We’ve involved ourselves in ALLIANCE with a number of entities to assist in a diasporic effort in the DRC, detailed within the above positioned youtube videos. We are also using this time to educate on Volcanoes and other disasters nationally, and globally.
Goma is the capital of North Kivu province in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located on the northern shore of Lake Kivu, next to the Rwandan city of Gisenyi. The lake and the two cities are in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift system. Goma lies only 13–18 km (8.1–11.2 mi) south of the active Nyiragongo Volcano. The recent history of Goma has been dominated by the volcano and the Rwandan genocide of 1994, which in turn fuelled the First and Second Congo Wars. The aftermath of these events was still having effects on the city and its surroundings in 2010. The city was captured by rebels of the March 23 Movement during the M23 rebellion in late 2012, but it has since been retaken by government forces. …Continue reading
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|• City||75.72 km2 (29.24 sq mi)|
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CURRENT: We will mainly be providing assistance to the women and children affected by the Goma volcano crisis, the appeal figure was further increased to US$ 11.9 million, estimating over a three year recovery period to establish permanent self sufficiency and furthering sustainability. Approximately 25% will be providing assistance toward furthering the health, education, and career stability of men as head of households.
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|36 months estimated assisting BUDGET REQUIREMENTS|
|Health and Nutrition||2,159,000|
|Water and Sanitation||302,000|
|Shelter and Non-food items||3,917,000|
|Assistance to unaccompanied minors||2,720,000|
New WHO guidance aims to stamp out rights violations in mental health services
Hand-in-Hand/Ami VitaleWHO promotes a person-centred and rights-based approach to mental health care.
10 June 2021
New guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), published on Thursday, calls for providing mental health care that respects human rights and focuses on recovery.
Globally, mental health care mainly continues to be provided in psychiatric hospitals, and rights abuses and coercive practices remain all too common, according to the UN agency.
‘A more holistic approach’
The guidance recommends that mental health provision should be located in the community and include support for daily living, such as facilitating access to accommodation, as well as education and employment services.
“This comprehensive new guidance provides a strong argument for a much faster transition from mental health services that use coercion and focus almost exclusively on the use of medication to manage symptoms of mental health conditions, to a more holistic approach that takes into account the specific circumstances and wishes of the individual and offers a variety of approaches for treatment and support,” said Dr. Michelle Funk of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Use, who led the development of the guidance.
Severe abuses continue
WHO estimated that governments currently spend less than two per cent of their overall health budgets on mental health. This expenditure is mainly allocated to psychiatric hospitals, except in high-income countries where the figure is around 43 per cent.
The guidance promotes services that are person-centred and grounded in a human rights-based approach, as recommended under WHO’s Mental Health Action Plan 2020-2030, endorsed last month.
WHO pointed out that although countries have increasingly sought to reform their laws, policies and services regarding mental health care, following adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2006, few have made progress in meeting the changes required by international human rights standards.
Severe human rights abuses and coercive practices are still far too common across countries, the agency said. Examples include forced admission and forced treatment, as well as manual, physical and chemical restraint, unsanitary living conditions, and physical and verbal abuse.
Good practices showcased
The new guidance outlines what is required in areas such as mental health law, service delivery, financing and workforce development so that mental health services comply with the disability rights treaty.
It contains examples of community-based mental health services from countries such as Brazil, India, Kenya, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom which have demonstrated good practices, for example in non-coercion, community inclusion and respecting people’s right to make decisions about their treatment and life.
The services highlighted include crisis support, mental health services provided within general hospitals, outreach services, supported living approaches and support provided by peer groups. Cost comparisons indicate that they provide good outcomes and are preferred by users. They also can be provided at comparable cost to mainstream health services.
“Transformation of mental health service provision must, however, be accompanied by significant changes in the social sector”, said Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
“Until that happens, the discrimination that prevents people with mental health conditions from leading full and productive lives will continue.”
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FAQs by Category
122 earthquake FAQs organized by category.
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
- Can you predict earthquakes?
- Can animals predict earthquakes?
- Why are we having so many earthquakes? Has naturally occurring earthquake activity been increasing? Does this mean a big one is going to hit? OR We haven’t had any earthquakes in a long time; does this mean that the pressure is building up for a big one?
