Since the beginning of the year, a measles epidemic has been ravaging Katanga Province in the southeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) declared around 16,500 cases of measles and more than 267 deaths in the first six months of the year.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S.
Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.
UN: Act to Empower Women in Conflicts
Enable Political Participation, Improve Services for Rape Victims
(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.
IDPs high on the agenda
The crisis in CAR has forced more than 1 million people to flee their homes. Today, more than 368,000 people remain displaced, living in the bush, in camps or with host families. They are among the 2.7 million Central African who depend on aid to survive, including 1.2 million people food insecure.
• Kasai Occidental: In May and June 2015, the humanitarian community noticed a new influx of expelled Congolese living illegally in Angola. The total number of deportees is 21,804. Around 12,000 people returned to DRC through the territory of Tshikapa and 9,839 through the territory of Luiza. A response plan has been prepared by the humanitarian team but is underfunded.
• North Kivu: Clashes between armed groups resulted in the displacement of more than 15,000 households in total.
Kigoma/Geneva – A cholera vaccination campaign to protect Burundian and Congolese refugees in the overflowing Nyarugusu camp in Tanzania has been completed by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this week. However, with people still living in very precarious conditions, there is a parallel urgent need to improve the sanitary situation in the camp.
Brussels, 30 July 2015
Because of ongoing political unrest in Burundi, thousands are fleeing into neighbouring countries.
As of 20 July 13,584 Burundian refugees have been registered in DRC. The majority are in South Kivu.
Approximately 500 are in Katanga province, and just over 60 are in Maniema province.
· International Medical Corps carrying out research in Democratic Republic of Congo to enhance learning about Sexual Reproductive Health during humanitarian crises
· Effort aims to reduce the number of women in conflict and disaster areas from dying unnecessarily during childbirth.
One of the long-standing challenges to successful peacebuilding has been the difficulty of measuring results and generating evidence that can help identify what types of interventions work best. This guide builds on work undertaken by CARE International and International Alert in three countries to pilot theory based evaluation tools to help evaluate the impact of the peacebuilding projects. 19 projects and 38 theories of change were tested, with the resulting tools, tips and processes captured here.
58 Children detained on charges of “involvement in armed groups” following fighting in Kayanza province (UNICEF, 28 July)
14 Children sentenced to 2 years’ imprisonment on charges of “involvement in armed groups” (UNICEF, 28 July)
Over 177,000 Seeking asylum in neighbouring countries (UNHCR, 28 July)
1 New cholera case in Burundi since last reporting period, bringing the total to 181 confirmed cases (Ministry of Health, 28 July)
Goma, 24 July 2015: The commemoration of the African Child Day on 16 June gave rise to a month-long activism for child protection, initiated by MONUSCO with contributions from UNICEF and partner NGOs. The session was closed with sensitization and cultural activities organized by the Child Protection Section and the United Nations Mine Actions Service (UNMAS).
During his recent visit to Burudian refugees’ camp in Lusenda, South Kivu, General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz said he was satisfied with the measures taken or envisaged for the protection of some 7,000 refugees living there, promising however to reinforce those with logistical support from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo.
Snapshot 22–28 July 2015
Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.