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17 Mar 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016, global leaders came together to express their commitment to place people at the centre of decision-making and action. In doing so, they reaffirmed that the scale of current humanitarian issues required greater international cooperation. The Summit triggered a major shift in how the global community will work closer together to prevent and respond to human suffering.

THE ROAD TO A NEW WAY OF WORKING…

14 Mar 2017 description

Brussels--Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international partners, prioritize peacebuilding and development of border areas, boost citizens' engagement and participation, and improve governance indicators and management of natural resources.

13 Mar 2017 description

CAMEROON

FEVER OUTBREAK CLAIMS 16 CHILDREN SINCE JANUARY

An eruption of fever and skin rash has sickened 43 children and caused 16 deaths in Cameroon’s Far North region since the start of the year. The cases are mainly infants younger than three years and reported in six health districts in the region. Symptoms include persistent fever, skin lesions and anaemia. Treatment, increase of surveillance and active search of patients within the communities are being undertaken as part of the response.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

08 Mar 2017 description

DC/3687-AFR/3538

NEW YORK, 8 March (Office for Disarmament Affairs/Department of Political Affairs) — The Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly (Kinshasa Convention) enters into force today, today.

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

01 Mar 2017 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

ARMED GROUPS LEAVE BAMBARI, FEAR OF ATTACKS PERSIST

Following recent clashes on the main road leading to the central town of Bambari, the UN peacekeeping mission on 21 February issued a directive for all armed groups to leave the town. Although all the gunmen had left as of 24 February, the situation remains volatile and unpredictable as fear of attacks persist.

DR CONGO

FRESH CLASHES DISPLACE OVER 23,000

01 Mar 2017 description

RÉPUBLIQUE CENTRAFRICAINE

LES GROUPES ARMÉS QUITTENT BAMBARI

À la suite de récents affrontements sur la route principale menant à la ville de Bambari, au centre du pays, la mission de maintien de la paix de l'ONU (MINUSCA) a émis une directive le 21 février pour que tous les groupes armés quittent la ville. Bien que tous les assaillants avaient quitté la ville au 24 février, la situation reste volatile et imprévisible car la crainte d’attaques persiste.

RD CONGO

13 Feb 2017 description

By Flaviane Belval and Evelyne Karanja

YAOUNDE, 13 February 2017 – Collective action by regional organisations is a key means to help countries reduce their risk of disasters, and the Economic Community of Central African States is stepping up its efforts to rein in the impact of hazards amid rising pressure from climate change.

The ECCAS secretariat, plus its 11 member states and partners have together set out a disaster risk management and climate change action plan to be implemented over the course of this year.

13 Oct 2016 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

Foreword

As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.

28 Aug 2016 description

Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016.

19 Aug 2016 description
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Background

  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

18 Aug 2016 description

Aid workers carry out life-saving often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Over the past 16 years, 427 aid workers were killed, wounded or kidnapped in West and Central Africa. The number of victims follows a worrying upward trend with spikes in attacks recorded in recent years. Countries with the highest number of victims are the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The majority of victims were national staff, who account for the bulk of humanitarian workers and are often the most exposed to risks

27 Jun 2016 description

Disease epidemics result in substantial ill health and loss of lives and therefore pose a threat to global health security, undermine socio-economic lives and destabilize societies.