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30 Mar 2017 description

Addis Ababa, March 29, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the successful completion of the U.S.-funded Urban HIV Nutrition and Food Security Project. Over the past five years, the project improved the nutritional, economic, and food security status of people living with HIV.

30 Mar 2017 description

29 March 2017, Harare - A high level meeting jointly convened today by the Government and the United Nations brought together some 150 senior officials from Government, UN, Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations to validate programme results achieved under the 2016-2020 Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF).

29 Mar 2017 description

The Socio-Economic Impact of People Living with HIV at the Household Level in Myanmar study conducted by the Ministry of Health and UNDP assesses the socio-economic impact of HIV-related diseases at the household level across all States and Regions in Myanmar. It collected data on the impact of HIV-related diseases on income, revenues, economic dependency, consumption, education, health, food security, stigma, discrimination, quality of life, and migration.

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Security operations ceased in the northern part of Rakhine State. WFP assisted 25,000 people in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships most affected by the security operations.

  • WFP successfully launched a pilot project exploring the use of mobile financial services in the delivery of cash assistance to displaced people in Kachin State.

  • Conflicts continued to impede WFP’s assistance to vulnerable and food-insecure people in areas beyond Government control in Kachin and Shan States.

27 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Distribution of last food commodities under the McGovern-Dole 2013-2016 award was completed in February. With this, food distribution for school meals activities has ceased completely.

  • WFP is supporting the Government with the Liberia Zero Hunger Strategic Review to review critical gaps and assess priorities to reach Zero Hunger by 2030.

27 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The After Action Review of the JICA-funded pilot project to support local purchase and women empowerment in forest Guinea will be launched in March to review lessons learned for scaling up.

Operational Updates

• Food deliveries to school canteens for the first quarter are completed; a total of 531 schools were supported. However, school meals activities were not implemented in February following a prolonged teachers’ strike.

27 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Former President John Kufuor has launched the Ghana Zero Hunger Strategic Review; it is intended to facilitate Government’s goal of eradicating hunger and food insecurity, ameliorate nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030.

  • WFP Ghana has successfully handed over the direct implementation of school meals activities to the national school feeding programme, in line with the agreed hand-over strategy in the Country Programme. WFP-supported schools are now on the national school feeding programme.

27 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP provided life-saving assistance to 189,244 highly vulnerable people.

  • WFP conducted the first round of cash distribution to 7,000 internally displaced people in KagaBandoro.

  • The 12th cycle of the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) took place with the participation of food security partners.

  • Logistics cluster partners launched two projects to increase access to people affected in Ouaka and Haute Kotto prefectures.

Operational Updates

27 Mar 2017 description

Dakar, Senegal, 26 March 2017 (ECA) – A panel discussion on ways of ending AIDS in Africa took place on Sunday in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme, “Ending the AIDS epidemic as an economic investment: Creating human resources in cities and most affected regions.”

The focus on cities owes to urban population density, as explained by Takiwaa Manu, Director of the Social Development Policy Division at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

25 Mar 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Natalia Linou
Natalia Linou is Policy Specialist Gender, Health and HIV at the UN Development Program.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The Government of Kenya estimates that the current number of people needing assistance has gone up to 3 million, and is expected to rise to 4 million by July (2017 Kenya Flash Appeal).

  • On 16 March 2017, the UN and humanitarian partners launched a Flash Appeal for US$ 165.71 million to reach 2.6 million people with life-saving assistance and protection for the next 10 months (1 March to 31 December 2017).

24 Mar 2017 description
report UNAIDS

GENEVA, 24 March 2017—On World Tuberculosis Day, 24 March, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV. TB is the most common cause of hospital admission and death among people living with HIV. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness—around 400 000 of whom died from TB, including 40 000 children.

24 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • The School Feeding Programme faces a critical funding gap. The new school year, which began in October, has little food available for the school canteens. WFP’s Social Safety Net programme is also in need of urgent funding.

  • Funded by the European Union, WFP, FAO and IFAD have launched a small-holder farmers’ project with the Government to promote a Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 31 January 2017, UNICEF launched the Southern Africa El Niño/La Niña Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) appeal. The HAC requirement for Swaziland is US$2.74 million in 2017, which is currently 32 per cent funded.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The currentrainy season (November to April 2017) has brought steady rainfall and relieved some effects of El Niño, but has resulted in flooding, school closures and the relocation of 1,092 people, especially in the northern regions. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) have warned of possible flooding in north-central Namibia. Regional institutions have been alerted and are putting contingency measures in place.

23 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Chad’s pipeline of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is facing an alarming strain. The current pipeline covers up to June 2017. Chad is a landlocked country and new supplies take four months to arrive in country - unless new funds are received by end of March, the country will be facing an RUTF shortage.

22 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. Le présent rapport est soumis en application de la résolution 2313 (2016), dans laquelle le Conseil de sécurité a prorogé le mandat de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en Haïti (MINUSTAH) jusqu ’au 15 avril 2017 et m’a prié de lui rendre compte de l’exécution du mandat au plus tard 30 jours avant la date d’expiration de celui-ci. Il fait le point sur l’évolution de la situation sur place depuis mon dernier rapport en date ( S/2016/753, du 31 août 2016) et présente les conclusions de la mission d’évaluation stratégique.

22 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2313 (2016), by which the Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) until 15 April 2017 and requested me to report on the implementation of the mandate not later than 30 days before its expiration. It covers major developments since my report dated 31 August 2016 (S/2016/753) and presents the findings of the strategic assessment mission.

II. Political developments

22 Mar 2017 description
report UNAIDS

When Desire speaks about his role as a peer educator in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the energy and commitment to his work is unmistakable. Desire works in the North Star Alliance Clinic, which provides health services for hard-to-reach populations, mainly sex workers and truck drivers, while also offering services to the surrounding communities.