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Philippines: UNFPA and Australia heed the call of health workers, pregnant mothers of Fabella Hospital

Wed, 12 May 2021 04:44:26 +0000

Country: Philippines
Source: United Nations Population Fund

MANILA, Philippines -- Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital received a fully equipped Emergency Maternity Tent Facility (EMTF) complemented with Reproductive Health Kits through the Multi-Year Prepositioning Project of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in the Philippines, with the Government of Australia. The hospital will use the EMTF in assisting pregnant women under normal to complicated birth deliveries amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital continues to operate and provide reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health services to pregnant women in the National Capital Region in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Esmeraldo Ilem, Chief of Hospital, shared. “Even with the pandemic, admission and delivery in the hospital remain high at an average of forty (40) per day,” he added. The Fabella Hospital is the hospital of choice for pregnant women, especially among the urban poor in the Greater Manila Area.

UNFPA, through its strategic partnership with the Australian Government, immediately responded to the request of Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital after warnings of rising COVID-19 cases among patients seeking healthcare. The tent will support the hospital to triage incoming patients, separating symptomatic and asymptomatic patients to prevent the admixture of cases.

“This is a COVID-19 response to ensuring that mothers and hospital staff are safe and healthy amid this health crisis. No health worker or expectant mother should feel threatened because safety protocols, like physical distancing, cannot be practiced in the hospital. No expectant mother should be denied care because health systems are overwhelmed,” Dr. Leila Sajii Joudane, UNFPA Country Representative, underscored.

The 42 square meter emergency tent, complete with medical furniture and equipment, will be used by the hospital’s health personnel to provide reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child services in the hospital. Reproductive health kits contain midwifery supplies and reusable equipment for clinical delivery assistance and reusable equipment for complicated deliveries requiring surgical interventions.

*“The tent and the equipment from the Australian Government and UNFPA will benefit our health workforce, especially those who are assigned to the Emergency Room and Admission Area,” *expressed Dr. Romeo Bituin, Fabella Hospital Chief of Medical Professional Staff. *“At present, we receive in the ER patients on imminent delivery and those with serious medical conditions like seizure and hypertension. The tent will provide additional space for our medical team to attend to the urgent needs of our arriving patients. Our health workers feel safer and also comfortable in the tent with its new supplies and equipment,” *Dr. Romeo Bituin added.

In the next six months, the tent will support about 20,000 women of reproductive age seeking on-site consultation. It will directly support 600 normal deliveries and 300 complicated pregnancies needing surgical intervention.

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UNHCR Malaysia: 2021 Funding Update (as of 11 May 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 04:21:12 +0000

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Countries: Malaysia, Myanmar
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Please refer to the attached file.

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Myanmar: Landmines / ERW Incidents Information (January - March 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 04:17:28 +0000

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Country: Myanmar
Source: UN Children's Fund

Please refer to the attached Infographic.

Highlights

Figures of the first quarter of 2021 show that the number of casualties countrywide (57) reached 23% of the whole year of 2020 (252). Shan State shouldered 42% of the total casualties countrywide whereas Rakhine and Kachin shouldered 37% and 12% respectively. Children represent 32% of casualties from landmine/ERW explosions countrywide. Rakhine State accounts for the highest rate of child casualties with 48% of the total. Compare with the same period of 2020 (40 incidents with 92 casualties), the incidents and casualties were less in 2021 (27 incidents with 57 casualties). However, it has noted that incidents and casualties in Shan and Kachin started to rise with the renewed armed clashes between EAOs and Tatmadaw following the February 1 military take-over.

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India: Singapore Red Cross’ relief operations chart progress, medical supplies expected to reach seven states

Wed, 12 May 2021 03:31:51 +0000

Country: India
Source: Singapore Red Cross
  • Humanitarian aid of S$3.6M for public hospitals and healthcare services
  • Corporate and public donations surpass S$3.2 million in two weeks

Singapore, 12 May 2021 - At today’s media briefing the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) announced progress in its humanitarian operations towards supporting the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak in India. The first tranche of aid, worth about SGD 3.6 million, includes medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders, and ventilators to directly support patients and healthcare workers in hospitals; as well as hygiene and medical kits for those in quarantine centres or under home quarantine, along with frontline workers and volunteers responding to the pandemic.

