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06 May 2015 description
  • A continued absence of rainfall across northern Ethiopia expected to adversely affect crop and pastoral conditions.

  • Delay in onset of early monsoon rainfall continued through the 3rd dekad of April across a large portion of western Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

06 May 2015 description

Total number of refugees: 972,020

Registered refugees in 2015: 3,107

Total number of IDPs: 1.1 M

06 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • Kenya: Since the onset of the crisis, IOM has provided transportation assistance to a total of 24,361 refugees

  • South Sudan: Since the beginning of the crisis, over 66,799 households have been supported with Non Food Items, and 2,905 households supported with shelter materials.

Situation Overview

06 May 2015 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

In Summary

  • One of the returnees, Ms Ruth Bilongo, said she was grateful to President Uhuru Kenyatta for restoring stability in Kenya.

  • The lucky ones who could still remember their relatives shouted in disbelief while others fiercely hugged each another on arrival.

  • Handing them over to Kenyan officials, Ugandan Relief Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Minister Hilary Onek said the two governments must ensure violence-free countries.

By ALBERT TUMWINE

05 May 2015 description

Snapshot 29 April–5 May 2015

Nepal: The death toll from the earthquake has reached 7,250, with more than 14,000 injured. Aftershocks are still occurring, and some villages have still not been reached. 300,000 homes are estimated to need rebuilding or repair.

Yemen: The estimated number of IDPs has doubled since 17 April to reach 300,000, as conflict continues. Food distribution, health, and WASH systems are on the verge of collapse, due in large part to severe fuel shortages.

04 May 2015 description
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General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

04 May 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

IN SUMMARY
A core objective of the project, being spearheaded by the Malaria Consortium under its Malaria Control Culture Programme is doubling the proportion of household members who sleep under a treated net from the current 35 per cent.

A new project in Uganda is banking on the use of treated bed nets, rapid diagnostic tests and community awareness to reduce the malaria burden in the country.

02 May 2015 description

Drought continues in central and northern Ethiopia, with abnormal dryness in Djibouti and Eritrea

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Very poor rainfall since February, combined with five consecutive weeks of virtually no rainfall since mid March, has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia, Djibouti, and eastern Eritrea.

01 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 28 April, the United Nations Special Representative for South Sudan, Ms. Ellen Margrethe Løj, travelled to Pibor town (Jonglei State) and met some of the recently released child soldiers and urged the release of the remaining ones. The United Nations estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups in South Sudan, with credible evidence indicating that both of the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the eruption of the conflict in December 2013.

01 May 2015 description

Key Messages

In West Africa, market availability was adequate in March, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.

01 May 2015 description

Cooking banana (matoke), dry cassava chips, sorghum, millet, beans, and white maize are important food commodities for Ugandans. The staple food varies by region. Matoke is most important in the central, western, and southwestern regions; millet in the east; and sorghum in the east, north and northeast. Cassava chips, beans, and white maize are also very important for a significant part of population; cassava chips are especially important in eastern (Soroti), northern, and northwestern (Arua) Uganda. In Mbarara and Kampala, matoke is most important commodity for all households.

01 May 2015 description
report People In Aid

In 2013, TPO Uganda introduced a new staff reward programme, made up of gifts in kind, to reward outstanding quality of work throughout the year. The HR department also organised a skills-building activity programme that enabled staff to reduce stress through structured exercises, including effective team building, zumba dance and relay exercises.

30 Apr 2015 description
report IRIN

Kampala, 30 April 2015 (IRIN) - The announced arrest in Tanzania of the leader of one of the longest-standing insurgencies in Africa’s Great Lakes region marks a step forward for justice and accountability but is unlikely to bring an end to the transnational network he leads.

30 Apr 2015 description
report Pulitzer Center

Joshua Bukenya was barely a week old when he started having convulsions in March, 2014. His worried parents took him to be prayed over at a church near their home in eastern Uganda's Buyende district. At first, it seemed to work, said his mother, Mera. But, with time, it became clear that the child's head was growing abnormally large. In November, his mother brought him to the CURE Children's Hospital in the city of Mbale for treatment.

30 Apr 2015 description

Overview

Throughout 2014, the regional office continued working in 15 countries in Eastern Africa and Indian Ocean Islands; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles, Mauritius, Rwanda and Burundi. The regional office supported the development of 6 emergency appeals and 15 DREFs in response to floods, disease outbreaks, terror attacks and population movement in Comoros, Madagascar, Seychelles, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

30 Apr 2015 description

By Lydia Wamala

Purchase for Progress (P4P) focuses on strengthening the capacity of farmers’ organizations (FO) to aggregate and sell commodities to quality buyers, such as WFP. Through partnerships with the government, indigenous and international NGOs, and others, P4P has provided smallholder farmers with the necessary training and equipment to increase their production, improve crop quality and strengthen FO marketing capacity.