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Haiti - Diaspora : Wyclef Jean's surprise show in Montreal

haitilibre - 34 min 48 sec ago

Friday afternoon, the crowd invaded the street at Plaza St-Hubert while our international star Wyclef Jean gave a surprise spectacle in Montreal, Jean spoke to Haitians seeking asylum in Canada by crossing the border illegally...

iciHaiti - Security: UDMO, graduation of the 7th Promotion

haitilibre - 52 min 19 sec ago

After more than 5 months of training, 225 officers of the Departmental Unit for Maintaining Order (UDMO) including 13 women, are now ready to serve the country...

Haiti - FLASH : Solar eclipse, Diaspora schedules USA and Canada

haitilibre - 56 min 12 sec ago

While in Haiti all are preparing for the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday 21 August, it is the Haitian diaspora that will have the privilege before Haiti, to attend this rare astronomical event...

Afghanistan: Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 66 | 01 – 31 July 2017

UN OCHA maps - 1 hour 23 min ago
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Afghanistan, Pakistan

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Armed groups force clinics to close and deny civilians access to health care to pressure NGOs to provide more trauma care for their combat-wounded.

  • Doctors and medical professionals are under threat across the country by armed groups and criminal gangs.

  • Cash assistance exceeded US$9.5 million in the first four months of the year.

  • Displaced families in Taloqan face a difficult life as solidarity in the host community wears thin.

  • CHF-Afghanistan funded with less than half of its target for the year.

In this issue

Armed groups force clinics to close P.1

Medical staff threatened and at risk P.2

Cash programming grows further P.3

New insights from the IOM DTM P.4

500,000 people denied access to health care

For several weeks in June and July, nearly half a million people in Laghman Province were unable to see a doctor or seek medical care and an estimated 70,000 girls and boys were missed by the national polio immunization campaign. Members of Non-State Armed Groups (NSAGs) had forced the NGO Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) to close down 40 of their 54 in the whole province.

Following weeklong mediation efforts from local communities, 20 clinics reopened, while as many remained closed in three districts. However, after receiving new and increasingly direct threats to staff members, SCA also decided to close their health management office in Mehtarlam.

NSAGs in need of war surgery pressure NGOs via denying people health services This incident may be unique to date in its magnitude, but is not an isolated occurrence with similar intimidation and interference by members of NSAGs reported in Farah and Badghis provinces. In all cases, NSAGs have attempted to coerce the NGOs running the clinics to either move them into areas firmly under their control or to change the scope of health services.

This interference comes at a time when casualties on both sides of the conflict have become unsustainably high. In 2016, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) recorded more than 18,500 casualties and NSAGs 30,500.

Heightened NSAG casualties combined with limited opportunities for in-country and external patient transfer have increased pressure on the district-level hospitals for stabilisation and casualty management services to be provided, and suggest that these tactics are part of wider NSAG efforts to extract enhanced emergency treatment for their combatants. Trauma care, already a rarity in a country where casualties are on the rise, usually is only available in hospitals, not the smaller clinics and health posts.

National policies, not NGOs decide which services are to be provided where The affected NGOs to date were all contracted by the Ministry for Public Health to provide the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS). These services are guided by national health policies and the number of people living in a catchment area and can’t therefore be altered based on individual requests for improved healthcare delivery in a context where the demands of the conflict are constantly shifting (see Bulletin 65, June 2017).

In a further twist, NSAGs threatened health workers at the end of July to close five health facilities in government-controlled areas along Highway 1 in Zabul. NSAGs were possibly trying to compromise the ability of ANDSF personnel to access treatment. More than 80,000 people were deprived of access to health care as a result. After one week of negotiations, the facilities were able to re-open.
SCA also was able to re-open their remaining 20 clinics and the management office on 1 August, after extensive dialogue with communities and by reassuring all stakeholders in words and actions that SCA provides quality healthcare services to all, irrespective of whether civilians or combatants. The NGO also was presented with a letter by local com-munity elders committing to safeguard SCA’s workers and facilities.

Successfully Engaging With Underrepresented Communities for Comprehensive Plans

Planetzine - 1 hour 32 min ago
Community engagement is a powerful tool to guide investments toward the places we inhabit.

Nepal: Map showing water bodies (river and flooded) of part of Banke and Bardiya districts of Nepal, and Uttar Pradesh state of India (as of 20 August 2017)

Relief Web Maps - 2 hours 33 min ago
Source: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, International Charter Space and Major Disasters Country: India, Nepal

Nepal: Map showing flood water situation in Koshi river in Saptari and Sunsari district of Nepal, and Bihar state of India (as of 20 August 2017)

Relief Web Maps - 5 hours 35 min ago
Source: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, International Charter Space and Major Disasters Country: Nepal

Haitian orphan choir comes to Gadsden area - Gadsden Times

Haiti Education - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:18

Gadsden Times

Haitian orphan choir comes to Gadsden area
Gadsden Times
They focused on their ministry, taking over an orphanage in Haiti and starting programs that provided education, religion and Christmas gifts for area orphanages, with similar programs based in Ukraine. Gunter said the organization recently poured the ...

