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- World Vision: The number of people affected by hunger in southern Africa ‘will stretch around the world’. 10 Nov 2019
- FAO: As climate shocks intensify, UN food agencies urge more support for southern Africa’s hungry people. 31 Oct 2019
- AfDB: Angola: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant to children’s food and nutrition security programs. 19 Oct 2019
- UNHCR: Angola Repatriation Update #4. 8 Nov 2019
- UNICEF: UNICEF Angola Humanitarian Situation Report July to September, Quarter 3 2019. 4 Nov 2019
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 66 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
From 18 August, thousands of Congolese refugees spontaneously left Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola to make their way back home in the DRC.
A Tripartite Agreement was signed on 23 August between UNHCR and the Governments of Angola and DRC, in order to start organized Voluntary Repatriation movements.
On 9 October, the first organized convoy movement left Lóvua settlement with 218 persons on board.
15.9 million food insecure people and 5 million children acutely malnourished
5.2 million people assisted in 2018
5.1 million people targeted in 2019
1.17 million people reached per month on average
In 2019, WFP continues its corporate Level 3 emergency response, planning to reach 5.1 million people with food and nutrition assistance.
The number of hungry children and adults living through Southern Africa’s worst drought in 35 years will soon be so vast that if put together would stretch one and a half times around the earth, warns humanitarian agency World Vision.
World Vision is concerned about the health, safety and protection of children, with UN food agencies estimating a record 45 million people living in 16 countries across the region will experience food shortages within six months. Climate change and more rapidly repeating, severe drought cycles are trapping people in a vicious cycle of poverty.
Southern Africa observes a poor start to the rainy season, while high flood risk persists across East Africa
Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.
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.
Situation in Numbers
children in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA, HRP 2019)
people in need
(OCHA, HRP 2019)
Internally displaced people (IDPs) (HRP 2019)
*estimates for 2019
cases of cholera reported since January
(Ministry of Health)
Millions displaced; women, girls hit hardest; crises compounded by conflicts, poverty and inequality; $700m average climate-related losses; urgent action needed now
More than 52 million people in 18 countries across southern, eastern and central Africa are facing up to crisis levels of hunger as a result of weather extremes, compounded by poverty and conflict.
Some areas are facing a second extreme drought in four years and worse than that sparked by El Nino in 1981.
Every year, UNICEF and partners generate a wealth of evidence on the situation of children in Africa. Knowledge and evidence are essential to informing the development, implementation, and monitoring of relevant policies and programmes for the realization of children’s rights. To this end, UNICEF Regional Directors in Africa are pleased to present the 2019 edition of the Knowledge for Children in Africa Publications Catalogue.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
Measles in Lesotho
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in Mali
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The Meheba Refugee Settlement was established in 1971 during the refugee influx from Angola and is located in Kalumbila District in North-Western Province. The settlement covers an area of 720 sq./km demarcated into eight blocks from A-H and further divided into land for the settlement of refugees and “former refugees”.
Seven refugees have so far in 2019 (as of 31 August) been assisted to voluntarily repatriate, while 111 refugees and others of concern returned home spontaneously from the settlements and urban areas.
As of 31 August, a cumulative figure of 349 refugees had been resettled to third countries from Zambia in 2019.
The resettled refugees were from the settlements of Meheba and Mayukwayukwa, as well as the urban areas.
According to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) conducted in July 2019, more than 421,000 people are in IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) or 4 (Emergency) food insecure in the 23 communes from three provinces surveyed. The number is expected to rise to 562,000 from October 2019 to February 2020.
UNICEF and partners screened 107,920 children under the age of five for acute malnutrition.
The goods include sugar, beans, corn meal, salt, pasta, used clothing, shoes and materials for agriculture.
The drought affects more than 35.000 people, who make up more than 75.000 families spread in nine municipalities, with greater incidence in the regions of Cuangar, Dirico and Calai, bordering Namibia.
Chevron Chief Operating Officer, Dele Nani, told reporters that the act of solidarity is part of the program to support drought victims in the southern provinces of Angola.
The aim is to minimize problems of access to drinking water and food shortages.
Démarrage normal de la saison agricole A à l’Est de la RDC favorisé par une pluviométrie normale
Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
• The second convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation departed from Lóvua settlement on 30 October at 10:30am, in the direction of Nachiri, Kasai Province, DRC.
• The convoy consisted of nine trucks. Five for passengers and four for luggage. Of the nine trucks, two luggage trucks arrived after the convoy had departed from the settlement, but they joined the convoy later.
• 300 refugees were part of this convoy including 181 children.
Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in parts of Central and East Africa
Heavy rainfall was reported in northern Ghana and bordering areas of Burkina Faso.
The Ubangui River has triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western Democratic Republic of Congo last week.
Flooding will continue this week due to saturated ground conditions and continued rainfall in the Afar region of Ethiopia, eastern South Sudan, and the border of Ethiopia and Sudan.
Johannesburg – A record 45 million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be severely food insecure in the next six months, United Nations food agencies have warned.
Two years after its opening, things are changing in the Lóvua settlement, in Lunda Norte Province, east north of Angola. After democratic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Félix Tshisekedi as the elected President in January 2019, hundreds of Congolese refugees are voluntarily returning home.
This update concerns the situation of Congolese refugees and asylum seekers in countries in the region
As of 31 August 2019, 886,881 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers are being hosted in several African countries. From 1 January to 31 August 2019 alone, some 61,652 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in the flows to Uganda.