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17 Apr 2015 description

Cholera situation

In Malawi, 96 new cholera cases were reported this week – the highest number since the outbreak began 9 weeks ago, with 3 new deaths. The outbreak continues to spread to new areas. According to WHO, the epi-curve is indicative of the presence of a common source of infection to which people are exposed to continuously or intermittently. The response is ongoing, with more than 850 health workers trained in cholera case management, and 129,000 people vaccinated in the first round of a two-round campaign.

17 Apr 2015 description

Belg rainfall remains delayed in Ethiopia, dryness worsens in Malawi and Mozambique

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Rainfall continues to be below-average across several local areas of southwestern and east-central Ethiopia. Further delay of rainfall during April is likely to adversely affect cropping activities for several Belgproducing areas.

15 Apr 2015 description
report The Zimbabwean

Last month HALO Zimbabwe achieved the milestone of destroying over 5,000 mines since clearance began in November 2013. This mine clearance has taken place along a 10km stretch of border in the Mashonaland Central region, along the northern border with Mozambique.

The Zimbabwe Mine Action Centre estimates that mines have claimed over 1,590 lives and injured over 2,000 people. In Zimbabwe HALO employs 153 national staff members, the majority recruited from the communities affected by the mines.

15 Apr 2015 description

Increased amounts of rainfall leads to favorable moisture conditions over parts of eastern Ethiopia, southern Somalia.

Late season dryness observed over parts of Malawi and Mozambique.

15 Apr 2015 description

By: Erin Law & Kate Seymour, IFRC

Twelve Red Cross volunteers gather on a porch in Namitotelane village, a rural area of Nampula, Mozambique, to discuss the challenges they face in preventing the spread of cholera in their communities. These volunteers are working to educate people about the disease in an environment where misinformation can lead to violence. During the meeting, they pause to remember two Red Cross volunteers who were tragically killed by a panicked mob during a similar outbreak in 2009.

14 Apr 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

By Amancio Miguel Vilankulos

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique – It’s a hot day in Chiúre district. Constangelina Basílio, 23, poses for a photograph. She holds her two-year-old son, Magalhães, tightly. The image gives the impression of a caring mother, which she is – but there is more to it than that.

13 Apr 2015 description

South Africa
Violence against foreign nationals continue to be reported in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. Shops run by foreign nationals have been looted by mobs and in some cases torched. At least 4 people have died in the violence to date, with hundreds of people displaced, according to media reports.

13 Apr 2015 description

JANUARY 2015– MARCH 2015 RAINFALL HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

08 Apr 2015 description

Ben Leo, Robert Morello, Jonathan Mellon, Tiago Peixoto, and Stephen Davenport

Abstract

08 Apr 2015 description

Regional

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.

Malawi

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.

Mozambique

07 Apr 2015 description

OVERVIEW

Since early January 2015, heavy rains have been witnessed throughout several areas of Mozambique, with extreme flooding affecting an estimated 160,000 individuals in Zambézia, Nampula and Niassa provinces.

07 Apr 2015 description

By Sophie Amos

Today on World Health Day, Age Demands Action campaigners in over 35 countries are calling for access to age-friendly health services for older people.

“It is unacceptable that older people around the world often miss out on their right to health because of physical and financial barriers, discrimination, lack of appropriate services and being unaware of their entitlements,” said Toby Porter, HelpAge’s Chief Executive.

03 Apr 2015 description

There are many ways to steal water. Close a tap. Block access to a river. Drain a well. Or, more viciously: steal life out of it.

This is what cholera does. It secretly poisons even a pure looking stream. It creeps into its victims when they drink or eat food that they thought they had cleaned. And once inside their bodies, it keeps on looting: it siphons water, making it gush out, from vomit and from diarrhea, continuously, relentlessly. In the most extreme cholera cases an adult can lose up to twenty liters of water in just one day. Death is quick to follow.

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.

02 Apr 2015 description

Key Messages

In West Africa, market availability was adequate in February, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

02 Apr 2015 description

Cholera Situation

In Zimbabwe, no new cases have been reported since 25 March. The total number of confirmed cases remains at 15 with no deaths since the first confirmed case in late February 2015.

In Malawi, 79 new cholera cases were reported over the past week, which is higher than any week since cholera spread from Mozambique to Malawi in mid-February, and almost equal to the two previous weeks combined (81 new cases). However, no new deaths have been reported.

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.