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12 Nov 2017 description

This is the first annual report produced by the newly established Communicable Diseases Cluster (CDS) of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa.

The overwhelming majority of deaths in the WHO African Region are caused by HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis (TB). Along with neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), these infections are diminishing Africans’ quality of life as individuals and thwarting entire countries’ ability to develop vibrant and productive communities, stronger economies and safer societies.

14 Jun 2017 description
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Executive Summary and Illustrative Report
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Full Report

Executive Summary

The Regional Director is pleased to present this report on the work of WHO in the African Region for the period October 2015 to June 2016. The report outlines the significant achievements made under the six categories in the 12th General Programme of Work in supporting Member States in the African Region in health development. It reflects contributions from WHO country offices and the Regional Office, including the three Intercountry Support Teams.

16 Mar 2017 description

Overview

A severe drought, associated with the El Niño phenomena, resulted in a humanitarian emergency in which an estimated 40 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. Vulnerability assessments and analysis indicated that 23 million required immediate humanitarian assistance, as of June 2016.

In response to this, the Southern African Development Community launched a regional humanitarian appeal for $2.4 billion to support the needs of the affected population in the affected Member States.

02 Mar 2017 description

OVERVIEW

• Many countries across the African continent face recurrent complex emergencies, frequent food insecurity, cyclical drought, and sudden-onset disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and storms. In FY 2016, as in previous years, USAID/OFDA not only responded to urgent needs resulting from disasters, but also supported DRR programs that built resilience and improved emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response capacity at local, national, and regional levels.

02 Feb 2017 description
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El Nino 2015-2016 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.
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Disaster associated with El Nino in 1997-1998, 2002-2003 or 2009-2010 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.

27 Jan 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

66,672 South Sudanese refugees, most of them new arrivals.

102,489 Refugees from the Central African Republic.

36,332 Refugees from Burundi.

553,896 Congolese refugees in African countries

6,066 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC in 2016.

Working with partners

18 Jan 2017 description
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Highlights

  • An estimated 1.42 million people (756,000 children) are affected by the drought, including 800,000 people food insecure in the provinces of Cunene, Namibe and Huila.

  • 17,762 children under five with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) have been treated through therapeutic treatment programmes assisted by UNICEF in 2016.

  • UNICEF has provided 52,500 people with access to safe water through the rehabilitation of 105 water pumps in 2016.

12 Jan 2017 description

Highlights:

  • ‘Market estimates for South Africa’s 2016/17 total maize production vary between 11.7 million tons and 13.0 million tons, which is well above the previous season’s output of 7.5 million tons. If this materializes, South Africa would return to be a net exporter of maize as domestic annual consumption is just 10.5 million tons’– Agbiz, www.agbiz.co.za.) '

31 Dec 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

By the end of 2016, progress continued towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives.
The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, with fewer cases in fewer areas of fewer countries than at any time in the past. The virus is now more geographically constrained than at any point in history.

29 Dec 2016 description

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.

  2. Despite some increase in rainfall during late November, poor and erratic rain since late September has resulted in droughts, which have negatively impacted crops and water availability in southern Ethiopia, southern Somalia, and eastern Kenya.

27 Dec 2016 description

Highlights

64,755 South Sudanese refugees, most of them new arrivals.

103,717 Refugees from the Central African Republic.

34,973 Refugees from Burundi

543,309 Congolese refugees in African countries

5,501 Rwandan refugees repatriated from DRC in 2016

25 Dec 2016 description

Uíge - At least 1. 413. 832 square meters is the total of demined areas during the year 2016, by the troops of the units located in the North Military Region (RMN), announced its commander, lieutenant-general David Cavanda, on Saturday.

Speaking at the end-of-the-year greeting ceremony, the general said that through the demining work it was found four anti-tank mines, 98 anti personnel mines, 37 explosives, 138 miscellaneous cartridges and 7, 972 pieces of various metals were removed.

23 Dec 2016 description

The October-December rainfall season has performed poorly in East Africa

  1. Locust outbreak has continued in western Mauritania. Breeding has extended to southern Western Sahara, where limited control operations are in progress, according to the FAO.

  2. Poor early season rainfall has resulted in increasing moisture deficits and deteriorating ground conditions throughout portions of Angola, southern DRC, and northern Zambia.

23 Dec 2016 description

More than 15 million Angolans and 10 million Congolese were vaccinated under a campaign coordinated by the WHO

LUANDA, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Angola declared the end of the world's worst yellow fever epidemic in a generation on Friday after a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign of 25 million people that resulted in no new cases in six months.

The outbreak began a year ago in a slum in the capital, Luanda, before spreading throughout Angola, a war-scarred southeast African nation, and into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. In all, more than 400 people died.

22 Dec 2016 description

1. Summary

In November 2015, more than 1,000 Cuban nationals were reported to be camped out at the Paso Canoas border crossing with Panama. In view of requirements for entering the country and the fact that these migrants did not meet them, a significant amount of people began to congregate in this border community, taking to living in the streets while they waited for a solution to their immigration status. The Costa Rican government issued permits allowing migrants to enter the country and continue on their way to the United States.