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Urgent action needed as COVID-19 overwhelms PNG health system

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 02:09:03 +0000

Country: Papua New Guinea
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

“The risks of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 are skyrocketing due to limited health infrastructure, high rates of illness, all compounded by poor access to safe water," said IFRC.

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World: Protecting schools from military use

Sun, 24 Oct 2021 00:05:50 +0000

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Country: World
Source: Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack

The military use of schools in countries that endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration declined globally. New laws and military policies from governments and armed forces contributed to the reduction.

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World: IOM appeals for USD 74.7 M to provide humanitarian assistance for highly vulnerable migrants transiting Americas

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 17:58:49 +0000

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Countries: Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States of America, World
Source: International Organization for Migration

The assistance would include food, clothing, health services and psychosocial support, safe shelters, and protection for people at risk of gender-based violence and trafficking in persons.  

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Alarming spike in abductions of women and children in Haiti: More than 100 women and children kidnapped so far this year

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 15:01:56 +0000

Countries: Haiti, United States of America
Source: UN Children's Fund

In violence-stricken Haiti, the number of children and women abducted for ransom in the first eight months of 2021 has already surpassed last year’s total, UNICEF warns.

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Nigeria: Over 80 million reached as Africa trailblazes novel polio vaccine

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 13:21:24 +0000

Countries: Angola, Benin, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, World
Source: World Health Organization

Given the urgent public health need to address vaccine-derived polio globally, nOPV2 became the first vaccine to receive authorization for use under Emergency Use Listing (EUL).

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Save the Children urgently requires $30 million to address South Sudan's worsening humanitarian situation

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:08:03 +0000

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Country: South Sudan
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children appeals to donors to meet the current funding gap to help partners mitigate the impact of the floods, the worsening conditions for children, and help build a more resilient society.

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UNHCR calls on Libya to urgently develop plan for asylum seekers and refugees

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 06:21:32 +0000

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Country: Libya
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Together with other UN agencies, UNHCR stands ready to support an urgent plan of action that could help alleviate the terrible suffering of asylum-seekers and refugees in Libya.

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Severe drought in Madagascar could spur world’s first climate change famine

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 21:45:01 +0000

Country: Madagascar
Source: UN News Service

More than one million people in southern Madagascar are struggling to get enough to eat, due to what could become the first famine caused by climate change, says WFP.

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In northern Colombia, women and girls endure astonishing violence and need immediate protection and cash assistance

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 15:14:51 +0000

Countries: Colombia, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Sources: CARE, Women's Refugee Commission

CARE and WRC call on relevant national and international actors to negotiate safe, principled humanitarian access to women, girls, and other populations in need of assistance in conflict-affected regions of Norte de Santander.

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Afghanistan: New UN Development Programme emergency initiative to support Afghan people in need

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 13:42:13 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Development Programme

The new crisis response initiative that is embedded as part of the overall UN system’s response will contribute to preventing a humanitarian catastrophe and the breakdown of the country’s economy.

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Red Cross rushes relief as severe floods and landslides hit Nepal, India

Thu, 21 Oct 2021 06:25:05 +0000

Countries: India, Nepal
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies

More than 150 people have died across the two countries and dozens are missing after some of the heaviest rains in more than a century was dumped on provinces in Nepal and northern India.

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UNICEF medical supplies arrive in Kabul to treat rising cases of acute watery diarrhoea in Afghanistan

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 12:16:04 +0000

Country: Afghanistan
Source: UN Children's Fund

In the past weeks, the reported total number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea has surpassed 1,500 in Kabul city and surrounding districts.

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Children in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso face greater risk of recruitment by armed groups

Wed, 20 Oct 2021 01:35:52 +0000

Countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger
Source: Save the Children

Violence, poverty, and insecurity are threatening the safety of millions of children across the Central Sahel. Children are facing a dire protection crisis and they need access to education.

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‘Shameful milestone’ in Yemen as 10,000 children killed or maimed since fighting began

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 12:36:50 +0000

Country: Yemen
Source: UN Children's Fund

UNICEF urgently needs more than US$235 million to continue its life-saving work in Yemen till mid-2022. Otherwise, it will be forced to scale down or stop its vital assistance for vulnerable children.

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South Sudan floods wreak havoc on vulnerable communities

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 09:42:28 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

As the worst flooding in decades impacts over 700,000 people across South Sudan, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed at the critical needs facing the most vulnerable.

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Water crisis in Iraq and North East Syria ‘creeping into every corner of children’s lives’

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 02:01:00 +0000

Countries: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic
Source: Save the Children

Drought, low levels of water in key rivers, and lack of access to maintain damaged water station infrastructure have put water out of reach for millions, warns Save the Children.

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UNICEF supplies reach families cut off in Chin State, Myanmar

Tue, 19 Oct 2021 00:39:50 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Source: UN Children's Fund

For the first time since February 2021, UNICEF gained access to Mindat, which has been affected by continuing armed clashes and Myanmar's third wave of COVID-19.

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More than 3 million people in Central African Republic are in urgent need of protection and assistance

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 23:20:28 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: UN Security Council

Unabating attacks by illegal armed groups in CAR are exacerbating the already fragile security situation and undermining valuable progress made in establishing institutional stability.

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UN Secretary‑General welcomes ceasefire across Central African Republic

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 18:15:38 +0000

Country: Central African Republic
Source: UN Secretary-General

The Secretary‑General urges all parties to engage constructively through an inclusive political dialogue with a view to making tangible progress in the peace and reconciliation process.

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IRC launches emergency response for over half a million people affected by conflict, Hepatitis E and severe flooding in South Sudan

Mon, 18 Oct 2021 07:26:20 +0000

Country: South Sudan
Source: International Rescue Committee

For a country in such an unstable condition, the compounded effects of climate change and conflict have devastating consequences for already vulnerable populations.

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