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16 Oct 2017 description

We can combat global hunger and malnutrition, but it takes a holistic approach to ensure long-lasting impact

World hunger is on the rise. Today, nearly one in 10 people around the world suffer from hunger.

The solution to combatting hunger seems simple — get food to people in need when they need it. And while we have answered the call time and time again in response to crises and humanitarian need, supporting food security requires much more than filling people’s bellies.

16 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 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Wildlife anthrax in Namibia

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Plague in Madagascar

  • Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

  • Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

16 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • A “National Integrated Food-Cash Relief Plan” was released on 5 October in an effort to streamline the ongoing humanitarian response in line with the new approach to food/cash relief assistance.

  • The Government and partners are developing an ‘HRD Status Update’, highlighting all outstanding 2017 HRD MYR requirements against revised sector requirements to address new needs since August.

15 Oct 2017 description
report CGIAR

by Georgina Smith

Women play an important role in rural agriculture. This International Day of Rural Women, we visit two farmers in Ethiopia who are transforming their rural livelihoods and making a difference in their communities.

15 Oct 2017 description

883.5 M required for 2017

257.4 M contributions received, representing 31% of requirements

626.1 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Oct 2017 description
  • 11,055 Refugees and IDPs received non-food items assistance from UNHCR across South Sudan in September 2017.

  • 904 Refugees, IDPs and partners received capacity training across South Sudan in September 2017.

  • 1,009 Refugees newly arrived in Yida refugee settlement in September 2017.

Working with Partners

  • UNHCR works closely with the Government of South Sudan to deliver assistance and protection services to refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

14 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they aired the grievances three months ago.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nearly one million people displaced in Somalia from January to August, more than 800,000 primarily due to drought conditions

  • Clashes in Ethiopia’s Oromiya and Somali regions displace populations, exacerbate humanitarian needs

  • USG provided more than $1 billion in humanitarian funding for the Horn of Africa regional response in FY 2017

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

13 Oct 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue

13 Oct 2017 description

This report has been prepared under the auspices of the Federal Disaster Risk Management Technical Working Group, co-chaired by the National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) and OCHA with participation of Sector Co-Chairs (Government Line Ministries and Cluster Coordinators). It covers the period from 01 August to 30 September 2017.

Highlights

13 Oct 2017 description

On 27 September 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, appointed Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as Special Envoy for the Somali Refugee Situation.
He said, “The path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region,” adding that the Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum seekers at national and regional levels.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Oxfam

Key Statistics

  • 22.9 Million people affected by drought in the region

  • 15 million People facing crisis and emergencey food insecurity - 84,575 Cases of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) / Cholera have been reported in 2017 – with 1,546 associated deaths

  • 1.8 Million People in Kenya,
    Somalia and Ethiopia have been displaced by drought conditions

  • $1,612,000 Horn of Africa Drought Response funding gap

CONTEXT UPDATE

13 Oct 2017 description

883,546 Registered Refugees and Asylum-seekers

243,410 Households

13 Oct 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

73,307 South Sudanese arrivals between 1 January and 30 September 2017

416,886 Total South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia as of 30 September 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • All the estimated 30,000 new arrivals, who crossed into Ethiopia over the past weeks through the Gambella Region, were relocated to the extension site in Nguenyyiel camp.