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27 Aug 2016 description

Antananarivo, 26 August 2016 – Starting the project phase of the involvement of the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund in Madagascar, the Malagasy Minister of Economy and Planning and General of the Army Corps, Herilanto Raveloharison, and the Resident Coordinator of the UN System, Violette Kakyomya, Thursday signed the official documents for two projects, amounting to $5 million.

26 Aug 2016 description

SUMMARY

The bulk of Southern African Development Community (SADC) is likely to receive normal to above-normal rainfall for most of the period October to December (OND) 2016 and the January to March (JFM) 2017. However, northernmost Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) northern Angola, southernmost of Tanzania, northern Mozambique, the islands states of Seychelles and eastern-most Madagascar are more likely to receive normal to below-normal rainfall most of the season.

THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM

25 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • Madagascar’s southern regions have been experiencing a prolonged drought, which has been reinforced by the effects of El Niño. This has left 1.1 million people food-insecure, including 665,000 severely food-insecure, in the seven most severely affected districts.

  • Limited funding is affecting WFP’s assistance. WFP urgently needs USD 9.6 million for the Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation (emergency response) and USD 2.4 million for the Country Programme (development) for the next 6-months.

24 Aug 2016 description

Antananarivo, Madagascar | AFP | mercredi 24/08/2016 - 06:36 GMT

par Tsiresena MANJAKAHERY

A Madagascar, la moitié des enfants de moins de cinq ans souffrent de malnutrition chronique, une véritable bombe à retardement à la fois pour ces gamins dont le développement intellectuel est compromis, mais aussi pour l'économie de ce pays pauvre de l'océan Indien.

A neuf mois, Maria Faratiana "est trop petite par rapport aux enfants de son âge", déplore sa mère, Colette Razanamaro.

23 Aug 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • FAO regional study finds gaps in seed availability and access

  • FAO launches regional appeal requesting $108 million to support 19 million people in the region

  • USAID partners continue to respond to drought-related humanitarian needs across the Southern Africa region

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Aug 2016 description
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

23 Aug 2016 description
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Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Nutrition results in 2016 in seven priority countries • Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

23 Aug 2016 description
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Health Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Health response in 2016 in seven priority countries The impacts of El Niño and La Niña are expected to more than double the regular caseloads of childhood illnesses (malaria, cholera, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea) in the most affected countries.

• Diarrhoea cases among children are expected to increase up to 4 times that of the regular yearly cases.

• Projections of pneumonia cases among children show a 1.5 times increase in cases.

23 Aug 2016 description

Selon Fews-net, le mois de mai 2016 semble avoir été marqué par une pluviosité moyenne à faible (inférieure à 50 mm sauf dans quelques enclaves où elle était comprise entre 50 et 150 mm) dans la Grande-Île.

Les relevés du Centre national antiacridien (CNA) indiquaient que la pluviosité était très faible dans l’Aire grégarigène sauf dans quelques stations de l’Aire transitoire de multiplication Sud où une pluviosité faible (30 à 60 mm) a été localement enregistrée.

22 Aug 2016 description

Le personnel administratif en formation à Antsirabe

La bonne gouvernance, la lutte contre la corruption, la redevabilité, le management public, le leadership : ces cinq thématiques seront au cœur du renforcement de capacité du personnel de l’administration de l’Assemblée Nationale de Madagascar à partir de ce lundi 22 Août 2016.

19 Aug 2016 description
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Background

  1. The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.

18 Aug 2016 description

African states commit to eradicate cluster munitions and end the suffering they cause by stepping up efforts to universalize the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions and to strengthen the norm against cluster munitions use by condemning all such use.

15 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • While Islamist extremism in East Africa is often associated with al Shabaab and Somalia, it has been expanding to varying degrees throughout the region.

  • Militant Islamist ideology has emerged only relatively recently in East Africa—imported from the Arab world—challenging long-established norms of tolerance.

12 Aug 2016 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2017

11 Aug 2016 description

IN FOCUS & FOOD INSECURITY HOTSPOTS

  • Drought has left 23 million requiring food assistance in Southern Africa.

  • An outbreak of fighting in South Sudan has caused new displacements and food price increases in the capital Juba. The South Sudan IPC update for April 2016 estimated that 4.8 million people (40 percent of the population) would face severe food insecurity in the May–July 2016 lean season.