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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
report Food for the Hungry

World Food Day is supposed to celebrate progress toward ending hunger around the globe.

But this World Food Day, 815 million people are hungry.

16 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA (16 October 2017) – Kenya must lift its newly-imposed ban on protests in key cities, end police brutality during demonstrations, and halt attacks on the judiciary and civil society in the tense run-up to presidential elections on 26 October, a group of UN experts* has urged.

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.

16 Oct 2017 description

Seminar on the Kampala Convention, jointly organized by IGAD and the ICRC in Nairobi

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held its second Seminar on the Kampala Convention, focusing on the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa. The seminar, which was held on 10-11 October 2017 in Nairobi, was a follow up of the seminar IGAD and ICRC held on the Kampala Convention in October 2016.

16 Oct 2017 description

Kenya: Police Killed, Beat Post-Election Protesters

Authorities Should Rein in Law Enforcement for Repeat Election

(Nairobi) – Kenyan police killed at least 33 people, possibly as many as 50, and injured hundreds more in some parts of Nairobi, the capital, in response to protests following the August 8, 2017 elections, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today.

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

14 Oct 2017 description

IN THIS ISSUE

Page 1 Sustainable reintegration through cash-based interventions

Page 3 UNHCR Somalia the biggest CBIs operation in Africa by a large margin

Page 4 Payment process of a cash assistance for Somali refugee returnees

Page 5 CBIs monitoring exercise: preliminary findings

Page 6 Cash assistance revitalizes local economy

Page 7 A returnee family integrates with CBIs assistance

14 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 13, 2017) — Gabriela Hearst pledged to donate $600,000 for Save the Children’s famine relief efforts in Turkana, Kenya. To help raise much-needed awareness of the famine and in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and Bergdorf Goodman, the highly coveted Gabriela Hearst handbag collection was available for immediate purchase for the first time from October 1 to 8, 2017.

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

WASHINGTON/ROME - The United Nations World Food Programme welcomes new funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that will provide daily school meals for nearly half a million children in four countries over the next several years through the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education Program.

13 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

Even at the best of times, the people of Turkana live on the edge. Almost all of the 1.3 million inhabitants of this arid county in northwest Kenya endure extreme poverty. Malnutrition rates are among the highest in the country. Since much of the land here is unsuitable for agriculture, most of the population raises livestock, herding animals long distances to find good pasture and plentiful water.

Read more on IRIN

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.