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05 Nov 2018 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 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

15 Jun 2017 description

Current Situation

In 2015 Africa experienced its worst drought in 60 years. The unusually strong El Niño weather pattern in 2015-2016, coupled with record-high temperatures, had a catastrophic effect on crops, vegetation, livestock, and water resources. Unfortunately, the drought has continued into 2017 due to lack of significant rainfall.

In addition to the drought, armed conflict, and economic decline has further exacerbated the problem for some countries.

10 Aug 2016 description

The El Niño global climatic event has had a devastating impact on tens of millions of people across the globe in 2015 and 2016. East Africa, Southern Africa, Central America, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands, continue to be at risk of extreme weather events, including below-normal rains and flooding. The humanitarian fallout includes increased food insecurity due to low crop yields and rising prices; higher malnutrition rates; devastated livelihoods; increased susceptibility to illnesses, and forced displacement.

18 Jul 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Context and Investment Case

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are targeted for severe acute malnutrition (SAM)treatment in the region.

23 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Context and Investment Case   

One of the strongest El Niño events ever recorded places the lives of 26.5 million children at risk of malnutrition, water shortages and disease in ten countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. UNICEF is responding to four primary needs:

  1. Over 1 million children are in need of treatment for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the region.

31 Jan 2016 description
report UN News Service

31 January 2016 – The international community must stand with the people of Ethiopia in their time of need, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging donors gathered in Addis Ababa to step up assistance to the drought-hit country, which is battling the effects of one of the most powerful El Niño events in recorded history, made worse by the impact of climate change.

26 Jun 2013 description
  • Locusts have infested a wide portion of western Madagascar, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people.
  • Reduced rain was observed along the Gulf of Guinea, while heavy rain fell over South Sudan during the past week.

1) Since the beginning of May, intermittent and insufficient rains have increased rainfall deficits over parts of north central Nigeria. Scattered, moderate to heavy showers are forecast over the region during the next outlook period; but they may not be sufficient to fully overcome accumulated deficits.

09 Oct 2012 description
report Voice of America

Joe DeCapua

Agricultural experts are meeting in Addis Ababa (10/8-12) to discuss ways of making sub-Saharan Africa a major wheat producer. The region traditionally has played a small role in wheat production, but that could change in the coming years.

Listen to De Capua Report on African wheat

09 Oct 2012 description

Tue, 9 Oct 2012 00:01 GMT

By Alister Doyle

OSLO, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Wheat production in sub-Saharan Africa is at only 10 to 25 percent of its potential and nations can easily grow more to limit hunger, price shocks and political instability, a study showed on Tuesday.

Read the full article on AlertNet

22 May 2012 description

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26 Sep 2011 description

BEIJING, 26 September - Over 40 officials from China, Africa and the United Nations are taking part in a three-day “Sino-African High-Level Seminar on Drought Risk Reduction” which is calling for drought risk reduction to be on the agenda of the next year’s Sino-African Summit for Development Cooperation.

05 Nov 2010 description


The Desert Locust (SGR1) activities increased in October along the Indo-Pakistan borders, in northwest Africa, and the Red Sea area. Ground control operations treated close to 8,000 ha on both sides of the Indo-Pakistan borders and 24 ha in Mauritania. Control operations were also carried out in Niger during this period. Hopper bands and mature adults were detected and control operations are in progress in several States in Sudan.

03 May 2010 description


1. Les éléments attestant les changements climatiques substantiels survenus dans le monde au cours du siècle dernier, ont été présentés dans le quatrième Rapport d'évaluation du Groupe d'experts intergouvernemental sur l'évolution du climat (GIEC, 2007). Il y est également indiqué que la variabilité du climat et le risque d'événements extrêmes et de brusques modifications des modèles climatiques, pourraient s'accentuer tout au long du XXIe siècle.

01 Dec 2009 description

December 1, 2009 Vienna, Austria - The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) yesterday signed three grant agreements relating to important worldwide health initiatives. The agreements were signed on behalf of OFID by Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, Director-General, and by HRH Princess Ghida Talal, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF); Professor Claude Le Coultre, Chairwoman of the Board of the International Committee of the Red Cross Special Fund for the Disabled (IFRC/SFD); and Dr.

15 Jun 2009 description

Contexte général

La phase pandémique de la grippe A H1N1 a été relevée à 6 par l'OMS le 11 juin 2009. Dans la Région Africaine la vigilance maximum en matière de Surveillance et de préparation continue. A ce jour aucun cas confirmé n'a été notifié. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe est sous contrôle mais dans d'autres pays des épidémies notamment la méningite dans la ceinture méningitique continuent.

11 Jun 2009 description

GENEVA / BRUSSELS -- The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Mr. Olivier De Schutter, on Thursday proposed a minimum a set of principles and measures based on human rights in the elaboration of large-scale transnational land acquisitions and leases, more commonly referred to as "land grabbing". His call comes at a time when Governments are preparing to negotiate on responsible investment in agriculture at the forthcoming G8 Summit.


22 May 2009 description



Over the past 12 months, large-scale acquisitions of farmland in Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Southeast Asia have made headlines in a flurry of media reports across the world. Lands that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest are now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares. And while a failed attempt to lease 1.3 million ha in Madagascar has attracted much media attention, deals reported in the international press constitute the tip of the iceberg.

08 May 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Les bailleurs de fonds de l'Initiative pour l'éducation lancent une campagne afin de lever des fonds

    - La crise financière menace de porter atteinte aux progrès réalisés en matière de résultats scolaires.

    - Les pays africains engagés dans l'Initiative ont pu scolariser 15 millions d'enfants supplémentaires entre 2001 et 2006.

    Alors que dans le monde entier, de nombreux efforts sont réalisés pour scolariser les enfants, il manque actuellement 1,2 milliard de dollars de financement pour mener à bien les actions dans ce domaine.

08 May 2009 description
report World Bank
  • Backers of education initiative launch campaign to mobilize funds.

    - Financial crisis threatens to undermine progress on education outcomes.

    - African countries participating in the initiative enrolled 15 million more children in school between 2001 and 2006.

    A global push to enroll children in school faces an immediate financing gap of some $1.2 billion-a situation that threatens the goal of universal education by 2015, say backers of the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative (EFA-FTI).

    Supporters from 34 countries endorsed a campaign April 25 during the World Bank-IMF …