Delegation of the European Union to Sudan
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European Union supports water development projects in Sudan

Access to water is a burden in many parts of Sudan as too many women and children still have to walk kilometers in severe weather conditions to access drinking water sources

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right but remains a challenge in many parts of the world. Around 2.1 billion people across the globe lack access to drinking water and 340,000 children under five die annually from unsafe drinking water and diarrhea due to poor sanitation. Sudan faces…

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UAE relief aircraft arrives in Harare in support of cyclone-hit victims

Operated by the Emirates Red Crescent, the plane carries food stuffs and nutritional supplements to children as well as shelter supplies

A UAE aircraft laden with sizeable quantities of relief aid has arrived in Harare in support of the victims of the tropical cyclone Idai which hit Zimbabwe recently. Operated by the Emirates Red Crescent, the plane carries food stuffs and nutritional supplements to children as well as shelter supplies for…

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UNHCR rushing staff, supplies to assist people affected by Cyclone Idai

UNHCR efforts demonstrate solidarity with the people of the region who have for decades generously hosted refugees and shared their limited resources with them

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is working with governments and humanitarian partners in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to provide relief to the survivors of the Tropical Cyclone Idai which struck the east coast of southern Africa on 14 and 15 March. We are sending our emergency response teams - making…

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Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) surpasses 1000 cases, daily case rate on the rise

As Ebola response workers face violence on an almost daily basis, working in partnership with the community is the key to bringing this outbreak to an end

Since the Ebola outbreak was declared in August, the confirmed and probable case count has now surpassed 1000; case numbers are on the rise which is not what we expect at this stage in the outbreak that may last another six to twelve months; in the past week we have…

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on village attack in Mali

UNICEF is on the ground helping provide first aid, medicines and therapeutic food

"An attack on a village in Bankass in Mopti, central Mali, has reportedly killed more than 130 people. UNICEF is deeply saddened and outraged that children are among the casualties. "Many of the injured children have been evacuated to health facilities for treatment. UNICEF is on the ground helping provide…

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    • Cecilia Borges carries her son, Fernandino Armindo that is holding a plate, through the destroyed informal settlement, in Beira, Mozambique, on 20 March 201
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UN chief calls for ‘far greater support’ for Cyclone Idai response

For Mozambique alone, the World Food Programme (WFP) is seeking more than $121 million to help 1.7 million people affected through the next three months

The world needs to step up support for the survivors of Tropical Cyclone Idai, the UN Secretary-General said on Friday, in a strong personal appeal as relief workers rush to provide aid to people stranded across the storm countries in southern Africa. Describing how we was “deeply saddened by the loss…

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    • Fatmata Sesay reenrolled in school after becoming pregnant at age 15. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
    • “Seeing my peers attending school every morning was a bitter pill for me to swallow,” Fatmata said. © UNFPA Sierra Leone/Salim Kamara
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A guiding hand: School counsellors in Sierra Leone address early pregnancy, child marriage

In Sierra Leone, 28 per cent of adolescent girls between ages 15 and 19 are pregnant or already mothers, according to a 2013 survey

Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says. To make matters even more difficult, childcare responsibilities meant Fatmata was unable…

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Mozambique: “Tens of thousands of families have lost everything”

Some cholera cases have been reported in Beira along with an increasing number of malaria infections among people trapped by the flooding

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), speaking at the end of a visit to Beira, Mozambique and surrounding areas, said: “The scale and scope of suffering and damage is breath taking. Hundreds of thousands of people have been impacted in some…

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    • IOM distributing tarpaulins and NFI kits in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
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International Organization for Migration (IOM) responds to devastating Cyclone Idai with shelter materials and more

Mozambique’s government estimates that some 400,000 are internally displaced at this time and has declared a state of emergency

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has responded to the deadly Cyclone Idai, which has taken over 500 lives across Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi. “A week after the cyclone we’re starting to grasp the scope and complexity of the challenges facing the governments and peoples of these three nations,” said…

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    • UNOCHA | UN humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore were in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to see firsthand the extent of the ongoing humanitarian crisis. March 2019
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‘Massive and protracted’ humanitarian crisis in DR Congo can be ‘beaten back’ if donors step up

The two officials agreed that successful elimination of the current Ebola outbreak required above all greater and more effective community engagement

“Urgent and sustained funding” for a Government-led response to what is now a “massive and protracted” humanitarian crisis across the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is required, said the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN relief chief on Thursday. Following on from a fact-finding mission…