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22 Sep 2016 description


The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.

21 Sep 2016 description

Executive Summary

The region experienced in many parts of the countries, the below normal rainfall conditions depicted by the devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Nino event which threatens to impact negatively on livelihoods and quality of lives in the Region.

The SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) had predicted, in August 2015, during SARCOF-19 the below normal rainfall conditions. This was consistent with the observed poor rainfall performance.

The current rainfall 2016/17 outlook is the opposite (reverse) of the last season.

15 Sep 2016 description

This booklet is directed towards the Food and Agricultural Organization Member States, UN system and all other potential partners, and sheds light on the role that resilient agriculture livelihoods can play in addressing some of the root causes of migration in protracted crises and assisting displaced populations and host communities to cope with protracted displacement. People with resilient livelihoods are better able to prevent, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of natural disasters on their lives.

06 Sep 2016 description
report Caritas

Kinshasa, le 06 septembre 2016 (caritasdev.cd) : le plan opérationnel 2016-2019 de la Caritas ACEAC (Caritas Burundi, Caritas Congo Asbl et Caritas Rwanda) vient d’être adopté lundi à Kinshasa. Il s’articule autour de cinq principaux axes : Développement Institutionnel et renforcement des capacités ; Eradication de la pauvreté et promotion de la Bonne Gouvernance ; Renforcement de la préparation et la réponse aux urgences ; Promotion du travail en réseau et de la communication et Développement de la mobilisation des ressources.

05 Sep 2016 description

La deuxième réunion du Comité d’urgence concernant la fièvre jaune a été convoquée par le Directeur général au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (2005) (RSI (2005)) par téléconférence le 31 août 2016, de 13 heures à 17 h 30 (heure d’Europe centrale).

02 Sep 2016 description
report World Vision

In the wake of El Niño

We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.

31 Aug 2016 description

WHO Statement
31 August 2016

The second meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) regarding yellow fever was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR 2005) by teleconference on 31 August 2016, from 13:00 to 17:30 Central European Time

29 Aug 2016 description

The Government of Mauritius, in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will host a major conference of governments and partners in Africa which will examine progress in disaster risk reduction across the continent and the ongoing challenges of responding to extreme weather events which have left 60 million people in severe need across the region.

19 Aug 2016 description
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MBANDAKA (EQUATEUR) 19 août 2016. Face à la progression de l’épidémie de choléra dans les provinces situées le long du fleuve Congo et dans celles endémiques de l’Est de la RDC, l’OMS a déployé dans la province de l’Equateur une équipe composée de trois experts épidémiologistes, 3 experts en Eau, Hygiène et Assainissement et de quatre experts en communication du risque, mobilisation sociale, et engagement communautaire pour renforcer l’appui technique sur place et parvenir à interrompre la chaîne de transmission de la maladie.

18 Aug 2016 description

This week trainings of the project “ACT for Humanitarian Capacity Development” take place at the global office of ICCO in Utrecht, the Netherlands. From 16th till 19th of August, 20 humanitarians from disaster prone countries receive training in how to deal with disasters and emergencies. In this way, communities will be better prepared to cope with disasters like the drought in Ethiopia, floods in Bangladesh and the earthquake in Nepal.

Better prepared for drought, floods and earthquakes

06 Aug 2016 description

With support from Japan

5 August 2016 -- An outbreak of yellow fever has spread across Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), causing more than 5600 suspected cases of the deadly mosquito-borne disease.

Fortunately, providing protection against yellow fever is possible, thanks to an existing vaccine. The Ministries of Health of both Angola and DRC, with support from the World Health Organization and partners, are holding mass vaccination campaigns to safeguard at-risk communities and put a stop to the spread of the disease.

04 Aug 2016 description
report Voice of America

Lameck Masina

LILONGWE, MALAWI—The U.S. Army is training southern African soldiers involved in peacekeeping missions and disaster relief operations.

Nearly 200 military personnel from seven countries are taking part in the Southern Accord — an annual two-week training that kicked off Tuesday in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe.

Brigadier General Jon Jensen, deputy commanding officer for U.S. Army Africa, told reporters in Lilongwe that for the first time, this year's training includes how to effectively respond to natural disasters.

27 Jul 2016 description

Le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) est une organisation humanitaire, neutre et indépendante. Sa mission exclusivement humanitaire est de protéger la vie et la dignité des victimes de conflits armés et de la violence, et de leur porter assistance. Présent en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) depuis 1978, le CICR maintient une délégation à Kinshasa, des sous- délégations à Bukavu, Goma, Bunia et Lubumbashi.

26 Jul 2016 description
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Message from the Director

26 Jul 2016 description
report Save the Children

Tuesday 26 July 2016

Save the Children calls for critical support for the South African Development Community regional humanitarian appeal

As a result of one the strongest and most destructive El Niño phenomena ever recorded, the lives of 26.5 million children are now at risk of high levels of malnutrition, water shortages, and disease across 10 countries in eastern and southern Africa.

22 Jul 2016 description

 This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,247,478 Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Democratic Republic of Congo Red Cross (DRC RC) to support 12,327,000 people for 6 months, primarily through social mobilization activities linked to vaccination campaigns, in addition to emergency health, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and to support National Society capacity building. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this point and will be adjusted based on further developments …

19 Jul 2016 description

Hunger: More than a moral outrage

The statistics are shocking, so utterly appalling as to be beyond comprehension: 780 million people deprived of sufficient nourishment; three million under-fives dead from hunger in just one year; and, 66 million primary school children sent to class every day on empty stomachs.

Tragically, this is not the trailer for some postapocalyptic sci-fi blockbuster, but hard truths about the world we live in.

14 Jul 2016 description

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.