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International Women’s Day 2019: Women surviving in emergency settings

International Women’s Day 2019: Women surviving in emergency settings

Murjan is a senior nurse with a mobile clinic that provides mammography services to women in the West Bank villages in the occupied Palestinian territory. It often takes her a few hours, if possible at all, to reach some of the areas – and not just because of the remoteness.

8 March 2019 – Millions of women in the Eastern Mediterranean Region continue to be affected by years of war, displacement, and poverty. The conditions these women face everyday are extremely harsh. From losing their husbands and children, to fleeing their homes and struggling to find safe shelter, their journeys are filled with severe hardship. As conflict continues unabated, women in the Region remain remarkably resilient and strong. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, we show a few examples of these brave women surviving in emergency contexts.

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Simulation exercise puts global pandemic readiness to the test

Simulation exercise puts global pandemic readiness to the test

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5 December 2018, Cairo, Egypt – Seven countries from the Eastern Mediterranean Region are participating in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic which started on 4 December. The exercise is coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centres.

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates are among more than 40 countries worldwide participating in the three-day simulation, which is the first global pandemic response training exercise, and the third in a series of simulations this year, following regional exercises in Jordan and Senegal. The Regional Emergency Operations Centre in Cairo, Egypt, is to be participating in the event.

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Djibouti carries out mass immunization to protect children against polio, amid outbreaks in the Horn of Africa

Djibouti carries out mass immunization to protect children against polio, amid outbreaks in the Horn of Africa

A child being immunized against polio in Djibouti

5 December 2018 – Early analysis of campaign data points to a successful vaccination round in a polio-free country at risk of possible importation.

In the last week of October, Djibouti’s Ministry of Health, working with WHO, UNICEF and other partners, successfully carried out the tiny country’s first polio National Immunization Days (NIDs) since 2015.

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