SRC has also been working with its partners to mobilise additional support for the response. As of today, 1,300 oxygen cylinders, 3 ISO cryogenic tanks and 5 ventilators have arrived in India and are being distributed to public hospitals and other healthcare support institutions. Further shipments comprising over 4 million surgical masks, 1.5 million N95 masks, 2,000 oxygen concentrators, 1,200 oxygen cylinders, and 150 ventilators are expected to arrive over the coming weeks.

Giving an insight on the complexity of the procurement and logistics process, Mr Benjamin William, SRC Secretary General / CEO, shared, “Over the past weeks, we have been meeting key stakeholders on a daily basis to coordinate our response to the pressing needs in India. While oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and ventilators are most needed, the surge in global demand has resulted in a shortage of medical supplies for immediate delivery. We are leveraging our regional networks and partnerships to secure the supplies and to get them where they are most needed. The operations are a reflection of our Singapore Inc approach to this response - where teamwork, resourcefulness and effectiveness take centrestage.”

The items being sent by SRC will be distributed throughout India through the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), which has been actively responding to the crisis. In particular, SRC is working with IRCS to distribute the ventilators and oxygen concentrators to seven states most affected by the pandemic - the aid will be delivered and deployed to health institutions in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

Since the launch of its public appeal on 28 April, SRC has received over S$3.2 million in donations from organisations and individuals. SRC continues to identify and source for the needed items, ensuring that these items meet the standards and specifications, and at the same time, are reasonably priced. As more funds are raised, they will be committed to additional purchases and deployment in the most needed areas of India. SRC continues to work closely with its ground partners to understand the evolving needs and render the necessary support.

Mr William added, “Over the past two weeks, we have seen an outpouring of support from individuals and organisations, for which we are grateful. With the number of cases in India increasing day by day, the needs on the ground are growing in tandem, and so are the resources required to support affected and at-risk communities. Our current focus is on maximising the impact of these donations, to help strengthen communities to eventually overcome the outbreak. As stewards of the donations, we will take every effort to ensure that the funds received from the residents in Singapore are used in the most meaningful and efficient way.”

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World: UNHCR Funding Update: Coronavirus Emergency (as of 11 May 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 03:10:42 +0000

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Country: World
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Please refer to the attached file.

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Lebanon: Le Liban : Transferts d’espèces pour la Santé Sexuelle et Reproductive (SSR) dans le cadre des programmes de protection

Wed, 12 May 2021 02:27:30 +0000

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Country: Lebanon
Source: CARE

Please refer to the attached file.

Contexte Cette étude fait partie d’une étude multi-pays plus large réalisée par CARE intitulé “Transferts Monétaires Pour Des Résultats En Matière De Santé Et Des Droits Sexuels Et Reproductifs : Enseignements Tirés De L’équateur, La Colombie, Le Liban”.
Et la explosion dans le port de Beyrouth a fait des centaines de morts et des milliers de blessés, endommagé de nombreux quartiers, dont des hôpitaux et des immeubles résidentiels, et laissé 300 000 personnes sans abri.

Les conséquences économiques, sociales et psychologiques de l’explosion se sont ajoutées à une population déjà éprouvée par la crise économique et les conséquences de la COVID-19. La Croix-Rouge libanaise a rapporté dans une étude postexplosion que, parmi les personnes interrogées, environ 5 % des répondants ont déclaré avoir des membres de leur famille enceintes ou allaitantes et, parmi ces ménages, 40 % ont déclaré avoir besoin de services de SMI. Un rapport de l’UNFPA a identifié une diminution de la disponibilité des services de SSR en raison des installations détruites ou endommagées lors de l’explosion.

