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02 May 2016 description

Liberia’s Ministry of Health, WHO and partners held a ceremony at the Ebola treatment facility in Monrovia to celebrate the recovery and discharge of a 2-year-old boy, the final patient in a latest flare-up in Liberia. His 5-year-old brother recovered a week earlier.

Liberia’s and Guinea’s last known Ebola patients in a latest flare-up of the disease that hit both countries have now been discharged. All remaining contacts of confirmed cases that were placed under a 3-week period of medical monitoring have been cleared.

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • On 30 March 2016, one confirmed Ebola case was reported in the capital, Monrovia, six months after the last case and three months after the nation was declared Ebola free.

  • As part of its post-Ebola programming, WFP scaled up the school feeding programme increasing targeted students from 127,000 to 230,000.

  • Due to UNHCR’s repatriation exercise, the number of refugees from Cote d’Ivoire in 2016 reduced from 30,000 in January to 12,000 in end March.

Operational Updates

02 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Because of funding shortfalls, WFP will not be in a position to provide school meal rations to 75,000 primary school children for the next 2016-2017 school year, if new contributions are not received soon.

  • In March, WFP provided further emergency food rations to 2,200 persons in need (612 men, 1,083 women, 505 children under 5), displaced in the city of Bouna (northeast). The aim was to address household food insecurity and to prevent malnutrition among children under 5.

Operational Updates

30 Apr 2016 description
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Dry conditions developing in the Gulf of Guinea region and northern Hispaniola

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rainfall since O ctober 2015 has resulted in large moisture deficits, leading to wilted crops, livestock deaths, and reduced water availability over many areas of Southern Africa. With the season coming to an end, recovery is unlikely.

30 Apr 2016 description
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A delayed start to agricultural activities in the northwest and central areas

KEY MESSAGES

29 Apr 2016 description
  • There have been no new Ebola cases in either country for over 21 days. Overall, during the last flare-up there have been seven confirmed cases and three probable cases in Guinea as well as three confirmed cases in Liberia. Two cases (a child and an adult) in Guinea survived and have been discharged. Two cases (both children) in Liberia are now virus-free and await discharge. All four cases were treated with the trial drug Z-MAPP.

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Résumé

Le présent rapport, qui porte sur la période allant de janvier à décembre 2015, est soumis en application de la résolution 63/282 de l’Assemblée générale, dans laquelle celle-ci a prié le Secrétaire général de lui présenter chaque année un rapport sur le Fonds pour la consolidation de la paix.

27 Apr 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

Summary

The present report, which covers the period from January to December 2015, is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 63/282, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit an annual report on the Peacebuilding Fund.

27 Apr 2016 description

27 April 2016 -- In a country facing ongoing conflict, safe blood transfusions are a life-saving necessity. They are used to treat those suffering from gunshot wounds and conflict-related injuries, but also children suffering from anaemia due to malnutrition often worsened by malaria, survivors of road traffic accidents and mothers who experience excessive blood loss during childbirth are bleeding severely.

27 Apr 2016 description
report Small Arms Survey

Since the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations released its seminal report in 2000, UN peacekeeping missions have grown considerably in size and complexity. More than 100,000 uniformed personnel were serving in these missions as of November 2015, an increase of 300 per cent since 2000. These soldiers and police officers are operating in challenging environments, often in underdeveloped countries amidst violent armed groups with little interest for political compromise and no compunctions about attacking their perceived enemies, including UN forces.

27 Apr 2016 description
infographic World Food Programme
  • UNHRD continues to dispatch operational equipment for its Partners, most recently supporting WFP by sending ICT equipment to Freetown in Sierra Leone.

  • During the worst of the crisis, UNHRD facilities in Accra and Las Palmas served as regional staging areas and the Accra depot hosted UNMEER headquarters.

26 Apr 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Faits saillants à mi-Avril:

  • Ghana : Alerte choléra - Le ministère de la santé a publié une alerte choléra, en amont de l’entrée de la saison des pluies, et en rapportant le premier cas de choléra confirmé pour la zone métropolitaine d’Accra, le 7 avril. En 2014, la seule Région du Grand Accra a enregistré 28 975 cas de choléra dont 243 décès. En 2015, l’épidémie de choléra, même si drastiquement mieux contrôlé, avait tout de même affectée 692 cas dont 15 décès.

26 Apr 2016 description

Comment: Equal dreams, equal opportunities

The migration of people—across land and sea, among countries and regions—is a centuries’ old phenomenon. But it has never polarized opinion more than it does today.

As the wretched trail of refugees continues across its borders, Europe has become dangerously close to disintegrating. Both governments and citizens are divided. On one side, outrage is fuelled by fear. On the other, humanitarian voices plead for benevolence and understanding.

21 Apr 2016 description

Projected Food Assistance Needs for October 2016

20 Apr 2016 description
report Mercy Corps

Satta Sumo is one of the hundreds of thousands of people across Liberia still struggling to recover after she lost both her husband and her economic livelihood to the Ebola crisis. But as a beneficiary of Mercy Corp’s Economic Recovery from Ebola for Liberia (EREL) funded by USAID/Food for Peace, this 35-year-old mother of two has been able to make critical gains in re-establishing her farm, rebuilding her life and contributing to the overall recovery of Liberia’s economy.

20 Apr 2016 description

Monrovia, Liberia - A 3-member delegation of West Pointers who have gathered at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise concerns about their relocation on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 met with President Sirleaf in Monrovia.

According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader urged the West Point Erosion victims to work closely with the Monrovia City Corporation, Clara Doe and the Commissioner of West Point, Sampson Nyan to fast-track the various processes being initiated to ensure their relocation.