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14 Feb 2020 description

Complex emergencies, cyclical drought, cyclones, disease outbreaks, floods, and food insecurity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2010 and FY 2019, USAID’s Office of U.S.

13 Feb 2020 description

The locust outbreak continues to escalate in East Africa as dry conditions persist in parts of southern Africa

  1. Ideal conditions for feeding and breeding continue to foster the spread of desert locust in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. Locust swarms are moving into Tanzania and Uganda.

  2. Continued heavy rains over Tanzania have caused significant flooding. Heavy rain is forecast next week and over neighboring regions of Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique.

07 Feb 2020 description

The risk for continued flooding remains high following weeks of heavy rain in parts of Kenya and Tanzania

  1. Heavy rain last week caused flooding in several counties across Kenya.

  2. Desert locust swarms and hopper bands continue to threaten Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, and Uganda. These areas remain under high risk for the coming months.

  3. Persisting heavy rainfall over Tanzania has caused flooding in central and southeastern regions. Heavy rain is expected to continue into next week.

06 Feb 2020 description
report GEOGLAM

Overview: In East Africa, harvest is complete for main season cereals in the north of the subregion and yields were favourable except in Sudan and South Sudan due to flood damage, socioeconomic impacts, and conflict, and parts of Ethiopia due to dry conditions early in the season and to a lesser extent desert locust. In the south of the subregion, harvest is complete for second season crops and yields were generally average despite unprecedented flooding caused from record October to December rains.

05 Feb 2020 description

Brazzaville, 5 February 2020 - While, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in the African region, the World Health Organization (WHO) is strengthening its support to countries in the detection and management of suspect cases and in ensuring a robust response, should a first case be detected.

31 Jan 2020 description

Brazzaville, 31 January 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up novel coronavirus preparedness efforts in the African region and supporting countries to implement recommendations outlined by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 January. On the advice of the Emergency Committee, the WHO Director-General, declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

31 Jan 2020 description

The Regional Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for Southern Africa, H.E. Lola Castro on 24th January, 2020 met the Executive Secretary of SADC, Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the SADC Secretariat.

30 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in Madagascar and northern Mozambique

  1. Heavy rainfall is forecast over western Kenya, eastern Uganda, and northern-central Tanzania next week.

  2. Desert locust swarms continue in Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. An update on the current situation is expected by early to mid-February.

  3. Heavy rain is likely to trigger flooding in Tanzania, parts of Mozambique, Madagascar, and Zambia. Flooding has continued since early January.

30 Jan 2020 description
report Carter Center

ATLANTA — A provisional total of 53 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2019, The Carter Center announced Wednesday. Intensified surveillance and reporting incentives in endemic areas in recent years have produced expected fluctuations in the small number of Guinea worm cases. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the program in 1986, about 3.5 million human cases occurred annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia.

23 Jan 2020 description

Dryness persists in parts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique despite heavy rain and f ooding across southern Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over western Angola next week, increasing the risk for flooding.

  2. Matured desert locust swarms continue move into Kenya from Ethiopia. South Sudan and Uganda are still at risk for desert locust infestations during the coming months.

  3. Heavy rain is expected to continue over northern and central Madagascar, southern Tanzania, northern Zambia, and the DRC.

22 Jan 2020 description
report GEOGLAM


  • The 2019-20 main season in Southern Africa started with a timely onset of the rains followed by erratic and below-average rainfall from mid-October to mid-December in the central and southern parts of the region.

  • Persistent drier than normal conditions across parts of southeastern Angola, northeastern Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, southwest Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, southern Mozambique, Namibia, southern Madagascar and parts of South Africa (Figure 1) have affected crop establishment and growth.

17 Jan 2020 description

Desert locust swarms reach Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti, as flooding continues in Zambia and Angola

  1. Over the past two weeks flash floods have been reported in Luanda, Uige, and Cabinda provinces of Angola.

  2. Increasing numbers of desert locust swarms are moving across eastern Africa from Ethiopia into Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia during December could give rise to additional locust breeding in the coming months.

09 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall causes flooding in parts of Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and Madagascar

  1. Continued rainfall over southern Kenya and surrounds may maintain flooding .

  2. Desert Locust swarms are increasing and moving into Djibouti, Sudan, and Eritrea, toward Somalia, and northern Kenya. Heavy rain in Somalia could provide breeding conditions over the next several months.

  3. South Africa has observed a poor and below-average rainfall performance over the past 3 months and could remain dry through the end of January.

08 Jan 2020 description
report UN News Service

La propagation de la poliomyélite à l'échelle internationale reste un problème mondial de santé publique, a conclu le Comité d'urgence convoqué par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS).

07 Jan 2020 description

The twenty-third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened by the Director General on 11 December 2019 at WHO headquarters with members, advisers and invited Member States attending via teleconference, supported by the WHO secretariat.

04 Jan 2020 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania while parts of Southern Africa remain dry

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Parts of Lake Victoria, Rwanda, Burundi and the southern Kenya will remain under flash flood risk into next week.

  2. Desert Locust breeding is expected to extend from Afar region of Ethiopia northward into Djibouti and Eritrea, and northern parts of Kenya.

25 Dec 2019 description

Famine threatens South Sudan, Yemen, and northeast Nigeria

Across 46 countries, 88 million people require emergency food assistance in 2020, 87% more than in 2015.