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24 Jun 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 June 2016 and includes updates on poliomyelitis, public health risks associated with refugee movements, Zika virus, yellow fever and West Nile fever.

24 Jun 2016 description

EU and Kenya Government launch programme to rehabilitate Mt. Elgon and Cherangany Hills Water Towers and its ecosystems

Nairobi, 23 June 2016

24 Jun 2016 description

Population as of 1st June 2016: 343,043

Refugees: 339,955

Asylum seekers: 3,088

HIGHLIGHTS

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees visit to Dadaab

24 Jun 2016 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Women and girls among displaced people remain at high risk of GBV in the region.

  • Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is the most prevalent form of GBV in humanitarian settings in eastern Africa.

  • Child marriage, rape and physical abuse are the common forms of GBV in stable environments, including southern Africa.

  • Regional WHS Commitments on gender call for end to financing gender blind programming.

24 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • In Democratic Republic of Congo, a total of 11,966 South Sudanese refugees are registered in the Haut-Uélé province of DRC, of which 11,120 biometrically registered and 846 pre-registered. Further verification missions are planned towards the month of June.

  • In Gambella, Ethiopia, UNHCR and most implementing partners have resumed humanitarian activities in Jewi, Kule and Tiekidi refugee camps, with the exception of Action Against Hunger (ACF) in Jewi camp. The security situation remains calm though fragile and unpredictable.

24 Jun 2016 description

Substantial rain returned to Uganda and the Lake Victoria region this past week

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Low and infrequent rainfall since late March has resulted in drought across parts of southeastern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania. The potential for recovery remains unlikely.

  2. Consistently below-normal rainfall over the past 4 weeks has resulted in abnormal dryness for portions of Uganda and western Kenya. This pattern has resulted in low soil moisture and poor vegetation health index values.

24 Jun 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

23 Jun 2016 description

SUMMARY

 In Angola the total number of notified cases has increased since early 2016. As of 17 June 2016 a total of 3294 suspected cases have been reported, of which 861 are confirmed. The total number of reported deaths is 347, of which 115 were reported among confirmed cases. Suspected cases have been reported in all provinces, and confirmed cases have been reported in 16 of 18 provinces and 79 of 123 reporting districts.

23 Jun 2016 description

Humanitarian responses to insecurity with impact on the delivery of aid - Part Two

12-month trends based on open source reported measures to protect humanitarian programmes, staff and assets.

23 Jun 2016 description

Humanitarian responses to insecurity with impact on the delivery of aid - Part One

12-month trends based on open source reported measures to protect humanitarian programmes, staff and assets.

23 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • Deteriorating food and nutrition security, driven by high food prices and the declining economic situation is affecting South Sudanese across the country.

  • In Sudan and Uganda, the rate of new arrivals has slowed compared to previous months. It remains to be seen whether the numbers will increase given the deteriorating food security conditions in South Sudan.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

by Caroline Schmitt

No longer a failed state, though struggling to rise from the ashes. Mohamed Omer Arteh, Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister, is Michel Friedman's guest on Conflict Zone this week.

Somalia's current political and security crisis is no longer just affecting its own population. After a civil war that lasted for 25 years, the domestic failure to deal with the al Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab is spreading to neighboring states like Kenya and Ethiopia.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

The Pacific Ocean is in the midst of an El Niño weather phenomenon that warms the surface of the water, but climate scientists say not for much longer. It is about to be replaced by its sister, La Niña, which comes around every two to five years and cools the surface of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) research scientist Dr. Chris Funk says that, as strange as it sounds, both weather systems can affect long-term weather patterns in a landlocked country half a world away.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Among the insiders, there are whispers of al-Shabaab sleeper cells inside the camp.

By JACQUELINE KUBANIA

In Summary

  • Return of refugees portends both hope and anxiety as some start leaving ahead of May, 2017 deadline.

  • The heaviest baggage the refugees will carry will not be the blankets and food rations given to them by the UN, but the burden of expectation, both for themselves and their children, about what the future will hold for them when they return home.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

Going back to Somalia will mean lost livelihoods for refugees, who have invested heavily in Dadaab camp.

By JACQUELINE KUBANIA

In Summary

  • So vibrant is Hagadera that it has attracted traders from all over the country, who have set up stalls selling every imaginable merchandise.

  • Even more impressive is the way the refugees have engineered a solution to one of their most pressing problems at the camp: electricity supply.

23 Jun 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

32,405 Arrivals from Yemen since 27 March 2015

14,069 Refugee returnees from Kenya since 8 December 2014

139,151 Evictions in Mogadishu since January 2015

568,656 New displacements since January 2015

23 Jun 2016 description
  • Intensive fighting continues in South Sudan forcing the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians in a country where almost 1.7 million people are internally displaced.

23 Jun 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Biophysical indicators do not show any unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal range?

  • Rainfall received is below normal.

  • Is the vegetation condition index VCI-3month is above normal.

  • Current situation of the water sources is good. Water pans are at 70% capacity.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

22 Jun 2016 description

In a small, garage-like building in northern Iraq, Seve wakes up each morning not knowing how she’ll provide for her six children. Her husband is injured and unable to work. Their only income comes from the few vegetables her 12-year-old son can sell. Two years ago, they and thousands of other Yezidis fled Sinjar as they saw their neighbors kidnapped and killed by ISIS. A survivor of sexual violence, Seve is still deeply traumatized. Many days she doesn’t have enough food for the family. Living outside a refugee camp, they have limited access to resources to help them.