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Formative Evaluation of ‘The Fifth Child Project’: A new initiative to close the childhood immunization gap in Benishangul-Gumuz
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The Fifth Child: Closing the immunization gap - policy brief

Authors: Shiferaw Dechasa Demissie, Tracey Chantler, Emilie Karafillakis, Heidi Larson, Lilian Kiapi, Petros Gebrekirstos, Siraj Mohammed, Bersabeh Sile, Samuel Wodajo, Naoko Kozuki, Comfort Olorunsaiye, Justine Landegger

Background

24 Oct 2017 description

24 October 2017, Addis Ababa: Today, as the world commemorates World Polio Day, we, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Rotary International, reaffirm our commitment to building on the success of our joint polio eradication efforts and sustaining the polio free status of the country.

23 Oct 2017 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 45 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Marburg in Uganda

  • Monkeypox in Nigeria

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Tanzania.

23 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 900 new arrivals registered in Unity: In Yida refugee settlement, UNHCR registered 915 new arrivals (457F, 458M) including 682 children. Cumulatively, 10,709 new arrivals have been registered in 2017. Last year within the same period, 9,583 new arrivals were registered, which represents 10% increase due to the increased number of children leaving their parents in South Kordofan to pursue education opportunities.

23 Oct 2017 description

Since gaining independence in 1962, Uganda has provided asylum to people fleeing war and persecution in neighboring countries, especially South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Burundi. Uganda's progressive refugee policy grant refugees freedom of movement, the right to seek employment and establish businesses, and to access public services such as education, health care and justice. In refugee-hosting districts, services are integrated with government service delivery systems, whenever feasible.

23 Oct 2017 description
report ActionAid

Over the past year, the drought emergency has shown how climate change and natural hazards are increasing humanitarian needs in Ethiopia. As communities cope with shocks in agricultural and livestock production and access to food, national humanitarian organisations working with these communities find themselves apart from the decision-making spaces.

23 Oct 2017 description
report Amref Health Africa

Addis Ababa, October 16, 2017 The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched a suite of four activities to address preventable maternal and child deaths in Ethiopia.

These “Transform” activities will support the Government of Ethiopia’s overall efforts to prevent child and maternal deaths. USAID is investing approximately $181 million (USD) in these activities through 2022.

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is also providing support.

21 Oct 2017 description

Projected influx would swell the ranks of the two million South Sudanese already in exile in the region - bringing the total number of refugees closer the three million mark.

NAIROBI, Kenya — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the humanitarian agencies is warning that without an imminent resolution in sight for the crises in South Sudan, more South Sudanese are likely to become refugees in 2018.

21 Oct 2017 description

Deyr rains perform poorly in early October in southern and central Somalia

KEY MESSAGES

  • The Deyr (October to December) season is delayed over southern and central Somalia, with rainfall totals less than 80 percent of average across many areas. In southeastern Ethiopia, rainfall has been average to slightly above average, but concentrated within 1-2 days of rainfall.

20 Oct 2017 description

Since the revision of the Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD) in August 2017, the humanitarian context in Ethiopia has continued to evolve which has led the Government and humanitarian partners to further adjust the HRD requirements. In the food sector the needs have been revised slightly upwards to accommodate an increase in the number of beneficiaries through the inclusion of 4 million former Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) clients in the HRD.

20 Oct 2017 description

Methodology and limitations

  • Time period covered: 18-21 September 2017

  • The National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) collaborated in calling DPPB and other woreda officials in 191 priority 1 and 2 woredas in all major regions except Somali region.

  • Some woredas remain uncovered because of the telephone network and lack of information with DPPB officials

  • Results presented here have had no further triangulation

20 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Wambi Michael

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 20 2017 (IPS) - Index insurance is being promoted as a solution to protect climate affected smallholder farmers in Africa. This type of micro insurance is slowly gaining ground as a way of compensating farmers for lost crops and livestock due to climate change.

20 Oct 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A plague outbreak in Madagascar has raised concern in neighbouring countries. As of 12 October, a total of 684 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) including 57 deaths (CFR 8.3%) have been reported from 35 out of 114 districts. Of these 474 were clinically classified as pneumonic plague.

The Madagascar Ministry of Health (MoH) reported caseload on 16 October was 805 (confirmed and suspected) with 74 deaths.

20 Oct 2017 description

Addis Ababa – IOM, the UN Migration Agency has relocated over 15,000 Eritrean refugees in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia since 1 March 2017. In close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs and the UNHCR, IOM has medically screened and transported newly arrived Eritrean refugees from the Reception Centre in Endabaguna/Shire to four refugee camps in the North of Ethiopia.