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17 Aug 2017 description

The occurrence of transboundary animal diseases - especially those that can be transmitted to human beings from animals - poses grave socio-economic consequences for Southern Africa. They affect food and nutrition security, human health, livelihoods and national economic development.

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • In May, WFP ended the El Niño-induced drought EMOP. WFP assisted in total over 230,000 beneficiaries with emergency assistance, of which 142,000 received Cash Based Transfers (CBT). In May, 56,973 people received CBT.

  • In June, WFP assisted in total 7,932 beneficiaries through the Food by Prescription programme. Assistance to Orphaned and Vulnerable Children (OVC) is planned to resume in August 2017.

  • WFP’s Food by Prescription project remains underfunded, as a pipeline break, is expected in September 2017.

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP Executive Board approved the Namibia Country Strategic Plan (2017 - 2022). The CSP supports the Government in its drive to meet Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Zero Hunger. The CSP’s aim is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture in Namibia by 2030.

  • WFP and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture conducted training for 70 School Feeding focal points from 35 schools in Khomas region.

Operational Updates

17 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

• The relief assistance distributions continued as planned immediately after the country’s general elections. June marks the end of relief interventions.

• The Humanitarian Country Team in Lesotho organised a Media Breakfast and a Media Field Trip.

• The manual to make Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) nutrition sensitive was developed by stakeholders.

Operational Updates

16 Aug 2017 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The effects of the 2015 El-Nino induced drought lasted well into 2017, and affected a quarter of Lesotho’s population of 2.2 million.

  • A US$20 million Social Assistance Project received an additional US$20 million from the Bank as part of the emergency response.

  • Cash top-ups of 500 maloti (about US$38) per household helped parents put food on the table and keep their children at school.

16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • During the first half of 2017, 369,042 children were screened for acute malnutrition and 23,631 severely acute malnourished (SAM) children were treated with UNICEF support.

  • UNICEF supported 8,050 conflict returnees from Malawi, living in a camp in Tete, with 1,610 hygiene kits and the construction of 130 emergency latrines in collaboration with National Institute for Disaster Management -Tete

  • 7,500 children were assisted with temporary learning spaces through the construction of TARPA Tents in Inhambane

16 Aug 2017 description

Key Points

  • Households in Hhohho and Lubombo are resorting less to negative coping strategies
  • Households headed by women continue to engage more in negative coping than those headed by men
  • Food consumption improves in Manzini
  • Maize meal prices remain higher than the five-year average
  • Sugar bean prices fall

Situation Update

15 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• The chronic drought crisis continues to affect an estimated 1.13 million people in the south, including 605,982 children.

• Heavy rains in northern and southern regions at the beginning of the year elevated the risk of cholera outbreaks and other water-borne diseases. As of June 2017, the cumulative number of suspected cholera cases stands at 455 (Soyo – 218, Cabinda – 236, and Luanda – 1. In total 24 deaths have been reported with ten deaths reported in Soyo and 14 in Cabinda. The last fatal case was reported during week 22 in Cabinda.

15 Aug 2017 description

Matrice de suivi des déplacements

L'OIM Madagascar a mis en œuvre son programme de matrice de suivi des déplacements (DTM-Displacement Tracking Matrix en anglais) afin de mieux comprendre les déplacements de population engendrés par la sécheresse et fournir des informations essentielles aux acteurs gouvernementaux et humanitaires sur le sujet.

14 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF, with support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), continues to provide safe drinking water to drought-affected populations. Construction work and mobilization has commenced in four drought-affected districts to provide safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene messages to targeted 17,000 people including 7,160 children (3,650 girls);

  • Since January 2017, 685 children (375 boys and 310 girls) have been admitted and treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM);

14 Aug 2017 description

Faced with climate change, uncertain markets and government policies they see as unhelpful, many farmers feel ill-equipped to decide how much of which crop to plant and when

By Busani Bafana

LILONGWE, Malawi, Aug 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the bounty of this year's good rains, which broke three years of drought in Malawi.

12 Aug 2017 description

On 8 August a total of 351 Congolese refugees (121 families) were successful relocated from Mussungue reception centre to the Lóvua site.

By the end of the current week the full relocation of Mussunge reception centre to Lóvua is expected to be completed.

Malaria infection rates remain similar to past week, 348 in both centres (last week 335 were registered).

KEY FIGURES

11 Aug 2017 description
report CARE

A summary of the learnings and recommendations from an internal and external evaluation of the Emergency Cash-First Response to Drought-Affected Communities in the Southern Provinces of Zimbabwe project which was carried out from August 2015 to May 2017. The external evaluation was carried out by Oxford Policy Management and is titled Zimbabwe ‘Cash First’ Humanitarian Response 2015-17.

What is cash transfer programming?

11 Aug 2017 description

Luanda - The embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany has made available one million Euros to mitigate the damage caused to the population of Cunene, due to phenomena such as drought and floods, according to a press release that reached Angop on Thursday.

According to the note, this availability resulted from an effort made by the Angolan government, through the Ministry of Environment and partners, to seek immediate and medium-term solutions to mitigate the effects of drought and floods that has been hitting the province and the people of Cunene.

10 Aug 2017 description

The Department of Water and Sanitation says Western Cape farmers can only hope for more rains during this rainy season to enable them to harvest more crops before the rains begin to wane at the end of October.

A weekly report published by the department this week stated that last week’s heavy rains in the Western Cape brought some relief to locals, as dam levels increased from 27.3% to 28.2%, raising water storage in the province to 475.5 cubic metres.

10 Aug 2017 description

Edited by: Siri Eriksen, Lars Otto Naess, Ruth Haug, Aditi Bhonagiri and Lutgart Lenaerts

August 2017

Volume 48 Issue 4

Humanitarian crises appear dramatic, overwhelming and sudden, with aid required immediately to save lives. Whereas climate change is about changing hazard patterns and crises are in reality rarely unexpected, with academic researchers and humanitarian and development organisations warning about possible risks for months before they take place.

10 Aug 2017 description

This report is produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Lesotho in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It is issued by the Humanitarian Country Team. It covers the period from 31 May 2017 up to 7 August 2017.

09 Aug 2017 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

09 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• UNICEF provided eight water tanker trucks to the Government of Namibia to support water-stressed communities in seven drought-affected regions. UNICEF also provided 15,000 bednets in support of the malaria outbreak response which has affected more than 11,900 people in the first quarter of 2017.