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14 Feb 2020 description

Complex emergencies, cyclical drought, cyclones, disease outbreaks, floods, and food insecurity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations throughout the Southern Africa region. Between FY 2010 and FY 2019, USAID’s Office of U.S.

14 Feb 2020 description

A time-limited working group has been put together to manage and coordinate GPEI’s activities to enable a rapid and effective roll out of nOPV2. Take a look at the terms of reference for the working group.

11 Feb 2020 description

Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, est vivement préoccupé par l’aggravation de la situation dans le territoire de Beni, à l’est de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), où la violence a déjà forcé plus de 100 000 civils à fuir leur foyer ces deux derniers mois.

Les attaques menées par des groupes armés depuis décembre dernier contre un grand nombre de villes et de villages dans la chefferie de Watalinga, près de la frontière avec l’Ouganda, ont déplacé des femmes, des hommes et des enfants vers la ville de Nobili et ses environs.

11 Feb 2020 description

Le HCR vient en aide à des milliers de Congolais déplacés à rentrer chez eux alors que règne un calme relatif dans leur pays d’origine.

Par Alexandra Stenbock-Fermor et Lubiana Gosp-Server à Kananga, République démocratique du Congo | 06 février 2020

07 Feb 2020 description
  • The WHO Executive Board is currently holding its 146th session at the WHO headquarters in Geneva. Among many others, polio is one of the topics of discussion, take a look at the report by the Director-General on polio eradication.

06 Feb 2020 description

UNHCR is supporting thousands of displaced Congolese to return from exile as relative calm returns to their homeland.

By Alexandra Stenbock-Fermor and Lubiana Gosp-Server in Kananga, Democratic Republic of the Congo | 06 February 2020

06 Feb 2020 description

Speaking to Angop, the provincial official for quality control of the National Intersectorial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), Marcial Kativa, stressed that the divestment in this process conditioned the purchase of equipment and the training of new agents, including sappers.

For the current year, Marcial Kativa said he expects investments to be made in order to extend the process to areas identified as affected by mines and other unexploded ordnance.

05 Feb 2020 description

Brazzaville, 5 February 2020 - While, there are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reported in the African region, the World Health Organization (WHO) is strengthening its support to countries in the detection and management of suspect cases and in ensuring a robust response, should a first case be detected.

31 Jan 2020 description

Brazzaville, 31 January 2020 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up novel coronavirus preparedness efforts in the African region and supporting countries to implement recommendations outlined by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, which met in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 January. On the advice of the Emergency Committee, the WHO Director-General, declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC).

31 Jan 2020 description

The Regional Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) for Southern Africa, H.E. Lola Castro on 24th January, 2020 met the Executive Secretary of SADC, Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax at the SADC Secretariat.

31 Jan 2020 description
report New Era

The effects of climate change are apparent if the consequences of successive debilitating droughts in the entire southern Africa and beyond in recent years are anything to go by. This vicious climatic cycle is any farmer, policymaker, investor and the general public’s worst nightmare, more so in Namibia an arid country renowned for its successive droughts and very hot and dry conditions.

31 Jan 2020 description

by Emma Batha

In Angola, girls of 12 sell themselves for as little as 40 cents to feed their families as the south of the country faces its worst drought in four decades, World Vision said

LONDON, Jan 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young girls in southern Africa are selling sex - sometimes for less than the cost of bread - to survive a hunger crisis ensnaring tens of millions, aid agencies said on Thursday.

30 Jan 2020 description

527.338* réfugiés et demandeurs d’asile en RDC, dont 52% de femmes.

99,2%* des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 74,2% des réfugiés sont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

902.816* est le nombre de Congolais réfugiés en Afrique.

  • Statistiques de décembre 2019

Activités principales – Réfugiés


30 Jan 2020 description

527,338* refugees and asylum seekers in DRC, among them 52% women.

99.2%* of refugees in DRC live in rural areas, and 74.2% live outside refugee camps or settlements.

902,816* refugees from DRC in Africa.

  • December 2019’s figures

Main activities – Refugees


30 Jan 2020 description
  • It is with profound sorrow that the WHO announces the sudden demise of Dr Peter Salama, who passed away on 24 January 2020. Dr Salama contributed to polio eradication at WHO through his work as Executive Director of the Health Emergencies Programme and most recently as Executive Director of the Division of Universal Health Coverage – Life Course. Read more

30 Jan 2020 description
report Carter Center

ATLANTA — A provisional total of 53 cases of Guinea worm disease were reported in 2019, The Carter Center announced Wednesday. Intensified surveillance and reporting incentives in endemic areas in recent years have produced expected fluctuations in the small number of Guinea worm cases. When The Carter Center assumed leadership of the program in 1986, about 3.5 million human cases occurred annually in 21 countries in Africa and Asia.

29 Jan 2020 description

World Service Regional Management Team Meeting in Cameroon

25 Jan 2020 description

The head of the Demining Department at INAD in Bié, José Virgílio, reported that, on this first day, 11 howitzer devices were removed, eight of which were 82 mm, two were 60 mm and one was a 110 mm mortar.

The work to clear the location, according to José Virgílio, will take place over seven days. He informed that the war material was found at about 1 meter deep, in an area that during the armed conflict was a trench, and it is expected that by the end of the work, other devices will be found.

24 Jan 2020 description
  • The GPEI Polio Partners Group convened the eighth annual technical workshop on 6 December 2019 where a global overview of the status of poliovirus detection was presented among other polio updates. The meeting presentations are now available here.

  • Summary of new viruses this week (AFP cases and environmental samples):

    • Afghanistan: one WPV1 case and three WPV1-positive environmental samples

24 Jan 2020 description


  • Favourable rains supported planting operations and early development of 2020 cereal crops

  • Cereal crops in 2019 adversely affected by rainfall deficits, resulting in below-average production

  • Food prices increased throughout 2019 due to reduced agricultural output and weaker national currency

  • Food insecurity situation deteriorated in southern provinces due to low agricultural production and high food prices