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16 Apr 2015 description
  • 12 April marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched, enabling children to be protected against polio for the first time. Read more.
  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, and will review the current epidemiological situation for polio and provide updates on readiness for oral polio vaccine withdrawal.
16 Apr 2015 description

ANTANANARIVO – Le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) fournit un produit prêt à l’emploi pour combattre la malnutrition chez les jeunes enfants. Il s’agit de sachets d’un complément alimentaire composé de poudre de lait, d’arachide, d’huile végétale, de sucre et d’un mélange de vitamines et minéraux qui seront distribués à près de 15 000 enfants de 6 à 23 mois des districts de Betioky, Beloha et Bekily, au sud du pays.

13 Apr 2015 description


  • The southern African summer monsoon continued to be very active in the northern part of DRC, Island States and on the vicinity of eastern parts of SADC region.

  • The region received mostly normal to below normal rain-fall conditions;

  • Normal to above normal rain-fall conditions were observed over DRC, Tanzania, northern Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles;

  • During March 2015, a favor-able distribution in rainfall was observed across western sub-region.

13 Apr 2015 description

Regional Plan of Action for Ebola Virus Disease Preparedness in East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

13 Apr 2015 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, April 10 (Xinhua) -- China will provide 300,000 U.S. dollars in cash to flood-hit Madagascar, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

Floods in Madagascar's capital Antananarivo and its surrounding area, caused by a mix of rainstorms and cyclones, have killed at least 24 people, affected more than 60,000 and forced more than 30,000 to flee their homes.

The money will be used to help Madagscar government in disaster relief after recent rainstorms and cyclones caused breaching of dykes and damages to highways, houses and cropland.

Editor: huaxia

08 Apr 2015 description

Nairobi/Antananarivo, 8 April 2015 – With consistent heavy rainfall leaving tens of thousands of families displaced in Madagascar, the Malagasy Red Cross Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other Movement partners, is ramping up its response operations to ensure timely and effective aid reaches those who need it most.

08 Apr 2015 description


Since late December, below-average and poorly distributed rainfall has led to abnormal dryness across a broad portion of Southern Africa, which will likely lead to reduced crop production.


There are still about 162,000 people in temporary shelter sites in the six districts of Nsanje, Phalombe, Chkwawa, Zomba, Blantyre and Mulanje. Following recent rains over parts of Thyolo, Mulanje and Blantyre, the East Bank is once again inaccessible by road.


03 Apr 2015 description

Abnormal dryness continues to develop in central Ethiopia and bi-modal Tanzania

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite an increase in rainfall during the last week, ground moisture remains below average parts of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Moderate to heavy rains are forecast in southern and western Ethiopia, while below-average rainfall is expected in the central parts of the country during the next week.

01 Apr 2015 description
  • Widespread, favorable rains observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
  • Below-average rainfall persists in central Ethiopia.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Low seasonal precipitation totals and untimely dry spells has negatively affected ground conditions and is likely to lead crop reductions for several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

30 Mar 2015 description

Après le passage des différentes intempéries depuis le début de l'année, des activités de réponse et de prévention ont été effectuées par le BNGRC dans le cadre de la prévention et réduction des risques et des catastrophes. Cela dans l'objectif de:

  • Couverture des zones à risques en outil de communication

  • Sensibilisation des communautés pour faire face aux aléas

  • Assurer les premiers secours d’urgences des catastrophes

Ces activités font références, entre autres, à:

30 Mar 2015 description

Welcome to Issue 39 of THE ASSESSOR,

WFP’s Food Security Analysis e-Newsletter!

27 Mar 2015 description


FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva today met with Madagascar’s Minister for Livestock, Anthèlme Ramparany, to discuss the progress in halting the locust plague that since 2012 has spread across Madagascar threatening the country’s main staple food crops and pasture areas.

“We reviewed our ongoing collaboration with FAO, the European Union and the World Bank against the locust plague that affects particularly the south of Madagascar where there is chronic hunger,” the Minister said in remarks made after the meeting.

27 Mar 2015 description

Late season dryness spreads across much of Southern Africa

  1. Below-average rainfall since February has resulted in rainfall deficits in southwestern Ethiopia.
    Rainfall forecast during the next week should help alleviate deficits.

  2. Below-average rainfall over bi-modal northern Tanzania during the past several weeks has increased rainfall deficits and affected crop conditions. A significant increase in rainfall is expected across Tanzania and neighboring countries in late March.

27 Mar 2015 description


  • Mixed 2015 crop production prospects due to cyclone damage and extended dry spell in the south

  • Rice production in 2014 increased to about 4 million tonnes, partly recovering from last year’s sharply reduced output

  • Prices of rice increased seasonally, but remain below their year-earlier levels as of December 2014

  • Food security conditions aggravated in areas affected by cyclones, while dry conditions in south raise serious concerns over a third successive production decline

25 Mar 2015 description
report Save the Children

Adolescents are a neglected group in terms of nutrition. In some countries up to a half of adolescents are malnourished. Yet optimal nutrition during adolescence – a period of rapid physical growth – is crucial.

Urgent action is needed to address adolescent malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries. And given the high numbers of adolescent girls who give birth and of girls under 18 who get married, it is imperative that – in order to break the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition – nutrition interventions target adolescent girls.