Humanitarian Appeal: UN calls for US$ 8.5 billion to help 51 million people in 16 countries
14 December, 2012
The United Nations today called for US$ 8.5 billion for aid agencies to help 51 million people cope with humanitarian emergencies in 2013.
The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for next year, launched in Rome by UN Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive...
Sudan: Yellow fever shots for millions
7 December, 2012
The Sudanese Government and aid agencies are making progress in their attempts to halt the spread of mosquito-borne yellow fever and immunize 6 million people in Darfur, despite funding and logistical challenges.
More than 700 people contracted the disease and 165 have died in what the...
Interview: OCHA Head of Office in Mogadishu
28 November, 2012
Justin Brady, the head of OCHA’s office in Somalia, moved from Nairobi in Kenya to the Somali capital, Mogadishu, nearly six months ago in May 2012. Since the move, Somalia has seen the establishment of its first formal parliament in twenty years and the economy is improving, but nearly...
Interview: Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden
15 November, 2012
Mark Bowden, the former Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, was recently appointed to lead humanitarian operations in Afghanistan. Before he left for Kabul, he spoke to OCHA about his experiences in Somalia, where he spent the majority of his four years responding to one of the most acute...
Aid Worker Diary: Striving to save lives in Baidoa
18 October, 2012
Sarah* has been a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia for the last 15 years. In the last decade, Somalia has been affected by crises and disasters including famine, floods and conflict.
Today, although famine conditions no longer exist in Somalia, more than 2 million people face...