Disease outbreak news
21 November 2014 -On 4 November 2014, WHO was notified by the Ministry of Health of Madagascar of an outbreak of plague. The first case, a male from Soamahatamana village in the district of Tsiroanomandidy, was identified on 31 August. The patient died on 3 September.
As of 16 November, a total of 119 cases of plague have been confirmed, including 40 deaths. Only 2% of reported cases are of the pneumonic form.
LES POINTS MARQUANTS
Un barrage vient d’être inauguré sur la rivière Ankaibe afin d’accroître la productivité agricole
Il va permettre d’irriguer une surface rizicole de 2 100 hectares et 6 000 ménages devraient en bénéficier
Depuis 23 ans, cette zone agricole n’avait pu être exploitée par les agriculteurs, faute de système d’irrigation adéquat
A dam has just been inaugurated on the Ankaibe River to boost agricultural productivity
It can irrigate 2,100 hectares of paddy fields, and 6,000 households should benefit directly
For 23 years, farmers have been unable to work these fields for lack of an adequate irrigation system
Le Canada vient d’allouer un financement d’un montant de 6,4 millions de dollars américains (environ 14 milliards d’ariary) au programme d’alimentation scolaire mis en place par le PAM à Madagascar. Ce fonds devrait être utilisé sur une période de deux ans.
Tropical Storm Adjali:
Tropical Storm Adjali is forecast to move in a south-westerly direction towards north-east Madagascar. However, for the forecast period of 18 to 23 November, Adjali is expected to decrease in strength and remain a significant distance from any populated area. OCHA is monitoring the situation and will issue updates as required.
Swaziland: Heavy Storm
On 9 November a heavy storm damaged about 100 homesteads and Qomintaba Primary School in Swaziland, disrupting the ongoing exams. This is the second storm to hit the area in a month. The first storm damaged at least 200 homesteads.
However, as the food store room was affected, the school feeding programme will be suspended.
In Focus: Tropical Storm Adjali
Tropical Storm Adjali:
The first named tropical storm of the season, Adjali, has formed over the south-west Indian Ocean. As at 06:30 UTC this morning, 17 November, Adjali was about 1,900 km north-east of Madagascar and 1,500 km north-east of Mauritius. Over the forecast period of 17 to 22 November, the moderate tropical storm is expected to move south-south-west and intensify, but to remain a significant distance from any populated area. OCHA is monitoring the situation and will issue updates as required.
Programme Name: Emergency Economic Recovery Programme (PURE)
Geographic Coverage: Nationwide
General Schedule: 15 months, October 2014 – December 2015.
Financing: UA 25 million (ADF/AfDB Loan under the Transition Support Facility (TSF) – Pillar I)
Operational Instrument: Crisis Response Budget Support (CRBS)
Sector: Economic Governance.
The sun is almost at its zenith, the ground bristling with termite mounds, the vegetation sparse with rice fields dotted within the low-lying areas. The survey team has scanned the ground and the skies in vain – not a single locust to be seen, even though this is a region where they might be expected. The helicopter lands and the three-strong team gets out, setting off in different directions to survey the area on foot. The aim is to determine whether locusts are present, and if so, to characterize them.
Le PAM à Madagascar poursuit son assistance aux communautés en insécurité alimentaire due aux aléas climatiques, renforce ses programmes de transferts monétaires par téléphonie mobile et intensifie sa préparation à la prochaine saison cyclonique. Ces activités sont rendues possibles grâce à l’appui continu de la Suisse.
Following approval of combined 2014-2016 Interim Country Strategy Paper (I-CSP) & Portfolio Performance Review (CPPR)
The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a US $37-million (UA 25-million) Crisis Response Budget Support loan to Madagascar for the financing of its Emergency Economic Recovery Programme (PURE).
Données collectées en Décembre 2012/Janvier 2013 dans le cadre de l’Enquête Nationale de Suivi des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement
Caractérisé par un niveau de pauvreté très élevé – environ 71,5 pour cent de la population vit en dessous du seuil national de pauvreté et 52 pour cent vit en dessous du seuil de l’extrême pauvreté1 – Madagascar est l’un des pays les moins développés au monde. En 2012, il se classait 151ième sur 186 pays sur l’Index du développement humain.
From the helicopter, the survey team spots a flight of locusts. The helicopter lands, the engine is switched off and the team alights to determine the characteristics of the locust population and to talk with the peasant farmers.
Just as they are leaving the helicopter, the team hears shouting. Despite a quick look around the area, it is impossible to tell where the shouts are coming from.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Planting of 2014/15 rice crop is underway
Rice production in 2014 increased to 4 million tonnes, partly recovering from last year’s sharply reduced output
Prices of rice in October were below their year-earlier levels
Food security conditions improved in central and northern regions, but a second year of poor cereal outputs aggravated conditions in southern regions
Land preparation and planting of 2015 crop are underway
Le Ministre de l’Education Nationale, Paul Rabary, et le Directeur de cabinet civil de la Primature, Charles Clément Rakololahy - représentant le Premier Ministre - ont visité l’Ecole Primaire Publique d’Andaboly dans le district d’Ambovombe Androy, au sud de Madagascar le 30 octobre. Cette école est bénéficiaire du programme de cantines scolaires mis en œuvre depuis 2008 par le PAM.
The end of the winter period was marked by the first rains in late September. These rains have continued throughout October, resulting in the growth and greening of the vegetation and in a first replenishment of soil water reserves. However, some regions in the southwest of Madagascar are still very dry and subject to the practice of bushfires.
Stressed food insecurity expected starting in October due to above-average food prices, debt
Near-average national rice production this year, along with a near-average March/April 2014 maize/legume harvest is expected to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) acute food insecurity in northern and central Madagascar through March 2015.
Canada’s leadership is helping to reduce chronic hunger and malnutrition, improve learning, and increase school attendance
October 29, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced Canada's continued support for the Madagascar school feeding program of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).