FREETOWN - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab for Africa (J-PAL Africa) are partnering on a programme to promote children’s health in Moyamba district, one of the districts in Sierra Leone most affected by chronic malnutrition.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. The WHO Regional Office is currently monitoring 49 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 38 ungraded events.
Amnesty International lance une nouvelle campagne mondiale, Osons le courage, pour mettre un coup d’arrêt à la vague d’attaques dont sont victimes les hommes et les femmes qui défendent les droits humains.
Au moins 87 défenseurs des droits humains et 48 journalistes ont été arrêtés arbitrairement en Afrique de l’Ouest depuis 2014.
Tous les cinq jours, un manifestant est tué pendant un rassemblement.
Amnesty International launches new global campaign, ‘Brave’, to stop the wave of attacks against those defending human rights
At least 87 human rights defenders and 48 journalists arbitrarily arrested in West Africa since 2014
One protester killed every five days during demonstrations
States across the region deploy unlawful killings, arrests, surveillance and administrative sanctions to inhibit human rights work
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 47 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 36 ungraded events.
Recent seasonal rainfall helps partially alleviate abnormal dryness in East Africa
Despite rainfall during early March, significant long-term moisture deficits remain throughout central and eastern Madagascar due to very poor rains earlier in the season.
Inconsistent rainfall since late December have led to moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions across many parts of western Angola.
The West African Ebola outbreak that took the World by surprise may have been over, going on two years now, but those the virus infected and survived are still struggling with many health and socio-economic challenges. The disease may no longer be present in the region, but affected persons and communities are yet to get over the nightmare and move on with life. The World may no longer view Ebola as imminent threat to life, but those who lost their loved ones are still mourning and psychologically traumatized in the aftermath.
Despite governments' and partners' efforts, the food security and nutrition situation is still alarming in the Lake Chad Basin (Niger-Nigeria-Chad) and in the north of Mali, where 5 million people are classified in Crisis, Emergency and Famine (CH phase 3, 4 and 5).
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR NOVEMBER 2017
by Harriet Mason
NGELEHUN, Sierra Leone, 8 May 2017 – Nurse-in-charge Elizabeth Kadie Momoh at the Ngelehun Community Health Post has just finished checking a pregnant woman in the facility’s labour room and heads to a sink to wash her hands. Clean water gushes out as she opens the tap.
The availability of running water is taken for granted in health facilities in most parts of the world. But a year ago in this health post, it was, you could say, a pipe dream.
Through much of 2014 and into 2015, the international community witnessed an outbreak of Ebola virus disease in parts of West Africa that was unprecedented in scale, severity and complexity. The toll in illness and death was severe: more than 28,000 people were infected and more than 11,000 died. Some 16,000 children lost parents or caregivers to Ebola.
The impact of the outbreak went far beyond those grim figures. The three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – were ill-equipped to respond.
Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 08.05.2017: The Government of Sierra Leone has asked for the the support of Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in agricultural development, road construction and Post-Ebola recovery plan. The President of Sierra Leone, Dr. Earmest Bai Koroma disclosed this when he received the President of IsDB, Dr. Bandar Hajjar at the Royal Guest House in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Confirmation des bonnes productions agropastorales comparées à celles de la campagne 2015-2016 et à la moyenne des cinq dernières années.
Les analyses du Cadre Harmonisé indiquent qu’en période courante (mars, avril et mai 2017), 9,6 millions de personnes sont en situation de crise et au-delà en Afrique de l’Ouest.
Augmentation du nombre de personnes déplacées dans la région du Lac Tchad et au Mali.
Desmidt, S., Hauck, V. 2017. Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). (Discussion Paper 211). Maastricht: ECDPM.
Despite recent rainfall, seasonal rain remains below-average across much of East Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below-average rainfall accumulations since late February have resulted in significant moisture deficits, which have already negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities in many parts of southern South Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and northern Tanzania.
Today the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners launched a new five-year Strategy for Human Resources for Health (2017-2021). Through investments in the health workforce, the Strategy will support the country to improve the quality of its health services and ensure it is better placed to respond to current and emerging health needs.
This paper explores the urban-specific challenges of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) epidemic in West Africa, focusing specifically on community engagement. In doing so, it identifies learning to take forward into future urban public health crises. Key points made in the paper are as follows:
• Communication and engagement are broad terms to describe a variety of ways in which crisis affected people can be involved in a response.