26 March 2015 – USAID and the International Organization of Migration (IOM) today concluded a two-day-long training on prevention of HIV/AIDS, targeting health promoters in Malakal.
The purpose of the workshop was to train hygiene promoters and health workers to enable them to pass on basic knowledge about HIV prevention to the communities staying at the UNMISS Protection of Civilians (PoC) site.
GENEVA – Reuters news agency corrected a news item that had erroneously reported that the Global Fund had cancelled US$574 million of grants to Malawi. In an update, Reuters reported that funding is still going to Malawi to fight HIV. But Malawi decided to shift funding away from the National AIDS Council, after concerns emerged about financial management.
The original news item, titled “Global Fund cancels $574 mln for fighting AIDS in Malawi,” erroneously reported that Malawi’s Minister of Health, Jean Kalilani, said that the Global Fund had cancelled grants to Malawi.
The humanitarian situation remains fluid and unpredictable with the health response concentrated in the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites.
WHO has updated its mass casualty plan and prepositioned trauma kits and emergency medicines in light of continued fighting in Bentiu, Unity State.
WHO and health partners immunised more than 2.4 million children under-5 years in the seven stable states with the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in the first round of National Immunisation Days (NID).
Le docteur Faustin Kitetele évoque avec vous la problématique de la prise en charge des adolescents touchés par le SIDA à travers l’histoire de John et le travail remarquable de l’hôpital Kalembe-Lembe, pionnier dans la prise en charge des jeunes atteints par le VIH.
Doctor Faustin Kitetele brings up the issue of taking care of adolescents affected by AIDS through the story of John and the remarkable work of the Kalembe-Lembe Hospital, a pioneer in caring for young people with HIV.
It should be noted that in the DRC, one of the weak links in the battle against the HIV/AIDS epidemic is taking care of sick children and young people. There is a huge gap in treatment between adults and children affected by HIV; in 2013, only 12% of children younger than 15 who needed treatment received it (source: PNLS, 2013).
1. Executive Summary
The Kenya refugee operation is often cited as an example of a protracted refugee situation with traditional refugee camps in place for the past 20 or so years. In the last four years, however, the operation has been anything but static in responding to two major influxes from neighbouring countries while undergoing a transition in terms of partnerships and innovations in assistance delivery.
Nairobi, 24 mars 2015 (IRIN) - Le Liberia n'a enregistré qu'un nouveau cas d'Ebola au cours des trois dernières semaines, mais il est encore trop tôt pour savoir si le virus a presque été éradiqué – les frontières du pays sont poreuses et ses voisins n'ont pas réussi à maîtriser leurs épidémies.
Snapshot 18-24 March 2015
Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.
Botswana in collaboration with the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has made considerable strides in combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Botswana.
Officially opening a two-day seminar in Selebi Phikwe on March 18, The United States ambassador, Mr Earl Miller, said over the 12 years, the two governments had been working together, the American INVESTMENT in this joint effort so far totaled more than US$700 million. (Over P6 billion).
NEW YORK, 23 March 2015 – UNICEF has made all its data on health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, child protection, and HIV/AIDS publicly available, in an easily searchable format which includes redesigned country profiles and a new data visualisation tool for the creation of charts, maps and graphs. All of which make UNICEF the most reliable and up-to-date source of statistics on women and children.
UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon to respond to the needs of those affected by crises in neighbouring countries (Nigeria and Central African Republic) as well as the nutritional crisis mainly in the Sahel area but also periodic epidemic outbreaks and diseases.
An estimated 18,300 refugees and 8,500 Chadian returnees have fled to Chad following these attacks and heavy clashes in the Nigerian town of Baga between Boko Haram and the Nigerian army.
Fear and attacks on Chadian soil have also left an estimated 14,500 estimated Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Liwa, Bagassola and Bol sub-prefectures in Lake Region (OCHA Sitrep 21 February 2015).
NAIROBI, 20 March 2015 (IRIN) - There have been no new Ebola infections in Liberia in the past three weeks, but it’s still far too early to say the virus has been defeated – Liberia’s borders are porous and its neighbours have been less successful in taming their outbreaks.
For Liberia to be deemed Ebola-free, there must be no new cases over 42 consecutive days. But even with that goal achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) is unlikely to immediately declare the crisis over, said WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris.
As of 15 March 2015, 148 cases of cholera were reported by the Ministry of Health, with two deaths.
With support from UNICEF, a cumulative population of 111,738 people have now been reached with sanitation services.
A total of 653 toilets have been constructed reaching 79,770 people.
Cumulative total of 4,561 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition admitted in CMAM.
The Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), Mr. Ignacio Leon-Garcia, paid a brief visit to Malawi between 8 and 12 March.
As of 16 March, a total of 148 cases of cholera have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, including two deaths.
The review of the 2015 Malawi Floods Response Plan is underway. Clusters are revising their sectorial plans, with focus on the most affected districts: Nsanje, Zomba, Phalombe, Chikwawa,
Blantyre Rural and Mulanje.
Snapshot 11–17 March 2015
Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.
Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.
More than 540 people living with HIV in the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui, have been able to resume taking antiretroviral therapy owing to a joint project run by UNAIDS and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
● Critical medicines are in alarmingly low supply. Many people are cut off from access to medical care in non-government controlled areas (NGCAs).
● Bureaucratic procedures continue to impede access to (NGCAs), and are inconsistently applied both to civilians and to aid agencies, affecting freedom of movement and operations.
● The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Emergency Directors Group (EDG) travelled to Ukraine on 12-14 March to gain a better understanding of the plight of conflict-affected people.
UNDP’s response in 2014 at a glance
As a response to the emerging needs of the Syrian population, and in line with the 2014 Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP), UNDP focuses on building the resilience of the affected population in Syria to stabilize their livelihoods and strengthen their capacities to cope with the shocks and negative impacts of the crisis.