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- UNICEF: Angola's drought takes heavy toll on children's education. 2 Oct 2019
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- AfDB: Angola: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant to children’s food and nutrition security programs. 19 Oct 2019
- UNICEF: Where drinking water is a 90-minute walk away. 2 Oct 2019
- Govt. Angola: WHO and UNICEF reiterate support for routine vaccination in Angola. 19 Oct 2019
- WFP: WFP Angola Country Brief, September 2019. 17 Oct 2019
- WHO: Angola conducts review and validation of data on Neglected Tropical Diseases. 9 Oct 2019
A scarce rainy season affected parts of southern Angola (and southern Africa in general) during the first few months of 2019, providing insufficient water to buffer the long dry season ahead. The general picture is not clear, as many locations currently showing signs of abnormal dryness actually recorded normal or close to normal precipitation during the last wet season.
Provinces of Cunene, Cuando Cubango, Huila and Moxico exhibit low levels of soil moisture and very high degree of vegetation stress at the moment.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 72 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
La réunion du Comité d’urgence convoquée par le Directeur général de l’OMS au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (RSI) (2005) pour examiner la flambée actuelle de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) en République démocratique du Congo a eu lieu le vendredi 18 octobre 2019, de 12 heures à 16 heures 00, heure de Genève (HEC).
Compte rendu de la réunion
Les membres et les conseillers du Comité d’urgence se sont réunis par téléconférence.
Filippo Grandi a salué la générosité de cette nation africaine envers les réfugiés et a appelé à une augmentation de l’assistance humanitaire et de l’aide au développement durant une visite de deux jours dans le pays.
Par Catherine Wachiaya à Lusaka, Zambie
Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Filippo Grandi, a appelé à accroître l’assistance humanitaire et l’aide au développement de la Zambie où, durant une visite de deux jours, il a pu constater de visu les politiques progressistes du pays en matière d’intégration des réfugiés.
Luanda - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF reiterated their support to the Angolan Government on Friday (18), in order to develop a robust surveillance and monitoring vaccination system to prevent, detect and respond quickly to any case of polio.
According to WHO representative in Angola Fernanda Alves, the organization and strategic polio partners, including the UN agencies, have been supporting the Angolan Government in actions and strategies to control and block poliovirus transmission by providing human and financial resources.
Filippo Grandi commends the African nation for its generosity towards refugees and calls for additional humanitarian and development support during a two-day visit.
By Catherine Wachiaya in Lusaka, Zambia
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for additional humanitarian and development support for Zambia, where he witnessed first hand the country’s progressive policies on refugee integration during a two-day visit.
The African Development Bank has approved a grant of $1 million to boost a children’s food and nutrition security program in Bié province in Angola.
The resources are from a special relief fund to the government of Angola, in response to a prevailing drought that has caused severe malnutrition. The grant was approved on 23 September.
The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to review the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Friday, 18 October 2019, from 12:00 to 16:00 Geneva time (CEST).
Proceedings of the meeting
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Land preparation for and planting of 2020 cereal crops started in September
Cereal production in 2019 adversely affected by rainfall deficits, resulting in below-average harvest
Food prices increased throughout 2019, on back of reduced agricultural output and weaker national currency
Food insecurity situation deteriorated in southern provinces due to impact of dry weather conditions on agricultural production and uptick in food prices
- Preparations for World Polio Day taking place next week on 24 October are in full swing. On that day, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) is expected to declare poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) as globally eradicated. The event will be broadcast on the internet.
Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia receive heavy rainfall as flooding continues in Senegal
Senegal has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks. Belowaverage rainfall is forecast next week and is likely to reduce the risk for continued flooding.
Flooding continues in central Nigeria. Heavy rainfall is expected next week.
Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Sudan next week, maintaining a high risk for flooding.
131,685 mt of food assistance distributed in September 2019
US$ 3.3 million for six months (October 2019 to March 2020) net funding requirements, representing 62% of total
8,152 people assisted in September 2019
Improving the availability of crop production and food supply data and information
In efforts to improve the monitoring and assessment of crop production and food supply in the SADC region, the RVAA Programme team is supporting the SADC Secretariat’s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate to implement a capacity building programme targeting the Member States.
Understanding gender relations between and among boys, men, girls, and women are essential in determining vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, women make up most of the agricultural workforce and produce up to 80 percent of basic foodstuffs, according to FAO. Women are generally responsible for food selection and preparation and for the care and feeding of children. There is substantial evidence that indicates that women’s income is more likely to be spent on food than that of men.
Violence, conflict and hunger continue to drive displacement in the Great Lakes region. In May and June, more than 360,000 people were uprooted in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), bringing the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) country-wide to 4.8 million. Meanwhile, refugees from the broader region have continued to flee to Uganda, with more than 78,000 new arrivals from the DRC (nearly 47,100), South Sudan (more than 27,100), and Burundi (over 4,500) in 2019.
This report documents how over the past two decades after the civil war, the encroachment of commercial cattle ranchers on the traditional grazing land of Tunda dos Gambos and Vale de Chimbolela has eroded economic, social, and cultural resilience, most notably food security, among the Vanyaneka and Ovaherero people in the Gambos, Angola.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 70 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Humanitarian crisis in Burkina Faso
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo.