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24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A total of 4,000 families most affected by the El Niño drought received their second tranche of M 1,020 (USD 65) worth of assistance in April. WFP is providing assistance to 20,000 people most affected by the drought in Mafeteng and Mohale’s Hoek districts.

  • WFP is providing technical assistance in the collection of data for the Lesotho Vulnerability Assessment Committee (LVAC). Results will inform longer-term interventions. A nutrition assessment is also underway and results will be incorporated into the LVAC.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) requires new contributions urgently to avert possible pipeline breaks. WFP has prioritized general distributions and nutrition interventions for the refugees, to stretch available food stocks.

  • For the school feeding programme under the development operation, new contributions are required soon for WFP to deliver food before the beginning of the new school year, which starts in September.

24 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

· According to the CCCM cluster, there are 107,625 people displaced (refugees, returnees and IDPs) of whom 37% are not registered yet in the Lake region.

· Global acute malnutrition in displacement sites in the Lake region continue to be alarming. WFP screening data shared at the end of April show that among children under five screened in 8 displacement sites in the Lake region, an estimated 6% suffered from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and nearly 18% from Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • 10.2 million people are in need of food assistance in 2016 across Ethiopia, a number likely to grow in the months ahead.

  • WFP currently needs USD 520 million to support 7.6 drought affected people in 2016, and USD 27 million to provide food assistance to refugees hosted in Ethiopia.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Drought conditions continue to ravage parts of Puntland and Somaliland where the 2016 Gu rains have been late and erratic.

  • 1,200 households in Adale in Middle Shabelle are facing acute food insecurity due to the delayed start of the Gu rains in the area and require immediate humanitarian assistance.

  • WFP requires USD 76.6 million in order to continue providing life-saving humanitarian and livelihood support assistance for the next six months.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) is facing serious resource shortfalls. Food assistance for assets and food for training activities have been suspended because of limited funding. WFP requires immediate contributions to meet the needs of vulnerable people in Burundi.

  • The current political instability, economic decline and El Nino-related flooding continues to have a significant impact on humanitarian needs within the country.

24 May 2016 description
report UNAIDS

GENEVA, 23 May 2016—At a high-level side event held during the 69th session of the World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, delegates have urged countries to end gender inequity in the response to HIV by putting women and adolescent girls on the Fast-Track to ending the AIDS epidemic. Lorena Castillo de Varela, First Lady of Panama and UNAIDS Special Ambassador for AIDS in Latin America, hosted the event. Ms Castillo de Varela stressed the importance of women assuming leadership roles to ensure the development of programmes and policies fitting to their needs.

20 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • UNICEF is contributing to an ongoing Vulnerability Assessment that will provide data on the magnitude and locations of malnutrition cases countrywide, and will identify water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs among the affected population.

20 May 2016 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Friday, May 20, the Government of Japan decided to contribute 800 million US dollars in the coming years. This pledge is for the 5th Replenishment of the Global Fund.

19 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • Lesotho continues to face a drought crisis. While the peak of the El Nino weather phenomenon has subsided, its significant effects on the population are set to continue and worsen until at least April 2017.

  • Below normal rainfall has continued in Lesotho with forecasts predicting this is likely to persist until June 2016.

18 May 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sudan refugees outflow intensifies - In the first two weeks of May, 2,114 Sudanese refugees from South Kordofan State arrived in Yida, bringing the number of new arrivals since 1st January 2016 to 6,748. This represents an increase by 124 percent compared to the previous two weeks. They reported hunger, aerial bombardments and ground attacks as the main reasons for fleeing to South Sudan. UNHCR provided them, inter alia, with registration, reception assistance and transportation to Ajuong Thok.

18 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • The number of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine showed a marked increase in April, in comparison to previous months. On 16 April for example, as many as 4,000 violations were recorded throughout eastern Ukraine. On 27 April, a mortar attack on the Olenivka checkpoint (Donetsk region or oblast) killed five civilians and injured another eight.

17 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The SADC region is experiencing a devastating drought episode associated with the 2015/2016 El Niño event which is negatively affecting livelihoods and the quality of lives across the region.

  • Four Member States have already declared national drought emergencies (Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe). South Africa has declared a drought emergency in 7 of the country’s 9 provinces. Mozambique declared a 90-day institutional red alert for some southern and central areas.

14 May 2016 description

Kinshasa, samedi soir. Il est 20h au quartier Yolo (Kapela) la circulation est dense, les bars sont pleins, la musique va bon train et l’ambiance est chaude.

Au milieu des terrasses et des débits de boissons, une dizaine de personnes font la file devant deux tentes éclairées par la lumière bleue des ampoules économiques.

13 May 2016 description

Posted by Sherif Mowafy

As the warm Haitian sun comes up, Chantal leaves her four children behind to get her HIV treatment, traveling for three hours in the back of a crowded jeep.

She bumps over unpaved roads to her monthly visit for antiretrovirals, one that she has been doing routinely for several years to keep her disease at bay.

13 May 2016 description
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Executive Summary

2016 is set to be an important year for a programming shift in the Kenya refugee operation. Reorientation from traditional care and maintenance in the camps, towards truly solutions-oriented programming, is starting to take root in response to the new circumstances and unprecedented global challenges.

12 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • On 11 April, newly elected Central African President Faustin Archange Touadera signed a decree forming the new government under the leadership of Prime Minister Simplice Mathieu Sarandji.
    There have been peaceful localized protests in response, and grievances have been expressed by Ex-Seleka factions.

12 May 2016 description

There is a book kept under lock and key at all times in the tented HIV and TB ward of MSF’s hospital in Bentiu, South Sudan. It doesn’t look like much: its blue ink has started to fade and its pages emit a strong smell of must, mold and swamp water.

11 May 2016 description
report UNAIDS

African ministers of health, deputy ministers and senior HIV programme officials called on the international community to make ending the paediatric AIDS epidemic a global political priority. Meeting in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on 10 May, dignitaries called for the Political Declaration on Ending AIDS, to be agreed upon at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS, to include targets to scale up prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV services and paediatric HIV testing and treatment.