This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events: three Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 41 events: two Grade 3, six Grade 2, two Grade 1, and 31 ungraded events.
This week, one new event has been reported: an outbreak of hepatitis E in Niger.
South Sudanese arrivals in 2017, based on field reports as of 31 March
Total South Sudanese refugees as of 31 March 2017 (pre and post Dec 2013 caseload and new arrivals)
Refugees in South Sudan
Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in South Sudan, including 214,979 people in UNMISS Protection of Civilians site
From December 2016 to April 23, 2017, 25 pregnant women died due to acute liver failure caused by hepatitis E in the main maternal and pediatrics health center in Diffa, Niger
by Dominik Stillhart, Director of Operations, ICRC
We are on the brink of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history. The spectre of famine looms large over parts of Africa and the Middle East.
We must act now. What is needed is a broad and massive scaling up of support from the international community. If we treat this as "business as usual", the long-term cost in human lives will only rise.
The consequences of not dedicating the resources to avert these disasters and address their root causes could affect us all.
As South Sudan’s conflicts, which began in December 2013, have fragmented and expanded, the hunger crisis has deepened and widened. Over 40 per cent of the population is severely food insecure, 60 per cent higher than at this time last year. On 20 February, the UN declared that some 100,000 people are already living in famine conditions in Leer and Mayendit counties. But some 5.5 million are at risk unless urgent measures are taken to reduce conflict and enable humanitarians to deliver more aid safely.
After six years of response in South Sudan, the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) transitioned its services to local providers and to cost-sharing solutions.
Over the operation’s lifespan, the ETC provided services in 23 humanitarian sites, to over 5,000 humanitarians from more than 200 organisations.
Thousands of refugees from South Kordofan have arrived in Pamir camp in South Sudan, after being forced to leave Yida camp because of a shortage of food.
10,000 new refugees from the Nuba Mountains have arrived in Pamir in Ruwang, a reporter at the scene told Radio Dabanga. The refugees that have reached the camp in the past three months mostly come from Yida, after humanitarian organisations there have scaled down food and aid activities last year.
In World Immunisation Week, George Akor, Advocacy & Policy Adviser for Save the Children in Nigeria, describes how we’re supporting one local community in northern Nigeria to get children life-saving immunisation.
For Mustapha Kwando, the days leading up to the delivery of routine immunisation services are busy ones. Setting out through the dusty streets of Ruwan Bore village in Nigeria’s Zamfara state, he carries with him only the most basic of tool to fight childhood diseases – a megaphone.
Around 76% of primary school aged girls in South Sudan are not receiving an education because of the conflict and food crisis in the country. Their futures and safety are at risk as a result.
Plan International partner organisation Unicef published a press release** on 24 April, stating that at primary school level, close to 76% of girls in South Sudan are missing out on an education because of the conflict and food crisis.*
25 April 2017, Geneva - A combination of food assistance and food production assistance is the only way to avoid famine in conflict-ridden Yemen where two-thirds of the population - 17 million people - are suffering from severe food insecurity, FAO Director-General José Graziano said today.
"As the conflict continues, food security and nutrition will also continue to deteriorate," Graziano da Silva stressed in his address to a United Nations High-Level Pledging conference for Yemen organized in Geneva and co-hosted by the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden.
New York, 25 April —13 million people will soon receive long-lasting insecticide treated bednets in some of the hardest to reach and conflict-affected regions of Chad. As regional insecurity continues to affect population movements in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) launched the massive distribution campaign to help reach the most vulnerable.
(Bamako, 25 avril 2017) – La Coordonnatrice de l’action humanitaire au Mali, Mme. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, est vivement préoccupée par les actes de violence et de banditisme qui se sont multipliés ces derniers temps contre les organisations humanitaires au pays.
Twenty million people in 4 countries - Northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - are at an elevated risk of famine, and a further 10 million are in crisis. Famine has already been declared in two counties in South Sudan, affecting 100,000 and with another 1 million on the brink of it.
Some of the most vulnerable people in the hardest-hit areas are already dying from starvation and disease in the four countries.
In a remote corner of northern Nigeria, 95% of children are being reached with the polio vaccine.
In north-eastern Nigeria, Monguno is literally at the end of the line. To get there, you have to fly by helicopter from Maiduguri, capital of the embattled state of Borno, across 100 kilometres of Boko Haram-controlled territory to this piercingly hot and dusty safe haven of a city.
New York — Treize millions de personnes recevront bientôt des moustiquaires imprégnées d'insecticide dans certaines des régions les plus difficiles à atteindre du Tchad.
Alors que l'insécurité dans la région du Lac Tchad continue à provoquer des mouvements de population dans le pays, le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) et le Fonds mondial de lutte contre le VIH / sida, la tuberculose et le paludisme (Fonds mondial) ont lancé une campagne de distribution massive pour aider les plus vulnérables.
South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen have been facing famine conditions since February 2017. A total of 20 million people are threatened by food insecurity brought on by armed conflicts and the climatic impacts of El Niño. The SDC, which already operates in these four countries, has released additional funding to deliver emergency aid and to expand its development assistance activities.