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22 Sep 2017 description

River flooding and above-average rainfall continue in Nigeria and Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since early August, above-average seasonal rainfall caused flooding in some areas. With well above-average moisture conditions, additional rain in September may trigger flooding in parts of Senegal,
    The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

22 Sep 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationPhilippe Roudier, Chargé de recherche agriculture, climat et sécurité alimentaire, AFD (Agence française de développement)

Disclosure statement: Philippe Roudier does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.

22 Sep 2017 description

New York – A breakthrough pricing agreement has been announced which will accelerate the availability of the first affordable, generic, single-pill HIV treatment regimen containing dolutegravir (DTG) to public sector purchasers in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) at around US$75 per person, per year. The agreement is expected to accelerate treatment rollout as part of global efforts to reach all 36.7 million people living with HIV with high-quality antiretroviral therapy.

22 Sep 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 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
• Cholera in Nigeria
• Lassa fever in Nigeria
• Yellow fever in Nigeria
• Measles in Uganda
• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

21 Sep 2017 description

Five projects funded under new "Urban Sanitation Challenge" address dangers of inadequate sanitation worldwide, which disproportionately affect women, girls

Affordable toilets with innovative self-closing trap door minimize odors, insects; contribute to LIXIL's goal of improved sanitation for 100 million people by end of 2020

21 Sep 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Risk of Famine-level food insecurity likely to persist through December among vulnerable populations in Somalia

• UN requests $106 million in additional humanitarian funding to benefit 1.9 million people in Kenya • USG provides an additional $69.2 million to support the humanitarian response for Somalia

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

21 Sep 2017 description
report ACTED

Long dry spells in Samburu County have resulted in increased resource based conflict among different pastoral communities. The conflict dynamic has changed pitting pastoral herders and ranchers in the county as the dry season progresses. Human-wildlife conflicts have also resulted in increased tensions among herders and ranchers as pastoralists move to protected ranches affecting the ecological balance of pristine protected areas.

21 Sep 2017 description

El informe de la FAO indica un repunte de las cosechas en la mayoría de los países de bajos ingresos con déficit de alimentos

21 Sep 2017 description

Le rapport de la FAO souligne la hausse des récoltes dans les pays aux plus faibles revenus et plus importants déficits vivriers

21 Sep 2017 description

Conflicts drag down food security amid growing global food output

FAO report notes rebounding harvests in most low-income food-deficit countries

21 September 2017, Rome-- Robust harvests in Latin America and rebounding agricultural conditions in Southern Africa are on course to improve the global food supply situation, but ongoing civil conflicts and climate-related shocks are affecting progress towards hunger reduction, according to the new edition of FAO's Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

This study reviews the laws, policies and related frameworks in 23 countries in East and Southern Africa that create either impediments to, or an enabling environment for, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights (SRHR). The assessment resulted in the development of a harmonized regional legal framework, which translates international and regional legal provisions into useful strategies. It gives recommendations based on applicable core legal values and principles, gleaned from a range of conventions, charters, political commitments, guidelines and declarations.

21 Sep 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Felix Horne
Senior Researcher, Horn of Africa

“Wako” fled Ethiopia for Kenya in 2012, after his release from prison. He had been locked up for two years after campaigning for the Oromo People’s Congress, an opposition party that has often been targeted by the government.

In Kenya, he hoped to be safe. But six months later Ethiopian officials kidnapped him in Nairobi and brought him to Ethiopia’s notorious Ziway prison, where he was mistreated and tortured, before being released. He fled to Kenya a second time.

21 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New report says around 85 million children under five live in 32 countries that do not offer families two years of free pre-primary education; paid breastfeeding breaks for new mothers for the first six months; and adequate paid parental leave – three critical policies to support children’s early brain development

20 Sep 2017 description

Unity Primary is one of the largest schools in Kakuma refugee camp, where classes of 200 are not unusual and staying motivated as a teacher can a be tough job.

By Cathy Wachiaya in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

With more than 3,400 students, Unity Primary School would be a big job for any head teacher, but it was soon clear Yel Luka was more than equal to the task when he arrived a few weeks ago.

20 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • From January 2017, a total of 50,547 children (64% of annual target) and 94,851 children (48% of annual target) have been admitted for the treatment of severe and moderate acute malnutrition respectively.

  • During the reporting period, 31,857 people in Marsabit, Samburu and Mandera Counties gained permanent access to water through repair of boreholes. A further 81,634 gained temporary access to safe water through household water treatment.

20 Sep 2017 description

By Teresa Ongaro

“The leaders should do something about it. They should see the people’s suffering, the hunger and displacement, and show consideration. Right now, I see no future.”

Wise words from 16 year old John, a student at Sud Academy, a community school in Kawangware on the outskirts of Nairobi, serving children from underprivileged families. He is talking to Arnauld Akodjenou, UNHCR’s Special Advisor and Regional Refugee Coordinator for the South Sudan situation. His precocious outlook belies his young age.

20 Sep 2017 description

his report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

20 Sep 2017 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-sixth session
11-29 September 2017
Agenda item 10
Technical assistance and capacity-building

Note by the Secretariat