Avant l’explosion, le groupe de travail inter-agences sur la Violence Sexuelle et Basée sur le Genre (SGBV) a mené une évaluation auprès de 562 femmes et filles à travers le pays sur l’impact de la SGBV depuis le début de la COVID-19. Cette évaluation a révélé que 51 % des personnes interrogées se sentaient moins en sécurité dans leur communauté et que seulement 30 % d’entre elles déclaraient avoir accès aux services de santé. Soixante-sept pour cent des répondants ont déclaré que le principal obstacle à l’accès aux services était le manque d’argent.

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Ecuador: vales para servicios de Salud Sexual y Reproductiva

Wed, 12 May 2021 02:19:59 +0000

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Countries: Ecuador, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: CARE

Please refer to the attached file.

Antecedentes

Este estudio es parte de un estudio multipaís más amplio realizado por CARE titulado “Programas de Transferencias Monetarias para Salud Sexual y Reproductiva: Aprendizajes de Ecuador, Colombia, Líbano y Somalia”. Ecuador es tanto un país de tránsito como un país de destino para los refugiados y migrantes de Venezuela y otros países. En julio de 2020, más de 400 000 venezolanos vivían en Ecuador.

Los refugiados y migrantes venezolanos tienen considerables necesidades sanitarias, psicosociales y económicas. Dentro de estos grupos, las mujeres, las adolescentes y las personas Lesbianas, gais, bisexuales, transgénero e intersexuales (LGBTQI) se enfrentan a mayores riesgos de Violencia Basado en Genero (VG), trata de personas y explotación sexual, así como a dificultades para obtener ingresos mientras están en Ecuador. A pesar de que el sistema de salud pública en Ecuador es gratuito para todos, sin importar su estado migratorio, no todos los servicios de salud (en especial los servicios de SSR) está cubiertos em el sistema público. Además, el acceso seguro a los servicios disponibles sin discriminación por nacionalidad, orientación sexual o identidad de género o edad es una barrera para el acceso y la aceptación de los servicios de SSR en Ecuador.

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Somalia: Cash Transfers via Mobile Money for Maternal Child Health Services

Wed, 12 May 2021 02:02:14 +0000

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Country: Somalia
Source: CARE

Please refer to the attached file.

Background

This study is part of a larger multi-country study by CARE entitled “Cash and Voucher Assistance for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Outcomes: Learnings from Colombia, Ecuador, Lebanon and Somalia.”

CARE Somalia has used Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) in its programs for over ten years. This includes CVA for food security and livelihoods, nutrition, WASH, and education, as well as multipurpose cash transfers. Since 2018, with support from Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) (now the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)), CARE Somalia has been implementing a food security and Livelihoods, health, nutrition, protection and WASH program. With BHA support, CARE currently supports 19 MCH facilities across Somaliland and Puntland that target children and pregnant and lactating women (PLW).

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Ecuador: Vouchers for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights

Wed, 12 May 2021 01:51:12 +0000

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Countries: Ecuador, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Source: CARE

Please refer to the attached file.

Background

This study is part of a larger multi-country study by CARE entitled “Cash and Voucher Assistance for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Outcomes: Learnings from Colombia, Ecuador, Lebanon and Somalia."

Ecuador is both a transit and destination country for refugees and migrants from Venezuela and elsewhere. As of July 2020, over 400,000 Venezuelans were living in Ecuador. Venezuelan refugees and migrants have considerable health, psychosocial, and economic needs. Within these groups, women, adolescents, and LGBTQI people face heightened risks of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), human trafficking, and sexual exploitation as well as challenges to earning an income while in Ecuador. Although the public health system in Ecuador is free to all regardless of migration status, not all health – and especially SRH services – are covered in the public system. Furthermore, safe access to available services without discrimination based on nationality, sexual orientation/gender identity, or age is a barrier to access and uptake of SRH services in Ecuador.

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Lebanon: Cash Transfers for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) within Protection [EN/AR]

Wed, 12 May 2021 01:44:11 +0000

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Country: Lebanon
Source: CARE

Please refer to the attached files.

Background

This study is part of a larger multi-country study by CARE entitled “Cash and Voucher Assistance for Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Outcomes: Learnings from Colombia, Ecuador, Lebanon and Somalia.”

