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Turkey: EU-funded training enables Syrian medical personnel to contribute to their community
Description: Access to health care is one of the major concerns of the over 3.4 million refugees in Turkey. While emergency hospital treatment in Turkey is free of charge, many Syrian and refugees are reluctant or unable to use these facilities due to language and cultural barriers. Many local health facilities are also struggling to cope with the influx of refugee patients. The EU and other donors are supporting the Turkish administration in their efforts to address this issue by setting up migrant health centres all over the country. Among the refugees, some Syrian health professionals have also been able to find employment in these health centers; this is much appreciated by the refugees who feel more comfortable being treated by Arab speaking doctors and nurses. The EU has also promoted the employment of Syrian medical personnel through a training program carried by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This training allows Syrian doctors and other medical professionals amongst the refugee and migrant population to understand the rules and regulations governing the medical profession in Turkey and allows them to practice medicine inside the Turkish health facilities. With a grant of €12 million from the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, WHO has already trained over one thousand Syrian doctors, nurses and translators, providing a vital service to the refugee community. Video by WHO
  13 Sep 2017   10m43s 2 23 0
Responding to the drought in Somalia
Description: For agropastoralists in Somalia losing their animals is a telltale sign of trouble ahead. In many parts of the country, rains have barely brought reprieve from the prolonged drought that is affecting the Horn of Africa region. Up to 75% of livestock has died in the worst affected areas. Amid outbreaks of cholera and measles, people have fled massively to areas where they can get help. The EU has released almost €119 million for life-saving aid in the form of cash transfers, water and sanitation as well as health care. Video by EU
  13 Sep 2017   2m24s 1 26 0
Electronic cash aid helping Somali families in need
Description: Like 750 000 other Somalis, Sadia and her neighbours were displaced by the severe drought that is affecting the Horn of Africa region. She was heavily pregnant when they decided to leave their village on foot for fear of starvation. In Dolow, a Somali town on the border with Ethiopia, she has found shelter in a camp for displaced people and receives food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) thanks to EU Humanitarian funds. Video by EU
  13 Sep 2017   2m3s 2 12 0
World Humanitarian Day: The most rewarding thing about being an aid worker is...
Description: World Humanitarian Day on 19 August marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. The EU is committed to promoting global respect and compliance with International Humanitarian Law, together with the Humanitarian Principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. These help protect the lives of humanitarian workers and ensure safe and unhindered access to those in need.
  14 Aug 2017   1m15s 3 46 0
World Humanitarian Day: I will never forget...
Description: World Humanitarian Day on 19 August marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. The EU is committed to promoting global respect and compliance with International Humanitarian Law, together with the Humanitarian Principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. These help protect the lives of humanitarian workers and ensure safe and unhindered access to those in need.
  11 Aug 2017   57s 3 68 0
World Humanitarian Day: Being a humanitarian aid worker is difficult when...
Description: World Humanitarian Day on 19 August marks the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, when 22 humanitarian workers lost their lives. The EU is committed to promoting global respect and compliance with International Humanitarian Law, together with the Humanitarian Principles – humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence. These help protect the lives of humanitarian workers and ensure safe and unhindered access to those in need.
  11 Aug 2017   1m53s 4 51 0
Beyond words: how deaf-mute Amaboua escaped Boko Haram and survived
Description: What if you have to escape Boko Haram, and you couldn't even scream? That’s the story of Amaboua, a 15-year-old deaf-mute girl from Cameroon and her long journey towards recovery. A UNICEF project funded by the EU has helped her get the support she needs and look towards the future. Since the start of the Boko Haram conflict in 2009, 1.3 million children have been displaced across the Lake Chad region. The EU’s humanitarian department and UNICEF have joined hands to protect children from the effects of the conflict underway in Nigeria and spilling over Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The €6.3 million multi-country effort will benefit a total of 158,900 children through education and protection services before the end of 2017. One pillar of the initiative is to work with community child protection committees. They help unaccompanied displaced children like Amaboua find foster families and eventually, whenever possible, reunite with theirs. Video by UNICEF
  28 Jul 2017   2m57s 1 74 0
Αφήνοντας πίσω τη ζωή στους καταυλισμούς προσφύγων στην Ελλάδα
