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21 Jun 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 31 May, over 772,000 Congolese refugees are being hosted in countries in Africa.

From 1 January to 31 May alone, some 104,351 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.

20 Jun 2018 description

The Guest of Honour, Minister of Home Affairs, honourable Stephen Kampyongo MP,

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,

The Commissioner for Refugees,

Senior Government officials,

Members of the Diplomatic community,

The UN Country Team and UNHCR Implementing Partners,

The Refugee Community

Representatives of the host community

Members of the media,

Colleagues,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

19 Jun 2018 description

*The figures presented reflect the refugee population covered by the Burundi Regional Refugee Response Plan and includes Burundian refugees who fled since April 2015, as well as some 37,000 Burundian refugees who had sought asylum in the region prior to April 2015. In addition to the population above, there are some 13,200 Burundian refugees in Kenya, 4,800 in Mozambique, 3,600 in Malawi and 2,500 in Zambia who are assisted within the respective country-level programmes. A further 23,000 Burundian refugees, who have lived for decades in Tanzania, no longer receive assistance.

18 Jun 2018 description

5 New events

52 Ongoing events

46 Outbreaks

9 Humanitarian crises

  • This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Measles in Liberia
Hepatitis E in Namibia
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in Cameroon.

18 Jun 2018 description

In Numbers

  • 525 mt of food assistance distributed

  • US$ 4.86 m six months (January-June 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total

  • 138,761 people assisted in May 2018

Operational Context

15 Jun 2018 description

Highlights

Overall, across southern Africa, regional food staple prices continued to remain below their respective 2017 levels and 5 year averages (5YA). In Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, maize prices were 20—27 percent below the 5YA.

As harvesting is underway, maize prices across the region are expected to follow a downward trend as households begin consuming from their own production. However, given that many countries are reporting lower production estimates compared to last year, this trend may be short-lived.

15 Jun 2018 description

Suite à la notification d’une flambée de maladie à virus Ebola dans la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo, le 5 mai 2018, l’OMS a réalisé une évaluation formelle rapide des risques qui a démontré que le risque pour la santé publique est élevé au niveau régional.

14 Jun 2018 description

Summary Points

  • While creating new infrastructure in Mantapala Refugee Settlement is urgent, there is also a need to improve conditions and basic services in Meheba Refugee Settlement to prepare it to host more refugees in an event of a new influx from the DRC through the Copperbelt and North-western Provinces.

08 Jun 2018 description

Following the notification of an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 5 May 2018, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment which determined that the public risk is high at the regional level.

08 Jun 2018 description

1 New event

54 Ongoing events

46 Outbreaks

9 Humanitarian crises

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

07 Jun 2018 description

13,900 refugees received food rations in both Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

1,640 children are accessing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

A cumulative total of 9,808 persons have received medical assistance since January 2018 in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.

Operational Context

04 Jun 2018 description

1 New event

57 Ongoing events

48 Outbreaks

10 Humanitarian crises

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Undiagnosed disease in Uganda
  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Monkeypox in Cameroon
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

01 Jun 2018 description

Armed insurgencies, social cleavages and governance deficits relating to authoritarian rule and abuse of state resources all imperil peace and stability in Southern Africa. The Southern African Development Community’s institutional framework for regional peace and security is proving ineffective because its leaders are unwilling to enforce democratic principles.

Michael Aeby, Researcher, Graduate Institute Geneva

01 Jun 2018 description

Maize is the single most important cereal crop in Southern Africa, accounting for almost 70% of total cereal production in the region. Most households in Southern Africa depend on maize (grain and meal/flour) for their main source of food and energy, with tubers (cassava), rice, wheat, sorghum, and millet serving as the main substitutes. Madagascar is the exception, where rice (imported and local) is the main staple food consumed across the country, with cassava and maize serving as key substitutes.

29 May 2018 description

1. Situation update

The outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still active. On 27 May 2018, one new suspected EVD case was reported in Wangata. Three laboratory specimens from suspected cases reported previously in Iboko (1), Ntondo (1) and Wangata (1) health zones have tested negative (noncases). There were no new confirmed cases and deaths.

28 May 2018 description

5 New events

59 Ongoing events

54 Outbreaks

10 Humanitarian crises

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute 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 edition covers key ongoing events, including: