Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Mogadishu attack: Emergency Response Update (as of 20 October 2017)

More than 300 people have been confirmed dead, over 300 people injured with nearly 200 people still missing

Following the massive bomb explosion in Mogadishu on 14 October, the Federal Government of Somalia, humanitarian organizations, the UN, NGOs, donors, the private sector, member states and civil society organizations have stepped up search and rescue efforts, including providing urgent life-saving assistance through the government-led emergency response center. Assistance provided…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

UK provides urgent lifesaving aid to victims of escalating conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The International Development Secretary Priti Patel has called for the international community to act now and not forget the millions of people displaced by increasing levels of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Ms. Patel’s call came as she announced vital lifesaving support for hundreds of thousands of victims of political insecurity and increasing levels of violence in the DRC. The crisis has forced 3.8 million people to flee their homes, resulting in widespread malnutrition, disease and suffering in many regions of the…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

IFRC Secretary General calls for global support for plague response in Madagascar

IFRC has launched an international emergency appeal for 5.5 million Swiss francs to expand the already growing Red Cross response

  The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy has appealed for international support for Madagascar’s plague response, at the end of an emergency visit to the Indian Ocean island nation. “We remain very concerned about this outbreak,” said Mr.…

Source: Médecins sans frontières (MSF) |

Madagascar: MSF Working to Tackle Outbreak of Plague

1,032 cases of plague, including 695 cases of pneumonic plague and 89 deaths, were recorded in Madagascar from August 1 to October 17

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began working with local authorities yesterday to tackle an outbreak of pneumonic plague in the port city of Tamatave on the east coast of Madagascar. MSF’s international medical personnel are supporting staff from the Malagasy Ministry of Health to provide treatment to patients currently…

Source: United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) |

Note to the Correspondents from UNSMIL’s Spokesperson on the Joint Drafting Committee Meeting on Thursday

The session, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya Dr. Ghassan, delved into addressing the remaining issues where there was no agreement

The House of Representatives and High Council of State’s Joint Drafting Committee resumed its sessions today to build on the progress achieved over the past week  continue the finalization of the amendments to the Libyan Political Agreement. The session, facilitated by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Libya Dr.…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

USAID Administrator Green Announces Call to Action

Administrator Green called on the private sector, universities, foundations, international research centers, and other development partners to join together to combat the Fall Armyworm, an invasive pest that is spreading rapidly through Africa

Statement by Clayton M. Mccleskey, Acting Spokesperson of United States Agency for International Development (USAID): In a keynote address at the annual World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced a call to action to combat the Fall Armyworm, a…

Source: EUNAVFOR Atalanta |

EU Naval Force Deliver Medical Stores to Mogadishu

In addition to EU NAVFOR efforts, the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) has immediately started relief efforts and has released initial emergency funding

After the recent bombings in Mogadishu, Somalia, EU Naval Force has provided medical supplies to the UN to support Somali casualties. The Spanish SH60B helicopter, from ESPS RAYO, was loaded with high priority medical stores and equipment, as requested by the UN, in order to support the immediate needs in…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

IFRC Secretary General visits Madagascar as Red Cross scales up plague response

IFRC has deployed equipment for a plague treatment centre to Madagascar that is expected to arrive in the coming days

The Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Elhadj As Sy, arrives later today in Madagascar as the Red Cross response to the plague outbreak continues. Mr Sy will spend Thursday 19 October meeting with Red Cross officials and volunteers involved in the…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

South Sudan Conflict: 5,000 children reunited with family by Save the Children, UNICEF and partners

A total of 16,055 unaccompanied and separated children have been registered by the organisations involved in the family tracing and reunification programmes in South Sudan

Since conflict broke out in South Sudan in 2013, Save the Children, UNICEF and partners have successfully reunited more than 5,000 children with their families. The 5,000th child to be reunited with his family was a 17-year-old boy, who had fled Tombura in Western Equatoria and sought refuge in Wau,…

Source: International Office of Migration (IOM) |

UN Migration Agency Providing Emergency Support to Thousands of Migrants Affected by Sabratha Conflict

IOM has also responded to the vast health needs and conducted 1,631 medical interventions and treated 23 injury cases

In the aftermath of weeks of conflict in the Libyan coastal city of Sabratah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency is providing support to more than 14,000 migrants, previously held in numerous informal detention centres and camps and now transferred to Zuwara and an assembly point in Sabratha. Since the outbreak…