As World Malaria Day 2017 approaches, there is much to celebrate.
According to the latest estimates from WHO:
- New malaria cases fell by 21% between 2010 and 2015 worldwide.
Malaria death rates fell by 29% in the same 5-year period.
Between 2010 and 2015, many regions made impressive progress in reducing their malaria burden.
In sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains heavily concentrated, malaria case incidence and death rates fell by 21% and 31%, respectively, over this 5-year period.
21 April 2017 | GENEVA, AMSTERDAM: New World Health Organization (WHO) data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer and death.
4.4 million people affected (OCHA)
3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA)
620.000 people food insecure
300.000 internally displaced persons (GCA) (HNO 2017)
According to the latest Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis, the overall number of food insecure people in Donbass is estimated to be 620,000 people. Among those, nearly 38,000 are internally displaced persons (IDPs).
More than 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen are experiencing famine or at risk of famine over the coming six months. UN agencies and humanitarian partners are ready to scale up the response to avert a catastrophe, but the necessary funds and access to do so are required immediately.
NIGERIA - EMERGENCY
An elevated risk of famine persists in the north-east. Some areas remain inaccessible to humanitarians, leaving affected people in life-threatening conditions.
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Escalation of hostilities has exacerbated civilian suffering – UN report
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed.
Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.
In less than one month, thousands of most vulnerable women and adolescent girls affected by the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine may lose access to life-saving services provided through mobile psychosocial counselling and health services as the long-standing commitment of UNFPA Ukraine to respond to their acute humanitarian needs is under a grave threat if no continued funding materialized for 2017.
In February 2016, the Government of Ukraine suspended social payments and pensions to some 500,000 - 600,000 IDPs in eastern Ukraine, pending verification of their continued presence in the place of IDP registration. The suspended benefits included benefits paid to displaced persons under Cabinet of Ministers Resolution No. 505 as well as pensions and other types of social payments.
Security situation: In February, OHCHR recorded 73 conflict-related civilian casualties (11 killed and 62 injured) – the highest numbers since August 2016. This increase is attributed to the escalation of hostilities in Avdiivka/Donetsk/Makiivka area from 29 January to 3 February 2017, which was accompanied by massive shelling from artillery and multilaunch rocket systems of populated areas on both sides of the contact line.
KIEV – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) will continue to support 220,000 food-insecure people in conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine throughout 2017, while gradually supporting efforts for early recovery.
Kyiv/Geneva, 6 February 2017 – Thousands of children have been forced out of school in eastern Ukraine due to last week’s surge in fighting. At least five schools and two kindergartens have been damaged by heavy shelling and 11 other schools have had to close, according to humanitarian organisations supporting the emergency education response in Ukraine.
Last year was relatively calm across the region, with countries that usually suffer from seasonal disasters, such as Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan, mostly spared.
Tajikistan experiences one of the costliest years on record in terms of economic losses incurred by mudflows.
2016 could also be dubbed the year of regional cooperation with governments making progress in joining efforts on risk reduction and border demarcation.
Migration-themed edition of Public Health Panorama out now
This is a list of essential hygiene items that are appropriate to the specific needs of older people and people with disabilities. Humanitarian agencies undertaking interventions in hygiene promotion should incorporate these items into their general hygiene package so as to target older people and people with disabilities within their response.
Furthermore, the guiding notes also contain tips on what implementing organisations should take into consideration prior to a distribution and after a distribution exercise whilst planning for older people and people with disabilities.
Persons with disabilities are among those furthest behind and accordingly the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their indicators clearly state that disaggregated data are needed and should be collected for the purpose of monitoring advancement in the implementation of the goals for this segment of the population.