- Press Release on the Preliminary results of the 2014 - 2015 Cropping Season in the Sahel and West Africa
- GIEWS Country Brief, 5 Nov 2014
- OCHA West and Central Africa Humanitarian Bulletin - October 2014
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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.
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.
Posted by Jon Bounds Web Editor
At Oxfam we are kept well informed about all of the emergencies that we are responding to as an organisation - it's crucial to our jobs that we understand what Oxfam is doing. This is the factsheet that was distributed this morning - it gives a very clear picture of the Ebola Crisis in West Africa and Oxfam's response. I hope you find it as informative as I do.
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.
Author: Kieran Guilbert
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.
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.
Hotspots: Burkina Faso hosts violent protests, President ousted; Niger attacked by Mali-based group; insurgents take city in Nigeria.
There are presently 13,567 cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa that have resulted in 4,951 deaths.
Mali reports its first Ebola case. Nigeria and Senegal are declared Ebola-free.
WHO to lead Ebola preparedness missions over next six weeks to 15 countries in West Africa.
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.
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.
Recurring food insecurity and acute malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to the vulnerable populations of the West Africa region. Complex emergencies and food insecurity constituted the primary concerns in West Africa during FY 2014.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional presence in Dakar, Senegal.
Ce mercredi 15 octobre 2014, le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé divers prêts et subventions pour un total de 231 millions de dollars EU. Ce montant doit financer un Programme visant à renforcer la résistance du Sahel à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (P2RS), destiné à mettre fin aux cycles fréquents de sécheresse et de famine qui frappent le Sahel.
In a move aimed at ending the frequent cycles of drought and famine in the Sahel region, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 approved loans and grants amounting to US $231 million to finance a Programme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel (P2RS).
The programme involves member-countries of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILLS) – Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
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.
As the Ebola crisis spreads, here’s how you can make a difference.
Officials have quarantined many areas to try and stem the spread of a deadly virus that has already claimed the lives of almost half the people infected. You can help.
How severe is the problem now?
Depuis mars dernier, une épidémie de la fièvre hémorragique Ebola se répand du sud-est de la Guinée en Sierra Leone, au Libéria et au Nigéria. Plusieurs pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont déjà activé des plans d’urgence et des actions visant à limiter les infections. Malheureusement l’ampleur de la crise dépasse de loin les capacités des autorités locales et leurs efforts ne seront pas suffisants pour ralentir la croissance de cette épidémie.
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.
Q3 2014 SUMMARY
During the third quarter of 2014, the humanitarian community relied on rapid and strategic CERF funding to kick-start emergency operations and to keep life-saving programmes running. The Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) allocated US$70 million from CERF to help humanitarian partners in 20 countries respond to some of the most urgent crises worldwide.
Dakar, 30 September 2014: A few weeks ahead of the harvest, the Gambian government, UN agencies and donors met in Dakar to review the humanitarian situation in The Gambia.
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.