The Board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US $20-million equity investment in Rx Healthcare Fund (RxHF) to help improve healthcare delivery across the continent.
Outbreak continues in Mauritania and could develop in Sudan
A Desert Locust outbreak continues in western Mauritania where groups of mature adults are present, and egg-laying and hatching are underway, causing early instar hopper groups and small bands to form. Ground control operations are in progress and have treated nearly 6,500 ha since the beginning of the campaign.
In Morocco, solitarious adults are present in the Adrar Settouf area of the extreme south as well as further north along the southern side of the Atlas Mountains.
Building on the successful, on-going collaboration, the Moroccan Ministry of Education has requested WFP to extend its capacity development activities in the country until December 2017, in order to accompany the implementation of the Plan of Action for the enhancement of the national school meals programme.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
Some 6,300 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners remain in Serbia. Of those, some 75% (or 4,753) were accommodated in governmental facilities, with 1,741 in five Asylum Centres and 3,012 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and around 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.
An outbreak develops in Mauritania as summer rains end and vegetation dries out
An outbreak has developed in western Mauritania and seasonal rains have ended in the Desert Locust summer breeding areas in the Sahel of West Africa and Sudan. As annual vegetation continues to dry out, Desert Locusts are concentrating and forming groups in those areas that remain green. This is most evident in Mauritania but it is also occurring on a smaller scale in northern Niger, northeast Chad and northern Sudan.
OCT 2016 Several swarms and groups of mature solitarious and transiens adults at densities up to 35,000 adults/ha (<4/m2) and varying in size from 20 to 140 ha appeared in Trarza, Adrar and Inchiri early in the month. A very small swarm of 50 ha was reported near Nouakchott. Egg-laying was underway and hatching commenced, causing small first and second instar hopper bands to form at densities up to 80 hoppers/m2. Adult groups at densities up to 7,200 adults/ha were also present in the southeast near Nema. Ground control operations treated more than 4,200 ha on 1-10 October.
L'intérêt pour les questions d'agriculture et de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique du Nord s’est accentué à la suite de la flambée des prix des produits alimentaires et leur volatilité continue depuis fin 2006. Les pays d'Afrique du Nord se caractérisent par une forte dépendance à l’égard des marchés mondiaux pour leur sécurité alimentaire. Cela ne semblait pas poser de problème tant que les cours mondiaux des produits alimentaires étaient bas et stables pendant les décennies 80 et 90.
Madrid, Spain | AFP | Thursday 10/13/2016 - 10:49 GMT
Some 100 African migrants managed to clamber over the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla Thursday under heavy rain, police said, in the latest rush onto the border system.
"At eight (0600 GMT) this morning, there was an organised assault and Moroccan forces were overwhelmed," a spokesman for Spain's Guardia Civil police force told AFP.
"200 people were held back, but 100 managed to get to Melilla."
Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.
HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS
The number of new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners in Serbia, continued rising, now to around 6,300. 80% (or 5,000) were accommodated in governmental facilities, with 1,863 in five Asylum Centres and 3,137 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and around 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.
Italy - IOM reports that 316,331 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 9 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 167,972 people have arrived in Greece and 144,527 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when over 520,000 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
Italy - IOM reports that 314,003 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 5 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 167,446 people have arrived in Greece and 142,725 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which some 518,181 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
Italy - IOM reports that 302,975 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 1 October, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 167,074 people have arrived in Greece and 132,069 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, when some 518,181 migrants and refugees had made the journey.
The people of the Arab region face an uncertain future. Millions are fleeing their homes to escape violence and millions more remain trapped by conflict or in occupied territory. The expanding population is placing increasing strain on the environment through unsustainable consumption of limited water supplies and abundant energy resources. The rentier economy that prevails in many countries has proven unable to adapt to new realities or absorb the growing and increasingly youthful labour force.
There will be two high-level briefings during New Zealand’s September presidency: one on the Middle East, with a Syria focus, chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and the other on counter-terrorism and aviation security, chaired by New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully.
Council members are expected to continue to hold straw polls to gauge the viability of candidates that have been nominated for the position of the next Secretary-General.
WFP continues to support the recently created Office of school services (Office des oeuvres scolaires), a Ministry of Education department dedicated to the management of the Tunisian national school meals programme.
In Morocco, WFP is supporting the Ministry of Education to implement its recently validated Plan of Action for the improvement of the national school meals programme.
In conformity with the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI and as part of Morocco's active solidarity with the brotherly African countries, Morocco sent Tuesday to flood-hit Burkina Faso its first batch of humanitarian aid.
A plane carrying the first batch of humanitarian aid granted by Morocco, which includes 16 tons of food, medicines and blankets, arrived in Burkina Faso on Tuesday.
In 2015 and until August 2016, an increasing number of people risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety. More than 1 million people arrived by boats in 2015 and more than 280,000 people between January and August 2016.
A 61 per cent come from the world’s top 10 refugee-producing countries.
Sur instructions de SM le Roi Mohammed VI, et dans le cadre de sa solidarité agissante avec les pays frères du continent africain, le Maroc a envoyé mardi au Burkina Faso un premier lot d'une importante aide humanitaire destinée aux populations sinistrées, victimes des inondations.
Ce premier lot, composé de 16 tonnes de denrées alimentaires, de médicaments et de couvertures, entre autres, a été acheminé à bord d’un avion au Burkina Faso.