On August 4, 2020, an explosion in the port of Beirut left hundreds killed and thousands injured, damaged numerous neighborhoods – including hospitals and residential buildings – and left 300,000 people homeless. The economic, social, and psychological tolls of the blast were added to an already strained population suffering from an economic crisis and the impacts of COVID-19. The Lebanese Red Cross reported in a post-blast study that, of those surveyed, approximately 5% of respondents reported having family members who were pregnant or lactating and, of those households, 40% reported needing Maternal Child Health (MCH) services. A UNFPA report identified a decrease in SRH service availability due to facilities destroyed or damaged in the blast.

Prior to the blast, the Interagency Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) Task Force conducted an assessment with 562 women and girls across the country on the SGBV impact since the beginning of COVID-19. This assessment found that 51% of respondents felt less safe in their communities and only 30% reported accessing health services. Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that the main barrier to accessing services was lack of money.

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India: Sub: Likely formation of a Cyclonic Storm over east central Arabian Sea around 16th May 2021, Time of issue: 1500 hours IST Dated: 11-05-2021

Wed, 12 May 2021 01:07:12 +0000

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Country: India
Source: Government of India

Please refer to the attached file.

A low pressure area is very likely to form over southeast Arabian Sea around 14th May morning. It is very likely to move north-northwestwards across southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and intensify gradually. It may intensify into a Cyclonic Storm over east central Arabian Sea around 16th May and continue to move north-northwestwards.

Warnings:

(i) Rainfall:

  • Lakshadweep Islands: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy falls at isolated places on 13th May and heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely on 14th May. The intensity is likely to further increase and very heavy falls at a few places and extremely heavy falls at isolated places very likely on 15th May.

  • Kerala: Light to moderate rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places very likely over Kerala on 14th & 15th May.

  • Tamil Nadu: Light to moderate rainfall at a few places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely over south Tamil Nadu on 14th May & at many places with heavy to very heavy falls at isolated places over Ghat districts of Tamil Nadu on 15th May.

  • Karnataka: Light to moderate rainfall at many places with heavy falls at isolated places very likely over coastal & adjoining Ghat areas of south interior Karnataka on 14th May & very heavy falls at isolated places on 15th May.

(ii) Wind warning

  • Squally weather with wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph is very likely over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep – Maldives area and equatorial Indian Ocean from 14th May morning. It is very likely to increase gradually becoming 50- 60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph over the same region from 15th morning.

  • It is likely to increase gradually becoming Gale wind speed reaching 60 – 70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph over east-central Arabian Sea and adjoining southeast Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area from 16th May morning.

  • Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph likely along & off Kerala coast on 14th May and 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph along & off Kerala - Karnataka coasts on 15th & 16th May.

  • Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph very likely to prevail over ComorinMaldives area during 14th – 15th May.

  • Squally wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph gusting to 60 kmph very likely to prevail along & off Maharashtra-Goa coasts on 16th May.

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Seychelles: President Ramkalawan conducts follow up visit to areas affected by flooding

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:53:20 +0000

Country: Seychelles
Source: Government of Seychelles

President Wavel Ramkalawan accompanied by Vice-President Ahmed Afif and the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Mr Flavien Joubert conducted a follow up visit to key locations at Anse Boileau and Anse La Mouche this morning. The visits included zones which had been severely affected by flooding during the heavy rains which occurred on Sunday.

Discussions on site were an opportunity for the delegation along with the technical team to assess and propose possible solutions to alleviate the constant drainage issues resulting in flooding during periods of heavy rains.

The President has given instructions to the technical team to compile a full proposal of all works and corrective measures required which will then be presented to the community leaders in preparation for immediate implementation.

The delegation included technicians from the Seychelles Planning Authority, Seychelles Land Transport Agency, the Environment and the Infrastructure Department. Also present were Members of the National Assembly for Anse Boileau Hon Phillip Arrisol and for Baie Lazare, Hon. Francois Adelaide as well as District Administrators.

For full photo gallery visit the State House Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/StateHouseSey

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Somalia: Assessment of Hard-to-Reach Areas (March-April 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:40:05 +0000

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Country: Somalia
Source: REACH Initiative

Please refer to the attached file.

