2 Community peace halls were donated to refugee host communities
150 Refugees graduate from livelihood programs at two camps
1,120 Refugees receive health education on HIV/AIDS and other topics
4,404 Primary and pre -primary children received learning materials for use at home
New Programming Guide Highlights Food and Nutrition in Fight Against HIV/AIDS
A new programming guide on food and nutrition in the context of HIV and Tuberculosis published by WFP together with UNAIDS and PEPFAR/USAID describes why food and nutrition support is an essential component of prevention, treatment, care and support of people living with HIV and discusses how to integrate it into programmes.
The latest generation of HIV medical technology is making breakthroughs in care for HIV-positive patients, and in containing the epidemic in many African countries. The latest blood test, known as the viral load test, offers patients hope for a future free from the possible complications triggered by the virus. During 2013 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) performed the test on around 30,000 patients in Zimbabwe.
Snapshot 21-27 January
Nigeria: Boko Haram attacks continue, with Borno state capital Maiduguri and nearby military bases targeted on 25 January. Security forces pushed BH back from Maiduguri, but further attacks are expected. BH also raided villages in Michika local government area, Adamawa state. There are reports that BH has forbidden the use of vehicles in areas under its control.
In an effort to curb potential new HIV infections, the National Aids Coordinating Agency (NACA) has beefed up its HIV campaign messages to educate Batswana about the risk of attracting new infections.
NACA public relations officer, Ms Lorato Mongatane said in an interview that the agency has identified all pockets of new HIV infections to avert them, hence intensified its campaigns with evidence based interventions.
UNICEF Representative visited Nsanje and Chikwawa districts on 24th and 25th January 2015.
810 kg of chlorine for water treatment has been airlifted to 8 camps cut-off due to flood waters in Nsanje District to enable over 25,000 people to have access to clean drinking water
UNICEF requires US$3,871,873 million out of a total requirement of US$ 9.3 million in order to respond to the immediate needs for a three months period.
A CERF request is being prepared to cover some of the immediate needs.
23 January 2015 - To enhance safety mechanisms for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in UNMISS protection sites, UN Police (UNPOL) advisors today completed a training for a community watch group in Juba.
The four-day course focused on gender, child protection, rights of women and children, local justice to deal with minor issues and crimes, dispute resolution, and benefits of visible patrols and community reassurance.
By Breda Gahan
HIV and AIDS theory and practice in developing countries is sometimes dominated by the power of Western ideas, worldviews, actors, tools, models, and frameworks. Consequently, the resulting interventions may too rarely be locally rooted, locally driven, or resonant with local context.
Since early January 2015 the southern districts of Malawi have been experiencing above-normal rains, which have provoked massive floods along the Shire and Ruo rivers.
The President of the Republic of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on 13 January in 15 districts, with floods affected an estimate of 638,000 people countrywide, and 79 deaths. In Nsanje district only, 153 people are still missing.
● Partners scaled up social mobilization campaigns in Akobo, Awerial, Maban and Raja-Juba to improve school enrollment.
● The post-harvest food security assessment (second harvest of the year 2014) in the Equatorial region was completed and results will be issued shortly.
● Plans are underway to respond to livestock disease outbreak in Turkei, Unity State where an estimated 35 per cent of cattle herds were affected by an unknown disease and about 30 per cent of the affected cattle have died between July and mid-December 2014.
The UNDAC Assessment Report of 21 January 2015 indicates that in the three districts most affected by the floods (Nsanje, Chikwawa and Phalombe) 173,700 people are displaced
10 children have been reunited out of the 108 unaccompanied children recorded on 21st January.
12 trucks for a total value of $305,000 have now been dispatched to 7 districts (Chikwawa, Nsanje, Phalombe, Zomba, Blantyre, Mangochi and Machinga).
· As of 19 January 2015, the cumulative number of laboratory confirmed Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases is 7,923. The number of confirmed deaths is 2,788.
· Geeta Rao Gupta, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director visited Sierra Leone to discuss UNICEF’s continuing partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone to eradicate Ebola, as well as long-term plans to ensure the fulfilment of children’s rights in the country.
The inter-agency Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP), led by UNHCR, was first launched in April 2014 to address the L3 emergency in CAR and the significant numbers of refugees who had fled to the neighbouring countries of Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of Congo, since 5 December 2013. Thanks to the coordinated efforts of all actors, the most critical phase of the emergency was stabilized by July 2014.
The security situation in the country remained calm generally. However, intermittent clashes were reported in some parts of Unity and Upper Nile States.
Efforts to reach political solution on the crisis continued by the Government and opposition, with mediation by the Intergovernmental Agency for Development (IGAD) and the international community.
Humanitarian needs remain high in the IDP sites. More than 1.5 million remain displaced in the country since the outbreak of the conflict in December 2013.
The number of people displaced is 121,000 according to the UN Resident Coordinator’s Situation Report of 18 January 2015.
A total of 108 unaccompanied children have been recorded in Zomba and Nsanje districts as of 21 January 2015.
UNICEF on 21st January 2015 received through a chartered plane 100 metric tonnes of supplies valued at USD 594,720.
All the clusters have submitted to the Resident Coordinators Office their 90 day response plans for a funding appeal.
New UN report calls for changes to legal environment to enhance HIV response in Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan – A new report, jointly released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Country Team and the National AIDS Control Programme of Pakistan, calls for adoption and revision of laws and policies to create a more effective national HIV response that will mitigate the impact of HIV and promote and protect the human rights of key populations and vulnerable groups.
The Ebola outbreak is presenting the world with an extraordinary public health challenge with consequences for millions of people and far beyond the health sector. We have also seen an extraordinary response, primarily by people in communities living with the outbreak. It has been distressing to witness the individual suffering but at the same time it has been encouraging to see how local communities, governments in the affected countries, and the international community at the highest possible level have come together to stop the outbreak.
UNDP and Global Fund sign agreement to bolster efforts
New York City - A new agreement reached in Zimbabwe by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is set to provide a major boost in the fight against HIV and AIDs in the country, which is among the hardest hit by the virus in sub-Saharan Africa.