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02 Apr 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By DICTA ASIIMWE, TEA Special Correspondent

Posted Saturday, March 28 2015 at 15:23

IN SUMMARY

  • Number of people being treated for typhoid has more than doubled from 1,940 at the beginning of the month to 4,949 by March 19.

  • The outbreak is being blamed on the consumption of water contaminated with faecal matter or the urine of infected persons.

  • Landlords have been blamed for the contamination for continually releasing sewage into the environment, which has in turn contaminated natural water sources.

01 Apr 2015 description

To project food security outcomes, FEWS NET uses scenario development. In this methodology, an analyst uses current evidence to develop assumptions about the future and compare their possible effects. The following report outlines assumptions at the regional level. Assumptions are also developed at the country level; these are likely to be more detailed. Together, the regional and national assumptions are the foundation for the integrated analysis reported in FEWS NET’s Food Security Outlooks and Outlook Updates. Learn more about our work here.

01 Apr 2015 description
  • Widespread, favorable rains observed over Southern Africa during the past week.
  • Below-average rainfall persists in central Ethiopia.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness across a broad portion of southern Africa. Low seasonal precipitation totals and untimely dry spells has negatively affected ground conditions and is likely to lead crop reductions for several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

01 Apr 2015 description
report World Vision

By FLAVIA LANYERO

The ownership of Long Lasting Insecticide Treated Nets (LLINs) has doubled in Soroti and Busia districts with up to 98.8 percent of the population owning at least a mosquito net, a new report finds.

The end of project evaluation for World Vision Stop Malaria Project in Soroti and Busia districts released yesterday (31st / 4/2014) also indicates that the average number of nets per household is three and that 70.6 percent of the households now meet the universal coverage criteria of one net for every two members.

01 Apr 2015 description

Insufficient food and income to lead to Crisis (IPC Phase 3) in Karamoja by April

KEY MESSAGES

  • In bimodal areas, ground surface temperatures from February to March were six to seven degrees centigrade above average, drying out rangelands and leading to poor livestock body conditions. Pre-season and early season rains for the bimodal and unimodal areas were very low during, causing delays in land preparation.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Apr 2015 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year

31 Mar 2015 description

Highlights

  • Average nominal retail prices for maize grain and sorghum were relatively stable during the month and lower than last year across Karamoja. However, prices for beans have continued to rise higher than last year’s and two-years average 2013/14.

  • Annual analysis highlights an improvement in terms of trade (TOT) for both goats and casual labour against maize grain. This was mainly a result of lower maize grain prices this year compared to last year.

31 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 25–31 March 2015

Ukraine: Fears are growing of a new offensive in Mariupol, as non-government troops appear to be gathering nearby. A recent assessment has found that more than 1.6 million people need humanitarian assistance, nearly 1.1 million of whom are in non-government-controlled areas. 20–30% of IDPs are at risk of losing their status and benefits, due to a new mechanism to verify the addresses of IDPs.

31 Mar 2015 description

At the end of 2013, a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and vice-President Riek Machar, following months of escalating tensions, reached boiling point. Gun battles in the capital Juba quickly escalated to massacres and continued fighting elsewhere in the country, particularly in the eastern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

30 Mar 2015 description

Kampala, Uganda | | Tuesday 3/31/2015 - 14:58 GMT

by Amy FALLON

A key trial in Uganda of 13 men accused of taking part in Al-Shebab bombings that killed 76 people in 2010 was postponed Tuesday after the top prosecutor was shot dead.

Police on Tuesday vowed to catch the killers of Joan Kagezi, acting assistant director of public prosecution, who was murdered by men on a motorbike as she drove home with three of her children on Monday evening.

The identity of the gunmen and their motive remains unclear, police said.

30 Mar 2015 description
report EastAfrican

By EVELYN LIRRI, TEA Special Correspondent

Hethiri Bukenya first developed a persistent cough when he was two-and-a-half years old. Slowly, he started to lose appetite and as his weight declined, he became weak and frail.

By the age of five, he was falling ill regularly. His mother, Sarah Najjuka visited several health facilities including Mulago, Uganda’s national referral hospital, all of which failed to diagnose the problem.

30 Mar 2015 description

The sixth issue of the IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at global level, among them the extension of the IPC Global Strategic Programme until 2018, the IPC-Chronic and Nutrition Working Group Meetings, the new IPC Quality Compliance Review Policy and Process, and the development of the IPC GSU Quality Compliance Review and Strategic Engagement Plan.

This issue also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at regional and country level in Africa, Latin America, Asia & Near East.

30 Mar 2015 description

Posted by David Lane

Last week I accompanied World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin to South Sudan to see how the world’s largest humanitarian food agency is addressing one of its most complex and pressing challenges.

As I viewed WFP’s emergency operations, I was again reminded that as much as you try to envision the lives of those millions of displaced and hungry, their reality always defies imagination.

30 Mar 2015 description

The following is a guest blog from ICRtoP member Child Soldiers International. Child Soldiers International works to end the military recruitment of children and their use in hostilities, as well as other human rights abuses resulting from their association with armed forces or groups. They promote the release of children, seek their successful return to civilian life, and call for accountability for those who recruit and use them.

28 Mar 2015 description

This Indicator Report provides a monthly snapshot of the regional response to the South Sudan Situation. The indicators included report on the Post 15 December 2013 South Sudan caseload only. The report is prepared through collaboration with the reporting country and the Regional Support Hub, Nairobi.

The notes below provide further contextual information on various sector indicators:

EDUCATION

27 Mar 2015 description
report International Alert

A new report by International Alert has revealed a growing confidence in sustained peace and security in northern Uganda, following the end of the 21-year conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan government forces, which ended in 2008.

27 Mar 2015 description

KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, March 27 (UNHCR) – Naomi Chol studied at a school funded and supported by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, but the 16-year-old from South Sudan has become a celebrity herself in a Kenyan refugee camp.

"Everywhere I go, people call me and come to shake my hand," she tells visitors to Kakuma camp where she studied in a school known locally as the Angelina Jolie Primary School. It was set up by the UNHCR Special Envoy in 2002 to cater for girls with special protection needs.

27 Mar 2015 description

The partners of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI), including Member States, IGAD, Development Partners, UN agencies, non-state actors (NSAs) and members of the private sector actors, committed to ending drought emergencies in the Horn of Africa, held the 3 rd IDDRSI Platform General Assembly meeting on 27 th March 2014 at the Hilton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting was opened and chaired by H.E. Hon. Dr. Gebregziabeher Gebreyohannis Minister of State for Livestock, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The meeting was attended by Hon.