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26 Apr 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.

This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of hepatitis E in Niger.

26 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 April 2017 - A three-day workshop to discuss the modalities of implementing Somalia’s New Policing Model in HirShabelle state commenced today in Mogadishu.

The workshop contributes to the operationalization of a broader agreement known as the National Security Architecture, which was jointly endorsed by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo and the presidents of the federal member states in Mogadishu on 16 April. The New Policing Model was reaffirmed by the political agreement on Somalia’s National Security Architecture.

26 Apr 2017 description

Mogadishu, 24 April 2017 - Somali women parliamentarians attended the opening of the first annual consultative conference since the conclusion of the 2016 electoral process to discuss their roles in legislative assemblies.

The conference was opened by the Speaker of the House of the People, Mohamed Sheikh Osman Jawari, and participants have been drawn from the federal parliament and regional assemblies, the executive branch of the federal government and civil society.

26 Apr 2017 description

by Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC

We are on the brink of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history. The spectre of famine looms large over parts of Africa and the Middle East.

We must act now. What is needed is a broad and massive scaling up of support from the international community. If we treat this as "business as usual", the long-term cost in human lives will only rise.

The consequences of not dedicating the resources to avert these disasters and address their root causes could affect us all.

26 Apr 2017 description

A five-day workshop to strengthen the capacity of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to effectively respond to humanitarian crises and coordinate within the international humanitarian system is held in Kampala, Uganda at the initiative of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in cooperation with the United States Agency for International Development, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and implemented by International Medical Corps.

26 Apr 2017 description
report Guardian

Fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders those trying to provide humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants

Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency assistance to millions of people facing starvation and fatal diseases in drought-hit Somalia.

Read more on the Guardian

26 Apr 2017 description

The rainfall forecast for the next 24 hours (Map 1) indicates light to moderate rains in parts of northern areas of the country especially in Togdheer, Sanag, Sool, Bari and Nugaal regions. Other parts of the country will remain dry within the day.

26 Apr 2017 description

ABU DHABI, 25th April, 2017 (WAM) -- A ship carrying 4,259 tonnes of relief items from the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, left the UAE on Tuesday for Berbera Port in Somalia to support the people who have been displaced and affected by famine and to enhance their humanitarian situation.

The aid, which is worth AED10.3 million, includes food, shelter materials, clothes, blankets, mattresses, and children's health supplies.

26 Apr 2017 description

Severe drought is devastating communities in Somalia dependent on livestock and agriculture, leading to increasing concerns of massive hunger across the country.

26 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

Inflation:

SoSh (Somali shilling)-using areas: Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased (2-6%) in most of the SoSh using areas in March 2017 month-on-month due to mild increases in red sorghum prices.
The CPI rose (15-35%) more sharply compared to a year ago due to the same reasons mentioned above.

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

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
report Save the Children

The first to die was little Isse Salat, aged eight. She was followed by her siblings Noor, 12, Sangabo, nine and Alio, just five.

Their parents endured the unimaginable ordeal of seeing all four children dehydrated and destroyed by cholera in the space of four days.

“The only medicine I had for them was anti-worm tablets,” whispered their father, Mohamed, his face gaunt with grief.

“There was nothing I could do at any stage. It was their destiny but it was terrible for us.”

Walking for days

25 Apr 2017 description

Baidoa, 24 April 2017 - Somalia today launched a measles immunization campaign that seeks to vaccinate 110,000 children under the age of five against the deadly disease in the southern and central regions of the country.

The campaign is being conducted by the federal ministry of health with support from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other humanitarian partners. It will also provide vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets to children who have been severely affected by Somalia’s devastating drought.

25 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • With ten new cases of cholera reported in Dadaab camps, active cholera transmission in Tana River County, diarrheal outbreak in Lamu county and start of rains, cholera cases are likely to increase.

  • During outreach activities conducted in first half of April in Turkana County and in North Horr (Marsabit County) 8,738 children were screened for acute malnutrition with over 40 per cent identified as acutely malnourished (35.6% moderately and 4.6% severely). All affected children were immediately admitted for treatment.

25 Apr 2017 description

Key Figures

165+ IDP sites around Baidoa of which 85 new in 2017

155,000+ displaced individuals* of whom 122,000+ new in 2017

25,800+ IDP households of which 20,200 new in 2017

85% of new displacements are from within the Bay region

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.