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04 Jul 2018 description

This infographic by ACLED Africa Research Manager, Margaux Pinaud, depicts the number of protests and riots in selected countries in Africa (1 January – 30 June 2018), featuring highlights from the last week of June 2018.

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.

24 Jun 2016 description


  • Women and girls among displaced people remain at high risk of GBV in the region.

  • Conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) is the most prevalent form of GBV in humanitarian settings in eastern Africa.

  • Child marriage, rape and physical abuse are the common forms of GBV in stable environments, including southern Africa.

  • Regional WHS Commitments on gender call for end to financing gender blind programming.

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.

29 Apr 2016 description

In this issue

  • Implementing the Agenda for Humanity P.1

  • IGAD-SADC and conflict prevention P.2

  • The Great Lakes Pact and Rule of Law P.3

  • Domesticating the Kampala Convention P.4

  • Burundi Humanitarian Hotline installed P.6

  • Launch of Humanitarian-Private Sector Platforms P.6

  • HoA Initiative: Financing Humanity P 7


# of IDPs 11 m

# of refugees 3.4 m

04 Feb 2016 description

- El Niño“drought effect” likely to have a long-lasting impact as people’ resilience continues to be eroded
- Ethiopia battling worst drought in decades
- Drought, food in security and power shortages stalk southern Africa region
- Cholera, a preventable disease, kills thousands across eastern and southern Africa
- Protracted conflicts to complicate humanitarian situation
- Funding shortfalls paralyse humanitarian responses

05 May 2011 description

Author: UNFPA
No. of pages: 65
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: UNFPA
ISBN: 978-0-89714-933-4

This report examines a number of success stories in the fight against HIV. Examples come from countries such as Zimbabwe, Myanmar, Nigeria and the Caribbean region. These countries' governments, civil societies and the private sector have united to educate the public and to empower individuals, especially women, to insist on their right to protect their health through correct and consistent condom use.

24 May 2010 description

24 May 2010 03:56:21 GMT

* New method shows 800,000 fewer deaths than UNICEF

* Same team reported on adult mortality last month

* Team says method more complete and accurate

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Reuters) - Fewer children are dying around the world, with deaths among children under 5 falling in almost every country, U.S.

04 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Kun Li and Athanas Makundi

NAIROBI, Kenya, 4 June 2009 - In 2007, there were 2.7 million new cases of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the recent Regional Consultation on Accelerating Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Paediatric Care and Treatment, governments of nine countries with high HIV prevalence were urged to take immediate action to expand and strengthen existing PMTCT services, as well as to increase treatment to infected mothers and children.

"The HIV and AIDS epidemic continues to have a devastating impact on children and women in this region, …

25 May 2009 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 25 May 2009 (PLUSNEWS) - An estimated 900 babies in the developing world are infected with HIV every day because governments fail to reach pregnant women with prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services.

"We are doing a bad job of testing women for HIV and then following them up, and an even worse job of ensuring that infants receive appropriate prevention and treatment services," Janet Kayita, regional PMTCT advisor to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), told a press conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, on 25 May.

The press briefing followed …

24 Sep 2008 description

FEWS NET overviews

For an analysis of conditions in Southern Africa, see back page

ETHIOPIA: While the start of the green harvest in crop producing areas has modestly improved food security, southern and south eastern Ethiopia remain highly to extremely food insecure following successive below- average rains, water shortages, crop failure, high food prices, and security- related restrictions in Somali region.

31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

07 Mar 2007 description

Weekly Introduction:

Southern Africa Season to date

There have been two very distinct areas in this year's southern Africa wet season.

22 Sep 2006 description

Today, Mrs. Laura Bush announced a groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership between the U.S. Government, PlayPumps International, the Case Foundation, and other public and private sector partners. This $60 million alliance will work with 10 sub-Saharan African countries to bring the benefits of clean drinking water to up to 10 million people by 2010.

The innovative PlayPump water system (www.playpumps.org) is powered by children's play.

20 Jan 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook Forecasts: February -- April

Southern Africa:

13 Jan 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of El Niño:

Synopsis: Weak warm-episode (El Niño) conditions are expected to continue for the next three months.