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09 Dec 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

08 Dec 2018 description

Sound policies and cooperation by countries are key

By: Richard Danzinger

From Africa Renewal: December 2018 - March 2019

Without a doubt, migration is a defining issue of this century. One billion people, one-seventh of the world’s population, are migrants. Some 258 million people are international migrants, 40 million are internally displaced and 24 million are refugees or asylum seekers. In 2018, there is no longer a single state that can claim to be untouched by human mobility.

06 Dec 2018 description
report WaterAid

Every day, an additional 110,000 people are forced into water scarcity: WaterAid

A new ranking by WaterAid of developing countries shows where millions of people are already losing their right to water, increasing their vulnerability to the impact of climate change.

Sudan, Niger and Pakistan are the top 3 countries with the most threatened water supply, based on new analysis of Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative measures of access to water, climate patterns and water usage rates.

04 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Following the cease fire signed on December 2017, the security in the Pool Region has significantly improved and movement of return of displaced population started since then.

  • 37,108 children under five immunized against measles in Pool and Bouenza departments with UNICEF support.

  • As of 30 September, UNICEF HAC is only funded 33%. An additional US$ 6 million is required for UNICEF to meet the needs of vulnerable children and women, especially in the Education, Wash and Child Protection sectors.

04 Dec 2018 description

Congo

Since April IDPs have increasingly started to return to their areas of origin in the Pool region.

Returns are very high in the districts of Kindamba, Vinza, Kimba, and Mayama, and lower in Mbandza Ndounga and Goma Tse Tse.

Both residents and returnees in these areas face severe needs including drinking water, basic healthcare services, and education facilities. Food insecurity is also critical, due to consecutive poor harvest seasons.

Read more about Congo

03 Dec 2018 description

ACCRA, Ghana, le 20 novembre 2018— La pratique du mariage d’enfants coûtera des dizaines de milliards de dollars aux pays africains, indique un nouveau rapport de la Banque mondiale publié à l’occasion du deuxième Sommet de la Commission de l’Union africaine pour mettre fin au mariage précoce qui se tiendra cette semaine au Ghana.

29 Nov 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

West and Central Africa is the region with the world’s second-highest HIV burden. While progress in the HIV response has been slow, political will is positioned to tackle the challenges. Less than half of pregnant and breastfeeding women were covered by prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in 2017. An estimated 69,000 adolescents aged 10–19 years were newly infected with HIV in 2017, a number only 1 per cent lower than in 2010. About the same number (67,000) of estimated new HIV infections occurred among children aged 0–9 years in 2017.

29 Nov 2018 description

As of 31 October 2018, 781,917 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries. From 1 January to 31 October 2018 alone, some 147,750 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda, Burundi and Zambia.

UNHCR together with 43 humanitarian and development partners launched the revised Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) on 17 July 2018 for $547 million to help respond to the needs of Congolese refugees in Africa.

Regional Highlights and Operational Context

28 Nov 2018 description

Highlights

In most countries across southern Africa, national average maize prices currently remain below 5 year average (5YA) levels. The exception to this is Zambia, where in September, the national average maize price was 5 percent above the 5YA.

Markets in Zambia appear to be experiencing stress earlier this year, and in mid-October, the Zambian Government imposed temporary restrictive measures on the exportation of maize grain/ meal products to help secure national strategic reserves.

26 Nov 2018 description

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

99,3% des réfugiés en RDC vivent dans des zones rurales, et 74% des réfugiés sont installés hors camps ou sites de réfugiés.

27.177 réfugiés sont rentrés volontairement de la RDC dans les trois dernières années. La majorité d’entre eux étaient des réfugiés rwandais dont le HCR a facilité le retour.

Travail avec les partenaires

26 Nov 2018 description

531,819 refugees and asylum seekers in DRC, among them 52% are women.

99.3% of refugees in DRC live in rural areas, and 74% live outside refugee camps or settlements.

27,177 refugees voluntary returned from DRC over the last three years. Most of them were Rwandans whose return was facilitated by UNHCR.

Working with Partners

21 Nov 2018 description

1. Situation update

The Ministry of Health (MoH), WHO and partners continue to respond to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and remain confident that the outbreak can be contained, despite ongoing challenges. On the evening of 16 November 2018, an armed group attacked the MONUSCO base in Boikene District in the city of Beni, close to the residences of UN Ebola responders. Response operations in Beni were briefly paused and resumed (not to full functionally) on 18 November 2018.

21 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

410 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 14.5 m net funding requirements (October – December 2018)

39,898 people assisted in September 2018

Operational Updates

• Under the ongoing Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process, the collection of arms started in August 2018.

• As the security situation remains stable in the Pool Department, a significant number of displaced people have returned to their place of origin.