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31 May 2016 description

by Sarah Austria | May 17, 2016

Veciana and her husband, Simeon, were excited to have children. Twice, the excitement of pregnancy was followed by the devastation of a miscarriage at three months. But she remained hopeful as she sought help at her local health clinic in Burundi--Maybe, with treatment, she could have a safe birth. Unfortunately, when she inquired about treatment she was told that she was fine - and that there were no solutions for her. After the second miscarriage, Veciana was afraid she would may never be able to have a baby.

31 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, RD Congo | AFP | mardi 31/05/2016 - 16:43 GMT

Cinq personnes, dont deux enseignants, ont été tués lundi en marge d'une opération militaire contre des rebelles ougandais musulmans à Beni, dans l'est de la République démocratique du Congo, selon l'armée congolaise.

"Deux [membres des] ADF [Forces démocratiques alliées] ont été tués et du matériel militaire récupéré", indique un communiqué de l'armée publié mardi à Kinshasa.

31 May 2016 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 27, 2016— The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved a $20 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to help support the Government of Zambia implement its program of local integration for long term refugees.

The Zambia Displaced Persons and Border Communities Project aims to improve access to livelihoods and socio-economic infrastructure for displaced people and host communities in the two targeted resettlement areas of Meheba in North-Western and Mayukwayukwa in the Western Provinces of Zambia.

31 May 2016 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS announces 2 million more people living with HIV on treatment in 2015, bringing new total to 17 million

New report from UNAIDS shows that the number of people accessing antiretroviral medicines has more than doubled since 2010

31 May 2016 description

In numbers

265,000 refugees have crossed borders into neighbouring countries
1,000 new arrivals weekly into neighbouring countries USD 57 million needed for 6 months to support operations that are responding to the Burundi crisis.

Highlights

Food stocks are stretched and WFP requires USD 57 million for the next six months to meet the needs of new arrivals and existing refugees, particularly in Rwanda and Uganda.

Overview

30 May 2016 description

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Monday 5/30/2016 - 18:10 GMT |

A top commander of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army will go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in December charged with keeping sex slaves and recruiting child soldiers, among other crimes.

Dominic Ongwen, himself a former child soldier who became one of the most LRA's most feared leaders, is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity over his role in the group's reign of terror in northern Uganda between 2002 and 2005.

30 May 2016 description

Main conclusions and options for response

In the EU/EEA, the risk of yellow fever virus being introduced is limited to unvaccinated viraemic travellers coming from epidemic areas. Given that outbreaks of yellow fever in urban settings have the potential for rapid spread and that significant yellow fever epidemics are ongoing in Angola, DRC and Uganda, EU/EEA Member States should consider a range of options for response.

Information for travellers to and EU citizens residing in areas with active transmission

30 May 2016 description

Uganda has received a donation of Anti-malarial drugs worth 500,000 million US dollars from the Korean government and diagnostic support to the Uganda Cancer Institute and the National Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory services.

The donation comes in the wake of rising cases of cancer and malaria infections in the country.

The Korean foundation for international Health-care and the Korean National Cancer Centre has boosted Uganda’s campaign against Malaria and Cancer with a half million Dollars as part of the Korean government plan for Africa.

30 May 2016 description

KEY FIGURES

262,505 New Burundian refugees in asylum countries since April 2015 as of 30 April 2016.

FUNDING

USD 175.1 million requested for the situation through UNHCR's Supplementary Appeal (January-December 2016)

PRIORITIES

Tanzania: Operationalize the second borehole in Mtendeli camp to resume relocation and decongest Nyarugusu camp

Rwanda: Complete the construction of 470 semi-permanent shelters in Mahama camp

DRC: Replace plastic sheeting in all semi-durable shelters in Lusenda camp

30 May 2016 description

The current Burundi refugee situation in Tanzania began late April 2015. The months that followed saw significantly high number of persons of concern arrivng in Tanzania, mainly through Kagunga, a tiny border village along Lake Tanganyika and other entry points in Kigoma region. The population was relocated to Nyarugusu camp, which was already host to 65,000 persons of concern, mainly DR Congolese. The camp quickly ran out of capacity to host the new population, prompting the opening of a new camp, Nduta, in Kibondo district on 07-Oct-2015. Nduta's capacity has been put at 60,000.

28 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, May 27 2016 (IPS) - Around the world girls are struggling to stay in school when their menstrual hygiene needs are forgotten or ignored, yet the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and education sectors have remained reluctant to address the issue.

Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 28, aims to raise awareness of the fundamental role that MHM plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential in areas such as education.

27 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats.

This issue covers the period 22-28 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

27 May 2016 description

Reduced rainfall expected to alleviate flooding concerns in the Shabelle River basin

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Despite more favorable rainfall along the coast during the last week, low and poorly-distributed rainfall during April and May has led to moderate moisture deficits over Liberia, portions of eastern Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire, and western Ghana.

27 May 2016 description
report African Union

Communiqué de presse

Addis Abéba, le 23 mai 2016 - La cinquième réunion ministérielle du Mécanisme conjoint de coordination (MCC) de l'Initiative de coopération régionale pour l'élimination de l'Armée de résistance du Seigneur (ICR-LRA) s’est tenue à Addis-Abeba le 20 mai 2016.

27 May 2016 description
report African Union

Press release

Addis Ababa, 23 May 2016 - The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Joint Coordination Mechanism (JCM) of the Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the Lord’s Resistance Army (RCI-LRA) took place in Addis Ababa on 20 May 2016.

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SUMMARY

  • A yellow fever outbreak was detected in Luanda, Angola late in December 2015. The first cases were confirmed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in South Africa on 19 January 2016 and by the Institut Pasteur Dakar (IP-D) on 20 January. Subsequently, a rapid increase in the number of cases has been observed.

26 May 2016 description

Overview

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was responsible for 296 civilian abductions during Quarter 1 2016 (Q1 2016), covering the months of January–March 2016. The 296 abductions, the most by the LRA in a single quarter since Quarter 3 2010, highlighted a significant surge in LRA violence. 14 long­term abductees escaped from the LRA in Q1 2016, including three adult male Ugandan fighters.

Senior LRA leaders reportedly order child abductions in eastern CAR