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27 Aug 2015 description

Attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region have increased over recent weeks, and military presence in the area has also expanded in response. The number of people who have been forced to flee their homes has more than doubled, bringing the total number of displaced in the area to 75,000. The fear that has been instilled in the population – consisting of refugees from Niger and Nigeria, and Chadians themselves – has only been exacerbated by the continuing violence which shows no sign of abating.

27 Aug 2015 description

“This is the time for Nigeria to be very vigilant, alert and to maintain its extraordinary efforts,” says Dr Arshad Quddus from the World Health Organization.

Dr Arshad Quddus is the coordinator of the Polio Strategy Support and Coordination unit at the World Health Organization (WHO). In August, he took part in the meeting of the Expert Review Committee (ERC) in Nigeria. Here, he speaks about the extraordinary efforts in Nigeria to date, the work still to be done, and what motivates him to eradicate polio.

What was the purpose of the ERC meeting in Nigeria last week?

27 Aug 2015 description

Snapshot 11 August – 25 August 2015

Haiti: Insecurity has increased since legislative elections. Violence and intimidation were reported at many polling stations and a second round of voting is planned, following low voter turnout. Food security has deteriorated as a result of prolonged drought conditions since the beginning of 2015: poor households in Sud, Sud-Est, Nord-Est and Artibonite will remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food security outcomes through December. Recent cholera rates are triple those of the comparable time period in 2014.

25 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Since mid-July, several Boko Haram attacks, as well as preventive evacuation of civilians by Chadian Army, have caused massive displacement of populations in Lake Chad Region. Additional evacuations from the 65 islands have been announced. In July, 21,600 newly displaced people spontaneously settled on 13 small sites in Bagasola, Bol and its surrounding villages. These families are in immediate need of Shelter, NFIs, Food and WASH assistance.

25 Aug 2015 description

Introduction

During the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP), The Sahel output indicators were defined in consultation with the regional sector focal points to provide a standard measure of performance for the Sahel. Country Cluster focal points provided their annual targets for each country and started to report on their cluster achievements for each of the output indicators on a monthly basis.

25 Aug 2015 description

FAITS SAILLANTS

  • La situation sécuritaire semble s’être stabilisée par rapport aux semaines antérieures.

  • Distribution des articles ménagers essentiels (AME) pour 3.428 ménages soit 10.317 déplacés tchadiens dans la ville de Bol et ses environs.

25 Aug 2015 description

De 2011 à 2015, un total de 1,7 milliard de dollars a été requis pour l‘action humanitaire au Niger à travers le Plan de Réponse Stratégique (CAP/SRP). Un total de 1,4 milliard de dollars a été mobilisé, soit un taux de financement de 82 pour cent.

25 Aug 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 2 août 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (AOC) a enregistré environ 11.723 cas et 239 décès (Let. = 2%) de choléra dans 7 pays. Comparativement à la même époque en 2014, on note dans la région 73% de cas rapportés en moins.

Les données des dernières semaines indiquent en outre la persistance de quelques cas au Ghana et l’arrivée de nouveaux cas au Cameroun à la frontière avec le Nigeria.

24 Aug 2015 description

Key Findings

Scope and scale of crisis

Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state are most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency. The northeastern states are hosting the majority of IDPs. 1.3 million IDPs are in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe, and Yobe states. The entire resident population of these states (16 million) are considered affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Humanitarian needs are severe and access is limited, particularly in Borno state.

Priorities for humanitarian intervention

21 Aug 2015 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations continue to provide dedicated and on-the-ground preparedness support to priority countries in the African region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, South Sudan and Togo.

21 Aug 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

LONDON, Aug 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Around 40,000 people have fled their homes in Chad in the past two weeks following attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, according to an aid agency, as the insurgency stokes an escalating humanitarian crisis in the region around Lake Chad.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said many of the displaced people have gathered in makeshift camps where its staff were treating patients with diarrhoea, malaria and respiratory infections, as well as malnourished children.''

21 Aug 2015 description

Faits saillants

  • 41 000 nouveaux déplacés internes dans la région du Lac entre le 21 juillet et le 21 août 2015, portant le nombre total de réfugiés, déplacés internes et retournés à plus de 75 000 personnes dans la région depuis janvier 2015.

  • La situation est extrêmement volatile. Les sites spontanés de déplacés internes se sont multipliés depuis une semaine alors que des attaques sporadiques continuent d’avoir lieu sur les îles, notamment à Kadjirom, près de Tchoukoutalia le 13 août dernier (cinq personnes égorgées).

21 Aug 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Boko Haram attacks increase significantly across Lake Chad basin

  • New Nigerian president tasks military with defeating Boko Haram in three-months

  • Nearly 1.4 million people remain displaced in northeastern Nigeria

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Aug 2015 description

Interview with Ahmad Samro, MSF's Project Manager in Niger

Nearly 28,000 people have recently taken refuge in the Diffa region in Niger after fleeing attacks by Boko Haram. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is expanding its medical activities and is taking measures to improve the health situation in the two newest settlements. Ahmad Samro, project manager for MSF, describes the situation in Diffa.

What are the living conditions like for those who have recently arrived in the Diffa region?

21 Aug 2015 description

Since May 2013, violent insurgencies by Boko Haram have led to widespread displacement and an escalating humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region. According to UNHCR figures, nearly 1.4 million people have been internally displaced in north-east Nigeria alone, and approximately 170,000 people have fled to neighbouring Cameroon (56,000), Chad (14,000) and Niger (100,000). At least 1,300 people have died so far this year.

20 Aug 2015 description
  • This week, Pakistan will become the second polio-endemic country to introduce the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunization system. More than half the global birth cohort is now receiving at least one dose of IPV through routine immunization systems as a result of the biggest globally synchronized vaccine introduction in history. Read more on the status of IPV introductions here.

20 Aug 2015 description

CHAD

FIVE PEOPLE KILLED IN AN ATTACK IN THE LAKE REGION

On 12 August, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Koyorame in the Lake region. Five people were killed, including two refugees. Due to insecurity, new displacements are still being reported in the area. In the past week, hundreds of people have settled in Walerom after having walked for two weeks, fleeing the attack of their village in Nigeria. As of 14 August, there are 11 new IDP sites in the Lake region, hosting over 40,000 people.