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22 Oct 2019 description

Goma, DRC, 21 October 2019 - The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its nine neighbouring countries today, during a meeting of ministers, senior health and immigration officials and partners in Goma, endorsed a joint framework to strengthen cross-border collaboration on preparedness and response to Ebola virus and other disease outbreaks.

21 Oct 2019 description

(Dr Michael Charles heads the IFRC Southern Africa Cluster. His article was first published by the Southern Times last month, before the September Climate Action Summit in New York, and was reproduced by the IFRC on Friday. It has been edited slightly here for length and time references.)

21 Oct 2019 description

La réunion du Comité d’urgence convoquée par le Directeur général de l’OMS au titre du Règlement sanitaire international (RSI) (2005) pour examiner la flambée actuelle de maladie à virus Ebola (MVE) en République démocratique du Congo a eu lieu le vendredi 18 octobre 2019, de 12 heures à 16 heures 00, heure de Genève (HEC).

Compte rendu de la réunion

Les membres et les conseillers du Comité d’urgence se sont réunis par téléconférence.

21 Oct 2019 description

Filippo Grandi a salué la générosité de cette nation africaine envers les réfugiés et a appelé à une augmentation de l’assistance humanitaire et de l’aide au développement durant une visite de deux jours dans le pays.

Par Catherine Wachiaya à Lusaka, Zambie

Le Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, Filippo Grandi, a appelé à accroître l’assistance humanitaire et l’aide au développement de la Zambie où, durant une visite de deux jours, il a pu constater de visu les politiques progressistes du pays en matière d’intégration des réfugiés.

19 Oct 2019 description

Luanda - The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF reiterated their support to the Angolan Government on Friday (18), in order to develop a robust surveillance and monitoring vaccination system to prevent, detect and respond quickly to any case of polio.

According to WHO representative in Angola Fernanda Alves, the organization and strategic polio partners, including the UN agencies, have been supporting the Angolan Government in actions and strategies to control and block poliovirus transmission by providing human and financial resources.

19 Oct 2019 description

Filippo Grandi commends the African nation for its generosity towards refugees and calls for additional humanitarian and development support during a two-day visit.

By Catherine Wachiaya in Lusaka, Zambia

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi called for additional humanitarian and development support for Zambia, where he witnessed first hand the country’s progressive policies on refugee integration during a two-day visit.

19 Oct 2019 description

The African Development Bank has approved a grant of $1 million to boost a children’s food and nutrition security program in Bié province in Angola.

The resources are from a special relief fund to the government of Angola, in response to a prevailing drought that has caused severe malnutrition. The grant was approved on 23 September.

18 Oct 2019 description

The meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) to review the current Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo took place on Friday, 18 October 2019, from 12:00 to 16:00 Geneva time (CEST).

Proceedings of the meeting

18 Oct 2019 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Land preparation for and planting of 2020 cereal crops started in September

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

  • Food prices increased throughout 2019, on back of reduced agricultural output and weaker national currency

  • Food insecurity situation deteriorated in southern provinces due to impact of dry weather conditions on agricultural production and uptick in food prices

18 Oct 2019 description
  • Preparations for World Polio Day taking place next week on 24 October are in full swing. On that day, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) is expected to declare poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) as globally eradicated. The event will be broadcast on the internet.
17 Oct 2019 description

Improving the availability of crop production and food supply data and information

In efforts to improve the monitoring and assessment of crop production and food supply in the SADC region, the RVAA Programme team is supporting the SADC Secretariat’s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) Directorate to implement a capacity building programme targeting the Member States.

16 Oct 2019 description

Understanding gender relations between and among boys, men, girls, and women are essential in determining vulnerability to food and nutrition insecurity.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, women make up most of the agricultural workforce and produce up to 80 percent of basic foodstuffs, according to FAO. Women are generally responsible for food selection and preparation and for the care and feeding of children. There is substantial evidence that indicates that women’s income is more likely to be spent on food than that of men.

14 Oct 2019 description

Ondjiva - The southern Cunene province has recorded moderate rain on Sunday night after 12 months of extreme drought in the region, therefore reviving the hope of more than 800,000 people and nearly one million cattle affected by the drought.

Lack of raifall in the region has disrupted the 2018/2019 agricultural season, making the local inhabitants to fail to harvest in 205,000 hectares of the 99,000 fields.

14 Oct 2019 description

The multiple deprivations affecting vulnerable populations are the greatest hurdle to achieving zero hunger. By directly addressing structural barriers, social protection can help WFP achieve its mandate on nutrition and food insecurity, and reach the most vulnerable, including people living with, at risk of1 and affected by HIV. Reaching zero hunger requires integrated programming aimed at all vulnerable population groups to enable them to access the support systems and services they need to be drawn out of poverty.

11 Oct 2019 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, 2 octobre 2019 — Le Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé cette semaine deux financements de l’Association internationale de développement (IDA)* et de la Banque internationale pour la reconstruction et le développement (BIRD), à hauteur de respectivement 220 et 60 millions de dollars, pour renforcer les systèmes de santé et assurer l'efficacité de la veille sanitaire en Afrique centrale. Il s’agit du quatrième projet financé au titre du Programme de renforcement des systèmes régionaux de surveillance des maladies (ou REDISSE, selon son acronyme en anglais).

10 Oct 2019 description
  • On 24 October 2019, World Polio Day, an event will be held at the WHO to mark the potential certification of eradication of wild poliovirus type 3. With no poliovirus type 3 detected anywhere in the world since 2012, the Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication (GCC) is anticipated to officially declare this strain as globally eradicated. The event will also be broadcast on the internet.

10 Oct 2019 description

548,850 refugees and asylum seekers in DRC, among them 52% women.

99.3% of refugees in DRC live in rural areas, and 72.2% live outside refugee camps or settlements.

886,881 refugees from DRC in Africa.

Main activities – Refugees

Protection

10 Oct 2019 description

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

99,3% des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 72,2% des réfugiéssont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

886.881 nombre de Congolais réfugiés en Afrique.

Activités principales – Réfugiés

Protection

09 Oct 2019 description
report UN Security Council

On trouvera ci-après le texte de la déclaration à la presse faite, aujourd’hui, par le Président du Conseil de sécurité pour le mois d’octobre, M. Jerry Matthews Matjila (Afrique du Sud):

Les membres du Conseil de sécurité se sont réunis le 3 octobre 2019 pour examiner la situation dans la région des Grands Lacs et la mise en œuvre de l’Accord-cadre pour la paix, la sécurité et la coopération pour la République démocratique du Congo et la région. Ils ont entendu un exposé de l’Envoyé spécial du Secrétaire général pour la région des Grands Lacs, Huang Xia.