More than 1.9 million Iraqi children in high-risk governorates to be vaccinated against polio

Country: Iraq
Sources: World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund

The campaign will target children in 46 districts in 16 governorates, including Baghdad, Babylon, Anbar, Dahuk, Erbil, Kerbala, Kirkuk Missan, Najaf, Ninewa, Salah Al-Din, Suleymaniya, Wassit and Basra.


Southern Madagascar faces drought-driven hunger, threatening millions

Country: Madagascar
Source: World Food Programme

Three straight years of drought have wiped out harvests and hampered people's access to food and COVID-19 is compounding their suffering, WFP warns. An estimated 1.5 million people need urgent help.


DR Congo: At least 11 million children under five at risk of starvation across eleven countries

Countries: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Yemen
Source: Save the Children

With the potential risk of famine in Yemen and South Sudan, Save the Children is calling for an urgent and large-scale global response to help avert a humanitarian catastrophe.


UN High Commissioner for Refugees visits Sudan as Ethiopian arrivals cross 43,000

Countries: Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

In eastern Sudan, UNHCR continues to ramp up its relief effort together with Sudan’s Commission on Refugees and local authorities amidst complex logistical challenges.


Children forced to live among unexploded bombs and rubble after Iraq camp closures strand thousands

Country: Iraq
Source: Save the Children

Save the Children spoke to parents who had been forced to leave the camps. They told harrowing accounts of finding unexploded bombs and corpses in buildings and under rubble in areas they now live in.


Humanitarian actors seek US$168 million to support 1.9 million conflict-affected people in eastern Ukraine

Country: Ukraine
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

The 2021 Humanitarian Response Plan lays out how more than 120 partners aim to assist the most vulnerable people in addition to the efforts already being undertaken by the Government.


World: WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

Country: World
Source: World Health Organization

An analysis finds that based on the self-reports by African countries, the region has an average score of 33% readiness for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, which is well below the desired benchmark of 80%.


Ethiopians desperate for news of family as refugee numbers surge

Countries: Ethiopia, Sudan
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

More than 40,000 Ethiopians have fled the Tigray crisis into eastern Sudan, with no sign of a let-up in new arrivals. Many anxiously hope to be reunited with their families.


HLA inaugurates new Advisory Group

HLA announces the creation of a new Advisory Group to support the delivery of its core mission.

The group is composed of distinguished professionals with deep knowledge of the humanitarian logistics sector, including many who have been closely involved with the work of HLA over the years. They are:

Andrew Parkes, Global Operations Manager, Malaria Consortium

Nick Murdoch, Independent Logistics & Supply Chain Consultant

Will Holden, Managing Director Emergency Logistics Team, CMILT

Martijn Blansjaar, Head of Supply and Logistics, OXFAM GB

Jane Tikhwi Muyundo, Castelbarco Capacity Building Consultants

Stuart Smith, Global Director, Humanitarian, Volga Dnepr Group

Neil Rodrigues, Director Global Supply Chain, International Medical Corps

Jarrod Goentzel, Director, MIT Humanitarian Supply Chain Lab

Michael C. Whiting, independent humanitarian logistics consultant

Ilse Larkin, independent humanitarian logistics professional and guest lecturer at University of Cranfield

John Cropper, Lead, Program Management and Humanitarian, Humentum

Frank Clary, VP Sustainability, Agility Logistics

The first meeting of the newly-constituted board took place on May 30, 2019 where they discussed among other things the draft HLA strategy, and the new ‘HLA Connect’ – which is an enhanced web platform which aims to make it less challenging for stakeholders to engage with the humanitarian logistics (HL) sector, and other related humanitarian initiatives / activities.

The group will meet remotely every two months, with the next call scheduled for the end of July.

“I am immensely pleased that HLA has now been able to launch a new advisory group to help steer the organisation through the implementation of its latest three-year strategy. HLA is extremely grateful to the members that have joined the group; they bring a broad range of expertise and wealth of experience. Their commitment to supporting the aims of the HLA and to building humanitarian logistics as a recognised sector is hugely important.” George Fenton, Chief Executive, HLA


HLA joined NCVO

HLA joined UK National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) in November 2018 as a member organization. NCVO acts as the major connector in the volunteer sector. NCVO promotes volunteerism and serves the organizations that recruit volunteers, as well as volunteers themselves. Since HLA’s team consists of some volunteers at different levels of expertise, joining NCVO will help the organization in volunteer performance assessment and management. Apart from being a platform for volunteers and non-profit organizations to connect and network with one another, NCVO provides a wealth of learning materials for professional development of volunteers and their associated organizations on its website. Its wide range of training courses covers topics tailor made for trustees, board of directors, volunteers’ supervisors, fundraisers, advocacy officers, campaigners and financiers. For more details on what NCVO has to offer, you can visit their website: www.ncvo.org.uk