Cuba has been fighting one of the toughest droughts in a century for the past three years. Declining and unpredictable rainfall has affected more than 50% of the island’s territory.

This is why the EU is funding a drought resilience initiative in partnership with World Food Programme, United Nations Development Programme - UNDP and Movimiento por la Paz - MPDL to strengthen preparedness,...
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Cuba has been fighting one of the toughest droughts in a century

Supporting Cuba through the drought of the century

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Patricija Ecimovic
Mayi Garmendia
With a population of over 20 million people, Manila, the capital of the Philippines is highly exposed to a variety of natural hazards, and the poorest communities are systematically at the receiving end of these recurring climatic events.

When it comes to disaster preparedness in its cyclone prone regions, the Philippines is one of the better performing countries in Asia. But this track...
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With a population of over 20 million people Manila the capital of

Building the resilience of Manila’s slums

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Emmanuel Pama
Jesusita Teodoro
Today the European Commission announced €14.3 million in funding to support countries affected by natural disasters and to invest in disaster risk reduction and resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The region is one one the world's most disaster-prone, highly exposed to natural hazards like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, landslides and droughts.

The...
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Today the European Commission announced 143 million in funding to support countries

New EU aid for natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean

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An outbreak of cholera in Yemen is worsening at an alarming rate in the war-torn country, prompting Yemeni authorities to declare a state of emergency.

In response, the EU has made €3.8 million available to deal with the outbreak, as announced by Commissioner Stylianides today: "This assistance will allow our humanitarian partners to rapidly increase their capacity to treat people and save...
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An outbreak of cholera in Yemen is worsening at an alarming rate

Yemen: Battling a worsening Cholera outbreak

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Konstantinos Tzoannopoulos
Rozália Benedek
Dimitri Dragounis
When a crisis hits, guaranteeing fast and safe access to the field is vital to save lives. This is why we operate a humanitarian air service known as ECHO Flight, to get aid workers and medical supplies to where they are needed fast.

This Friday, one of these planes is scheduled to take off from Kinshasa to Buta to transport aid workers and critical medical supplies to the remote area in the...
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Famine has been declared in South Sudan and baby Emmanuel, pictured below, is one of hundreds of thousands severely malnourished children bearing the brunt of the crisis.

With the help of his mother and treatment by a dedicated team at an EU-funded clinic, Emmanuel is expected to make a full recovery. But there are many other children in his situation. In January, UNICEF and partners...
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Famine has been declared in South Sudan and baby Emmanuel pictured below
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Last month in Sweden, EU's disaster response was put to the test during a full-scale civil protection exercise simulating floods and an imminent cholera outbreak. Watch below how it all went.
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Sławomir Grodzki
Al Ameen O. Ajlouni
Earthquakes are common in Kyrgyzstan, so it is not a question of if they will hit, but when. In Talas region, as many as 13 earthquakes were registered last year.

To reduce the risk of school children getting injured, the EU funds UNICEF's work to prepare them, via emergency drills simulating real earthquakes, so they know how to stay safe.

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In camps across Greece, the Red Cross operates basic health centres for refugees and migrants, equipped to treat common illnesses, accidents and health needs on site.

The doctors, psychosocial workers and translators staffing the EU-supported centres come from all over the world. Meet them in our photo story: [ Europa.eu Link ]

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In camps across Greece the Red Cross operates basic health centres for
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Half a million refugees in Turkey now receive monthly cash assistance through an innovative EU-funded relief programme and the number continues to rise.

The cash assistance programme, ESSN, supports the most vulnerable refugee families in Turkey with a debit card to cover their most basic needs such as food, rent, medicine and clothes. The card can be used in shops or ATMs and allows...
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Half a million refugees in Turkey now receive monthly cash assistance through

EU-funded cash assistance programme reaches half a million refugees in Turkey

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Haris Subašić
Assalah Shikhani
An Ebola outbreak has officially been declared in the Northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Responding to the outbreak, Commissioner and EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides affirmed EU support: "The EU is fully committed to provide all support necessary. The national authorities, with the support of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the European Commission's experts in...
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An Ebola outbreak has officially been declared in the Northeast of the

New cases of Ebola confirmed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

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Sławomir Grodzki
Myanmar has experienced internal conflicts for more than six decades, which has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and over half a million people in need of humanitarian aid.

EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides just concluded a visit to Myanmar, announcing €12 million to cover humanitarian assistance to communities in...
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Myanmar has experienced internal conflicts for more than six decades which has
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Meet baby Khalil. He was born in Greece and spent the first few months of his life in a refugee camp. His family arrived in Greece last year after fleeing Afghanistan when heavy fighting broke out in their city.

Throughout her pregnancy, Khalil’s mother visited the 'Mother and Baby Area' in the camp, which is run by Save the Children Greece with support from the European Commission. She now...
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Narinder Mudhar
Kamya Collins
Over 20 million people are threatened by drought in the Horn of Africa, Nigeria, Yemen and South Sudan. Somaliland was one of the first areas to be hit by drought three years ago and is now experiencing its fourth rainy season with little or no rain. Euronews recently went there to see what the EU and its partners are doing to prevent an emergency from becoming a famine.
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Abdirahman Ismail
Abdirahman Kheyre
Somalia is on the brink of famine. To avoid a repeat of the 2011 catastrophe which cost the lives of more than 250 000 Somalis, humanitarian aid is being stepped up in a race against the clock.

The EU has released over €78 million in humanitarian funding alone, which goes to trucking of water to communities hit by extreme drought, food, emergency medical help to malnourished children and...
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Somalia is on the brink of famine To avoid a repeat of
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After six years of devastating conflict in Syria, almost half of the country's population struggles to put enough food on their plates.

For kids like Ro'a, a 13-year old girl living inside Syria, a daily meal and fresh milk helps sustain hope for a better tomorrow. With funding from the EU, the World Food Programme is able to deliver vital food assistance to 4 million people every month...
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Abood Alebrahemov
“They took me to the Ebola treatment centre on December 24, 2014. I don’t like to speak about my time in there, but I was sent home on December 31. I lost 11 people in my family. I was nervous when I left because even though I had survived, I lost so much. I didn’t know how to return to my past life."

1100 people in Guinea survived being infected with Ebola and many still suffer from physical...
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They took me to the Ebola treatment centre on December 24 2014
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Decades of conflict and insecurity have forced countless Afghan families to flee from their homes, stripping children of their right to education. Last year, the country saw a staggering number of refugees -- mostly children -- return from neighbouring Pakistan after decades of being away. This sudden rise in returning refugees overwhelmed the capacity of Afghan schools to provide much-needed...
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Khaista Khan
Denis Brown
Three years ago, Aysel fled Syria with her two children after losing her husband in a bomb attack in her hometown Aleppo. She arrived in Ankara in Turkey with no place to live, no money and no future. Forced to take out loans or ask Turkish acquaintances for money, she felt ashamed. Fortunately, Aysel qualified for the EU-funded ESSN debit card programme, which provides her with monthly...
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Three years ago Aysel fled Syria with her two children after losing

Aysel’s Story: One card, changing the lives of refugees in Turkey

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Oktavios Petropoulos
Sławomir Grodzki
Myanmar’s coastal state of Rakhine is one of the poorest in the country and has been plagued by numerous problems for many years, including ethnic tensions, natural hazards, and slow development. Problems that increasingly impact children.

To help protect children in the most vulnerable townships in Rakhine and reduce the risks of abuse, exploitation and neglect, the EU supports UNICEF and...
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Myanmars coastal state of Rakhine is one of the poorest in the

Myanmar/Burma: Protecting children in Rakhine State

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