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24 May 2017 description

Since its inception in 2003, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has received strong bipartisan support in Congress and through administrations, including two reauthorizations with significant majorities. The United States is unquestionably the world’s leader in responding to the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Originally conceived as a compassionate effort to save the lives of those in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS with urgently needed treatment and care, PEPFAR is now also undertaking the challenge of actually controlling the pandemic.

23 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

23 mai 2017 – L'Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) a de nouveau fait part de son inquiétude concernant la situation instable au Burundi qui continue de pousser les gens à chercher la sécurité dans les pays voisins.

« Depuis avril 2015, quelque 410.000 réfugiés et demandeurs d'asile ont été contraints de fuir leurs foyers. Ces chiffres augmentent encore », a déclaré mardi un porte-parole du HCR, Babar Baloch, lors d'un point de presse à Genève.

23 May 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

23 May 2017

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is today renewing its concern over the unstable situation in Burundi, which continues to drive people to seek safety in neighbouring countries. Since April 2015, some 410,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been forced to flee their homes. These numbers are still rising.

22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030

Summary

20 May 2017 description

Mixed migration flows within, from and to the East Africa and Yemen region continued to be affected by a number of complex dynamics, including conflict, drought and economic reasons among others. Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees continued to be at a significant risk of harm, ranging from abduction, physical abuse and death on land and at sea. Policy considerations remained focussed on limiting irregular migration, particularly to Europe.

Irregular Movement from East Africa and Yemen

Northward (through Egypt into Israel)

17 May 2017 description
  • Heavy rain has been affecting several areas of eastern South Africa over the past few days, causing rivers to overflow. Approx. 76 mm of rain in 24 h were recorded in Port St. Johns (Eastern Cape province) over 15-16 May.

  • Local media reported, as of 17 May at 7.00 UTC, that at least one person died in Nquthu municipality (KwaZulu-Nata province), over 220 people were evacuated in Nseleni and Mzingwenya towns (KwaZulu-Natal province) and over 10 houses were damaged through the KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Over the next 24 h, no more heavy rain is forecast.

13 May 2017 description

South Africa: Improving management of unidentified bodies in 2016

The Pretoria Regional Delegation continues to work with various stakeholders with the objective of assisting people in humanitarian need as well as capacitating national authorities to enable them to adequately respond to humanitarian needs.

05 May 2017 description

Desmidt, S., Hauck, V. 2017. Conflict management under the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA). (Discussion Paper 211). Maastricht: ECDPM.

03 May 2017 description

Highlights
- Good rains continued to the end of season in most areas, resulting in positive production expectations in several countries.
- The high seasonal rainfall improved dam and groundwater levels, providing good water availability for irrigation over the coming seasons.
- Preliminary reports suggest the regional impact of the Fall Armyworm was not severe. However, experts advise robust, coordinated control measures for coming seasons.

Regional Summary

03 May 2017 description

Regional Overview

Region
The April 2017 harvest is expected to be above-average, with Tanzania, parts of Madagascar and northern Mozambique the exceptions. A good agricultural season is critical after two consecutive droughts led to unprecedented levels of food insecurity. Countries in the region continue to battle several hazards with potentially detrimental effects on food security, including an armyworm outbreak.

30 Apr 2017 description

Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize as their main source of food and energy, given the high volumes and ease with which it is produced. Alternative food crops that are consumed as substitutes include rice, wheat, sorghum, millet, and tubers such as cassava and potatoes. Consumption of these substitutes occurs mainly when maize is not available or among those households in areas where such substitutes are more easily available (for example, cassava in northern Mozambique).

25 Apr 2017 description
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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

24 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

25 million children out of school in conflict zones - UNICEF

N’JDAMENA, Chad/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 24 April 2017 – More than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old, or 22 per cent of children in that age group, are missing out on school in conflict zones across 22 countries, UNICEF said today.

“At no time is education more important than in times of war,” said UNICEF Chief of Education Josephine Bourne. “Without education, how will children reach their full potential and contribute to the future and stability of their families, communities and economies?”

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

Maize price trends were mixed in February in the region. Tanzania and the DRC saw significant month-on-month (m-o-m) price increase of their main staple. Zambia and especially Tanzania registered the highest increase in the number of markets in ALPS Crisis.