and Sana'a are the most affected governorates.
• Children (<5 years of age) represent 20% of suspected diphtheria cases and 38% of associated deaths. The most affected age group is 5-15 years old representing 44 % of the cases.
• Floods have displaced over 211,000 people across Kenya and reportedly killed 72 people.
• The Masinga and Kamburu dams are reaching dangerously high levels.
• Dadaab refugee camp has also been affected and hundreds of refugees have taken shelter in schools.