ACT News

Ebola prevention in Liberia and Sierra Leone

08 Nov 2014

In January 2014, the Government of Guinea in West Africa declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus. Since then, Ebola spread to the neighbouring countries of Liberia and Sierra Leone, causing an epidemic that at the end of 2014 had caused 24,754 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. There had been 11,794 deaths in […]

Solidarity with Syria

04 Nov 2014

© Act Alliance / Paul Jeffrey In September 2014, the United Protestant Church of Belgium received an urgent letter Protestant churches in Syria and Lebanon, telling the suffering experienced by the civilian population in this region. Nearly three million people have fled Syria to seek refuge in camps in neighboring countries. More than half of […]

ACT supports citizenship of Dominicans of Haitian Descent

22 Oct 2014

Joani Santana, 17, was a star student but she was pulled out of school for the simple reason she doesn’t have a birth certificate. New laws in the Dominican Republic require Joani to have identity papers in order to study. “I don’t have the documents,” she explains. “I was born in the Dominican Republic but […]

Floods and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir

08 Oct 2014

Heavy monsoon rains in September 2014, in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, led to unprecedented widespread flooding and landslides. The total cost of the damage was estimated at nearly US$10bn. Incessant rain caused 277 deaths in Jammu and Kashmir, and a further 280 deaths over the border in Pakistan. Rescue operations were […]

Earthquake survivors in China

20 Sep 2014

On 3 August 2014, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 hit Zhaotong City in China’s southeastern Yunnan Province. The epicentre of the quake was just 14 miles from the city, which suffered damage and experienced hundreds of aftershocks. China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs initiated the highest level of national disaster response, with 617 people […]

Taking health care to Pakistan flood survivors

16 Sep 2014

Floods in Pakistan that have affected over 1.12 million people, have also taken out large health care centres and hospitals, leaving survivors with little or no medical care. The country’s national disaster management authority says that nearly 260 people have been killed by the torrential rainfall and at least twice that number of people left […]

Recovery from Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

08 Sep 2014

In the aftermath of the November 2013 typhoon that displaced 4 million people, destroyed 1 million homes, and damaged livelihoods across nine provinces in the central Philippines, ACT members overcame many challenges to reach an estimated 1 million survivors in recovery efforts this year. As the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall, Haiyan left behind […]

Conflict survivors in Kenya

08 Sep 2014

A series of unexpected attacks in Kenya’s Lamu County left 5,574 people internally displaced. Terror inflicted by militant groups included arbitrary killings, sexual violence, looting of property and livestock, and other gross human rights violations. Many women told the ACT Kenya Forum their stories of the extreme violence, describing how they had to watch their […]

Violence in Iraq becoming a runaway crisis, says ACT Alliance

14 Aug 2014

ChristianAid UK and Ireland: PRESS RELEASE Over 1.5 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in Iraq and the number is set to increase says international humanitarian and development network ACT Alliance, as the Islamic State continues its encroachment in the region. Since the group’s violent take-over of large swaths of land in […]

Combatting drought and food insecurity in Somalia

08 Aug 2014

Nearly 1 million people in Somalia were reported to be in need of life-saving help in 2014, 300,000 of whom were malnourished children. Exacerbating the food situation, Somalia was also dealing with military offensives and threats from insurgents. The UNHCR estimated that 50,000 people were internally displaced in the first quarter of 2014 alone, with […]

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