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01 Feb 2018 description

Nairobi, 1 February 2018

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It is impossible to overstate the suffering faced by the people of South Sudan. We are here today on their behalf - those who remain in the country, and those who have fled to nations in this region that have opened their borders in hospitality, including Kenya.

01 Feb 2018 description

With the conflict now in its fifth year, nearly 2.5 million South Sudanese have fled the country, making it the fastest growing and largest refugee situation in Africa.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, today launched a funding appeal for US$1.5 billion to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan and for US$1.7 billion for people in need in the country during 2018.

01 Feb 2018 description
report IRIN

Tonderayi Mukeredzi

Southern and East African countries are facing a severe cholera outbreak that is exposing the failure in public sanitation and the impact of government neglect.

Last year, there were more than 109,442 cholera cases resulting in 1,708 deaths in 12 countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR), according to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.

Read the full report on IRIN

01 Feb 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

In West Africa, regional staple food production for the 2017/18 marketing year is projected to be above average, increasing for the fourth consecutive year. Locally-produced grain prices declined seasonally in December as post-harvest sales and trade flows intensified. Staple food prices remained above average across much of the region. Below average pastoral conditions continue to influence livestock markets in many areas. Market anomalies remain largely concentrated in the eastern marketing basin.

01 Feb 2018 description

Conflict and drought continue to drive very high assistance needs in East Africa

Key Messages

01 Feb 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Feb 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

Staple Food Markets in East Africa:

31 Jan 2018 description

WHO: Mark Lowcock, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees

WHAT: Mission to Kenya

WHEN: 1 February 2018

WHERE: Kakuma, Nairobi

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • The 2017 short rains, typically lasting from October to December, came late and finished early in most parts of Kenya.

  • WFP began registering and providing relief assistance to families with malnourished children and women in four counties.

  • WFP is providing technical and financial assistance to counties as they prepare their next five-year plans.

  • Results from the nutrition survey in Kakuma and Kalobeyei show an improvement in the nutrition status.

31 Jan 2018 description

Sector Overview

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow - and rapid -onset di sasters and complex emergencies , which render populations more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

31 Jan 2018 description

Sector Overview

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is a leader in supporting emergency nutrition response in international humanitarian crises.

According to the UN World Health Organization (WHO), malnutrition resulting from disease and food insecurity is rampant among displaced populations. In particular, a disproportionate number of children in emergencies face severe acute malnutrition (SAM), a life -threatening condition defined by very low weight - for - height and high risk of mortality .

30 Jan 2018 description

• Severe drought conditions continue to affect Somalia, South-East Ethiopia and North-East Kenya.

• Over 15 million people in the region are facing food security crisis and food insecurity has increased in all three countries over the last 6 months

• Without continued humanitarian support this situation is likely to deteriorate in early 2018

30 Jan 2018 description
report Chatham House

Executive Summary

The low level of energy access in refugee camps is sorely felt by displaced people. Expensive and dirty technologies contribute to poverty, and hamper relief and development efforts.

30 Jan 2018 description

SUMMARY

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.

30 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The Eastern and Southern Africa region continues to face multiple and more frequent humanitarian crises, including conflict and insecurity, economic shocks, climate change, natural hazards and disease outbreaks.1 More than 17 million people (45 per cent children) remain food insecure throughout the region.