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23 May 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to affect parts of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Haiti

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with six consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since midMarch, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea. The extended mid-season absence of rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for Belg-producing areas of Ethiopia.

22 May 2015 description


253 Progress towards polio eradication worldwide, 2014–2015

259 How Liberia reached zero cases of Ebola virus disease


253 Progrès accomplis en vue de l’éradication de la poliomyélite à l’échelle mondiale, 2014-2015

259 Comment le Libéria a mis fin à la flambée de maladie à virus Ebola

22 May 2015 description

21 May 2015 – In a speech at a side meeting "A tribute to health workers" at the World Health Assembly, Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, called for the respect and safety of health care workers and facilities and paid tribute to the invaluable, and often dangerous work, health and aid workers undertake. He began by paying tribute to the hundreds of health care workers in West Africa, who on the frontline in the battle against Ebola, had contracted the disease. Many had died while helping to save the lives of others.

21 May 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-ninth Session, 40th Meeting (AM)
General Assembly
Meetings Coverage

Additional $88.1 million was needed to support the “last mile” of the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United Nations Controller told the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) today as delegates reiterated concern about significant resources spent to support the operation’s high-level staff positions.

21 May 2015 description


The last report of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication initiative (GPEI), published in October 2014, was clear that the programme’s goal of interrupting polio transmission globally by the end of 2014 would not be met. This assessment was confirmed as 2015 began and children were still being paralysed by polio.

Nobody expressed great surprise, accustomed to the sad reality that the polio programme has missed one deadline after another.

21 May 2015 description

A round-table discussion on empowering women in Afghanistan to enable their participation in decision-making and reconciliation with the aim of building sustainable peace, took place on 20 May 2015 in Vienna. It was hosted by the Gender Section in the Office of the Secre­tary General and the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna.

20 May 2015 description

UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights Many Environmental Successes

Global Cooperation Reversed Ozone Depletion, Renewables Reached New Heights and First UNEA Advanced Environmental Agenda

Nairobi, 19 May 2015 - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today released its Annual Report 2014, showcasing global environmental successes such as the recovery of the ozone layer, significant advances in renewables investments and the first-ever United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA).

20 May 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

20 May 2015 description

1. Introduction

1.1.Worldwide case load and burden due to Cholera

Every year, there are an estimated 3–5 million cholera cases and 100 000–120 000 deaths due to cholera. The epidemic trend of cholera is on increase in the world for the past few years.

Since 2000, the incidence of cholera has increased steadily, and reached 317 534 reported cases worldwide (pandemic) in 2010, including 7543 deaths. Majority of the cases and deaths are reported from Developing countries of African and Asian continents where the disease is endemic.

20 May 2015 description


  • Out of 447 functional sentinel sites, 444 (99.3%) have submitted reports this week.

  • Out of a total of 428,603 new consultations (179,508 male, 249,095 female) this week, 34.6% or 148,319 (71,217 male, 77,102 female) consultations were reported due to DEWS targeted diseases.

  • Main causes of consultations in this week were Acute Diarrheal Diseases, 56,197 cases (13.1% out of total new consultations) and Pneumonia, 12,033 cases (2.8% out of total new consultations).

20 May 2015 description


By Mark Lattimer and Derek Verbakel

The 2015 release of the Peoples under Threat index marks the 10th year that Peoples under Threat has sought to identify those communities around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass political killing or systematic violent repression.

A number of the countries which rose most sharply in the index last year, including Syria,
Yemen and Ukraine, saw escalating violence over the course of 2014–15 and the killing, in total, of tens of thousands of civilians.

20 May 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayesha Tanzeem
May 19, 2015 6:15 PM

KABUL— Sher Mohammad felt like a dead man - one who could not work, or take care of his family, which included his four daughters and two sons. He is hoping his time at a rehabilitation center in Kabul will help him get his life back.

He is one of three million drug users in Afghanistan, up from 1.6 million in 2012. The rise followed record high poppy crops in the country for the last two years.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union


The number of illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans region rose by 65 per cent last year to 66 000, with two-thirds of the detections on the Hungarian-Serbian border. The surge of migrants across this border section was so high that at one point in December it accounted for more than half of all illegal border crossings at the EU’s external borders.

19 May 2015 description
report European Union


In 2014, only 0.5% of all illegal border-crossings reported by EU Member States at the external borders took place at the 6 000-kilometre-long eastern borders of the EU, totalling 1 275.

Meanwhile, the economic downturn in Russia led to a decline in regular traffic flows at EU Member States’ borders with the country, with the weakening rouble reducing the number of Russian travellers and shoppers crossing the EU borders. This trend was the most pronounced near the end of last year.

19 May 2015 description

Kunduz/Kabul – Heavy fighting between Afghan forces and armed opposition groups in the north-eastern province of Kunduz is increasingly isolating people living in the districts from the provincial capital, where Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) trauma centre has been receiving wounded patients.

19 May 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Tuesday 5/19/2015 - 15:13 GMT

by Usman SHARIFI

A Taliban car bomber ripped through the parking lot of the justice ministry in Kabul Tuesday, killing four people and wounding dozens of others in the latest in a string of attacks to shake the Afghan capital.

The powerful suicide blast, which occurred as government employees were leaving work, comes as the insurgents step up attacks on government and foreign targets in the midst of their traditional summer offensive.

19 May 2015 description

Iraq: Islamic State have taken control of Ramadi. 500 died and 42,840 people fled fighting in the city over 16–17 May, adding to the 180,000 displaced in Anbar since early April. Access to new IDPs in Habbaniyah, Khadiyah district, is limited due to insecurity, and health concerns are growing.

19 May 2015 description
map iMMAP

The map represents the position and typology of conflicts, factors of influence and main facilities in the village of Buland Ghar.

Province: Nangarhar
District: Behsud

19 May 2015 description
map iMMAP

The map represents the position and typology of conflicts, factors of influence and main facilities in the villages of Qala Akhund.

Province: Nangarhar
District: Kama