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26 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 26 April 2017 – UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world.

26 Apr 2017 description

25 April 2017, Geneva - A combination of food assistance and food production assistance is the only way to avoid famine in conflict-ridden Yemen where two-thirds of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from severe food insecurity, FAO Director-General José Graziano said today.

"As the conflict continues, food security and nutrition will also continue to deteriorate," Graziano da Silva stressed in his address to a United Nations High-Level Pledging conference for Yemen organized in Geneva and co-hosted by the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden.

25 Apr 2017 description

Key Messages

  • Twenty million people in 4 countries - Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - are at an elevated risk of famine, and a further 10 million are in crisis. Famine has already been declared in two counties in South Sudan, affecting 100,000 and with another 1 million on the brink of it.

  • Some of the most vulnerable people in the hardest-hit areas are already dying from starvation and disease in the four countries.

25 Apr 2017 description

In a remote corner of northern Nigeria, 95% of children are being reached with the polio vaccine.

In north-eastern Nigeria, Monguno is literally at the end of the line. To get there, you have to fly by helicopter from Maiduguri, capital of the embattled state of Borno, across 100 kilometres of Boko Haram-controlled territory to this piercingly hot and dusty safe haven of a city.

25 Apr 2017 description

South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen have been facing famine conditions since February 2017. A total of 20 million people are threatened by food insecurity brought on by armed conflicts and the climatic impacts of El Niño. The SDC, which already operates in these four countries, has released additional funding to deliver emergency aid and to expand its development assistance activities.

25 Apr 2017 description

Ibadan, Nigeria— The revised version of the Handbook of West African Weeds is a tool that will help farmers to identify and tackle the different species of weeds in the region, researchers say today.

The new edition has 52 additional new weed species, and 53 weed seedlings, and it builds on the earlier work done in the first and second edition while filling the gaps created by the emergence of new weed species in West Africa.

25 Apr 2017 description
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THE PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE STRATEGY FOR 2015–2020

The PMI Strategy for 2015–2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, setting forth a vision, goal, objectives, and strategic approach for PMI through 2020, while reaffirming the longer-term goal of a world without malaria. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and this strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty.

25 Apr 2017 description

Depuis 2014, le Cameroun est affecté par les effets du mouvement insurgé de l’Etat Islamique en Afrique de l’Ouest (EAIO, ex Boko Haram). L’augmentation des attaques et incursions au Nigéria, au Cameroun et dans les pays frontaliers a créé des déplacements de populations depuis les zones de conflit et de violence.

25 Apr 2017 description

Cameroon has been feeling the effects of the Islamic State insurgency in West Africa (ISWA, formerly known as Boko Haram) since 2014. The increase of violent attacks in Nigeria, Cameroon and neighbouring countries has led to the significant population movements and displacement.

25 Apr 2017 description

CHAD UNREST FORCES 1,200 CENTRAL AFRICANS INTO CHAD

More than 1,200 Central Africans have fled into southern Chad in several waves since the start of this month following unrest back home, UNHCR reported on 20 April. Aid agencies and the authorities are providing assistance and amenities are being constructed for the new arrivals. Last year, more than 1,700 people also fled across the border into Chad following violence. Chad currently hosts some 400,000 refugees, including more than 71,000 Central Africans.

DR CONGO

25 Apr 2017 description

Overview

  • This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

25 Apr 2017 description
report Protection Cluster

PROTECTION

In 2016, 5.45 million people were identified as being in need of protection services in the states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Gombe. The Protection Sector in the 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan envisioned assisting 1.64 million of the most critically vulnerable persons for which it estimated requiring $31 million.

25 Apr 2017 description

BEIJING - The Government of China has made its largest single donation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) with US$34 million towards its emergency operations to support people who are at risk of famine in Somalia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen, as well as those affected by severe food shortages in Kenya and Chad.

Combined with earlier contributions, the Chinese government’s support for WFP totals more than US$138 million since 2005, and builds on China’s increasingly significant backing in recent years for WFP’s operations around the world.

25 Apr 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Author: Willis Simon Akhwale (Country Director I-TECH Kenya, University of Washington

25 Apr 2017 description
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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

25 Apr 2017 description

Projected food assistance needs for October 2017

24 Apr 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 680th meeting held on 18 April 2017, was briefed by the AU Commission and by the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) on the Operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) against Boko Haram terrorist group. Council also took note of the statements made by the representatives of Ethiopia (in its capacity as an African Member of the United Nations Security Council (A3)), Liberia (in its capacity as the Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union and the United Nations.