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06 Dec 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Southern Africa is warming at about twice the global rate and has been buffeted by multiple and compounding shocks.

Some 12 million people in nine countries across the region are experiencing severe food insecurity.
Consecutive shocks have exhausted families’ resilience and decimated their livelihoods.

Families are adopting extreme coping mechanisms, including child labour, child trafficking, early marriage and transactional sex.

KEY MESSAGES

05 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Protracted and new disasters have impacted a staggering number of people in Eastern and Southern Africa, and in 2020, will require substantial effort in terms of emergency preparedness and response strategies, mechanisms, tools and partnerships. More than 35 million people in the region, including nearly 18 million children, are in need of humanitarian assistance due to climate-related shocks, health emergencies, conflict, poverty and displacement.

05 Dec 2019 description

Project code: OSRO/SFS/801/USA

Objective: To safeguard livelihoods, food security and nutrition of vulnerable communities and households affected by the drought and other hazards in southern Africa.

Key partners: Ministries of agriculture, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Famine Early Warning Systems Network, World Food Programme, United Nations Children's Fund and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

04 Dec 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

In southern Angola, an estimated 2.3 million people continue to face food insecurity and are in need of humanitarian assistance due to the worsening and prolonged drought conditions. The rains have failed for the last eight months, with less than 50 millimetres of rain recorded during this period. More than 421,000 people are food insecure in the 23 communes surveyed. This number is projected to increase to nearly 562,000 by February 2020, with 50 per cent of communes classified as experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity.

02 Dec 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renewed violence in North and South Kivu prompts new displacement and hinders humanitarian assistance efforts

  • An estimated 15.9 million people face acute food insecurity through December

  • Ongoing measles outbreak results in approximately 250,000 suspected cases and 5,110 related deaths as of November

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

02 Dec 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 62 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

02 Dec 2019 description

A seca foi o choque que causou a actual situação de insegurança alimentar aguda. A zona sul de Angola onde se situam as três provincias visitadas (Cuando Cubango, Cunene e Huila) ao longo do inquérito foi severamente afectada pela seca. Como resultado, nota-se a fraca produção agrícola, perda de animais, escassez de água para o consumo humano e abeberramento do gado, perda de bens, deslocamentos de pessoas e animais, tendo afectado os modos de vida.

28 Nov 2019 description

Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

• The eighth convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation to DRC departed from Lóvua settlement on 27 November at 11:45am, in the direction of Tshikapa, Kasai Province, DRC.

27 Nov 2019 description

Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

• The seventh convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation to DRC departed from Lóvua settlement on 25 November 2019 at 7:30, in the direction of Kalamba Mbuji, Kasai Central Province, DRC.

26 Nov 2019 description

UNHCR will launch the voluntary repatriation of Central African refugees in mid-November. An estimated 4,000 refugees will be repatriated. Three return zones were identified as safe for voluntary repatriations to CAR: Bangui, Ombella M’Poko and Lobaye.

26 Nov 2019 description

This document provides a mid-month update on major developments between the publication of UNHCR’s monthly

Operational Update

Refugees

  • In Sud Ubangi Province, about 4,127 Central African refugees in Mole and Boyabu camps confirmed their intention to voluntarily return to parts of the Central African Republic (CAR). UNHCR organised a “Go and See” mission to CAR to allow refugees to make an informed decision.

25 Nov 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 61 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

22 Nov 2019 description

Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

• The sixth convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation departed from Lóvua settlement on 20 November at 8:50am, in the direction of Nachiri, Kasai Province, DRC.

• The convoy consisted of 13 trucks. Seven for passengers and six for luggage. The luggage trucks crossed the border on the following day.

• 404 refugees were part of this convoy including 255 children.

21 Nov 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

7,500,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA, HRP 2019)

12,800,000 people in need (OCHA, HRP 2019)

1,260,000* Internally displaced people (IDPs) (HRP 2019)

24,391 cases of cholera reported since January (Ministry of Health)

Highlights

19 Nov 2019 description

Highlights

• Until early November, the current rainfall season has been characterized by much drier than average conditions, leading to delays in the onset of the agricultural season. From mid November, rainfall has improved significantly and these improved conditions should last until the end of the month; this will lead to suitable conditions for planting and early crop development, but drier conditions are likely to return from early December.

18 Nov 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 64 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

18 Nov 2019 description

Highlights

  • Pasture and water for livestock are in a poor state in some areas due to recurrent droughts

  • Seasonal forecasts indicate enhanced chances of below average seasonal rainfall totals, raising concerns on the backdrop of the severe drought of the 2018/19 season.

  • Most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November

  • Short term forecasts suggest an improvement of rainfall through-mid November in several countries, which may result in a timely onset in some areas.

14 Nov 2019 description

Delayed rainfall sustains dryness in Southern Africa, while flooding is likely to continue across East Africa

  1. Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.

  2. Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.

14 Nov 2019 description

Current Situation

There are more than 11 million people now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4) in nine Southern African countries1 due to deepening drought and climate crisis. If urgent humanitarian action is not taken, the number will likely rise in the coming months, according to the Regional Interagency Standing Committee Africa (RIASCO).