Description: "Διακινδυνεύσαμε τη ζωή μας μέσω της θάλασσας, όλα αυτά στο όνομα μιας καλύτερης ζωής για τα παιδιά μου", λέει ο Asad Bairam, ένας πρόσφυγας από τη Συρία. Η φωνή του είναι μόνο μία από τους χιλιάδες πρόσφυγες που έχουν παρόμοιες ιστορίες, οι οποίοι έχουν βρεθεί στην Ελλάδα. Η Ελλάδα υπήρξε ένας πρώτος παραλήπτης ανθρώπων που φεύγουν από τις χώρες τους που έχουν υποστεί πόλεμο, ο αριθμός των οποίων έχει πλήξει τους πόρους της χώρας. Από την αρχή της κρίσης, το βιοτικό επίπεδο στα καμπ έχει βελτιωθεί δραστικά. Ωστόσο, η νέα προτεραιότητα είναι να βοηθηθούν οι πρόσφυγες να ενταχθούν στην ελληνική κοινωνία. Η ΕΕ, μαζί με τον ανθρωπιστικό της εταίρο την Ύπατη Αρμοστεία των Ηνωμένων Εθνών για τους Πρόσφυγες (UNHCR), και οι ελληνικές αρχές εργάζονται από κοινού για να προσφέρουν στους πρόσφυγες μια αίσθηση ομαλότητας μέσω του προγράμματος ESTIA (Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation) που παρέχει στους πρόσφυγες αξιοπρεπή διαμονή υπό μορφή ενοικιασμένων διαμερισμάτων και μηνιαίας οικονομικής βοήθειας. Με μια στέγη πάνω από το κεφάλι τους, καθώς και ζώντας δίπλα σε Έλληνες γείτονες, η χρηματική βοήθεια βοηθά τον Asad και την οικογένειά του να ενταχθούν στην τοπική κοινότητα. Ο Asad μπορεί να χρησιμοποιήσει χρήματα που έχουν πιστωθεί σε χρεωστική κάρτα για να αγοράσει τα απαραίτητα για να καλύψει τις βασικές ανάγκες της οικογένειάς του. Αυτό παράλληλα δίνει την ευκαιρία στον ίδιο να ενταχθεί στην ελληνική κοινωνία, ενώ τα χρήματα χρησιμοποιούνται και τροφοδοτούν την τοπική οικονομία
  27 Jul 2017   6m39s 1 37 0
A life beyond camps for refugees in Greece
Description: "We risked our lives through the sea, all this in the name of a better life for my children," says Asad Bairam, a refugee from Syria. His voice is just one of the thousands of refugees who have similar stories, who have found themselves in Greece. Greece has been a frontline receiver of people fleeing their war-torn countries, the sheer number of which has placed a great strain on the country's resources. Since the beginning of the crisis, living standards in camps have improved drastically; however, the priority has since shifted to helping refugees integrate into Greek society. The EU together with its humanitarian partner UNHCR and the Greek authorities are working together to provide refugees with a sense of normality through its ESTIA programme (Emergency Support To Integration and Accommodation) which provides refugees with dignified accommodation in the form of rented apartments and monthly cash assistance. With a roof over their head, living next door to Greek neighbours, cash assistance helps Asad and his family integrate in the local community. Asad can use money credited to a debit card to buy the necessities to cover his family's basic needs; this provides an opportunity for him to interact in Greek society while the money is fed into the local economy. Video by EU
  27 Jul 2017   6m19s 3 278 0
Bangladesh: Building resilience through reality TV
Description: Due to its unique geography, Bangladesh is highly exposed to a wide variety of natural hazards ranging from floods, cyclones, earthquakes, droughts and river erosion. Bangladesh is also the most densely populated country in the world which means even a small disaster can adversely affect a large number of people. To better prepare the population for future disasters, the European Commission has supported the BBC Media-run reality TV show Amrai Pari ('Together we can do it'), which visits villages in the most disaster-prone areas across the country as residents join hands to strengthen communities’ disaster preparedness capacities. It showcases simple, low-cost solutions to everyday problems that can be easily replicated, and stresses the importance of community work in bringing about change at the local level. After three seasons on air, research shows that close to half of the viewers have been inspired by the programme to actually change something in their life in order to better prepare themselves against natural disasters. Video by BBC Media Action
  25 Jul 2017   14m13s 2 31 0
How e-vouchers are transforming market shopping in DRC
Description: DR Congo has the sad honour of topping the list of countries with the most internally displaced people. More than half a million of the 3.8 million displaced live in the North Kivu province, where a whole host of armed groups continue to terrorise the population. With populations constantly on the move, EU humanitarian funds are channeled towards appropriate forms of emergency assistance. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), is piloting the distribution of e-vouchers and organises food fairs. This is a fast and safe way of providing both the displaced and host communities with food and basic household items. Video by NRC
  24 Jul 2017   2m36s 3 33 0
Innovations in cash assistance help drought-stricken Kenya
Description: Half of Kenya is affected by severe drought and the government has declared a national drought emergency. The pastoralist Turkana have been particularly hard hit and it is women who often bear the burden of collecting water. With EU humanitarian funding, OXFAM has introduced an innovative way of ensuring access to water for drought-stricken communities. The E-wallet - an electronic card loaded with cash - provides beneficiaries relief when natural water sources have dried up and there’s no cash to buy water. The system has been rolled in Kenya’s Turkana county. Video by OXFAM
  24 Jul 2017   2m55s 2 15 0