CONTEXT

The first case of COVID-19 was officially confirmed in Somalia in March. This co-occurred with a large-scale locust invasion and floods; a situation that is predicted to further exacerbate socioeconomic vulnerabilities of the population. Disruption of supply chains due to pandemic and weather conditions led to depletion of stock and increase of prices of food and non-food items (NFIs), thus putting additional burden on the most vulnerable people.

The central and southern regions of Somalia are characterised by relatively high levels of needs, insecurity, and limited humanitarian access. Simultaneously, these regions host the largest proportion of internally displaced persons (IDPs); an estimated 1.4 million of the approximately 2.6 million IDPs in Somalia reside in this part of the country. The majority of IDPs settle in camps located around large urban centres. Security and logistical constraints limit the data available on population needs in these territories.

To help address these critical information gaps and to assist humanitarian planning in Somalia, REACH monitors needs in southern and central Somalia through the assessment of hard-to-reach areas. This assessment provides monthly data and analysis on the humanitarian situation in the settlements located in the 7 target regions.

METHODOLOGY

The Hard-to-Reach Areas assessment uses an Area of Knowledge (AoK) methodology, whereby the settlements are assessed by interviewing key informants (KIs) who have recently been displaced from the target settlements to IDP camps around Baidoa and Mogadishu.

The KIs must meet the selection criteria of either being displaced from their previous settlement less than one month prior to data collection, or having visited their previous settlement in the month prior to the data collection. Additionally, KIs are selected if they have stayed in the settlement on which they report for longer than one month. The minimum number of interviews required to report on each settlement is two. Responses of KIs are aggregated to the settlement level. For more details on this see the methodology section on p. 8. For all data presented in this factsheet, the recall period is one month preceding data collection.

Recognizing the risk of COVID-19 for vulnerable populations in Somalia, REACH, following consultations with the cluster partners, introduced indicators to improve humanitarians’ understanding of additional challenges that people from the assessed settlements might face as a result of the pandemic. These indicators, marked with C19, might help to estimate the potential impact of the pandemic, such as its impact on the level of access to information about the virus, potential barriers to services induced by the pandemic, as well as related risk perceptions. Importantly, observed changes of these variables might occur due to the cumulative effect of several co-existing factors that are not limited to or driven by health threats. C19 indicators have to be viewed in consideration of the general limitations of the AoK methodology.

Findings are not representative; rather, they should be considered as indicative of the situation in assessed settlements. For more information on the aggregation of data, please see the dedicated information box on p.6. Unless specified otherwise, the findings in this factsheet are presented as a percentage of aggregated settlement-level responses.

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Maiduguri Camp WASH Infrastructure Mapping: Maiduguri/Jere LGA, Borno State, Nigeria (March 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:31:49 +0000

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Country: Nigeria
Sources: UN Children's Fund, WASH Cluster, REACH Initiative

Please refer to the attached file.

According to the 2020 REACH Multi-Sector Needs Assessment (MSNA), 74% of households in Borno have a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sectoral need. As the crisis in the region continues, it has become increasingly important to fill information gaps to inform a more effective humanitarian response and planning for immediate life-saving WASH activities. Lack of a centralized WASH infrastructure database, indicating registration, functionality, and maintenance of waterpoints and latrines remains a key issue. In this direction, REACH has conducted an infrastructure mapping exercise to assess latrine and waterpoint facilities located in high priority programming sites due to limited availability of updated and comprehensive infrastructure data. In particular, this profile provides an overview of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) infrastructure within select camps in Maiduguri town, in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria. Data collection took place between December 5 - March 22, 2021. For more information on the methodology, please see pg.6.

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Borno State Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) Nigeria Emergency Response W17 2021 (Apr 26-May 02)

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:21:54 +0000

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Country: Nigeria
Sources: World Health Organization, Government of Nigeria

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Chad: West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (4 – 10 May 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:21:14 +0000

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Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Please refer to the attached Infographic.

