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Alert Winter 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 4


Quarterly Newsletter Alert Winter 2016 | Vol. 17 No. 4 December 01, 2016 Between March 2014 and September 2015, more than 28,000 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia were infected with the Ebola virus. More than 11,300 died from it. And even those who survived still face a host of ongoing challenges, including continued […]

Yemen: Six Months Inside a Forgotten War


Voice from the Field Yemen: Six Months Inside a Forgotten War December 21, 2016 After working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Liberia at the tail end of the Ebola epidemic, Australian nurse Emma Parker spent almost six months at Al-Salam Hospital in Khamir, Yemen. Here she describes her experience working as head nurse. 

New report highlights food insecurity in Sierra Leone after Ebola outbreak

Source: World Food Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Country: Sierra Leone The report by the government, WFP, and FAO, shows that more than half of the population – over 3.5 million people – are food insecure, without access to a sufficient amount of safe and nutritious food. FREETOWN – The State […]

Ebola Survivors: Healing Through Sharing


Voice from the Field Ebola Survivors: Healing Through Sharing October 21, 2016 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) psychiatrist Frédéric Gelly describes how, with the help of her granddaughter, one Liberian Ebola survivor, a woman named Massa, came to terms with the trauma of her daughter’s death. All Massa could talk about was the death […]

Liberia: The Psychological Scars of Ebola


Voice from the Field Liberia: The Psychological Scars of Ebola October 21, 2016 Two years after the peak of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, survivors, families, and health workers are slowly rebuilding their lives. As Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) transfers its mental health services to the Liberian Ministry of Health, MSF psychiatrist Frédéric […]

UN recognition for success in reducing disaster deaths

Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Fiji, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, World Fiji, India, Nigeria, Peru and Europe were recognized by the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction as the five outstanding examples of successful efforts to reduce disaster mortality. 13 October 2016, GENEVA – The UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for […]

How Nigeria won the fight against Ebola

Source: UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Country: Nigeria The experience of Nigeria underlines how important it is to enhance the capacity of low-income developing countries to manage not just emergencies and disasters but the underlying risks, UNISDR says. By Denis McClean GENEVA, 11 October 2016 – Nigeria has been Ebola-free since it narrowly avoided […]

Children exceptionally vulnerable in the wake of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti

Source: Save the Children Country: Haiti Numerous children are unable to access basic necessities including medical care and without adult supervision amid “race against time to avert a mass cholera outbreak.” Media Contact: Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M) FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 9, 2016) — As the full extent of the devastation in Haiti becomes known, children […]

Locating gender in global health emergencies

Source: Chatham House Country: Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, World ”A gendered human rights analysis of Ebola and Zika’ analyses the particular relevance of gender and the role for international human rights law in supporting improved health outcomes during public health emergencies. Globally gender remains a key factor in differing health outcomes for men […]

Yemen: Health Care at a Breaking Point


Voice from the Field Yemen: Health Care at a Breaking Point September 09, 2016 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) nurse Crystal van Leeuwen recently returned from seven months coordinating MSF’s medical activities in Yemen. A member of MSF’s emergency team, van Leeuwen has worked with MSF in countries including Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic […]

School meals at risk for 1.3 million children in West and Central Africa

Source: World Food Programme Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, World As schools resume this autumn, widening financial constraints will force the United Nations food agency – the top sponsor of such initiatives – to reduce its reach. DAKAR – As schools resume this autumn, more than 1.3 million children […]

Malaria is no longer leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa

Source: World Health Organization Country: World Between 2000 and 2015, the number of malaria cases and deaths within the African Region declined by 42% and 66%, respectively. WHO Regional Committee for Africa adopts new malaria framework 21 August 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Today, all forty-seven WHO Member States in the African Region adopted unanimously […]

Holding to the promise of education for all Syrian refugees

Source: Overseas Development Institute Country: Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey World leaders pledged to pay for hundreds of thousands of refugee Syrian children to go to school – but they have failed to deliver on their promise, a report published by TheirWorld shows. A Theirworld report by Kevin Watkins Executive Summary The Syria conflict has […]

Capping the humanitarian segment, ECOSOC adopts text urging better protection of people trapped in crisis, aid workers

Source: UN Economic and Social Council Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic, World By the resolution, the Council condemned all attacks and threats humanitarian personnel, expressing deep concern at the consequences of such attacks for the provision of aid. ECOSOC/6778 2016 Session, 33rd & 34th Meetings (AM & PM) Economic and Social Council Meetings Coverage Speakers […]

Ebola’s second punch: Hunger

Source: US Agency for International Development Country: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone USAID’s Food for Peace program uses a cash-based approach that restores household purchasing power, promotes the recovery of market function and trade, and supports agricultural production. Posted by Michael Stulman on Tuesday, June 28th 2016 Fudia Lansana once felt that nothing could be as […]

Global Health Security in Liberia – Digital Press Kit

CDC works with the Government of Liberia and partners to improve health systems and outcomes by building on existing disease prevention, detection and response capacities, as well as those developed during the response to the Ebola epidemic.