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22 Oct 2019 description

Goma, DRC, 21 October 2019 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its nine neighbouring countries today, during a meeting of ministers, senior health and immigration officials and partners in Goma, endorsed a joint framework to strengthen cross-border collaboration on preparedness and response to Ebola virus and other disease outbreaks.

22 Oct 2019 description

Executive summary

  • 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.

21 Oct 2019 description


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:

21 Oct 2019 description

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.

21 Oct 2019 description

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.

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.

19 Oct 2019 description

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.

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

18 Oct 2019 description


  • 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

18 Oct 2019 description
  • 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.
17 Oct 2019 description

In Numbers

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

Operational Updates

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

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.

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

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


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.