Niger is a significant transit country for migration between West and Central and Northern Africa. There are several reasons for this such as for example, the strategic geographical position of Niger in relation to Libya. Libya is one of the main launching points for boats crossing the Mediterranean towards Europe. Many migrants go to Libya hoping to find a passage towards Italy and many of the migrant deaths that occur in the Mediterrean occur in boats that left Libya.
This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.
During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.
The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.
Aid workers carry out life-saving often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Over the past 16 years, 427 aid workers were killed, wounded or kidnapped in West and Central Africa. The number of victims follows a worrying upward trend with spikes in attacks recorded in recent years. Countries with the highest number of victims are the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The majority of victims were national staff, who account for the bulk of humanitarian workers and are often the most exposed to risks
République Centrafricaine : Du 27 juillet au 05 août 2016, environ 36 cas de diarrhées aiguës aqueuses avec déshydratation sévère dont 8 décès ont été enregistrés dans le village Mourou-fleuve, sous-préfecture de Ndjoukou. Du 05 au 10 août 2016, 9 autres cas de diarrhées aiguës aqueuses avec déshydratation sévère dont 5 décès ont été enregistrés dans les villages Zawara, Danga et Massamba dans la sous-préfecture de Damara et un cas au quartier Bruxelles du deuxième arrondissement de Bangui.
«Together, we can build a better future» West Africa and the Sahel are two important geographical areas in Africa that have the human and economic potential to play a leading role in the development of the continent. However, the two regions remain mired in recurrent problems that hinder their development.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
OVER 1,700 HOUSEHOLDS DEPRIVED OF ASSISTANCE
Poor road infrastructure throughout the country continues to hamper humanitarian access, particularly during the rainy season.
Due to damaged roads, food distribution has been suspended to 1,712 vulnerable households in the Gazi sub-province since the end of June. The Logistics Cluster leads an initiative to mobilize resources to improve road access.
HUMANITARIAN ACCESS RESTRICTION LIFTED IN THE NORTH
The Secretary-General welcomes the signing of an agreement between the European Commission and the African Union Commission, in Brussels on 1 August 2016, for a €50 million European Union contribution to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), an initiative of the Lake Chad Basin countries and Benin to combat Boko Haram in the sub-region.
During Q2-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 6 percent year-on-year but it is 3 percent up compared to Q1-2016. The increase is because of rising maize and rice prices. The FAO global food price index has increased and almost returned to the levels of June 2015 (-1%), because prices particularly for sugar and oil increased significantly.
The real price2 of wheat is 20 percent below Q2-2015.
This is because world supplies are at record levels thanks to increased production as well as beginning stocks.
Based on the Community-based Participatory Planning which took place, assets selected by the communities are currently under construction.
After having attended the SCOPE training in June, the country office is now using this new technique to enroll and register people assisted with the Cash for Asset programme.
In June, WFP Benin assisted 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls. This food support is critical during the examination period as it allows children to better concentrate on exams preparation.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Early prospects mixed for 2016 cereal harvests
- Coarse grain prices increased significantly over last few months
- About 115 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food
Early crop prospects mixed due to rainfall deficits in parts of the country
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.
Kano, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 7/29/2016 - 10:45 GMT
Nigerian troops backed by a regional force have recaptured the northeastern town of Damasak where Boko Haram killed more than 200 and abducted hundreds of children two years ago, the army said Friday.
"MNJTF (Multinational Joint Task Force) troops... have successfully... occupied Damasak," the army said in a statement, indicating it was part of an operation to clear militants out of towns and villages.
Heavy rains may lead to flooding in East and West Africa, dryness persists in Central America
Consistent and above average rain over the past few weeks has led to moisture surpluses throughout much of Eastern Africa. Torrential rain is forecast to continue over western Sudan and the highlands of Ethiopia and Eritrea, which is likely to raise the River Nile and Al Gash River levels further and potentially result in flooding over many areas of Sudan during the next week.
7749th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council today welcomed the merging of the Office of the Special Envoy for the Sahel with the United Nations Office for West Africa, encouraging the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in the region to ensure a unified management structure for the new United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS).
Tuesday July 19:
In the bid to overcome the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV, informing people of their rights and giving them the means to access these rights is a genuine game changer.
"The law has a huge role to play in the response to HIV," said David Patterson, Senior Legal Expert at the International Development Law Organization, on the sidelines of AIDS 2016 in Durban.