Average Commute Times Won't Change Because of the Hyperloop

Planetzine - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:00
Hyperloops and wider highways don't shrink commute times, the real factor in how long people will drive is how long people are willing to drive.

Gentrification and Controversy in the Bronx

Planetzine - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 18:00
Forty years ago, the Bronx was burning. But now gentrification is well underway, and one big developer is encountering pushback. Holding a "Bronx is burning" promo event probably didn't help.

Mission trip brings South Charleston, Haitian families together - Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Haiti Education - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:42

Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)

Mission trip brings South Charleston, Haitian families together
Charleston Gazette-Mail (subscription)
Before getting his visa, William was quizzed on his French, Haitian Creole and English. In Haiti, only the more educated people can speak French and Creole, Ranson said. William credits his education to his mother, who made he and his siblings go to ...

Austin church to host 5K to bolster education in Haiti - Austin Herald

Haiti Education - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:20

Austin church to host 5K to bolster education in Haiti
Austin Herald
Don't let “5K” fool you, the Haitian Hustle covers a lot more ground than your average fun run. There is the roughly 2,200 miles between Austin and the impoverished island nation south of Cuba. Tack onto that the 5 kilometers that Haitian children who ...

Haiti - News : Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7 - Haitilibre.com

Haiti Education - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:20

Haiti - News : Zapping... - HaitiLibre.com : Haiti news 7/7
Haitilibre.com
Shipwreck : Words of sympathy to the families - 2nd convocation of the Minister of Defense - Morne l'Hôpital dangerous - FNE law ratified after 5 years of ...

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Haiti - News : Zapping... - Haitilibre.com

Haiti environment - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:20

Haiti - News : Zapping...
Haitilibre.com
"I learned with great sadness the drama that occurred at the Canal de la Tortue. My condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the deceased," said Michel Martelly. For his part, Jovenel Moïse said "Mwen pataje soufrans fanmi viktim vwalye yo ...

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Haiti - News : Zapping... - Haitilibre.com

Haiti Education - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:20

Haiti - News : Zapping...
Haitilibre.com
Thursday evening, after 5 years of parliamentary blockade, the Chamber of Deputies ratified the law creating, organizing and operating the National Education Fund (FNE) tabled in parliament since June 2012 by 59 votes for, 0 against and 2 abstentions.

Haiti - News : Zapping...

haitilibre - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:18

Shipwreck : Words of sympathy to the families - 2nd convocation of the Minister of Defense - Morne l'Hôpital dangerous - FNE law ratified after 5 years of blocking - PM wants to strengthen immunization services - Words of Nesmy Manigat...

Trafalgar Square Shows How to Reuse Pedestals Where Statues Once Stood

Planetzine - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:00
Baltimore tore down its Confederate monuments, now they have an opportunity to showcase the city's artists.

Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone: Flash Update no.4 OCHA West & Central Africa, 19 August 2017

UN OCHA maps - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:54
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Country: Sierra Leone

Situation overview

• The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) has been deployed on Friday 18 September for an initial period of three weeks to support the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.

• By 19 August, UNFPA will have finalised inventory information on the stock status at the Central Medical Store level. The results of the inventory status will be compared with findings of the rapid assessment to inform procurement of reproductive health commodities

• The Start Fund, designed to fill critical gaps by enabling aid agencies to respond early and fast to emergencies, has approved £355,262 of funding to six NGOs (CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, Handicap International, Care International and ActionAid) and their partners working on the ground. The selected projects include:

  • the provision of clean water to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases outbreaks such as cholera,

  • psychosocial support provided to people who are injured,

  • cash grants to enable the most vulnerable families to buy what they need,

  • work to prevent further harm and loss and reducing risks in the eventuality of another landslide or further floods.

• IFRC has launched an Emergency Appeal targeting a total of CHF 4,637,689 (US$ 4,800,000) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance, over 10 months, to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by the mudslides. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter and essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL).

• ECOWAS President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, accompanied by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, travelled to Freetown on 17 August 2017 to give a US$ 800,000 financial support to victims of the floods and mudslides.

Haiti - FLASH : Solar eclipse, schedules in Haiti and precautionary measures

haitilibre - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:42

Friday, Civil Protection held a press conference at the Prime Minister's residence on the behaviors to be adopted during the solar eclipse announced for Monday, August 21, 2017...

Copenhagen's Post-Industrial Adaptive Reuse

Planetzine - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:00
Danish firm COBE redesigned a former grain-storage silo in Copenhagen into a 17-storey residential apartment building with 38 units of varying sizes.
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