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26 May 2016 description

By: Thea Rabe / Norwegian Red Cross

The Namibian Red Cross Society is not able to deliver planned drought relief in the region of Oshikoto due, in part, to a lack of funding from international donors who are currently focused on the migrant situation across Europe. However, support from within Namibia itself is also lacking.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Namibia Food and Nutrition Security Monitoring Plan 2016-2020 has been launched by the government.
    Developed with technical assistance from WFP, the Plan will guide and harmonise food and nutrition security monitoring activities and provide mechanisms to strengthen technical and institutional monitoring capacities at local and regional levels.

20 May 2016 description

(Paris, Banjul), La FIDH et ses 5 organisations présentes à Banjul se félicitent des résolutions adoptées par la Commission africaine des droits de l’Homme et des peuples (CADHP) lors de sa 58ème session ordinaire, en particulier sur la protection des défenseurs des droits humains.

20 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

20 May 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • As of 19 May 2016, Angola has reported 2420 suspected cases of yellow fever with 298 deaths. Among those cases, 736 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, Huambo and Benguela provinces circulation of the virus in some districts persists.

19 May 2016 description

Geneva, 19 May 2016: Fears are growing that a deadly yellow fever outbreak in Angola – which has already spread to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya and China - will continue to spread internationally without immediate action to prevent it, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

The disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for spreading the Zika virus, dengue and chikungunya.

19 May 2016 description

Situation

Angola As of 15 May 2016 the Angola Ministry of Health has reported 2 420 suspected cases with 298 deaths and 736 laboratory confirmed cases in 14 of the 18 provinces.

Democratic Republic of Congo
As of 11 May, DRC has reported 551 suspected cases with 55 deaths and 43 confirmed cases 41 imported from Angola and two autochthonous.

17 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

13 May 2016 description
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The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8-14 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease, and yellow fever in Angola.

13 May 2016 description
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SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • As of 11 May 2016, Angola has reported 2267 suspected cases of yellow fever with 293 deaths. Among those cases, 696 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, Huambo and Benguela provinces circulation of the virus in some districts persists.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015

Summary

06 May 2016 description

SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Angola late in December 2015 and confirmed by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January 2016. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

  • As of 4 May 2016, Angola has reported 2149 suspected cases of yellow fever with 277 deaths.
    Among those cases, 661 have been laboratory confirmed. Despite vaccination campaigns in Luanda, there is still circulation of the virus in most districts of Luanda and in five additional provinces.

03 May 2016 description

This operations update seeks a 3 months extension to evaluate the increasing needs and to take into account the current revision of the regional strategy to respond to the food insecurity in the region.

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30 Apr 2016 description
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Food security improves in the southwest as the availability of green foods increases

KEY MESSAGES

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7

KEY FIGURES

# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

27 Apr 2016 description

Key messages

  • The current rainfall season has been the driest in the last 35 years across several parts of the Southern Africa Region. Two consecutive below-average rainy seasons have significantly impacted crop and livestock production, cereal prices, water availability, and livelihoods.

  • Food and nutrition security in the region also remains extremely fragile, with the situation expected to worsen. Overall, 28 million people are estimated to be at risk of food insecurity.

27 Apr 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WFP is bolstering its emergency response activities as the El Nino phenomenon looks set to have caused even worse harvest outcomes, affecting populations in the coming weeks and months. There are already an estimated 32 million food insecure people in the southern Africa region, largely as a result of drought which led to poor harvests last year.

26 Apr 2016 description

By Thea Rabe / Norwegian Red Cross

In the middle of a dried-out field, in the region of Oshikoto in northern Namibia, Saalmi Sheya is standing with her shovel in the white soil, trying relentlessly to make her crops grow.

“Harvesting season is next month. But this year, I haven’t received enough rains on my field for anything to grow, so I won’t be harvesting anything,” Saalmi says. “But who knows, I may be lucky with the seeds I am planting now.”