Snapshot 24–30 June 2015
Burundi: Turnout at the parliamentary elections was low. Voting stations were targeted and there was a spate of grenade attacks in the capital: several people were injured. Around 1,000 Burundians are leaving the country every day: 62,000 refugees are now in Tanzania, 45,000 in Rwanda, and 10,600 in DRC.
South Sudan: Households in some areas of Unity and Upper Nile states are suspected to be facing Catastrophe (IPC Phase 5) food security outcomes. 5–8% of the country’s population are suffering severe acute malnutrition.
June 28, 2015 8:45 PM
An extra year of schooling can cut the risk of HIV infection by a third, a new study shows.
The study, its authors say, is evidence that education is cost-effective HIV prevention, not even counting all the other benefits.
Despite unprecedented global public health efforts, HIV infects more than two million people each year.
Botswana has among the world’s highest HIV infection rates. Nearly a quarter of the population is infected.
By mid-June, 55,000 refugees had crossed the northwest border of Tanzania since the beginning of May 2015 fleeing violence and political turmoil in Burundi, with reports of up to 200 new arrivals crossing each day. Children make up to 60 per cent of the refugee population and have been uprooted from school, subject to violence and separation from their families, and are suffering from increased illness due to the lack of basic health care, water and sanitation facilities. A cholera outbreak struck during the rapid influx, resulting in over 4,000 cases with 31 deaths as of 03 June.
Pretoria - South Africa needs to reduce the rate of HIV transmission amongst its youth, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Speaking at the 7th South African Aids Conference, in Durban, the Deputy President said the results of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey raised a deep concern about the rate of new HIV infections in the country.
A quarter of new HIV infections in the world occur in South Africa, sadly.
The HSRC survey also showed that one in four of these new infections occurs among young women and girls between the ages of 15 and 24.
Paris, France | AFP | Sunday 6/28/2015 - 23:01 GMT
Longer schooling seems to be an effective and affordable way to cut the risk of HIV infection in AIDS-endemic countries, according to the results of a study in Botswana published Monday.
Data collected among 7,018 people in Botswana found that an extra year of secondary schooling lowered the risk of HIV infection over the following decade by eight percentage points -- from about 25 to 17 percent.
In the week to 21 June 2015, there were eight confirmed Ebola cases, down from 14 cases the previous week. Cases came from the districts of Port Loko (4), Western Area (2) and Kambia (2).
The first week of the National Ebola Response Centre’s ‘Operation Northern Push’ in the hotspot districts of Port Loko and Kambia (north-west Sierra Leone) saw a major increase in social mobilization activities, screening checkpoints and services to more than a thousand people in quarantined homes and communities.
2015 World Drug Report finds drug use stable, access to drug & HIV treatment still low
UNODC Chief calls number of drug-related deaths worldwide unacceptable; Global opium cultivation highest since the late-1930s
KAMPALA, Uganda – Uganda and the Global Fund today signaled a new phase of partnership by signing five new grants for US$226 million to fight HIV and tuberculosis as well as to build resilient and sustainable systems for health in the country.
Funding for grants supported by the Global Fund partnership come from various donors, many of whom were present at a signing ceremony today, including the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and South Korea.
An early-June flare up in violence further aggravated the dire humanitarian conditions of children and communities in affected areas.
As result of the recent hostilities and continued shelling, more than 500,000 people – including an estimated 75,000 children – across the contact line in conflict-affected areas have been experiencing a critical water crisis.
Letter from the Executive Director
Maternal mortality in Bangladesh is still too high, at 170 deaths per 100,000 live births.
Moreover, the dramatic decline in under-5 mortality (from 144 to 41 per 1000 live births) between 1990 and 2013 primarily reflects a drop in post-neonatal mortality; the decline in neonatal mortality has lagged behind, and currently accounts for almost 60% of all under-5 deaths – 37% of which occurs within the first 24 hours of life. Bangladesh also has one of the world’s highest burdens of stillbirths.
The Humanitarian Requirements Document for 2015 has been endorsed and released. About 2.9 million people need emergency support until June 2015. From the total about 38 and 31 percent are from Oromia and Somali region which constitute 70 per-cent of the caseload..
For the 2014/2015 marketing season, WFP has signed contracts with 30 Purchase for Progress cooperative unions of Amhara, Oromiya and SNNPR regions for the delivery of 30,000mt of local maize.
Goma, 20 June 2015 – In collaboration with the Corrections section, the HIV/AIDS section of MONUSCO conducted a campaign to raise awareness about HIV prevention and testing in Goma’s central prison.
During the campaign taking place on 4, 7, 10 and 15 of June 2015, the inmates were educated on the importance of, and the need for, early detection of HIV so they may be aware of their HIV status.
Snapshot 17–23 June 2015
Yemen: 2.3 million more people are food insecure than in March – the total is now at 12.9 million people. 279 children have been killed and 402 injured in the conflict, out of almost 2,600 total deaths and 11,000 injured. 53 health facilities have been damaged. Peace talks have ended with no agreement.
"Je suis venue me faire dépister, car je pense qu’en connaissant mon statut sérologique, je saurais comment me comporter et me protéger pour ne pas attraper le virus du Sida" explique Maman Lucette devant le centre de dépistage, où elle s’est rendue avec son mari. La campagne "Connais tes droits !", lancée le 18 juin dans la ville de Goma, incite les Congolais et les Congolaises à se faire dépister en masse et en toute confidentialité pour pouvoir bénéficier de soins appropriés et éradiquer le virus du Sida à l’horizon 2030. Objectif visé : 10 000 personnes !
More than 950 students have access to better nutrition thanks to a recent donation of fortified rice-meals to two Salesian programs in Uganda. The donation was made possible through an ongoing partnership between Salesian Missions and Stop Hunger Now, an international relief organization that provides food and life‐saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable.
by Clayton Masekesa
Sofia Viriri (33) was in primary school when she lost both parents to AIDS-related illness. Alone with her three siblings and no income, the family sank into abject poverty. A few years passed, but life only became more difficult as immediate family members were not willing or able to provide support.
Just when it seemed that there was no hope left and that she would have to quit secondary school in 2007, live took a turn for the better.
A child’s chance to survive and thrive is much greater in 2015 than it was when the global community committed to the MDGs in 2000.
Data show significant progress in areas such as child survival, nutrition, motherto-child transmission of HIV and primary school enrolment, among others. These are impressive achievements, but they are only part of the story.
Situation in numbers
53,936 Nigerian refugees, Chadians IDPs and returnees (OCHA, June 2015)
1,496 children under 5 with severe acute malnutrition admitted in nutritional centers in Lake Region (UNICEF, April 2015)
In the week to 14 June 2015, there were 14 confirmed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) cases, down from 15 cases the previous week. Cases came from the districts of Port Loko (8) and Kambia (6).
As of 16 June 2015, there have been a total of 8,651 people who have contracted EVD in Sierra Leone, of whom 3,556 have lost their lives. 19,030 children have been directly affected by the Ebola crisis, nearly half of whom have lost one or both parents.