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14 May 2015 description

Summary

By the end of 2014, significant progress had been made towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives; the world has never been in a better position to eradicate polio.

As the GPEI enters 2015, efforts are being intensified to build on this progress and stop polio once and for all.

Capitalizing on progress in Nigeria, against outbreaks in central Africa and the Horn of Africa, and against two out of three strains of wild poliovirus

19 Feb 2015 description

Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided

In this issue:

31 Dec 2014 description
  • Heavy rains brought needed moisture to dry areas in eastern southern Africa.
  • Moderate to heavy rains were observed around Lake Victoria in Uganda and Kenya.
29 Dec 2014 description

During the last few days Angolan security forces have arrested and arbitrarily detained several African nationals who they also subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment. Our organisations condemn these serious violations of migrants’ human rights and urge the Angolan authorities to put an end to this violence and to respect the international and regional legal instruments that Angola has ratified, and also draw the attention of the home countries of these migrants to the gravity of the situation.

26 Dec 2014 description

Les forces de l’ordre angolaises procèdent depuis quelques jours à des arrestations et détentions arbitraires, des traitements cruels et inhumains sur plusieurs ressortissants africains. Tout en condamnant ces graves violations des droits humains des personnes migrantes, nos organisations exhortent les autorités angolaises à faire cesser ces exactions, conformément aux instruments juridiques internationaux et régionaux des droits humains ratifiés par l’État angolais ; et attirent l’attention des États africains dont sont originaires les migrants sur la gravité de la situation.

24 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • The Chã das Caldeiras area has been evacuated following the eruption of Pico Fogo Volcano on 23 November an access restricted since 7 December by Civil Protection authorities due to increased volcanic activity.

  • Updated figures indicate 1076 persons have been displaced and are currently housed in temporary accommodation centers, shelter units built after the 1995 eruption, and with host families.

  • The contingency plan for the possible evacuation of Cutelo Alto and Fonsaco areas was completed.

24 Dec 2014 description
  • Needed rainfall was observed across previously dry areas in southern Africa.
  • Dry conditions prevailed across eastern Africa.

1) Although good rains were observed over the Greater Horn of Africa during late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October- December rainy season combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season had already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

24 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The benefits of strengthening disaster preparedness are cost effectiveness and the delivery of effective humanitarian response.

  • Countries in the region have varying levels of preparedness.

  • Mozambique and Madagascar are most exposed to tropical cyclones.

FIGURES *

19 Dec 2014 description

Abnormal dryness expected to continue in East and Southern Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Although good rainfall was observed over the Greater Horn of Africa in late November and early December, the delayed onset of the October December rainy season, combined with an erratic distribution of rains during the season, has already negatively impacted ground conditions in northern Kenya and southern Somalia. As the season is coming to an end, a recovery is unlikely.

19 Dec 2014 description

Mbanza Congo - At least nine hundred and three unexploded ordnance will be demolished on Friday, in the commune of Luvo, Mbanza Congo city, northern Zaire province, by the National Demining Institute (INAD).

According to a note from the provincial department of INAD, delivered to ANGOP, in Mbanza Congo, the material consists anti-personnel landmines, mortar shells, rockets, grenades, TNT block and various ammunition.

18 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

• The early stages of the 2014-2015 growing season in Southern Africa were characterized by significant rainfall deficits in an area extending across eastern Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, northeastern Mozambique and Malawi. The crop growing regions of eastern South Africa and Madagascar were also affected. The rainfall deficits led to vegetation levels being significantly depressed across these regions.

18 Dec 2014 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015

18 Dec 2014 description

Increased rainfall improves crop and pasture conditions in parts of the south

Key Messages

  • Rainfall has improved in most of the Southern Livestock, Millet, and Sorghum livelihood zone, with the exception of large parts of Namibe Province, and this is having a positive impact on vegetation conditions. Cattle conditions are also improving, which is encouraging some pastoralists to start returning to their areas of origin.

17 Dec 2014 description
  • A favorable distribution of rainfall was observed over Southern Africa during the past week.

  • Seasonally-dry weather observed in Eastern Africa.