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Oct 14, 2014
At its 85th meeting in October 2013, the IASC Working Group acknowledged that the so-called ‘hybrid group’ developed Version 1.0 of the Reference Module for the Implementation of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (referred to as the HPC Reference Module), and agreed that it should also be responsible for supporting coherence, roll-out and subsequent revision of any related technical guidance and tools.  At the request of the Working Group, the ‘hybrid group’ prepared terms of reference and a work plan which were endorsed at the Working Group’s March 2014 meeting.  The Working Group also agreed that the ‘hybrid group’ should be formalized as the IASC Humanitarian Programme Cycle Steering Group[1], that it should refer issues both to the Working Group and the Emergency Directors Group, and that it should be time-bound.  The Steering Group’s main objective was to prepare Version 2.0 of the HPC Reference Module for Working Group endorsement, and to guide and ensure coherence in the completion and/or revision of related technical guidance and tools.  Its mandate concluded at the end of August 2014.This note summarizes activities completed over the ten-month existence of both the ‘hybrid group’ and the Steering Group, from November 2013 to August 2014.  It also identifies some outstanding areas of work for the Working Group’s consideration.[1] The Humanitarian Programme Cycle Steering Group was composed of 8-10 senior programme and policy managers of IASC organizations. The Chief of OCHA’s Programme Support Branch (PSB) convened the group. 
Oct 09, 2014
Headquarters13250 W. 98th StreetLenexa, KS 66215913.764.5200hearttoheart.org NEWS RELEASE Contact: Dan Weinbaum, Director of CommunicationsMobile 816.585.8215dan.weinbaum@hearttoheart.org Heart to Heart International To Open Ebola Treatment Unit in LiberiaResponding to desperate need for more Ebola beds in hardest-hit country October 7, 2014 – Heart to Heart International (HHI) today announced plans to open and operate an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the West African epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The 70-bed unit is under construction in Kakata, Liberia, and is expected to begin operating in November. Heart to Heart International is a non-governmental organization that responds to health crises and natural disasters, both in the United States and internationally, by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers.  “Liberia, at the center of this epidemic, is in desperate need of additional Ebola beds and personnel to care for patients and help bring the outbreak under control. Heart to Heart International will join two other NGOs who are already operating ETUs in Liberia,” said Jim Mitchum, Chief Executive Officer of HHI. “We cannot stand on the sidelines and watch the deadly disease continue to spread, so in addition to shipping medical supplies, we are mobilizing – as we have in Haiti, the Philippines and other places suffering from disasters. Now we are calling on our volunteers and supporters to stand with us.” Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian group dedicated to expanding global access to healthcare, already has shipped medical supplies such as protective equipment to Ebola caregivers in Liberia, and an advance team from HHI visited the country Sept. 21-29 to plan further aid. The fact-gathering trip involved a physician and two logistics experts from HHI, along with a nurse from Welch Allyn, a global manufacturer of medical diagnostic equipment and connected solutions, which has supported numerous crisis response initiatives of Heart to Heart International. “What our advance team encountered in Liberia is unlike any health disaster we have ever seen, and we’ve seen many,” said Dr. Gary Morsch, founder and board chair of HHI, who led the advance team’s visit. “The medical system is overwhelmed by the Ebola epidemic, and every doctor and health official said the biggest need is more Ebola Treatment Units. The world must respond – and urgently – to get control of this outbreak. Heart to Heart International is stepping into that gap, as we hope many other organizations will, to help stop Ebola in West Africa.” The new Ebola Treatment Unit is being constructed in Kakata, a city located in Margibi County about 70 km (44 miles) northeast of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.  So far, Liberia has reported 3,834 Ebola cases, with 2,069 deaths through October 3, according to the latest update from the World Health Organization. Some 44% of those cases were reported in the past 21 days, so the rapid spread of the infectious disease continues. Seed funds for Heart to Heart International’s Ebola Treatment Unit have been provided through contributions from generous organizations, including:The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, based in New YorkThe Building a World of Difference Foundation, the charitable organization of Black & Veatch, a global engineering and construction company that focuses on infrastructure in Energy, Water, and Telecommunications markets, with headquarters based in Overland Park, KansasTo donate for Heart to Heart International’s Ebola control efforts, please visit hearttoheart.org and click on “Donate” or send contributions to Heart to Heart International, 13250 W. 98th Street, Lenexa, KS 66215. For corporate or institutional contributions, contact Sherri Zerkel, HHI’s Director of Corporate Relations. In addition to recruiting staff in Liberia, HHI is seeking volunteer doctors and other healthcare personnel for 6-to 8-week stints to help manage the Ebola Treatment Unit. Volunteers will oversee the strict implementation of explicit protocols developed by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) for isolation and supportive care of Ebola patients, including extensive precautions for the staff. Liberia is hot, humid and tropical, and the challenges of the Ebola battle are great, so volunteers must be physically and mentally fit. If you are an interested healthcare professional interested in volunteering, please fill out this contact form. Heart to Heart International Inc. is a nonprofit international health organization. Since its founding in 1992, HHI has delivered medical aid and supplies worth more than $1.2 billion to more than 150 countries, including the United States. HHI responds to crises and natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers. HHI broadens access to healthcare with medical education opportunities and lab standards training around the U.S. and in Haiti, and also works with U.S. safety-net clinics to increase their capacity by providing medical equipment, supplies and volunteers that are vital to operations. The organization is on the "Philanthropy 400", is a Charity Navigator 4-Star charity six years in a row, a BBB Accredited Charity, a founding member of the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), and recently became a full member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). For more information visit hearttoheart.org & find HHI on Facebook.
