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- World Vision: The number of people affected by hunger in southern Africa ‘will stretch around the world’. 10 Nov 2019
- FAO: As climate shocks intensify, UN food agencies urge more support for southern Africa’s hungry people. 31 Oct 2019
- Govt. Angola: Hepatitis outbreak tops 1 600 confirmed cases. 21 Nov 2019
- Govt. Angola: Over 40 cases of polio recorded in Angola. 18 Nov 2019
- UN RC Angola: United Nations supports voluntary repatriation of refugees to DR Congo. 14 Nov 2019
MAG has taken part in a discussion in South Africa on the issues facing Angola and how to become landmine free by 2025.
The aim of the meeting, convened by international forum organisers Wilton Park, was to identify challenges which face Angola and the landmine free goal set for six years’ time.
The country already holds an iconic status in the landmine issue after Diana, Princess of Wales famously walked through a minefield in Huambo in 1997.
ONGWEDIVA – Hepatitis E cases have spiked dramatically over the last couple of years, with health officials declaring 1 635 confirmed cases as at 10 November this year. The outbreak has claimed 56 lives, while a significant 6 672 cases have been reported since the outbreak started in December 2017. Of the 1 635 confirmed cases, Erongo Region is leading with 460 cases, while Khomas and Omusati have 351 and 169 cases, respectively. Khomas, however, has the highest reported cases with 4 179, followed by Erongo and Omusati with 1 525 and 269, respectively.
LES ATTAQUES CONTRE LES ÉCOLES PERSISTENT DANS LES RÉGIONS DE L’OUEST
SCHOOL ATTACKS PERSIST IN WESTERN REGIONS
On 9 November, a group of armed men kidnapped ten students for ransom from a College in Bambili, North West region, and killed one of them. On 7 November, unidentified gunmen abducted a lecturer of the University of Bamenda, also in the North West region. On 6 November, a group of armed men attacked a High School in Bokova in Buea, South West region, but security forces intervened, and no casualty was reported.
• Until early November, the current rainfall season has been characterized by much drier than average conditions, leading to delays in the onset of the agricultural season. From mid November, rainfall has improved significantly and these improved conditions should last until the end of the month; this will lead to suitable conditions for planting and early crop development, but drier conditions are likely to return from early December.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 64 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:
Pasture and water for livestock are in a poor state in some areas due to recurrent droughts
Seasonal forecasts indicate enhanced chances of below average seasonal rainfall totals, raising concerns on the backdrop of the severe drought of the 2018/19 season.
Most parts of the region received near-normal rainfall through early November
Short term forecasts suggest an improvement of rainfall through-mid November in several countries, which may result in a timely onset in some areas.
Luanda - At least forty four cases of polio were reported this year in Angola, Health Minister Sílvia Lutucuta said on Friday at the opening of the First Round of Vaccination in the Monte Belo district of Cacuaco in Luanda.
According to the official, the occurrences happended in the provinces of Bié, Malanje and Lunda Sul (one case each), Moxico and Benguela (two), Huíla (three), Lunda Norte (four), Luanda (six), Huambo (11 ) and Cuanza Sul (13).
Besides Acute Flaccid Paralysis surveillance and Environmental surveillance, how else do disease surveillance officers track the poliovirus in populated cities, hard-to-reach geographical areas and in conflict zones? Find out here.
Ondjiva - The laying of the first stone and the allocation of the works to the contractor for the start of structural projects turned to the fight against the drought hitting the southern Cunene Province happens this Friday in Cufo locality.
With this act, that will be chaired by the minister of Energy and Waters, João Baptista Borges, it will begin the construction of a water catchment in Cunene River, pumping system and the water pipe from Cafu to Cuamato.
525 Progress towards poliomyelitis eradication – Pakistan,
January 2018–September 2019
532 Update on vaccine-derived polioviruses – worldwide,
January 2018–June 2019
525 Progrès accomplis vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite:
Pakistan, janvier 2018-septembre 2019 532 Le point sur les poliovirus dérivés d’une souche vaccinale dans le monde, janvier 2018-juin 2019
Luanda - The second stage of polio vaccination campaign is kicking off this Friday in five provinces of Angola, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.
The sanitary authorities said they expect to vaccinate over two million children from zero to five years old in Luanda, Bengo, Benguela, Huambo and Cuanza Norte.
Luanda with roughly eight million inhabitants expects to vaccinate over 1.6 million children.
The vaccination campaign will happen on November 15-17 with assistance of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), the Health Ministry has said.
Repatriation of Congolese refugees from Angola to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
• The fifth convoy of the organized voluntary repatriation to DRC departed from Lóvua settlement on 13 November 2019 at 8:30, in the direction of Kalamba Mbuji, Kasai Central Province, DRC.
To cite: Berendsen MLT, van Gijzel SWL, Smits J, et al. BCG vaccination is associated with reduced malaria prevalence in children under the age of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa. BMJ Global Health 2019;**4**:e001862. doi:10.1136/ bmjgh-2019-001862
Delayed rainfall sustains dryness in Southern Africa, while flooding is likely to continue across East Africa
Heavy rainfall triggered flooding in Accra, Ghana last week.
Rising water levels in the Ubangui River triggered flooding along the river basin into northern and western DRC 3. Heavy rainfall during the past couple of months has significantly raised water levels in the Nile River and its tributaries in Sudan and South Sudan triggering floods.
There are more than 11 million people now experiencing crisis or emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC Phases 3 and 4) in nine Southern African countries1 due to deepening drought and climate crisis. If urgent humanitarian action is not taken, the number will likely rise in the coming months, according to the Regional Interagency Standing Committee Africa (RIASCO).
Dundo, 13 November 2019. After around 14,700 refugees opted to return spontaneously to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by their own means from mid-August, the United Nations, including its Refugee Agency (UNHCR), is now supporting the organized voluntary repatriation of Congolese refugees to their regions of origin. Since the beginning of October, UNHCR has already organized four convoys from Lóvua settlement in the province of Lunda Norte to Tshikapa in the Kasai Region via the border of Nachiri.
The lean season has begun in Southern Africa, with nearly 12 million people severely food insecure, many unable to access clean water, and girls and women reportedly forced to resort to negative coping strategies, including early marriage, transactional sex and trafficking. At least 12 districts are projected to face ‘Emergency’ food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) (3 in Zambia and 9 in Zimbabwe), along with more than 60 per cent (14 out of 23) of communes assessed in three provinces (Cuando Cubango, Huila and Cunene) of southern Angola.