The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 19-25 March 2017 and includes updates on influenza, Legionnaires' disease and rubella.
Monthly regional mixed migration summary for February 2017 covering mixed migration events, incidents, trends and data for the West Africa region
Severe drought has taken hold in parts of the Horn of Africa (HoA) region following a long dry spell. Some affected areas in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia were yet to recover from the 2015-16 El Niño- drought when rains failed again. 16.8 million people across the region face food and water shortages and it is predicted that the next rainy season, from March to May, will again disappoint. 10.7 million people need urgent food assistance.
Since early 2015, the Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region has faced widespread food shortages owing to the worst drought in 35 years which was exacerbated by the El Niño weather phenomenon. Two consecutive failed rainy seasons have left 13.8 million people in need of emergency food assistance.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 12-18 March 2017 and includes updates on cholera, measles and Legionnaires disease.
- The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2277 (2016), in which the Council requested me to report on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.
It covers developments since the issuance of my report of 4 October 2016 (S/2016/840) and provides information on peace and security developments in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region until 28 February 2017.
A severe drought, associated with the El Niño phenomena, resulted in a humanitarian emergency in which an estimated 40 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Vulnerability assessments and analysis indicated that 23 million required immediate humanitarian assistance, as of June 2016.
In response to this, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.
Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, presented a $500,000 to Sonke Gender Justice (Sonke) in Johannesburg to extend Sonke's existing work on community interventions aimed at preventing gender-based violence in South Africa and Tanzania.
• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.
Students from several countries - many of whom are barred from the state system - get free lessons from 3-6pm in the classrooms of a pioneering private school in Johannesburg
"These children can't go to real schools... kids have been beaten up, assaulted, deprived of food," said college head Colin Northmore of the plight of young migrants in South Africa.
So each day when lessons end at his pioneering Sacred Heart school in Johannesburg, migrant children fill up the empty classrooms - and are taught by migrant teachers.
Rainy season continues in Southern Africa
UN revises RIASCO plan due to increasing lean season needs in Madagascar, Malawi, and Zimbabwe
WFP anticipates break in the emergency food assistance pipeline in Madagascar
Hunger is not inevitable As 2016 comes to an end, almost 130-million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Throughout the year, natural hazards, conflict and protracted crises have placed a particularly heavy burden on the poor, who are often extremely vulnerable to shocks. Across 22-affected areas, 70-million people are currently in Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Phase 3 or above.
Les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes sont à la fois la cause et la conséquence des violences faites aux femmes et aux filles. Forte de ce constat, Oxfam lance aujourd’hui une campagne internationale : **« Ça suffit ! Ensemble, mettons fin aux violences faites aux femmes et aux filles »**. Il s’agit d’en finir avec l’une des violations des droits humains les plus répandues dans le monde.
Gender inequality is both the cause and the consequence of violence against women and girls, said Oxfam today, as the agency launches a new global campaign called “Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls” to stop one of the most prolific human rights violations.
A third of women will experience violence at some point in their life. Violence against women and girls knows no boundaries of geography or culture – it is a global crisis. However, marginalized women, including poor women and girls, are the most vulnerable to violence.
LINKS BETWEEN VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN (VAW) AND VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN (VAC)
40 million people food insecure in Southern Africa* *including in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
9.3 million tonne shortfall in regional crop production
643 000 livestock death
USD 109 million needed for emergency response until mid-2017
by Andrea Ó Súilleabháin
Across peace and development initiatives, the exclusion of women comes at a high cost. Without women’s equal participation, peace agreements are more fragile, peacekeeping missions are less credible and safe, and economies are less prosperous.
The negative impacts of the El Nino induced drought, the worst in 35 years, which has caused a humanitarian crisis affecting 39 million people or 13% of SADC population, continues to intensify. Several factors including depleted food reserves, rising food prices, lower commodity prices, slowing economic growth among other key factors, are exacerbating the situation. Staple food prices are rising due to the generally poor crop production over the past two years.