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03 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.

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03 Aug 2015 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Djibouti and Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region.

01 Aug 2015 description
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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Aug 2015 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, market availability was adequate in June with supplies from 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Regionally-produced staple food prices increased seasonally, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by conflict in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring areas, the CAR, and northern Mali.

01 Aug 2015 description

Canada to support Canadian Foodgrains Bank initiative to assist African farmers

July 31, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced support for a project that will enable the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) to directly benefit more than 50,000 farmers in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania.

31 Jul 2015 description

Key Messages

  1. Positive nutritional outcomes are dependent upon WASH interventions and nutrition actions.

  2. Poor WASH conditions create an additional burden of undernutrition.

  3. Many opportunities for co - programming WASH in nutrition programs exist and are described here

31 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

  • In the past week, IOM installed six water points in Abyan governorate reaching over 3,300 individuals.

  • On 29 July, IOM deployed an assessment team to Mokha, Taizz governorate to evaluate the needs and identify Somali refugees stranded in the area.

  • To date, IOM has successfully evacuated 3,132 Third Country Nationals from Yemen through 14 IOM-charted flights and seven IOM-charted boats.

31 Jul 2015 description

Above-average temperatures and rainfall lead to flooding in Central Asia

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Central Asia Weather Hazards

  1. High temperatures during the first half of July have led to mudflows and flooding, damaging infrastructure and displacing populations across eastern Tajikistan.

30 Jul 2015 description
  • 24 July marked one year since a child was last paralyzed by wild poliovirus in Nigeria. Final laboratory results on all specimens for the full 12 month period are expected by September 2015, which, if clear for poliovirus, may lead to Nigeria being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends the hard work of the Nigerian government, partners, religious and community leaders, and health workers for such strong progress towards stopping polio.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· The current growing season (May-October 2015) in the Greater Horn of Africa is unfolding under an evolving El Nino event that will peak in late 2015.

· In Ethiopia the first (Belg) season was affected by a severe drought leading to poor crop production and pasture. This has stressed households at the onset of the main season (Meher) covering June to October.

30 Jul 2015 description
report Concern Worldwide

Introduction

As we reach 15 years since Concern Worldwide’s (Concern) initial pilot evaluations of Community-based Therapeutic Care (CTC) in 2000 in Ethiopia, we reflect on our achievements over this period and where Concern’s Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programmes are today. This paper will be of interest to those who would like to know more about Concern’s role in the evolution of managing severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and more about our current CMAM programming.

30 Jul 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The general security situation in Gambella Region has been calm. In Jewi camp, the relevant authorities made significant progress in maintaining law and order; 10 suspected thieves were arrested.

  • South Sudanese refugees continue to arrive in Ethiopia at a daily average rate of 255 individuals. They entered Ethiopia through the Pagak, Akobo, Burbiey and Raad entry points. Level 1 registration at Raad and level 2 registration at Akobo was completed for 137 new arrivals that came through the Raad entry point.

29 Jul 2015 description

Abnormally wet conditions are continuing for several nations in the western Gulf of Guinea region

Moisture deficits worsen further in southeast Sudan, Eritrea and parts of Ethiopia with a continued lack of rainfall.