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03 May 2016 description

By: T. Craig Murphy

In 2015, significant migrant and refugee movements in the Horn of Africa placed strain on governments and humanitarian actors in the region. For the first time, complex flows of displaced individuals arrived in Djibouti, Somalia, and Ethiopia from Yemen.

Entrenched conflict and multiple failed peace accords framed the situation in Yemen and South Sudan. Environmental factors placed 10 million in need of emergency assistance in Ethiopia due to the worst drought in decades.

06 Aug 2015 description
  • This week the emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) is meeting for the sixth time to assess whether the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

  • Despite the deteriorating security situation in Yemen, a humanitarian pause enabled 50,000 children to be reached with the oral polio vaccine during the final week of Ramadan. Read more

30 Jul 2015 description
  • 24 July marked one year since a child was last paralyzed by wild poliovirus in Nigeria. Final laboratory results on all specimens for the full 12 month period are expected by September 2015, which, if clear for poliovirus, may lead to Nigeria being removed from the list of polio-endemic countries. The Global Polio Eradication Initiative commends the hard work of the Nigerian government, partners, religious and community leaders, and health workers for such strong progress towards stopping polio.

03 Feb 2014 description
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General Situation during January 2014
Forecast until mid-March 2014

20 Oct 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly
Second Committee
14th & 15th Meetings (AM & PM)

Drop in Commodity Prices, Development Assistance, Migrant Remittances Cited as Factors Devastating Least Developed Economies