DRC: The untold success story of polio
10 September, 2014
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—Central Africa’s largest country—has been polio-free since the end of 2011. The last case was recorded in December of that year, when Congolese and World Health Organization (WHO) specialists responded to a small outbreak in Lusangi...
South Sudan: Floods, disease and death in Bentiu
29 August, 2014
The sight of people wading in knee-deep water between dilapidated and flooded shelters in the UN base in Bentiu has become increasingly common as the rainy season peaks.
With the flooding, already squalid living conditions for the over 46,000 people seeking shelter at the UN base in Bentiu...
Somalia: Aid groups investigate polio outbreak
12 August, 2014
UN agencies in Somalia have combined forces to visit a remote district of Puntland in north-east Somalia where four people have contracted polio this year. The victims – a young father who died and three children who were paralysed – all live in Jariban district, a long drive...
Somalia: OCHA founded radio station turns words into action
17 July, 2014
Hearing her voice on the radio, Farhia Hersi was overjoyed. She remembered speaking to a reporter about water shortages in Ceel Waq in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, but never imagined anything would come of it.
Here she was on the radio, appealing to listeners on behalf of her...
Humanitarian Data: OCHA launches ground-breaking data exchange platform
15 July, 2014
It is a universal consensus that data saves lives. Data provides the humanitarian community with short and long term solutions to provide vulnerable communities with the help they need, when they need it.
Collecting and managing data, particularly in the onset of a humanitarian crisis,...