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27 Nov 2014 description

November 28, 2014 / 63(47);1104-1107

E. Kainne Dokubo, MD1, Annabel Baddeley, MPH2, Ishani Pathmanathan, MD1, William Coggin, MSA3, Jacqueline Firth, MD4, Haileyesus Getahun, MD, PhD2, Jonathan Kaplan, MD1, Anand Date, MD1 (Author affiliations at end of text)

25 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.

Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.

19 Nov 2014 description

TERRITOIRE DE MASISI, République démocratique du Congo, 13 novembre (HCR) – Apprenant que l'un de leurs enseignants avait mis une élève enceinte, un groupe de plus de 50 élèves du secondaire dans une école de l'est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC) rient et crient en chœur. En réalité, l'élève n'est pas enceinte (ces enfants font du théâtre participatif à l'Institut Bustani où ils étudient), mais il s'agit néanmoins d'un scénario très plausible.

18 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 12–18 November

Ethiopia: Waters have begun to recede from Leitchuor refugee camp in Gambella, but few refugees have returned to the camps so far, where alarming rates of severe malnutrition persist: 5.7% in Leitchuor, 7.8% in Kule, and 10% in Tierkidi. In SNNPR, flooding was reported, while in Oromia, water trucking has begun for populations affected by drought.

13 Nov 2014 description

MASISI TERRITORY, Democratic Republic of the Congo, November 13 (UNHCR) – Told that one of their teachers has made a pupil pregnant, a group of more than 50 secondary school students at a school in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fall about laughing and shouting. It's not actually true – these children are taking part in participatory theatre at the Bustani Institute where they study – but it's a very plausible scenario.

11 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 5–11 November

Central African Republic: About 20,000 displaced people are seeking refuge in isolated rural areas in Ouham province following the arrival of armed groups in Boguila, Kouki and Nana Bakassa on 25 October. Nearly 1,000 people have been displaced since July in Bambari following violence in Batobadja and Matchika, and 4,000 have been displaced since January to Berberati town in Mambere province.

05 Nov 2014 description

Snapshot 29 October – 4 November

Yemen: As a government was agreed by Houthi and other opposition parties, the Southern Movement announced a merger to represent all southerners in the campaign for independence. Houthi insurgents attacked the Sunni opposition Al Islah party headquarters in Ibb, while Al Qaeda killed 18 Yemeni troops during an attack in Hudaydah.

28 Oct 2014 description

Central African Republic: In Ouaka prefecture, fighting among rival militias persists. Attacks on a number locations, including Bambari, have left dozens of people dead, and civilians have been executed. 3,000 people remain displaced from Bangui after violence began in the middle of the month.

21 Oct 2014 description

DRC: A resurgence of ADF-NALU attacks in North Kivu are thought to have displaced 100,000 people, and killed at least 80. In South Kivu, there has been a significant increase in IDPs, mainly due to insecurity in Shabunda and Fizi territories. 7.3 million people across the country are estimated to be food insecure.

20 Oct 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

«**Pour gagner la bataille contre Ebola, il faut faire tomber la rumeur et le niveau de la peur, et faire connaitre les modes de contamination. A partir de ce moment, on pourra mieux communiquer sur comment se prémunir, comment se protéger de la maladie», a déclaré Michelle Barzach, Présidente d’UNICEF France. « Ainsi, on inverse complètement la réaction collective, pour l’assagir, et la rendre raisonnable** ».

19 Oct 2014 description

Après la première enquête réalisée en 2007, la République Démocratique du Congo vient de terminer sa Deuxième Enquête Démographique et de Santé, confirmant ainsi son insertion définitive dans le programme international d’Enquêtes Démographiques et de Santé (Demographic and Health Surveys–Measure DHS). Cette deuxième enquête répond globalement aux mêmes objectifs que la première, à savoir produire des indicateurs fiables et à jour pour l’élaboration, le suivi et l’évaluation de la mise en œuvre des programmes et politiques sectoriels du pays.

14 Oct 2014 description

Central African Republic: 5,600 people have fled Bangui after a new wave of violence killed at least eight and injured 56. WASH and health are priority needs among the IDPs. A UN peacekeeper was ambushed and killed on the outskirts of the capital. In Kemo, IDPs have been slow to return as tensions have increased: ex-Seleka attacked Dekoa market on 11 October.

09 Oct 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • On 15 September MINUSCA officially took over from MISCA;

  • On 22 September, five Muslims were killed by anti-Balaka in the Sibut area while accompanying a truck of cattle to Bangui;

  • CAR government’s decision to prevent the entry to people from Ebola affected countries (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria) remains effective;

07 Oct 2014 description

Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone: At 1 October, the total cumulative number of reported Ebola cases across the three countries had reached 7,470, including 3,431 deaths. However, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that only 40% of cases are being reported in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Social tensions and insecurity are growing. Many of the 3,700 children who have lost parents to Ebola are being rejected out of fear of infection.

30 Sep 2014 description

Iraq:Up to 13% of IDPs are located in areas that are currently not considered accessible by humanitarian actors. The overall number and geographical spread of IDPs pose a major challenge for provision of assistance. Approximately 1.5 million individuals are in need of emergency food assistance. An estimated 580,000 people are in urgent need of emergency shelter assistance.

25 Sep 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

About a year ago, I remember meeting UNICEF Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ms. Barbara Bentein, who had interrupted her annual leave to meet me. The purpose of the meeting was to explore how UNICEF could support DRC to embark on the provision of life long AntiRetroviral (ARV) treatment to HIV positive pregnant women – Option B+ – as part of the Preventing Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program.

23 Sep 2014 description

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: As a three-day countrywide shutdown came to an end in Sierra Leone, the UN Security Council set up a special mission to lead the global response to the Ebola outbreak. More than 5,800 cases have been reported since the beginning of the outbreak, including 2,800 deaths, and more than 13.5 million people are now considered in need of assistance as the impact of the epidemic spreads.

16 Sep 2014 description

Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea: Transmission remains high, and case numbers doubled between the last week of August and the first of September in Liberia; in Sierra Leone 150 cases were reported for each of the last two weeks. Fewer cases have been reported in Guinea – 49 between 5 and 7 September – but the case fatality rate has been extremely high, at 65%.

14 Sep 2014 description
report Radio Okapi

Après le désengagement de l’ONG Heal Africa, la coordination du Programme national de lutte contre le Vih sida (PNLS) assure les personnes vivant avec cette maladie (PVV) d’une prise en charge médicale aux antirétroviraux (ARV). Le coordonnateur de cette structure, le Dr Adolphe Gashinge l’a annoncé vendredi 12 septembre à Nyamilima. « Nous sommes à côté des PVV pour leur pise en charge. Nous allons continuer à les soutenir malgré l’arrêt de financement de Heal Africa. Nous avons assez de médicaments », a affirmé Dr Adolphe Gashinge.