Oct 09, 2014
With support from InterAction and UNICEF, a small group of NGOs and UN agencies from the IASC Task Team on Humanitarian Financing came together to identify and document Best Practices to Accelerate Implementation of CERF Projects. This short paper identifies effective, replicable practices in UN-NGO partnership throughout the grant cycle of CERF funds. The paper is a work-in-progress and can be updated to add new ideas as agencies review their own policies and procedures in utilizing CERF and other funding streams. 
Oct 09, 2014
UNICEF is currently engaged in an internal process, the Strengthening Humanitarian Action (SHA) initiative in an effort to further improve its capacity to support humanitarian action and address the needs of children affected by natural and man-made disasters. As part of this process InterAction, through its Humanitarian Partnerships Working Group, surveyed its membership to capture the contours of partnership (both operational and contractual) with UNICEF at the field level and beyond. The survey was completed by nearly 50 NGO representatives who indicated close working relationships with UNICEF. Respondents represented both large and small UNICEF partners; on average respondents represented agencies that work with UNICEF in an average of 18 countries, with the range being 1 to 100 countries. 
Oct 08, 2014
A collection of background information regarding the 2015 G7 summit, including a calendar of relevant events. Updated frequently.
Oct 08, 2014
InterAction's PVO Standards define the financial, operational and ethical code of conduct for InterAction and its member agencies. These self-applied, high and objective standards set InterAction members apart from many other charitable organizations. Indeed, in various aspects, the InterAction PVO Standards exceed the prevailing standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance (WGA). Intended to ensure and strengthen public confidence in the integrity, quality and effectiveness of member organizations and their programs.This is the Associate Member Supplement of the PVO Standards. 
Oct 06, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFor Africa media: Billy Abimbilla     BAbimbilla@SierraLeone.ChildFund.org        +231 88 644 27 82               For U.S. media: Betsy Edwards       BEdwards@ChildFund.org                          (804)756-2722 or (804)402-9944ChildFund International opens first Interim Care Center for children orphaned by EbolaMonrovia, Liberia – Oct. 6, 2014 – The first dedicated children’s Interim Care Center (ICC) has been opened in Monrovia for children who have lost one or both parents to Ebola.  The center is being run by ChildFund International in collaboration with Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) and will serve as a safe place for children during the 21-day quarantine period after the child last had contact with someone infected with Ebola.“More than 2,000 children have been orphaned by Ebola in Liberia,” said Billy Abimbilla, ChildFund International’s national director for Liberia and Sierra Leone.“In addition to the tragedy of losing parents, these children are being traumatized by the stigma associated with the virus. They have nowhere else to go.”The center will provide support and protection to 20 children at a time who don’t have family or relatives who can care for them. In addition to housing and meals, the children will receive play and reading materials, psychosocial support and compassionate caregivers who can focus on them.Staff at the ICC will observe and monitor the children through twice-daily taking of temperatures and will use a checklist to identify Ebola symptoms. Staff will take immediate action to refer children suspected of being infected to the nearest Ebola Treatment Unit/ Ebola Care Center as appropriate.While the children are at the center, staff will be actively looking for each child’s family to help reunite the child with family members immediately after the quarantine period is over or determine an alternative care option such as foster care.“The Interim Care Center is a supportive, safe place where the children can grieve while the staff tries to connect them with surviving family members,” said Abimbilla.The center is staffed with a nurse, social and mental health workers, and eight Ebola survivors who serve as caregivers and work with children to alleviate the grief of losing a family member to Ebola.The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, with assistance from ChildFund, will establish additional Interim Care Centers in Monrovia and throughout Liberia, as the number of children orphaned by Ebola increases by the day.ChildFund International, operating programs in Liberia since 2003, is working closely with NGO partners and the government to respond to the Ebola emergency.To make a donation to assist those affected by Ebola, please visit https://www.childfund.org/Ebola_Emergency/.About ChildFundChildFund International is a global child development and protection agency serving more than 18.1 million children and family members in 30 countries. For 75 years, we have helped the world's deprived, excluded and vulnerable children survive and thrive to reach their full potential and become leaders of enduring change. As a member of ChildFund Alliance, we create supportive environments in which children can flourish. For more information about ChildFund visit www.ChildFund.org. 
