posted on MARCH 23, 2015 by DIEUDONNE MUHINDO
Dieudonne tells us how access to drinking water for rural populations in Province Orientale, in the north east of the DRC, has become sustainable thanks to women.
Non-state security actors are growing increasingly important in fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa. This has led to a multiplication of informal security arrangements between security providers, such as vigilantes, local militias, faith-based organisation and private security companies, individual army units, and citizens.
As of 08th March 2015, 6,482 cases and 134 deaths (CFR=2.1%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.
*The figures are not taking into account cholera cases and deaths notified in Ghana.
Au 08 mars 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 6,482 cas et 134 décès (Let=2.1%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
*Ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les cas et décès rapportés au Ghana.
KAKUMA REFUGEE CAMP, Kenya, March 27 (UNHCR) – Naomi Chol studied at a school funded and supported by Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, but the 16-year-old from South Sudan has become a celebrity herself in a Kenyan refugee camp.
"Everywhere I go, people call me and come to shake my hand," she tells visitors to Kakuma camp where she studied in a school known locally as the Angelina Jolie Primary School. It was set up by the UNHCR Special Envoy in 2002 to cater for girls with special protection needs.
UNHCR is strongly condemning the kidnapping of Congolese refugees by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), asking for an immediate release of those still in captivity.
19 March 2015, the office of MONUSCO/Kisangani, through its Public Information Section in partnership with the NGO “Défense Sociale pour le Progrès et le Développement Rural’’ (DSPDR), held a public awareness session on the culture of peace in the school environment for the students and teachers of the two schools: Institut Mobi and Ecole Primaire Mobi in a village located 30 km in the East of the city of Kisangani.
Total CAR refugees in neighbouring countries 455,134 of which since Dec. 2013 215,735
Total population of concern (IDPs in CAR + Refugees in neighbouring countries) 891,390
The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/ BUD/2015/01000
AMOUNT: EUR 12 000 000
7415th Meeting (AM)
The Security Council today extended until 31 March 2016 the mandate of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), including its intervention brigade.
By a unanimous vote, the 15-member Council endorsed the recommendation of the Secretary-General to reduce the Mission force by 2,000 troops and expressed its intention to make that reduction permanent through a revised troop ceiling, once significant progress had been achieved on the priorities of the mandate.
Doctor Faustin Kitetele brings up the issue of taking care of adolescents affected by AIDS through the story of John and the remarkable work of the Kalembe-Lembe Hospital, a pioneer in caring for young people with HIV.
It should be noted that in the DRC, one of the weak links in the battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is taking care of sick children and young people. There is a huge gap in treatment between adults and children affected by HIV; in 2013, only 12% of children younger than 15 who needed treatment received it (source: PNLS, 2013).
1. Executive Summary
The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.
In this issue
■ Addis Insight
The PSC undertook its first joint mission to Mali, together with the European Union Political and Security Committee.
This mission highlighted the importance of joint action and set a precedent for similar field visits in the future.
■ On the Agenda
On 3 March the PSC reviewed and adopted the Concept of Operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to combat Boko Haram. The decision to launch the MNJTF was taken at the PSC Summit on 29 January 2015.
On Wednesday 25th March, the UN Security Council (UNSC) will hold an Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict, which will take place under the presidency of France. The theme of the Open Debate will focus on child victims of non-state armed actors (ANSAs). This will be the first Open Debate to focus on actions and tools Member States may constructively use to end and prevent grave violations against children by ANSAs.
Ahead of the mandate renewal of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), FIDH organized an interface between a delegation of Congolese human rights defenders and Security Council Member-States in New York from March 16 to 20, 2015 to share concerns and bring the recommendations of Congolese civil society.
· Since November 2014, there has been a new influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) into the health zones of Bosobolo and Bili in Equateur province’s Bosobolo. UNHCR and local authorities have estimated the number of new arrivals at more than 19,000 refugees; some 88,000 refugees CAR are already living in the DRC.
Snapshot 18-24 March 2015
Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.
For the third edition of our 2015 “Best Practice Guidelines”, discover the exclusive experience of B10 district of Mbuji-Mayi city in Kasai Oriental: this village keeps on developping itself since it benefited from the “Healthy Village” programme.
Between 2008 and 2012, 2883 villages were certified “healthy” thanks to the actions of the Ministry of Public Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and UNICEF.
The “Village Assaini” status rewards neighborhoods or villages’ achievements in improving their residents’ access to Water, Hygiene and Sanitation facilities.