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24 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • In May, capacity delopment activities to strengthen the bean value chain by linking it to food-based safety nets took place in the provinces of Granma and Holguin.

  • WFP launched the national survey on food consumption to inform the Government on the food and nutrition security situation in Cuba.

24 Jun 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 40 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 16 June 2016, Anguilla has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

Congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus infection

23 Jun 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

Por Ivet González

HOLGUÍN, Cuba, 22 jun 2016 (IPS) - Cinco modernas y llamativas máquinas riegan las 138 hectáreas de la finca estatal La Yuraguana, en la provincia nororiental de Holguín, la tercera más importante de Cuba. Pero “a veces ni pueden encenderse por el bajo volumen de agua”, explicó su administrador, Edilberto Pupo.

23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

23 Jun 2016 description

Washington, DC, 22 de junio de 2016 (OPS/OMS)--Las perspectivas a largo plazo para las Américas como resultado de la epidemia del virus del Zika son inciertas y es difícil medir el número de personas afectadas, pero la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) está respondiendo con una estrategia fuerte de cuatro niveles, para apoyar a sus países, señaló Sylvain Aldighieri, gerente de incidentes de la OPS para zika.

23 Jun 2016 description

Washington, DC, June 22, 2016 (PAHO/WHO)—The long-term outlook for the Americas resulting from the Zika virus outbreak is uncertain and the number of people affected is difficult to gauge, but the Pan American Health Organization is responding with a strong, four-tiered strategy to support its countries, according to Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO's incident manager for Zika.

21 Jun 2016 description

The Caribbean must prepare for increased drought due to climate change

Agriculture is the sector most vulnerable to the seasonal nature of drought.

21st of June 2016, Barbados – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other climate related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, FAO said today.

20 Jun 2016 description

La Habana, 20 de junio de 2016. En respuesta a los daños causados por la intensa sequía que sufre el país desde finales de 2014, la Comisión Europea ha destinado 100 000 euros para atender las necesidades más urgentes de las familias afectadas en Cuba.

17 Jun 2016 description
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17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

14 Jun 2016 description

Informe del PMA destaca apoyo a los gobiernos para lograr hambre cero en el 2030

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ. –El Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (PMA) presentó hoy un nuevo informe en el que destaca su apoyo a la labor de los gobiernos en América Latina y el Caribe, y en el fortalecimiento de capacidades para ayudar a sus poblaciones vulnerables a alcanzar el Hambre Cero para el 2030.

10 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Cuba

Con el grueso de la última cosecha en ca­sas de curación (secado) y unas 1 300 hectáreas todavía en el campo, los vegueros de Vueltabajo extreman las medidas para proteger su tabaco de las lluvias

Autor: Ronald Suárez Rivas | internet@granma.cu
8 de junio de 2016 23:06:05

10 Jun 2016 description

To date, 39 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 2 June 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

09 Jun 2016 description

 As of 8 June 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

07 Jun 2016 description

Tegucigalpa, Honduras | AFP | Tuesday 6/7/2016 - 20:38 GMT

The United States, Mexico and Central American nations began talks on Tuesday in Honduras' capital on a shared action plan to tackle a wave of migration, much of it from Cuba and African countries.

The 200 delegates gathering for three days were to look at protecting human rights, the trend of unaccompanied migrant children, and breaking apart human smuggling rings, the head of Honduras' migration agency, Carolina Menjivar, told AFP.

The United States is the magnet for most of the migrants.

07 Jun 2016 description
report UN News Service

6 June 2016 – With efforts under way to assist countries to take up a comprehensive strategy with achievable targets, the United Nations is seeking to drastically reduce the number of people affected by natural and man-made disasters from the 100 million who suffered last year.

Those people include more than 50 million who faced drought. Flooding, earthquakes and hurricanes brought devastating consequences to millions of others in all parts of the world.

07 Jun 2016 description

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,

06 Jun 2016 description

Destacados

  • SEQUÍA E INSEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA: 3.5 millones de personas en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador continúan en necesidad de asistencia humanitaria debido a la sequía prolongada que afecta la región.

  • TERREMOTO DE ECUADOR: El terremoto del pasado 16 de abril impactará a la economía en cerca de 0.7 puntos porcentuales este año y se deberán destinar US$ 3,344 millones para la reconstrucción de las zonas afectadas en Manabí y Esmeraldas.

06 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • DROUGHT AND FOOD INSECURITY: 3.5 million people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are in need of humanitarian assistance due to prolonged drought affecting the region.

  • EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR: The earthquake that struck Ecuador on 16 April has impacted the country's economy by about 0.7 percentage points this year, At least US$3.3 billion will be needed for the reconstruction of affected areas in Manabí and Esmeraldas.