Key priorities highlighted by the Inter-Ministerial Task Force (IMTF) for emergency response in the north east are food, nutrition, primary health care, WASH, education, recovery and resettlement with livelihood support.
In total 105,285 children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted to therapeutic feeding programmes in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, reaching 26 per cent of the target for 2016 (398,188).
Over the last few decades, countries in Asia-Pacific have made tremendous economic progress and witnessed social transformation. The proportion of the population living in extreme poverty decreased from 50 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2012. Despite this, the region is home to about two-thirds of the world’s poorest people. Inequality and disparities in access to services continue to rise. Gender based discrimination remains high and women’ political participation in the region is less than the global average.
Citation: Jay J, Buse K, Hart M, Wilson D, Marten R, Kellerman S, et al. (2016) Building from the HIV Response toward Universal Health Coverage. PLoS Med 13(8): e1002083. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1002083
Universal health coverage (UHC) has gained prominence as a global health priority. The UHC movement aims to increase access to quality, needed health services while reducing financial hardship from health spending, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.
BY LEILA ZADEH
Leila Zadeh is the Alliance's Senior Advisor: Policy and Government Affairs
An extension of the Development project until December 2016 is approved. In this frame, WFP Country Office is currently developing a resource mobilization strategy and a communication plan.
Prices of food staples have started decreasing due to newly harvested maize in the southern region of the country since last month, helping to improve the access of rural poor people to food.
The Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (CHAPS) leads a consortium that supports the Swaziland Ministry of Health to implement the national strategic voluntary medical male circumcision plan, which is part of the country’s efforts to keep men and boys free from HIV.
The centre’s work demonstrates how voluntary medical male circumcision programmes can be an important entry point to expanded health programming for men and boys, helping to ensure they are reached with a broad spectrum of vital health messages.
The water situation remains of concern amid water rationing, including in the state capital, Mbabane.
In September, as part of the drought emergency response, WFP assisted 100,000 highly foodinsecure people with 1,180 mt of cereals, pulses and oil.
WFP urgently requires USD 3.3 million to ensure sustained assistance to the drought-affected population through March 2017.
High levels of malnutrition, malaria and spread of communicable diseases in newly accessible areas in North East Nigeria are the main health risks. With detection of fourth case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Monguno in Borno State on 4 October, further spread of polio virus is a significant public health concern.
UNICEF in collaboration with partners has achieved 42 per cent, 79 per cent and 51 per cent of access to water, sanitation and hygiene promotion targets, respectively.
UNHCR and the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR) held a conference on refugee solutions and socio-economic inclusion in Rwanda’s development planning. Among the outcomes of the stakeholder consultations included an affirmation that refugees can contribute positively to Rwanda’s economy and plans for next steps to boost their self-reliance through the launching of the MIDIMAR-UNHCR Joint Strategy for Economic Inclusion of refugees.
In the month of August, 526 children were admitted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) treatment in the 20 priority districts with high global acute malnutrition (GAM) levels (5% and above), bringing the cumulative number of children aged 6-59 months who were treated for SAM in the 20 districts in 2016 to 4,447.
This report contains the preliminary results of rapid health care assessments in Borno State. The aim was to provide a rapid understanding of the capacity of health services to meet minimum standards of care. The results will be used to prioritize where resources and technical support are most urgently required.
FHI360, through the PEPFAR/USAID funded Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV and AIDS Services (SIDHAS), supported the Borno State Government with laboratory equipment, reagents, medical consumables and national monitoring and evaluation tools to strengthen provision of comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in 10 hospitals in seven LGAs and 15 IDP camps in Maiduguri City Municipality (MCM).
Clashes between armed elements took place in Ndomete, located 10 km south of Kaga Bandoro, in Nana Grebizi prefecture, on 16 September. The insecurity led to a substantial halt in health services for a week and exacerbated already existing inter-community tensions. In addition, clashes in Kouango in Basse Kotto prefecture have led to the displacement of at least 2,000 people, and fighting between armed groups caused the displacement of at least 1,500 people in Koui sub-prefecture.
Five in six children under two not getting enough nutrition for growth and brain development - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 14 October 2016 –Five in six children under two years old are not fed enough nutritious food for their age, depriving them of the energy and nutrients they need at the most critical time in their physical and cognitive development, according to a new UNICEF report.
Situation in Numbers
310,015 Children affected by drought
64,141 Children under 5 affected by drought
69,000 Vulnerable children in need of social safety nets
679,437 People in need of humanitarian assistance (LVAC)
*All numbers above are from the Rapid Drought Impact Assessment, February 2016 and the LVAC June 2016.
A renewed ceasefire agreement signed on 1 September has led to a decrease in the number of civilian casualties during the month. The 2 deaths and 17 injured was the lowest total recorded by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the last four months.