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Promoting health through the life course

Tens of thousands have fled violence in Congo Republic

More than 80,000 people have fled their homes in Pool province surrounding Congo Republic`s capital since the government began a military operation there last year, a joint U.N. and government statement said. The United Nations is seeking around $20 million in emergency funding to provide humanitarian assistance in the province, after a recent visit found widespread signs malnutrition, the statement said. Many of the displaced remain beyond the reach of aid workers, it added

June 24, 2017

Afghan women refugees resurrected as India's plastic waste warriors

Employed under "Project Patradya" - an initiative led by Delhi University students - Afghan refugee women produce and supply edible bowls, cups and cutlery to cafes and ice-cream parlours as an alternative to non-biodegradable plastic ones. Made from millet and wheat flour, the biscuit-like tableware is gaining popularity in the West as a sustainable, environment-friendly option to disposable plastic utensils, and those behind the initiative believe India is an untapped market. "We wanted to create a social enterprise model which was not only looking at improving the environment but also had a business plan that could employ excluded communities such as refugees," said 20-year-old commerce student Nishchay Hans

June 23, 2017

U.N. glimpses into blockchain future with eye scan payments for refugees

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Jordan`s Azraq camp don`t pay for their food with cash but by a scan of their eyes. Purchases are then recorded on a computing platform based on block chain - the technology behind bitcoin. Iris recognition devices at the checkouts of the camp`s supermarket authenticate customers` identities and deduct what they spend from sums they receive as aid from the World Food Programme. The U.N. agency launched the futuristic system in May as a one-month pilot involving 10,000 of Azraq`s more than 50,000 inhabitants in a bid to explore block chain`s potential to cut costs and bottlenecks

June 21, 2017
June 20, 2017

Lives in limbo: Why Japan accepts so few refugees

Despite being one of the most generous government donors to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Japan was ranked the fourth biggest contributor in 2016 after the US, the EU and Germany - it has long been closed to immigration and reluctant to accept refugees. In 2016, a record 10,901 people applied or appealed rejected asylum claims, with the highest number of applicants coming from Indonesia, Nepal, the Philippines and Turkey. Japan accepted 28, or less than one percent of applicants

June 20, 2017

Aid agencies urged to help prevent child labour during crises

Syrian refugee children in Lebanon are doing back-breaking labour in potato fields and working with pesticides in baking hot greenhouses, a UN agency said as it called for greater efforts to prevent child labour during crises. "We are trying to help aid agencies working on food security and nutrition to be more child labour sensitive and to have the risks at least on their radar," FAO child labour expert Ariane Genthon said. There are an estimated 168 million child labourers worldwide, 98 million of whom work in agriculture

June 12, 2017

100,000 children in extreme danger in Mosul, trapped behind IS lines - UN

About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the United Nations said, children were being used as human shields by the insurgents or were caught in the crossfire of the battle, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said. Some had been forced to take part in the fighting. Hospitals and clinics had come under attack, it said. "We are receiving alarming reports of civilians including several children being killed in west Mosul," UNICEF said. "Some were reportedly killed as they desperately tried to flee the fighting which is intensifying by the hour"

June 6, 2017

Rescued migrants tell of detention, beatings, slavery in Libya

Libya is sliding deeper into lawlessness. Smugglers are packing record numbers onto unsafe boats with sea arrivals in Italy up by 35%. MSF, one of the few aid agencies entering Libyan government controlled migrant camps said it had witnessed adult malnutrition, overcrowding, violence-related injuries and a lack of basic hygiene. Reports from migrants reaching Italy as refugees say the Libyan militia groups ‘believe blacks are slaves and they beat them, lock them up and mistreat them’. Despite the EU agreeing to funnel millions of Euros to the UN backed government in Tripoli to open migrant centres to be managed by UN agencies, these centres have yet to be opened as it is too dangerous

May 19, 2017

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera spreads to East Darfur refugee camp

The first cases of cholera have appeared in a South Sudanese refugee camp and a village in East Darfur, as five people reportedly died and more than 100 were infected. Sheikhs in Kriu refugee camp for South Sudanese people, 35 km south of Ed Daein city, reported the deaths of three refugees from cholera. 61 people have been infected. Within a week, the first reports of the spread of cholera in Shangil Tobaya in North Darfur have been accompanied by reports of infections in South Darfur (Kalma camp) and East Darfur

June 27, 2017
Dabanga, allafrica

Tanzania: Sixty Tanzania Medical Staff Needed to Rescue Situation in Kigoma Refugee Camp

Medecins Sans Frontieres is being supported by Tanzanian medical staff who are working alongside the charity organization to overcome the recent spike of diseases among Burundian refugees residing in the Nduta camp in the Kigoma region. Nduta camp, originally intended to shelter only 55,000 people, is overwhelmed and overcrowded, leading to a worrying health situation, experts are saying

June 2, 2017
allafrica.com, The Citizen

25 cases of cholera reported at Kakuma Refugee Camp

There were further reports of the outbreak of cholera in Kakuma Refugee Camp where 25 cases have been confirmed. Those affected are mainly refugees from the Dinka community who recently streamed in from South Sudan as a result of tensions in the country. Kakuma Camp is home to 169,203 refugees out of whom 90,446 are from South Sudan

May 29, 2017
Standard Media

Health systems

Solar energy powers clean water, business opportunities for refugees

As part of a broader initiative to help refugees access clean energy and sanitation, Water Mission is installing solar-powered water treatment facility in three refugee camps in western Tanzania. The $5.3 million project, funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, is expected to provide safe water for some 250,000 refugees in Nyarugusu, Nduta and Mtendeli camps. According to Water Mission, the Tanzania project aims to pump 100 percent of the water using solar power, with diesel generators as back up. A recent shipment of 780 solar panels to Tanzania will produce 226,000 watts of power and provide a continuous supply of safe water to keep children in good health, it said

June 23, 2017

Hundreds suffer food poisoning at Iraqi camp east of Mosul

About 800 people fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul, officials and aid groups said. More than 300 people were taken to hospital for treatment after breaking their Ramadan fast with an iftar meal on Monday night. About 800 in total were affected

June 13, 2017
Trust.org, ITV

Swiss minister condemns attacks on health facilities

Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, addressed delegates at the World Health Assembly. He condemned attacks on health workers and health facilities around the world. He urged countries to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of health policy and to guarantee health coverage for all, including migrants

May 22, 2017

Migrants fleeing Central America face near-certain violence, charity says

MSF said that almost all of the estimated 500,000 migrants who travel into Mexico each year, fleeing poverty and danger in Central America, are victims of violence along their journey. Medical care, treatment for sexual violence and mental health services along the route are limited or non-existent, the report said 

May 11, 2017

Opinion: Making it possible for refugee health workers to answer their calling

WHO data says the global health workforce is experiencing a shortage of 7.2m doctors, nurses and midwives – a shortage that will increase to 18m by 2030 unless urgent action is taken. Ironically, a report from the Massachusetts Advisory Council for Refugees and Immigrants in 2014 found there were 3,000 doctors unable to work, unemployed or working in low-wage, low-skilled jobs in Massachusetts alone. This need could be met if we reach out and discover how many there are and then take the necessary steps to restore their professional identities and verify their credentials lost in flight and conflict

April 14, 2017