116 million children to be immunized from coast to coast across the continent, as regional emergency outbreak response intensifies
23 March 2017 – Geneva/Brazzaville/New York/Dakar: More than 190 000 polio vaccinators in 13 countries across west and central Africa will immunize more than 116 million children over the next week, to tackle the last remaining stronghold of polio on the continent.
I. KEY POINTS
In Ouaka Prefecture, FPRC coalition has taken control of the most important UPC strongholds outside Bambari. The UNICEF-led RRM is responding to the displacement all around Bambari area. UNICEF Bambari and humanitarian actors in place set a Contingency Plan covering at least 15,000 additional IDPs.
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.
Until 28 February 2017, there were 13,439 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 9,101 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 48% increase). Greece has seen a 98% lower number of arrivals in February 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 2,611 and 125,494 respectively.
According to available data, there have been 17,479 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 28 of February 2017.
Situation Analysis: UNICEF Nigeria with the support of donors listed above, lead the collection and analysis of data on suicide attacks by the Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria and the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The analysis presented below covers the reporting period of January 2017. It is important to note that due to security situation in North-East Nigeria and across the borders with neighbouring countries, it was difficult to verify all the numbers of children used and killed or injured as a result of suicide attacks.
Cholera Platform Central and Western Africa
The West and Central Africa Cholera Platform has been establish.ed following the absence of cross-border collaboration and the delayed response to the cholera outbreak In Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2012. The platform Is gathering the main WASH and Health actors involved in the tight against cholera in the region i ncluding but not restricted to ACF, ACTED, ALIMA, ECHO, IFRC, MSF1 OCHA, UNICEF, and WHO.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Concerns over performance of upcoming 2017 cropping season in the Far North Region
Reduced 2016 crop production due to erratic rainfall and civil insecurity in northern areas
Low inflation rates in recent years
Alarming food insecurity situation in northern and eastern regions due to refugee influx and internal displacements
Concerns over the upcoming 2017 cropping season in Far North Region, strong livelihood support required
At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul in May 2016, global leaders came together to express their commitment to place people at the centre of decision-making and action. In doing so, they reaffirmed that the scale of current humanitarian issues required greater international cooperation. The Summit triggered a major shift in how the global community will work closer together to prevent and respond to human suffering.
THE ROAD TO A NEW WAY OF WORKING…
USG partners continue response to Critical and Extreme Critical levels of malnutrition in northeastern Nigeria
USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 1 million people in northeastern Nigeria with emergency food assistance in February
Conflict displaces nearly 9,100 people in Borno between February 24 and March 14
The "hostages freed consisted mostly of women, children and elderly people"
By Sylvain Andzongo
YAOUNDE, March 15 (Reuters) - Regional West African forces freed 5,000 captives from a Boko Haram base in a more than week-long operation that also completely destroyed the militants' hideout in mountains along the Nigeria-Cameroon border, Cameroon said Wednesday.
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In the Lake Chad Region, that includes part of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, attacks by Boko Haram have uprooted and displaced 2.3 million people to date. Violence, combined with chronic drought, cholera and poverty have created one of the most complex and severe humanitarian crises in today’s world.
Brussels--Persistent insecurity and fragility in the Central African sub-region can only be addressed if national and regional actors, as well as international partners, prioritize peacebuilding and development of border areas, boost citizens' engagement and participation, and improve governance indicators and management of natural resources.
FEVER OUTBREAK CLAIMS 16 CHILDREN SINCE JANUARY
An eruption of fever and skin rash has sickened 43 children and caused 16 deaths in Cameroon’s Far North region since the start of the year. The cases are mainly infants younger than three years and reported in six health districts in the region. Symptoms include persistent fever, skin lesions and anaemia. Treatment, increase of surveillance and active search of patients within the communities are being undertaken as part of the response.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
259,145 Central African refugees registered by UNHCR in rural areas in the East, Adamaoua and North regions, of which 158,418 arrived since December 2013
85,463 Nigerian refugees in the Far North region (of which 62,033 have been registered at Minawao camp)
191,908 Internally Displaced Persons in the Far North region (sources: DTM by IOM as of January 2017 and UNHCR protection monitoring Flash Updates)