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19 Oct 2019 description

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.

18 Oct 2019 description

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

17 Oct 2019 description

Parts of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia receive heavy rainfall as flooding continues in Senegal

  1. 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.

  2. Flooding continues in central Nigeria. Heavy rainfall is expected next week.

  3. Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Sudan next week, maintaining a high risk for flooding.

17 Oct 2019 description

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.

16 Oct 2019 description

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.

14 Oct 2019 description

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.

14 Oct 2019 description

The multiple deprivations affecting vulnerable populations are the greatest hurdle to achieving zero hunger. By directly addressing structural barriers, social protection can help WFP achieve its mandate on nutrition and food insecurity, and reach the most vulnerable, including people living with, at risk of1 and affected by HIV. Reaching zero hunger requires integrated programming aimed at all vulnerable population groups to enable them to access the support systems and services they need to be drawn out of poverty.

11 Oct 2019 description

In Numbers

A record 45 million Southern Africans will be severely food insecure at peak lean season

WFP to support 7.2 million people in 8 countries

US$ 260 million being sought to meet urgent food needs (US$ 139 million of the required US$ 399 million secured to date)

Highlights

WFP is stepping up both emergency assistance to those most in need and interventions to help vulnerable communities withstand increasingly frequent and intense climate shocks.

10 Oct 2019 description

Southern Mauritania remains abnormally dry as heavy rainfall persists in several parts of Africa

  1. Southern Mauritania has been abnormally dry for the past three months. Recovery before the end of the season is unlikely.

  2. Flash flooding was reported in central Senegal last week. Continued heavy rainfall is likely to maintain high risk for flooding.

  3. Central Nigeria has experienced significant flooding over the past two weeks and remains at risk for continued flooding next week.

07 Oct 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

07 Oct 2019 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2463 (2019), in which the Council requested me to report to it every six months on the implementation of the commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region. It provides an overview of peace and security developments in the Great Lakes region since the issuance of my previous report (S/2019/229) and covers the period from 1 March to 31 August 2019.
04 Oct 2019 description

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

Refugees

30 Sep 2019 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The climate crisis is having devastating consequences in Southern Africa, with parts of the region experiencing their lowest rainfall since 1981 while others have endured the destruction of cyclones, pests and disease.

  • More than 9.2 million people across the region are now severely food insecure, and this figure is expected to grow to 12 million at the peak of the lean season (October 2019-March 2020).

29 Sep 2019 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 71 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

25 Sep 2019 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is dealing with the world’s second largest outbreak of Ebola. As of end August 2019, more than 3,000 cases of Ebola had been recorded, including over 2,000 deaths.

The DRC shares its borders with nine countries and there is regular cross-border movement of people, goods and services in the region. Combined with weaknesses in national health systems, the nine neighbouring countries are at very high risk for an Ebola outbreak.

22 Sep 2019 description

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 69 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Flooding in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera outbreak in Nigeria

  • Chikungunya outbreak in Ethiopia.