CHAD

INFLUX OF REFUGEES FROM CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ON THE RISE

Following recent military operations in the Central African town of Kaga Bandoro, 11,923 people have crossed the border and sought refuge in southern Chad. As more people continue to flee insecurity partners have registered 7,212 Chadian returnees and 4,325 refugees in Sido, Moyen-Chari province. An assessment carried out by humanitarian partners between 3 and 6 May indicated significant needs in terms of food, water and sanitation and hygiene, health, nutrition, protection, and education. Lack of resources and the gradual withdrawal of humanitarian actors from the area are constraining relief response.

DR CONGO

STATE OF SECURITY EMERGENCY IN ITURI AND NORTH KIVU

On 3 May, the President Felix Tshisekedi declared a state of security emergency (“état de siège”) for the provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in an attempt to restore peace and security in the provinces, where thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes due to armed conflict and violence. Insecurity in the east has further worsened this year, while killings by armed groups more than doubled in 2020 with almost 2,500 civilians killed, including ten humanitarian workers. DRC's government has appointed new military governors in the two provinces as of 10 May and also set up a Commission for the implementation of an urgent humanitarian response in Ituri and North Kivu during the “état de siège”. The state of security emergency came into effect on 6 May and is expected to last at least 30 days.

NIGERIA

ARMED FIGHTERS BURN HOMES, DISPLACE CIVILIANS IN ASKIRA UBA

On 7 May, armed men raided Dille town in Askira Uba Local Government Area (LGA), Borno State. They set ablaze several homes, and sporadic shooting forced many civilians to flee the area. A team of military and local vigilantes deployed to the area, prompting a gunfight that lasted hours. Most of the fleeing residents returned home the next morning, according to local sources. The attack came nearly a month after 5,000 residents from neighbouring Hong LGA, Adamawa State, who make up almost the entire population, were displaced in similar attacks. Since December 2020, non-state armed groups (NSAGs) have increased attacks in southern Borno LGAs with Chibok and Askira among the most targeted.

WEST AFRICA

OVER 31 MILLION WILL NOT MEET THEIR FOOD NEEDS DURING THE LEAN SEASON

According to WFP, more than 31 million people will not be able to meet their food needs across the region during the upcoming lean season, representing a 28 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2020. Upward pressure on food prices, combined with downward pressure on household incomes, might hamper people’s purchasing power. Insecurity and conflict further add to this worrying outlook for food security. Vulnerable employment accounts for almost 75 per cent of total employment in the 15 Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) countries. Working poverty is high. In 12 of West Africa’s countries, more than 20 per cent of those employed live below $1.90/day despite having a job, and more than 40 per cent in Mali, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and GuineaBissau.

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World: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Weekly Epidemiological Update (11 May 2021)

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:16:02 +0000

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Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

Please refer to the attached file.

Data as received by WHO from national authorities, as of 9 May 2021, 10 am CET

Global Overview

The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths globally decreased slightly this week, with over 5.5 million cases and over 90 000 deaths (Figure 1). Case and death incidence, however, remains at the highest level since the beginning of the pandemic. New weekly cases decreased in the regions of Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, while the South-East Asia Region continued an upward trajectory for 9 weeks and reported a further 6% increase last week (Table 1). Death incidence increased in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific regions. While India continues to account for 95% of cases and 93% of deaths in the South-East Asia Region, as well as 50% of global cases and 30% of global deaths, worrying trends have been observed in neighbouring countries. In all WHO Regions there are countries which have been showing a sustained upward trend in cases and deaths over several weeks.

The highest numbers of new cases were reported from India (2 738 957 new cases; 5% increase), Brazil (423 438 new cases; similar to previous week), the United States of America (334 784 new cases; 3% decrease), Turkey (166 733 new cases; 35% decrease), and Argentina (140 771 new cases; 8% decrease).

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Govt chooses detention over hope for world’s refugees in budget

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:10:59 +0000

Countries: Australia, World
Source: Refugee Council of Australia

Statement by Paul Power CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia

The Australian Government is allocating hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding to immigration detention – but offering no new hope for the world’s refugees in its 2021-22 Budget.

The Morrison Government will spend $464.7 million over two years to increase the capacity of its immigration detention centres and to extend the life of the Christmas Island detention centre.

The 2021-22 allocation for onshore detention and compliance has been increased to $1.27 billion.

The offshore processing regime will cost another $811.8 million in 2021-22, taking the cumulative allocation to more than $8.3 billion since the Coalition Government’s first budget in 2014.

This is despite the number of people held under this policy dropping from 3127 in 2013-14 to fewer than 1440 now.

The 2021-22 Budget reinforces the cut to the Refugee and Humanitarian Program announced by the Morrison Government last October, extending this annual reduction to 2024-25. Previously at 18,750 places a year, the refugee program now has a ceiling of 13,750 places,

Australia’s cut to refugee resettlement comes at a time when the situation of the world’s 26 million refugees is becoming even more desperate as economic conditions decline in many host countries because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Refugee and humanitarian visas are still being issued, but at a rate well below the ceiling of Australia’s reduced program.

Unfortunately, few of more than 6000 refugees who have been issued permanent visas to enter Australia have been able to arrive over the past year. This is despite quarantine arrangements which have enabled the arrival of more than 500,000 citizens, permanent residents and temporary visitors since April last year.

We are disappointed that recommended reforms to Australia’s refugee sponsorship program were not announced in this year’s budget. Last year the Department of Home Affairs conducted a very welcome review of the Community Support Program, which enabled the Refugee Council and many others to highlight the many failings of the current program.

Given the Immigration Minister’s comments on Monday that he is a “strong supporter” of community sponsorship, we had hoped that such reforms would be introduced in the budget. We look forward to the possibility of a positive announcement soon.

One welcome announcement was the Government’s decision to spend $54.8 million over four years to address the backlog of cases within the Migration and Refugee Division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

This measure is much needed, with 89,536 cases currently awaiting decision – 31,689 in the Refugee Division and 57,847 in the Migration Division.

See the full budget summary here: https://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/federal-budget-what-it-means-for-refugee...

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Syria: Daily Emergency Needs Tracking weekly bulletin: : 3 May-9 May 2021 Covering the needs of newly-arrived IDPs

Wed, 12 May 2021 00:03:37 +0000

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Source: REACH Initiative

Please refer to the attached Infographic.

Background and methodology

The aim of the Emergency Needs Tracking (ENT) System is to track the key priority needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northwest Syria, as well as identifying communities with households in direct need of humanitarian assistance. The ENT assesses communities that have experienced any of the following in the three days prior to data collection: more than 40 IDP arrivals, natural hazards (including storms, fires, and flooding), conflict escalation, or any other event which impacts humanitarian needs. This information should serve to better inform immediate humanitarian operations, as well as provide a wider contextual understanding of the ongoing situation. As the humanitarian situation remains complex, it is critical to fill information gaps across sectors to ensure a well-coordinated humanitarian response.
Data was collected between 3 May and 9 May (excluding Friday and Saturday).
Information was collected via a Key Informant (KI) methodology with one KI interview conducted per community. Findings should be considered indicative only. 135 communities, including 11 camps, were assessed overall across northern Aleppo and Idleb governorates. The full dashboard can be accessed here and the full catalogue of datasets can be accessed here.

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Guatemala: Natural Disasters Monitoring - May 11, 2021

Tue, 11 May 2021 23:59:02 +0000

Country: Guatemala
Source: Pan American Health Organization

Official

Severe Weather

Guatemala On 10 May, the Guatemala National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED, per its acronym in Spanish) reported that since the beginning of the rainy season, from early May until the afternoon of 10 May, 23 severe weather incidents have been reported which have affected 16,999 people, 118 of which have died. The severe weather events reports include strong winds, heavy rain, floods, and landslides. In total there have been 297 people who have been evacuated, 26 of which have been housed in temporary shelters, and 527 people who have been medically treated. CONRED has carried out the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (EDAN, per its acronym in Spanish), and has determined 119 homes have sustained slight, moderate, or severe damages, and 6 homes are currently at risk. The most affected departments are Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Guatemala, Petén, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Sololá and Suchitepéquez. The report is available at: CONRED

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