Outbreaks of Fall Armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, have been reported in DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Ghana and Kenya.
Regionally, around 330,000 hectares of staple crops, especially maize, have been affected. The remaining southern African mainland countries remain at high risk (OCHA 27/02/2017).
62 countries - representing almost two-thirds of the world's population - still recognise only female victims of rape
By Anna Pujol-Mazzini
LONDON, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence against men in conflict-torn countries from Syria to the Democratic Republic of Congo is an "invisible" crime, with victims reluctant to speak out for fear of being ostracised and mocked, researchers said.
Newly-trained community health workers - many of them women - are making healthcare more accessible in DRC
By Christopher Clark
MBANZA-NGUNGU, Congo, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.
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.
The camp population as at 28th February 2017. The figure is inclusive of Kalobeyei population.
Number of South Sudanese new arrivals registered in the month of February 2017
The population currently hosted at Kalobeyei Settlement.
USD 65M Requested for Kakuma operation.
- UNHCR distributes relief items to IDPs in Western Bahr el Ghazal: In Wau, UNHCR distributed non-food items (NFIs) to 4,483 most vulnerable IDPs including 1,175 at Nog-lima, 1,262 at Ngisa 2,046 at the Episcopal Church (ECS) of Sudan premises outside Wau town. NFIs included dignity kits for women of reproductive age, pieces of soap, secondhand clothes, jerry cans, and buckets. This intervention comes after the government granted access to the Baggari area, which has been inaccessible to aid agencies since 2016.
By Tina Ghelli
Much needed improvements are now underway in the health center in Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi, however without continued financial support, it will difficult to keep the center stocked with much needed medicines and supplies.
One day after giving birth to her second child, 23 year old Emanciana Kisissi has a lot to say about the conditions in the health center at Dzaleka refugee camp in Malawi.
Human Rights Council
22 March 2017
The Human Rights Council in its midday meeting held separate interactive dialogues on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Sri Lanka under its agenda item on technical assistance and capacity building.
Clean water is a key tool in the fight against hunger
Every year on March 22, people around the globe celebrate World Water Day: an opportunity to spotlight and take meaningful action to tackle the solvable water problems that millions of people around the world experience each day.
Uganda has one of the most open-door refugee policies in the world. But improving the lives of urban refugees on the ground requires government and community organisations to work together to put these policies into practice.
AI Index: AFR 62/5917/2017
22 March 2017
Item 10 – Interactive Dialogue on the Democratic Republic of Congo
Amnesty International’s oral statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February-24 March 2017)
Amnesty International welcomes the Human Rights Council’s continued interest in the human rights situation in the DRC.
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.
Africa's oldest and deepest lake is in danger
Lake Tanganyika is one of the world’s natural wonders. Holding about 17 percent of the globe’s surface freshwater, it is also the oldest and the deepest lake in Africa. Bordering four countries (Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Zambia), it offers a source of livelihood for over 10 million people.
A BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOT
7903rd Meeting (AM)
21 March 2017
Mission’s Efforts ‘Unacceptable’ as Uruguay, Civil Society Representatives Cite Remaining Tasks amid Persisting Violence
Delays in holding elections and in implementation of the comprehensive and inclusive agreement signed on 31 December 2016 was prolonging the political uncertainty plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council heard today, as briefers described the country’s deteriorating security and humanitarian situation as a source of major concern.
WFP’s main priority is to provide food assistance to refugees and vulnerable host communities, and to build national capacity to design and manage homegrown hunger solutions.
The refugee operation is likely to face significant disruptions from May 2017, if additional funding is not forthcoming.
A new phase of the prevention of stunting programme under the Country Programme was not initiated at the beginning of the year because of funding shortfalls.
Following new armed groups clashes in the Haut-Katanga region, 2 000 households have been displaced in Mitwaba territory. In addition, villages have been looted, houses burnt and 10 people kidnapped. The Rapid Response Mechanism to Population Movement (RRMP), supported by DG ECHO, has been activated to evaluate needs of IDPs and affected populations.
Conflict has resumed in the Haut Katanga region between newly created armed groups, following the surrender of the former armed group leader named Gédéon.