A year of record breaking temperatures is leading to increased incidents of natural hazards, resulting in further calls for support.
New York, 21 July – As 2016 continues to shatter records as the hottest year on record, dozens of countries are feeling the impact through increased frequency and severity of weather events. From droughts to floods and storms, UNDP and partners are seeing increased demand for post-disaster needs assessments and recovery planning.
(Antananarivo, 22 July 2016) Winding up a nine-day visit to the UK, Malawi and Madagascar, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Kyung-wha Kang called for urgent action by governments and donors to assist millions of people affected by severe drought in the southern Africa region.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17 - 23 July 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever, influenzas A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) and Vibrio growth in the Baltic Sea.
In Angola, as of 15 July 2016 a total of 3682 suspected cases have been reported, of which 877 are confirmed. The total number of reported deaths is 361, of which 117 were reported among confirmed cases. Suspected cases have been reported in all 18 provinces and confirmed cases have been reported in 16 of 18 provinces and 79 of 125 reporting districts.
Food insecurity is predicted to worsen from August onward; 400,000 people will be in need of food and non-food assistance.
Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates are still critical and expected to worsen in the coming months.
Transhumance has started two months early. Lack of vaccinations has led to 140,000 livestock deaths since January 2016.
Ce deuxième numéro du bulletin spécial présente un résumé de la réponse du secteur santé aux flambées de Fièvre Jaune et de Choléra en République Démocratique du Congo jusqu’au 15 juillet 2016. Il met surtout en exergue les principales actions réalisées par les partenaires dans les zones affectées par ces deux maladies et les gaps résiduels.
Riposte vaccinale à l’épidémie de fièvre jaune
· El Nino is having a devastating impact on children in the Southern Africa region forcing them into early marriage, child labour and out of school, reveals a World Vision report released today
· The EU and its Member States urgently need to fund child protection programmes in the region
Syria - Conflict
• On 15 July, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights - Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - expressed alarm about the increasingly desperate situation of civilians trapped in Syrian towns where air and ground military offensives are being carried out.
London, 14 July 2016
The impact of the current El Niño is felt globally, affecting over 60 million people. Southern Africa is of particular concern as the region is facing its worst drought in 35 years, with an estimated 40 million people facing food insecurity, including some 23 million in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.
The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.
Context and Investment Case
One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:
Over 1 million children are targeted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)treatment in the region.
Luanda - The last phase of the vaccination campaign against yellow fever, dubbed "Last Round of combat Disease", was launched Friday in a ceremony chaired by Health Minister, Luis Gomes Sambo.
The inauguration of campaign, held in Kilamba Kiaxi district, aims to reach a vaccination coverage of 100 percent of the population.
Estimates points to 92 percent of the population as having been vaccinated.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health prefessionals on active public health threts. This issue covers the period 10-16 July 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, polio, West Nile virus, MERS, and yellow fever in Angola.
Luanda - Angolan Government continues creating conditions to ensure that the entire population is vaccinated, said Friday in Luanda the Health minister, Luís Gomes Sambo.
Luis Sambo said so at the opening of the last round of the vaccination campaign against yellow fever held in Kilamba Kiaxi district, Luanda, stressing that this stage is crucial and requires the participation of all.
Families and communities were urged to encourage the participation of all in this last round of yellow fever.
In Angola, as of 8 July 2016 a total of 3625 suspected cases have been reported, of which 876 are confirmed. The total number of reported deaths is 357, of which 117 were reported among confirmed cases. Suspected cases have been reported in all 18 provinces and confirmed cases have been reported in 16 of 18 provinces and 80 of 125 reporting districts.
The current epidemic of yellow fever, an acute viral haemorrhagic vector-borne disease, which has seen outbreaks in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, highlights the risk of infection for unvaccinated travellers. There is also a risk of further international spread through introduction of the virus into areas with a competent vector and susceptible populations.
Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9-12 months. The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998 which killed some 21,000 people and caused damage to infrastructure worth US$ 36 billion.
Luanda - A vaccination campaign called "Final assault on yellow fever" starts next Friday, with the aim to immunize over 400,000 Luanda citizens that were not covered in the previous phases.
Speaking to Angop, Tuesday, the director of the Provincial Department of Health of Luanda, Rosa Bessa, said that given the number of people already vaccinated, it is expected that in this final stage all citizens are covered and yellow fever eradicated out of the Angolan capital.