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17 Sep 2015 description

Executive Summary

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) leadership agreed at the time of the 2013–2018 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan (PEESP) development that the programme would regularly assess progress, reflect on the lessons learned, plan for the risks ahead, and make needed adjustments to the activities and costs of the plan going forward. This midterm review (MTR) was conducted by a team from the GPEI partners under the guidance of the Strategy Committee (SC) from March-May 2015.

15 Sep 2015 description

Main Outcomes and Findings of the VACs

The number of food insecure people in the countries providing data increased by 13% (13.4 million this year compared to 10.3 million for last year) which was an above average year.

The exceptions were Mozambique and Swaziland where numbers continued to decrease.

In comparison to last year major increases in food insecure population are noted in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe

03 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.

Country Context

31 Jul 2015 description

Mbanza Congo - At least 1.6 billion square metres of land was cleared of landmines from 2006 to 2014 in northern Zaire province by several operators.

The information was released Thursday in Mbanza Congo by Zaire province governor José Joanes André.

The governor was speaking at the opening of the ninth plenary session on actions against landmines taking place in the region.

José Joanes Andre said the demining process covered 619 kilometres of road in the province.

31 Jul 2015 description

Mbanza Congo - Angola has taken the commitment to conduct an in-depth study on the dimension of the landmine issue in the country and come up in five years with a number of programmatic, financial and time proposals for its elimination.

This was said by the chairman of the National Inter-sector Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Aid (CNIDAH), Santana André Pitra “Petroff”.

The official was addressing the ninth plenary session on action against landmines in northern Zaire province taking place until Thursday in Mbanza Congo.

31 Jul 2015 description

The SADC summary of the 2015/16 regional food security and vulnerability situation based on the results of the 2015 NVACs vulnerability assessments.

Given the hazards faced, the number of food insecure people in the countries providing data increased by 13% (13.4 million this year compared to 10.3 million for last year) which was an above average year. The exceptions were Mozambique and Swaziland where numbers continued to decrease. In comparison to last year major increases in food insecure population are noted in Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

28 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 22–28 July 2015

Somalia: More than 10,000 people have been displaced in Lower Shabelle and Bay regions since AMISOM and Somali armed forces began their offensive. Al Shabaab has lost control of Bardhere in Gedo and Dinsoor in Bay. In accessible areas of Hudur town, Bakool, 33% GAM and 19% SAM were observed in a MUAC assessment in July – a significant deterioration since June. Very critical malnutrition rates persist in Bulo Burde, Hiraan.

21 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 July 2015

Iraq: More than 74,440 people have been displaced from Saqlawiyah in Falluja district since 8 July, and tens of thousands reportedly remain trapped in Falluja and Ramadi districts. There are now more than 3.1 million IDPs across 3,613 locations in Iraq; 300,000 people have been displaced from and within Anbar since military operations began in April.

16 Jul 2015 description

Xangongo - At least 190,000 people in the communes of Xangongo, Naulila, Mucupe, Humbe and Ombala-yo-mung have been affected by drought in Ombadja municipality, southern Cunene province, the local administrator said Wednesday.

Manuel Domingos Taby mentioned the communes of Naulila, Mucupe and Ombala-yo- mung, as the most hit by the phenomenon, with local residents facing water and food shortage, due to the lack of rains.

16 Jul 2015 description

Saurimo - Ninety-nine kilometers of roads connecting the municipalities of Cacolo and Dala, eastern Lunda Sul province, were cleared during the first half this year.

The information was released to Angop by the official of National Demining Institute, Salvador Colo.

Colo said that the action covered the road sections that connect the localities of Dala / Luma Kasai (municipality of Dala) and Cacolo / Cucumbi / Xassengue (municipality of Cacolo).

14 Jul 2015 description
report UNAIDS

UNAIDS announces that the goal of 15 million people on life-saving HIV treatment by 2015 has been met nine months ahead of schedule

The world has exceeded the AIDS targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 6 and is on track to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

14 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 8–14 July 2015

Yemen: More than 1,500 civilians have been killed since conflict began to escalate in March, and airstrikes and fighting continue despite the agreement to a six-day humanitarian pause over 11–17 July. There are now 1.26 million IDPs in the country – a 24% increase since mid-June. Only 20% of the fuel needed is available in the country, which is impacting upon all basic needs.

08 Jul 2015 description

Kuito - At least twelve peasants associations, comprising 500 people of central Bié province, benefited in the current agricultural campaign, from various agricultural inputs, aiming to contribute to increased agricultural production.

The information was released Monday in Cuito city to ANGOP by the provincial delegate of the Red Cross of Angola, Ângelo Sassongo when speaking of agricultural projects that his institution is implementing in partnership with its counterpart of Spain and the World Bank.

07 Jul 2015 description

Regional Overview

Lesotho

The SADC Double Troika decided to establish a commission of enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Lt. General Maaparankoe Mahao while agreeing to second two pathologists from South Africa to assist with the post-mortem process. Meanwhile, a team of investigators from Zimbabwe and Namibia would be made available to assist with investigation related to the death of Lt. General Mahao.

IN FOCUS: Angola INFORM Index Risk Profile

07 Jul 2015 description

Snapshot 1–7 July 2015

Syria: Civilian deaths made up 81% of the total death toll in June, which was 2,137, bringing the total number of people killed so far in 2015 to 11,000. 705,000 people have been displaced in the first five months of this year: 439,000 were internally displaced, and the vast majority of the rest fled to Turkey.

05 Jul 2015 description

Ndalatando - At least Eighty-three from the 125 suspected areas of landmines identified in the northern Cuanza Norte province were cleared out in the 2005-2015 period, reported on Friday in Ndalatando city, the local responsible for the office of the Coordination for the Action against Landmines of the Interministerial Commission for Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), Pedro Tandala Dambi.

01 Jul 2015 description

Ondjiva - Reinforcement of food and drinking water supply to the populations is among the measures to mitigate the effect of the drought on affected families in southern Cunene province

This was said Tuesday in Ondjiva by Cunene governor, António Didalelwa.

The official was speaking at the opening of the celebrations of the 45th anniversary Cunene province, July 10.