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26 Mar 2017 description
report Sudan Tribune

March 24, 2017 (BOR) – At least 100 cases of the deadly Tuberculosis disease has been recorded in South Sudan’s Jonglei state over the last eight months, officials at the state health ministry have disclosed.

Statistics unveiled during World TB Day showed the numbers of TB cases in Jonglei increased from 67 in August 2016 to 100 by March 2017.

TB is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). The disease generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Convoy of Hope

MARCH 25, 2017 | 10:00 AM

LIMA, PERU Yesterday, our team met with local leaders in Peru to review reports and determine the areas of greatest need. The team was also able to distribute LuminAID Solar Lanterns to displaced families in the city of No Carapongo, where many people are living in tents with no water or electricity.

So far, 100,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 600,000 people have been displaced. The infrastructure of Lima was crippled with 175 bridges being swept away and 200 more expected to crumble.

26 Mar 2017 description

Responding to reports that more than 200 people may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, Gauri Van Gulik, Amnesty International’s Deputy Europe Director, said:

“The latest tragedy on this deadly crossing highlights the shameful failure of European governments to address the global refugee crisis. It is clear that putting up walls and fences is not deterring desperate people from trying to reach safety – it is simply putting more lives in peril and filling the pockets of smugglers.

26 Mar 2017 description

Situation Overview

  • Le Cyclone Tropical Intense Enawo a frappé le Nord Est du Madagascar le matin de 7 Mars, avec une vitesse de 200 à 300 km/heure. Le 8 Mars, Enawo s’est affaibli du niveau d’Intense à un niveau modérée de tempête tropicale et est sorti Madagascar le Vendredi 10 Mars 2017, après avoir traversé tout le long de l’ile pendant deux jours, en affectant les communautés à travers les régions centrales et de l’Est, approximativement 433,985 personnes.

26 Mar 2017 description

Situation Overview

• Intense Tropical Cyclone Enawo struck north eastern Madagascar on the morning of 7 March 2017, travelling at 200 to 300 km/hour. On 8 March, Enawo weakened to a moderate tropical storm and exited Madagascar on 10 March, after traversing nearly the length of the island over two days. Enawo affected communities across Madagascar’s eastern and central regions - approximately 433,985 people were affected.

26 Mar 2017 description

Two years of full-scale war has driven Yemen to the verge of famine. 17 million people, or two out of three Yemenis, do not know from where they will get their next meal.

“People have started dying quietly in their homes,” said the Norwegian Refugee Council's Secretary General, Jan Egeland. “We are witnessing ruthless war tactics against civilians by both parties to the conflict, resulting in civilians starving. Now we are also extremely concerned that the country’s main port will cease functioning and Yemen’s last lifeline will be lost.”

26 Mar 2017 description

The north-eastern governorate of Al-Hasakeh experienced severe access disruptions in 2016. Landlocked and inaccessible from inside Syria since mid-2013 due to the presence of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) fighters controlling all key access routes.

The governorate remained cut off from humanitarian reach over the entire first half of 2016, leaving tens of thousands of families without access to critical relief supplies and humanitarian services.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Direct Relief

As deadly flooding persists in Peru, Direct Relief mobilized a second shipment of more than 23,000 pounds of medicines and medical aid to the country.

Intense flooding has pounded the country since the beginning of the year. More than 80 people have been killed as a result and 110,000 have been displaced from their homes as the floodwaters have risen.

On Friday, Ambassador Liliana Tamara Cino de Silva, Consul General of Peru in Los Angeles, visited Direct Relief headquarters to view firsthand how the organization is responding to the crisis in Peru.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KFAED's Director General Abdulwahab Al­Bader with President of the Lebanese Council for Development and Reconstruction Nabil Al­Jassar during the signature ceremony

By Farah Al­Faraj BEIRUT, March 25 (KUNA) ­­ The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has offered Lebanon a loan at a cost of KD 11.2 million (USD 36.9 million) to provide the country with a steady supply of water used for consumption and irrigation.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

ICC Members Should Not Allow Fugitives on Their Territories

(Amman, March 26, 2017) – Jordan should deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir or arrest him if he enters the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Al-Bashir has been invited to visit Jordan on March 29, 2017, to attend the 28th summit of the Arab League, news reports say.

26 Mar 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Failed Investigations into Abuses as War Turns 2

26 Mar 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

KAMPALA, UGANDA - The number of mothers dying during childbirth has gone down following more women using family planning and delivering at a health facility under skilled care. The latest figures contained in the 2016 Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) reveal that pregnancy-related deaths have steadily been declining from 524 in 2001 to 438 in 2011, and now stand at 368 per 100,000 live births.

26 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Joe English

It’s now more than a month since famine was declared in parts of South Sudan. For children in the world’s youngest country, the worsening food crisis comes at a time when they already face countless challenges on a daily basis.

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Above-average crop production in 2016 due to adequate rainfall throughout the season

  • Prices of millet and sorghum stable in January but remain above their year-earlier levels

  • Continued assistance required to improve access to food and protect livelihoods of food insecure and vulnerable people, including refugees and returnees

Cereal production recovered in 2016

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • An above-average cereal harvest was gathered in 2016

  • Cereal import requirements in 2017 forecast to decline compared to 2016 levels

  • Number of food insecure people estimated at about 51 000

Favourable rains in 2016 resulted in above-average cereal harvest

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Aggregate cereal production increased in 2016

  • Wheat exports in 2016/17 expected to rise from previous year

  • Export prices of wheat increased in March

Aggregate cereal production increased in 2016

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Cereal production in 2017 forecast at near-average levels

  • Imports of maize increase in 2016/17 marketing year to compensate for reduced 2016 harvest

  • National average maize price declined at the start of 2017, but remained at high levels

  • Food security situation expected to improve in 2017 on account of expected average harvest following sharp deterioration in 2016

Maize production in 2017 expected to rebound to average levels

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Uncertain prospects for 2017 cereal production

  • Cereal imports in 2016/17 marketing reach record level

  • Cereal prices stable during first half of March, but maize prices higher than a year earlier

  • Humanitarian response

Uncertain prospects for 2017 cereal production

26 Mar 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Adequate rains in 2016 facilitated crop development in most regions; bumper crop gathered for second consecutive year

  • Coarse grain prices increased in recent months and remained above their year earlier levels

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed, including for Nigerian and Malian refugees

Bumper crop harvested in 2016