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24 May 2017 description

by Suresh Babu | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

  • Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.

During times of conflict, building robust food systems can improve access to food

About 20 million people face starvation in four countries: Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria, the United Nations says. Armed conflict, combined with drought and natural resource degradation have led to the breakdown of resilience in the food system in these areas.

24 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Somali region is disproportionately affected by the current acute watery diarrhea (AWD) outbreak, accounting for about 91 per cent of the cases reported in Ethiopia since the beginning of the year.

  • UNICEF support has enabled 794,150 people to access safe water. This includes 149,150 people in Oromia, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples (SNNP) and Tigray regions, reached during the reporting period, through construction of new water supply schemes, rehabilitation of non-functional water systems and expansion works.

24 May 2017 description

Food insecurity intensifies despite late Gu and Belg season rainfall

Key Messages

19 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

SITUATION IN NUMBERS

7,400 Children with measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: WHO and UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia)

3.4 million Children (under five years) at high risk of measles in drought affected areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia (Source: UNICEF Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia)

16 May 2017 description

307.5 M required for 2017 including special situations

62.1 M contributions received, representing 20% of requirements

245.4 M overall funding gap for Ethiopia

All figures are displayed in USD

09 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) estimates that the number of drought affected people will reach 7.6 million, an increase by 2 million from the number of 5.6 million beneficiaries estimated in the January 2017 HRD.

05 May 2017 description

Ethiopia - On 1 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) began the transfer of South Sudanese refugees from Ethiopia’s Pagak border entry point in Gambella to the Gore-Shembola refugee camp in Benishangul Gumuz Regional States, approximately 835 km away.

30 Apr 2017 description
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Horn of Africa – version 1
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Technical annex – version 1

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is conditional upon the necessary appropriations being made available from the 2017 general budget of the European Union.

AMOUNT: 132 250 000 EUR

29 Apr 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain was the most informally traded commodity in Eastern Africa in the first quarter of 2017 accounting for 33 percent of total trade, but volumes traded in the region were lower when compared to 2013-2016 average due to tight supplies following below average harvests across most countries.

29 Apr 2017 description

At least 820,000 children are at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition this year in South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda, and Ethiopia as a result of the food crisis sweeping across regions in Africa.

Handicap International is launching new program to help malnourished children. “Simply providing the calories and nutrients is not enough,” explains Rozenn Botokro, a Handicap International rehabilitation specialist, and a pioneer of a stimulative physical therapy method which “breaks the cycle” of malnutrition, she explains.

27 Apr 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

27 April 2017, Addis Ababa – At a ceremony organized today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, handed-over 2 ambulances to the Gambella Regional Health Bureau. The ambulances were purchased with the generous funding of the Embassy of Sweden as part of the project entitled “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Response to the South Sudan Refugees and Surrounding Host Communities in Gambella Region,” implemented through UNFPA support from January 2015 to June 2016.

27 Apr 2017 description

Funding requirements

Health sector funding requirements for 2017

US$ 42.8 million for 2017 (health partners including WHO).

WHO funding requirements for 2017

US$ 10.9 million.

Beneficiaries targeted by health partners in 2017

Health partners will target 4.37 million people in 2017. The targeted population is made up of 370 000 internally displaced people and 300 000 women and adolescent girls who will benefit from emergency reproductive health services.

25 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

IGAD and Somali Refugees p. 2

Nine pledges: ARRA, UNHCR and partners chart roadmap for implementation p. 3

Nine pledges: ARRA, UNHCR and partners chart roadmap for implementation p. 4

Focus on the operation

Afar region: great hospitality in an inhospitable environment p. 5

“Services are limited due to funding constraints.”

Eritrean Asiya leaves shame aside and joins school p. 7

Refugee Voices

24 Apr 2017 description

A World Food Programme (WFP) initiative involving the advance positioning of food is cutting delivery times dramatically. The Global Commodity Management Facility allows WFP to deliver 1.4 million metric tons of food in an average of 45 days, a 63 percent reduction compared to the previous year.

21 Apr 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

81,720
South Sudanese arrivals since 3 September 2016, based on reports from Gambella (as of 12 April 2017)

370,000
Total South Sudanese refugees and asylum-seekers in Ethiopia (both in Gambella and Assosa as of 12 April 2017)

FUNDING (as of 29 March 2017)

USD 160.8 M
Requested by UNHCR for the South Sudan Situation in Ethiopia

HIGHLIGHTS

21 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

829,925 refugees registered in the country
38,434 refugees newly registered so far in 2017
20,515 refugees newly registered in March
44,453 unaccompanied and separated children

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

  • The Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) is UNHCR’s main government counterpart with which close cooperation is maintained to ensure the protection of refugees in Ethiopia.

21 Apr 2017 description

829,925 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

238,272 Households

21 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In 2017, so far, 51,184 children have been admitted for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM). There is an 18 per cent increase in SAM admissions from January (23,523) to February (27,661). Drought affected areas show a worrying level of SAM admissions.