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08/04/2014
Today's Commission communication on reducing the impact of natural and man-made disasters constitutes a cornerstone in shaping a common EU position. Titled "The Post 2015 Hyogo Framework for Action", the communication sets the ground for a common...
07/04/2014
As the world is focusing its attention to global health hazards of the day, it is important to note what health means in situations of humanitarian crises. Over 300 million people each year are in need of humanitarian health assistance as a result...
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03/04/2014
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has announced today that the number of registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon has now reached one million.  This small country of just over 4 million people is now offering sanctuary to the equivalent of one fourth of...
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28/03/2014
Following the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the EU is assisting with €500 000 to help address the situation in Guinea and its neighbouring countries. The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has...
Bolivia, Tupiza – Aquiles Rivera, President of the Tupiza Branch of the Bolivian Red Cross calls out to community leaders leading the efforts to re-establish livelihoods. Credit: Enrique Guevara/IFRC
27/03/2014
In response to the devastating floods, caused by Bolivia's rainy season, the European Commission has allocated over €375 000 in humanitarian assistance to the country. The aid operations will be carried out in the most affected departments of Beni...
25/03/2014
Small-scale disasters are not always picked up by the media but their effects are just as catastrophic as large-scale events. Without rapid assistance, many disaster victims would be left without food, water, shelter or basic health care.The...
22/03/2014
Water is an essential component for life, yet some 2.5 billion people around the world are still lacking sufficient access to it, even for their basic sanitation needs. Put in proportion, that is five times as many as the entire population of the...
17/03/2014
For the third time, the European Commission is transporting urgently needed humanitarian assistance directly into the conflict-stricken Central African Republic (CAR). The aid is needed as the humanitarian situation in the country remains dramatic...
14/03/2014
On the eve of the third anniversary since the Syrian conflict broke out, Commissioner Georgieva is visiting Syrian refugees in Iraq.  From the Iraqi-Syrian border she stated: “We must not let this tragedy slip into political oblivion because of...
13/03/2014
During her short stay in Baghdad yesterday, Commissioner Georgieva announced that the EU would increase its humanitarian funding for Iraqi refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) from €4 million in 2013 to €7 million in 2014.  The...

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