Disease outbreak news
21 November 2014 -On 4 November 2014, WHO was notified by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar of an outbreak of plague. The first case, a male from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, was identified on 31 August. The patient died on 3 September.
As of 16 November, a total of 119 cases of plague have been confirmed, including 40 deaths. Only 2% of reported cases are of the pneumonic form.
LES POINTS MARQUANTS
Un barrage vient d’être inauguré sur la rivière Ankaibe afin d’accroître la productivité agricole
Il va permettre d’irriguer une surface rizicole de 2 100 hectares et 6 000 ménages devraient en bénéficier
Depuis 23 ans, cette zone agricole n’avait pu être exploitée par les agriculteurs, faute de système d’irrigation adéquat
A dam has just been inaugurated on the Ankaibe River to boost agricultural productivity
It can irrigate 2,100 hectares of paddy fields, and 6,000 households should benefit directly
For 23 years, farmers have been unable to work these fields for lack of an adequate irrigation system
The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).
Le Canada vient d’allouer un financement d’un montant de 6,4 millions de dollars américains (environ 14 milliards d’ariary) au programme d’alimentation scolaire mis en place par le PAM à Madagascar. Ce fonds devrait être utilisé sur une période de deux ans.
Tropical Storm Adjali:
Tropical Storm Adjali is forecast to move in a south-westerly direction towards north-east Madagascar. However, for the forecast period of 18 to 23 November, Adjali is expected to decrease in strength and remain a significant distance from any populated area. OCHA is monitoring the situation and will issue updates as required.
Swaziland: Heavy Storm
On 9 November a heavy storm damaged about 100 homesteads and Qomintaba Primary School in Swaziland, disrupting the ongoing exams. This is the second storm to hit the area in a month. The first storm damaged at least 200 homesteads.
However, as the food store room was affected, the school feeding programme will be suspended.
In Focus: Tropical Storm Adjali
Tropical Storm Adjali:
The first named tropical storm of the season, Adjali, has formed over the south-west Indian Ocean. As at 06:30 UTC this morning, 17 November, Adjali was about 1,900 km north-east of Madagascar and 1,500 km north-east of Mauritius. Over the forecast period of 17 to 22 November, the moderate tropical storm is expected to move south-south-west and intensify, but to remain a significant distance from any populated area. OCHA is monitoring the situation and will issue updates as required.
This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.
Separate circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses confirmed in South Sudan and Madagascar
Disease outbreak news
14 November 2014
In separate and unrelated events, circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPVs) have been confirmed in South Sudan and Madagascar.
In Madagascar, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed. The virus was isolated from one case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 29 September, and from three healthy contacts. An estimated more than 25% of children remain under-immunized against polio in the country. Madagascar was previously affected by a cVDPV2 outbreak in 2001/2002 (resulting in five cases) and in 2005 (resulting in three cases). Emergency outbreak response is being finalized, with campaigns to be held in December and January.
Rainfall prospects are optimistic for the start of the 2014/15 agricultural season
Programme Name: Emergency Economic Recovery Programme (PURE)
Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
General Schedule: 15 months, October 2014 – December 2015.
Financing: UA 25 million (ADF/AfDB Loan under the Transition Support Facility (TSF) – Pillar I)
Operational Instrument: Crisis Response Budget Support (CRBS)
Sector: Economic Governance.
The sun is almost at its zenith, the ground bristling with termite mounds, the vegetation sparse with rice fields dotted within the low-lying areas. The survey team has scanned the ground and the skies in vain – not a single locust to be seen, even though this is a region where they might be expected. The helicopter lands and the three-strong team gets out, setting off in different directions to survey the area on foot. The aim is to determine whether locusts are present, and if so, to characterize them.
On 3 November riots broke out in several areas of the capital Lusaka. The protests were against the dismissal of the ruling Patriotic Front’s (PF) secretary-general, Edgar Lungu, by interim President Guy Scott, the acting leader until elections take place.
As the rainy season starts, the Government of Mozambique is preparing for the possibility of floods and has set aside US$32 million of its national budget to deal with the possibility of flooding.
The IFRC’s project on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in emergencies is well underway. Menstrual hygiene in emergency situations continues to be a great concern; although it is often overlooked and not addressed adequately. Though sanitary pads are not considered a life-saving item, they play a crucial role around important issues such as dignity, hygiene and health, education, protection and security of women and adolescent girls in emergencies.
Le PAM à Madagascar poursuit son assistance aux communautés en insécurité alimentaire due aux aléas climatiques, renforce ses programmes de transferts monétaires par téléphonie mobile et intensifie sa préparation à la prochaine saison cyclonique. Ces activités sont rendues possibles grâce à l’appui continu de la Suisse.
Following approval of combined 2014-2016 Interim Country Strategy Paper (I-CSP) & Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR)
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a US $37-million (UA 25-million) Crisis Response Budget Support loan to Madagascar for the financing of its Emergency Economic Recovery Programme (PURE).
Données collectées en Décembre 2012/Janvier 2013 dans le cadre de l’Enquête Nationale de Suivi des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement
Caractérisé par un niveau de pauvreté très élevé – environ 71,5 pour cent de la population vit en dessous du seuil national de pauvreté et 52 pour cent vit en dessous du seuil de l’extrême pauvreté1 – Madagascar est l’un des pays les moins développés au monde. En 2012, il se classait 151ième sur 186 pays sur l’Index du développement humain.