2 August 2012, New York: International star Beyoncé, the United Nations and humanitarian aid organizations are launching a global campaign today to shine a spotlight on humanitarian work and encourage people around the world to get involved by doing something good for others. World Humanitarian Day is a global day to celebrate humanity and the spirit of people helping people. The World Humanitarian Day music video for Beyoncé’s song “I Was Here” will be filmed in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in front of a live audience. It will be released globally on 19 August. Beyoncé and songwriter Diane Warren are donating the video to the campaign. “World Humanitarian Day celebrates humanitarian work,” said Valerie...
CERF provides $312,440 for cholera response in Ghana
16 August 2012: Government and UN partners are concerned that Ghana could be engulfed by its most recent cholera outbreak, which has claimed more than 50 lives since January 2012. With more than 5,000 cases reported nationally, the epidemic has been fuelled by poor sanitation, lack of public awareness and the onset of the rainy season, which has led to the contamination of drinking-water sources.
Traditional beliefs and practices, such as the use of herbal remedies, and spiritual associations with health and illness are barriers to improving hygiene. In many rural communities, illnesses such as diarrhoea are perceived as something to endure, rather than a potential danger. The entire population is at risk, but children are the most vulnerable due to their exposure to cholera at school and during play.