Philippines: How managing information can save lives
24 December, 2013
It has been more than six weeks since super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) roared through the Philippines, killing almost 6,000 people and affecting more than 14 million others. Coordinating a humanitarian response on this scale is no easy task. OCHA has been at the forefront since...
Global: UN and partners launch record humanitarian appeal
16 December, 2013
The United Nations and its partners have today launched their humanitarian plans for 2014 with appeals totalling US$12.9 billion to support 52 million people in 17 countries with essential, life-saving aid. More than half of this funding is needed to support humanitarian efforts in Syria and...
CERF: 3 things you need to know
12 December, 2013
Every day we hear and read about the scale and impact of humanitarian crises around the world: Millions of people have been affected by the deteriorating crisis in Syria, families continue to flee violence in the Central African Republic and, most recently, more than 4 million people...
Philippines: To rebuild or to move?
8 December, 2013
Children have started going back to school, markets are again being loaded with fresh fruits and the smell of construction hovers above the cities. As shredded trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, people are slowly returning to their hometowns in the central Philippines where one month...
Philippines: One in 15 million - Sarah, a volunteer midwife on Olotayan Island
6 December, 2013
Typhoon Haiyan affected an estimated 14.9 million people, leaving many of them without family members, homes and jobs. Over the coming months, OCHA will be following some of the people affected by the disaster: the challenges they face; their frustrations; and their triumphs as they begin to...