Nairobi, 29 April 2016 – The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today launched its 2015 Annual Report website and print edition in all six UN languages. The report showcases many of UNEP’s big results of the last year – from key work in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement to securing investor pledges to decarbonize $600 billion worth of assets under management – and zooms in on projects helping communities in countries like Colombia and Cambodia to adapt to climate change and develop sustainable livelihoods.
The meningitis outbreak has claimed zero deaths in Togo this week, thanks in part to the distribution of medicines and free treatment to affected communities.
Meningitis surfaced in Togo in January 2016 and a total of 1,675 cases and 121 deaths have been reported. However, in the past week, 45 new cases have been reported in Togo with zero deaths, suggesting the disease is now under control thanks in part to access to free treatment and medicines.
MHub works on behalf of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force consisting of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, UNHCR and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensuring the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
MHub produces knowledge on the human rights protection issues faced by people on the move in North Africa for use by policy makers, agencies, donors, public and academia, with a view to inform advocacy, policy and program development.
Continued deterioration of the food situation of displaced populations in the Lake Chad basin.
Increased number of displaced people in Nigeria and Mali.
Continuation of the recession and off-season crops activities in most areas of the region.
Cereal supplies are deemed generally satisfactory in the region.
In this issue - 181: A review of the role of training in WHO Ebola emergency response - 186: Yellow fever urban outbreak in Angola and the risk of extension - 192: Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January–February 2016
Dans ce numéro - 181: Examen du rôle des formations dispensées dans le cadre de la réponse de l’OMS à la crise Ebola - 186: Flambée urbaine de fièvre jaune en Angola et risque d’extension - 192: Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-février 2016
This Annual Report covers activities of the New Deal Implementation Support Facility in 2015, its second year of full operation. As per the original project document, the Facility was designed to support three key deliverables:
• Deliverable A: Country support, including advisors in New Deal countries, flexible seed funding and secondment of advisors to the g7+ at the global level.
• Deliverable B: Support for travel to international meetings of the g7+ and the International Dialogue.
Weekly trends can fluctuate due to security conditions in the region, the political climate in Niger and neighbouring countries, presence of migrants at the flow monitoring points and availability of transport and opportunities. For more detailed analysis see the flow monitoring survey reports.
1 APRIL 2016 - Lassa fever has killed more than 160 people in West Africa, most of them in Nigeria, since November 2015. Many of these lives could have been saved if a rapid diagnostic test were available so that people could receive treatment early.
Since November 2015, Nigeria, Benin, Sierra Leone and Togo have reported more than 300 cases of Lassa fever and 164 deaths. Nigeria accounts for the majority of the cases with 266 cases and 138 deaths reported in 22 of the country’s 34 provinces. Benin has recorded 51 cases and 25 deaths, Togo and Sierra Leone each reported 2 cases.
Main conclusions and options for response
On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Benin notified WHO of an outbreak of Lassa fever.
Details of the cases
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 13-19 March 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, haemolytic uraemic syndrome in Romania and seasonal influenza.
Children and communities affected by Togo's meningitis outbreak are spreading life-saving health messages with support from Plan International
Community awareness is key to tackling the meningitis outbreak in Togo, which has affected over 1,200 people and killed 102 so far.
Plan International and volunteers have been educating children and communities so they know how to recognise the signs of meningitis, what to do if they contract meningitis and where to seek care.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Preliminary estimates indicate above‑average cereal production in 2015, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Maize prices have been mostly stable in recent months, but still significantly above previous year’s level
Large number of people face chronic food insecurity and malnutrition
An above‑average harvest gathered in 2015
Recent increases in rainfall unable to overcome long-term seasonal deficits in southern Africa
Africa Weather Hazards
Below average precipitation and drought have raged since last year on the SADC region, the outlook for the remaining months of the current season indicated below average precipitation very likely over most of the eastern part of the region including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, easternmost of Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and the center of Madagascar. The drought situation and related consequences will persist during the coming months.
As the meningitis outbreak in Togo continues to spread, Plan International is rolling out vaccinations to thousands of vulnerable children and young people in remote parts of the country.
The meningitis outbreak in Togo has so far seen 666 cases and 57 related deaths reported as of 24 February.
Plan International, in partnership with the Togolese government, is carrying out a vaccination campaign as part of the response to tackle the spread of the disease.
West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.