Oct 06, 2014
For Immediate ReleaseContact:   Tim Holder 501-280-3080, 501-626-1918 (mobile) or tholder@winrock.orgJason Bordoff Joins Winrock International’s Board of DirectorsARLINGTON, Va. (Oct. 6, 2014) — Winrock International is pleased to announce the election of Jason Bordoff to its board of directors. Bordoff accepted a five-year appointment.At Columbia University, Bordoff is a professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs, and is the founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy. Highly regarded as one of top energy policy experts in the world, Bordoff served until January 2013 as special assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change on the National Security Council staff, and, previously held senior roles as an energy advisor on the White House's National Economic Council and Council on Environmental Quality.“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Bordoff to Winrock’s board of directors,” said Board Chair Betsy Campbell. “He brings invaluable expertise in economics, energy and the environment to the board; his participation will enhance Winrock’s ability to lead on innovation and increase its global impact.”Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson added: “Jason’s understanding of international energy markets, and keen insights into the future of energy resources will help us make smart decisions about where to focus our resources.”Previous to his service with the White House, Bordoff was policy director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution. He also served as an advisor to the U.S. Treasury Department’s deputy secretary during President Bill Clinton’s Administration.Bordoff currently serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Petroleum Council, and the boards of the New York Energy Forum and the Association of Marshall Scholars. He studied at Harvard Law School, where he was treasurer of the Harvard Law Review, and Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Letters degree as a Marshall Scholar. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock is headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., and has a capital office in Arlington, Va., with project offices worldwide.– 30 –
Sep 24, 2014
NEW YORK (September 24, 2014) – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history. This outbreak has killed more people than all other Ebola outbreaks combined. Statement by Samuel A. Worthington, President and CEO, InterAction:  "The Ebola outbreak has grown into a massive humanitarian crisis with sweeping effects on economies and the daily lives of millions. It will take time, resources and careful coordination between partners in the public, nonprofit and private sectors to turn the tide.  "This is a big lift and it must be done correctly, in a way that does not put medical staff at risk or further alienate communities. "InterAction is currently working with the U.S. government to engage a wide range of U.S. NGOs and identify potential partner organizations to help respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. This includes passing along potential volunteers gathered by USAID to NGOs responding to the Ebola crisis, as part of a larger effort by the U.S. NGO community to identify qualified and experienced volunteers to help scale up ongoing and planned aid efforts. "Responding to the massive scale and logistical challenges of this crisis is going to take a long time, intense effort and more resources. InterAction will continue to work with public and private sector partners to help support U.S. NGOs who are assisting populations in states that have been touched by the ripple effects of the crisis." # # #  BACKGROUND  InterAction member NGOs are gearing up to respond to the unprecedented Ebola outbreak. InterAction members are currently providing clinical care, logistical support and community outreach as part of the global Ebola response. This crisis requires organizations with experience to provide clinical care and logistical support. Just as pressing is the need for effective community outreach and education around Ebola.  While originating with an epidemic, the Ebola crisis is having a massive societal-wide impact that can be tempered with continuing development work. If these efforts are abandoned, the crisis will deepen. InterAction members with programs in development sectors such as agriculture, education, and water and sanitation are currently looking at ways to continue their programs to mitigate the ripple effects of the Ebola outbreak. Read more about how InterAction members are responding to the Ebola crisis. InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 180 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life. Visit www.interaction.org.  

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