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29 Apr 2015 description
  • A continued absence of rainfall across northern Ethiopia expected to adversely affect crop and pastoral conditions.
  • Largely suppressed early season rains observed during the 2nd dekad of April over much of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.

23 Apr 2012 description

U.S. Government Releases Sixth Annual Malaria Report

April 24, 2012
Public Information: 202-712-4810


18 Aug 2011 description

August 17, 2011
Public Information: 202-712-4810


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the expansion of its Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) program. IRS is the application of safe insecticides to the indoor walls and ceilings of a home or structure in order to interrupt the spread of malaria by killing mosquitoes that carry the malaria parasite. Malaria is the number one killer in Africa.

08 Sep 2010 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fifth session

Item 70 (a) of the provisional agenda

Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations


The present report has been prepared pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/251, in which the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to continue to improve the international response to natural disasters and to report thereon to the Assembly at its sixty-fifth session.

01 Jul 2010 description

Period covered by this Final Report:

14 December 2009 - 29 February 2010

Summary: In 2009, there were 1,606 cases of wild poliovirus (WPV) reported globally (as of 10 March 2010); 738 of these cases were in Africa. The year proved to be challenging for the polio eradication effort, with outbreaks reported across a number of African countries.

22 Apr 2010 description


Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and is a core component of a comprehensive U.S. Government (USG) Global Health Initiative (GHI), announced in May 2009 by President Barack Obama to reduce the burden of disease and strengthen communities around the world. The 2008 Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act (Lantos/Hyde Act) authorizes up to $5 billion in USG funding for malaria prevention and control for the period FY2009-2013.

15 Dec 2009 description

Malaria: Overview

Saving Lives

Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. At least 1 million infants and children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa die each year from the mosquito-borne disease.

A Global Leader in Fighting Malaria

USAID has been committed to saving lives and fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with national governments to build their capacity to prevent and treat the disease.

10 Aug 2009 description

General Context

The pandemic A (H1N1) has reached a new stage in our Region with the first two deaths reported in South Africa and Mauritius. As of 10th of August 2009 a total of 1,464 cases were reported in 16 African countries. The regional conference organized by the WHO AFRO is taking place in South Africa (11-13 August 2009) to update delegates on the epidemiology of the current pandemic, the processes of national preparedness and response to A (H1N1), develop regional strategies for resource mobilization as well as share experiences among countries.

10 Aug 2009 description

Contexte général

La Pandémie A (H1N1) a atteint un nouveau stade dans notre Région avec les deux premiers décès en Afrique du Sud et à Maurice. Au 10 août 2009 au total 1 464 cas ont été notifiés dans 16 pays africains. La conférence régionale organisée par l'OMS AFRO se tient en Afrique du Sud (11-13 août 2009) pour mettre à jour les délégués sur l'épidémiologie de la pandémie actuelle, le processus de préparation des pays et la réponse au A (H1N1), développer les stratégies régionales pour la mobilisation des ressources aussi bien que le partage d'expériences entre pays.

13 Jul 2009 description

Contexte Général

Pandémie H1N1: le nombre des cas confirmés et des pays touchés augmente très rapidement dans notre région. Du 13 juillet 2009, au total 116 cas confirmés sans décès ont été notifiés dans 11 pays. AFRO maintient son appel aux états membres pour qu'ils intensifient la surveillance.

13 Jul 2009 description

General Context

Pandemic H1N1: The number of confirmed cases and countries affected is rapidly increasing in our Region. As of 13th of July 2009, a total of 116 confirmed cases without death were reported from 11 countries. AFRO maintains its call to the member states to intensify surveillance.

08 Jul 2009 description
report The Global Fund

88 Million Bed Nets Distributed for Malaria

Geneva - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced that 2.3 million people living with HIV have been reached with lifesaving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment through AIDS programs it supports, a 31 per cent increase over results reported a year ago.

Global Fund-supported tuberculosis programs have so far put more than 5.4 million people on effective TB drugs treatment. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death among HIV-infected people; the World Health Organization estimates that TB accounts for up to a …

06 Jul 2009 description

General Context

The number of confirmed cases of the pandemic Influenza A H1N1 is still increasing in our Region. As of 07th of July 2009, a total of 63 cases without death have been confirmed in eight countries. AFRO maintains its call to the member states for more vigilance on surveillance. The Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is under control. We will be monitoring the floods in West Africa countries as we enter the rainy season.

06 Jul 2009 description

Contexte général

Le nombre des cas confirmés de grippe pandémique A H1N1 continue d'augmenter dans notre Région. Au 07 juillet 2009, au total 63 cas sans décès ont été confirmés dans huit pays. AFRO maintient son appel aux états membres pour plus de vigilance dans la surveillance. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe est sous contrôle.

04 Jun 2009 description

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday contributed $75 million to improve and expand children's immunization programs in developing countries.

The contribution is part of the overall U.S. commitment to global health and the new global health initiative, a 6-year, $63 billion dollar effort announced by President Obama in May.

01 Jun 2009 description
report The Global Fund

This fact sheet outlines the principles and approach in determining the number of people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for HIV/AIDS treatment, with a breakdown of the results by country, and answers to commonly-asked questions.

Question 1: How many people are receiving ARVs from programs supported by Global Fund grants?

As of June 1st 2009, programs supported by the Global Fund have reported 2.3 million people currently on ARVs for treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Question 2: What is the regional breakdown of people currently receiving ARVs?

06 May 2009 description
report African Union
  1. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is the largest, internationally-coordinated public health effort in history. Since 1988 when the GPEI was launched, the GPEI has reduced the global incidence of polio by more than 99%. As a result, indigenous poliovirus has been eliminated from all countries except four countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Polio is on the verge of eradication. However, many countries continue to experience re-infections that result in polio outbreaks.


05 May 2009 description

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