- Can “MegaQuakes” really happen? Like a magnitude 10 or larger?
- Can some people sense that an earthquake is about to happen (earthquake sensitives)?
- Can the ground open up during an earthquake?
- Will California eventually fall into the ocean?
- Is there earthquake weather?
- Do solar flares or magnetic storms (space weather) cause earthquakes?
- Are earthquakes associated with variations in the geomagnetic field?
- What is the “Triangle of Life” and is it legitimate?
Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
- What is an earthquake and what causes them to happen?
- Can we cause earthquakes? Is there any way to prevent earthquakes?
- Foreshocks, aftershocks – what’s the difference?
- What is the difference between aftershocks and swarms?
- Can the position of the moon or the planets affect seismicity? Are there more earthquakes in the morning/in the evening/at a certain time of the month?
- What is surface faulting or surface rupture in an earthquake?
- At what depth do earthquakes occur? What is the significance of the depth?
- Why are there so many earthquakes in the Geysers area in Northern California?
- Do earthquakes occur in Antarctica?
- What is a hotspot and how do you know it’s there?
- Where can I find earthquake educational materials?
- Where can I find current earthquake lists and maps for the world or for a specific area?
- Did I feel an earthquake? Can I report feeling an earthquake?
- Why is the earthquake that was reported/recorded by network X, or that I felt, not on the map/list?
- Why do some earthquakes disappear from the map/list?
- What is UTC, and why do you report earthquakes in UTC?
- Why isn’t the fault the earthquake occurred on or the distance to the nearest fault provided?
- Can I get on a list to receive an email message when there is an earthquake? How do I sign up for earthquake notifications? Are there any Feeds I can subscribe to?
- Why/When does the USGS update the magnitude of an earthquake?
- Why do so many earthquakes occur at a depth of 10km?
- How fast does the earthquake information get posted to the web site, get sent out via the Earthquake Notification Service (ENS), ATOM feeds, etc?
- Where can I see current or past seismograms?
- Why do USGS magnitudes differ from those published by other agencies?
- How do you determine the place name for an earthquake?
- Does the Latest Earthquakes map show non-earthquake seismic events?
- How do I sign up for the ShakeAlert® Earthquake Early Warning System?
Measuring Earthquakes …magnitudes, locations, seismometers, seismic waves
- How are earthquakes recorded? How are earthquakes measured? How is the magnitude of an earthquake determined?
- Moment magnitude, Richter scale – what are the different magnitude scales, and why are there so many?
- What is the difference between earthquake magnitude and earthquake intensity? What is the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale?
- How do you determine the magnitude for an earthquake that occurred prior to the creation of the magnitude scale?
- How do seismologists locate an earthquake?
- What was the duration of the earthquake? Why don’t you report the duration of each earthquake? How does the duration affect the magnitude?
- How can an earthquake have a negative magnitude?
- What does it mean that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 0 km? How can an earthquake have a negative depth; that would mean it’s in the air. What is the geoid, and what does it have to do with earthquake depth?
- Seismometers, seismographs, seismograms – what’s the difference? How do they work?
- How can I make my own seismometer?
- When was the first instrument that actually recorded an earthquake?
- What is a Geoid? Why do they use the geoid, and where does its shape come from?
Earthquake Hazards …maps, probabilities, and earthquake engineering
- What is the difference between earthquake early warning, earthquake forecasts, earthquake probabilities, and earthquake prediction?
- What is a seismic zone, or seismic hazard zone?
- What is seismic hazard? What is a seismic hazard map? How are they made? How are they used? Why are there different maps, and which one should I use?
- What are the earthquake hazards/risks where I live?
- How will my house hold up in an earthquake? Can the USGS send someone out to evaluate my property?
- How do I decide whether or not to get earthquake insurance?
- How do earthquakes affect buildings?
- What is the likelihood of a large earthquake at location X? Is it safe to go to X since they’ve been having a lot of earthquakes lately?
- What is the probability that an earthquake will occur in the Los Angeles Area? the San Francisco Bay area?
- What is the probability that an earthquake is a foreshock to a larger earthquake?
- Can the National Seismic Hazard Maps be used as an earthquake forecast tool for the near future?
- How do I get earthquake hazard maps for locations outside of the US?
- How are engineers working to make roads and buildings safer?
- What is the USGS doing to mitigate and respond to earthquake hazards?
Earthquake Effects and Experiences
- At what magnitude does damage begin to occur in an earthquake?
- What does an earthquake feel like?
- What are Tsunamis?
- What is it about an earthquake that causes a tsunami?
- What are those booms I sometimes hear before or during an earthquake?
- How does the USGS tell the difference between an earthquake and a sonic boom?
- Why do earthquakes in other countries seem to cause more damage and casualties than earthquakes in the U.S.?
- Can a large earthquake trigger earthquakes in distant locations or on other faults?
- How can an earthquake effect groundwater or changes in wells?
- Where can I find photographs of earthquake damage?
- What is liquefaction?
- Can you feel an earthquake if you’re in a cave? Is it safer to be in a cave during an earthquake?
- What are earthquake lights?
- Does fracking cause earthquakes?
- Do all wastewater disposal wells induce earthquakes?
- Is it possible to anticipate whether a planned wastewater disposal activity will trigger earthquakes that are large enough to be of concern?
- How does the injection of fluid at depth cause earthquakes?
- How large are the earthquakes induced by fluid injection?
- Are earthquakes induced by fluid-injection activities always located close to the point of injection?
- Is there any possibility that a wastewater injection activity could interact with a nearby fault to trigger a major earthquake that causes extensive damage over a broad region?
- Does the production of oil and gas from shales cause earthquakes? If so, how are the earthquakes related to these operations?
- Oklahoma has had a surge of earthquakes since 2009? Are they due to fracking?
Historical Earthquakes and Statistics
- Where can I find a list of yearly estimated deaths from earthquakes around the world?
- Which States have the smallest number of earthquakes? Is there any place in the world that doesn’t have earthquakes?
- Where do earthquakes occur?
- Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes in the United States? in the World?
- Where can I find a list of the largest earthquakes near my town?
- Which Country has the most earthquakes?
- Which State has the most damaging earthquakes? Which State has the most natural earthquakes (not human-induced)?
- Where can I search an earthquake catalog for past events?
- What is a fault and what are the different types?
- What is the relationship between faults and earthquakes? What happens to a fault when an earthquake occurs?
- What is a “Quaternary” fault?
- Where can I find a fault map of the US? Is one available in GIS format?
- How do I find the nearest fault to a property or specific location?
- How do I find fault or hazard maps for California?
- Why are there no faults in the Great Valley of central California?
- Why are there so many earthquakes and faults in the Western United States?
- Where are the faults in the Central and Eastern U.S.?
- Why are there so many faults in the Quaternary Faults Database with the same name?
- What can I do to be prepared for an earthquake?
- What emergency supplies do I need for an earthquake?
- What should I do DURING an earthquake?
- Things NOT to do during an earthquake?
- What do I do AFTER an earthquake?
- What can I expect in my house when an earthquake occurs? How do I identify it? What can be done?
- Why should people in the eastern U.S. be concerned about earthquakes?
- What are the Great ShakeOut earthquake drills?
- What is the “Triangle of Life” and is it legitimate?
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USAID PROVIDING HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE IN RESPONSE TO THE NYIRAGONGO VOLCANO ERUPTION IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
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In response to the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 in emergency assistance to provide safe drinking water to people affected and to assist in cholera prevention efforts.
On May 22, the Nyiragongo volcano in the DRC started erupting, triggering a series of small earthquakes. While lava flows stopped about one mile from Goma, the eruption caused significant damage in North Kivu, including to a critical water pipeline, cutting off drinking water access for as many as 500,000 people. USAID disaster experts are conducting assessments to determine additional needs and coordinating with local officials and humanitarian partners. In addition, the USAID-supported U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP), which leverages the U.S. scientific and technological expertise of the USGS, is providing technical assistance to DRC’s Goma Volcano Observatory to help track and analyze Nyiragongo’s activity.
USAID offers its deepest condolences to the families and communities affected by the eruption of Nyiragongo volcano and stands with the people of the DRC as they begin to recover.
The United States is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo, providing more than $131 million in Fiscal Year 2021 to date. For the latest updates on USAID’s humanitarian assistance in the DRC, visit Democratic Republic of the Congo | Humanitarian Assistance | US Agency for International Development.