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06 Aug 2018 description

OVERVIEW

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Guinea worm in South Sudan

  • Cholera in Niger

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

06 Aug 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

by Siddharth Chatterjee, United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6 2018 (IPS) - Previously characterised by belligerence, based on competition for resources, the border regions of Eastern Africa can sense the blissful wind of peace approaching.

06 Aug 2018 description
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo, provincial governors at a high-level emergency meeting signed the ‘Kinshasa Declaration for Polio Eradication’, committing to providing the necessary oversight, accountability and resources to urgently improve quality of outbreak response.

06 Aug 2018 description

2,488,756* Total South Sudanese refugees in the region as of 30 June (preand post-Dec 2013 caseload)

7,557* South Sudanese refugee arrivals in June, based on field reports as of 30 June

297,150 Refugees in South Sudan and 1.88 million IDPs including 210,545 in UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites.

KEY FIGURES *

63% of the South Sudanese refugee population are children (under the age of 18 years old)

4.66 million Total population of concern (South Sudanese refugees,
South Sudanese IDPs and refugees inside South Sudan)

05 Aug 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

By KALUME KAZUNGU

The second phase of polio immunization campaign has kicked off in Lamu County with at least 20,000 children of five years and below targeted for the polio jab.

Lamu County Public Health Promotion Officer Mohamed Muhsin on Sunday said the campaign, that runs to August 8, would be conducted across the Lamu villages and urged residents to ensure their children are vaccinated.

The first phase of polio vaccination campaign was conducted between 11 and 15 July. The campaign saw at least 22,565 children vaccinated in Lamu County.

03 Aug 2018 description

ASSISTED VOLUNTARY RETURNS

24 migrants-- 21 Somalis and 3 Kenyans-- were supported with Assisted Voluntary Return to their home countries

1 Burundian refugee resetteled to Finland from South Sudan

1 South Sudanese national returned from Niger

2 document verifications conducted for South Sudanese citizens

MIGRATION MANAGEMENT

4 assessments were conducted (2 in Nimule; 1 in Renk; and 1 in Juba)

03 Aug 2018 description

Alexander Betts, Remco Geervliet, Claire MacPherson, Naohiko Omata, Cory Rodgers, Olivier Sterck

Executive summary

Context. Kenya hosts nearly 500,000 refugees.1 Most of these refugees are from Somalia, but Kenya also hosts refugees from South Sudan, Ethiopia, DRC, Burundi, and Sudan. Historically, most of the refugees have been concentrated in three main locations: the Dadaab camps, the Kakuma camps and Nairobi.

03 Aug 2018 description
report Interpeace

Message from the Chairperson and the President

Every day, the pulse of the 24-hour news cycle seems to beat more quickly and with greater urgency. At any given moment, somewhere around the world a story is breaking about diplomatic tensions, trade disputes, populism, migration flows, disruptive technologies or the impacts of climate change. More often than not, these stories are also set against a backdrop of violent conflict. The challenges are complex and interconnected, and there are no easy answers. The future feels uncertain.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall:

  • In the month of June, the County experienced 6-13 days of moderate to heavy rainfall. The rainfall was generally well distributed in terms of time and space.

Vegetation Condition:

  • The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) is above the normal range for the period, indicating very good state of pasture and browse condition across most areas.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Normal rainfall was received during the month of June in the first and second dekads.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index was significantly above-normal at 75.96.

  • The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators

  • Livestock body condition was normal for this time of the year.

02 Aug 2018 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was received in June and this is normal

  • The vegetation condition was good and above the normal range.
    Socio-Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)**

Production Indicators

  • Crops were at grain filling/harvesting and were in good condition.

  • The livestock body conditions ranged from fair to good across the livelihood zones with no abnormal cases of migration, diseases or death reported.