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17 Apr 2018 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 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Cholera in Zimbabwe

  • Lassa fever in Liberia

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia

  • Cholera in Uganda

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Niger

13 Apr 2018 description

Rainfall brings some relief to Ethiopia, but causes flooding and fatalities in Kenya

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

12 Apr 2018 description
report ACT Alliance

Background

Madagascar has been successively hit by cyclones since January 2018. Three cyclones have consecutively struck the island; touching the coast, bringing heavy rains which have caused severe and heavy flooding.

On the morning of Friday 16 March 2018, the region of Analanjirofo, was affected by tropical cyclone ELIAKIM, which came with a maximum wind speed of 100 kph alternated by gusts of 130 kph. According to the National Office of Disaster Risk Management (NODRM), ELIAKIM caused 21 deaths, displaced 15 000 and affected 38 000 people.

10 Apr 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

09 Apr 2018 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 58 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Lassa fever in Nigeria

  • Listeriosis in South Africa

  • Cholera in Zambia

  • Cholera in Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

09 Apr 2018 description

SITUATION

  • Madagascar routinely faces a number of humanitarian challenges, including recurring natural disasters, disease outbreaks, banditry, pest infestations and acute food insecurity. According to the UN, 90 percent of people in Madagascar live below the international poverty line and more than 50 percent of children under the age of 5 are chronically malnourished.

09 Apr 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

Tiana Mahefasoa Randrianalijaona, Director of the Multidisciplinary Disaster and Risk Management Master’s programme, Université d’Antananarivo

08 Apr 2018 description

Despite recent rainfall, western Ethiopia remains dry

  1. Due to poor rainfall since November western Namibia is in a severe drought. Conditions may worsen as limited rain is forecast next week.

  2. In southwestern Madagascar, an uneven and inadequate rainfall distribution since the start of the rainfall season has resulted in severe drought. Drought conditions are likely to persist.

06 Apr 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By RIVONALA RAZAFISON

The Institut Pasteur de Madagascar (IPM) and the International Rotary Club Foundation have launched a programme to fight malaria in the country.

The Malaria Action 2017-2018 was launched in Antananarivo on Wednesday during the unveiling of $90,000 new high performance laboratory equipment and drugs for the fight against infectious disease.

“These new tools will speed up the accurate diagnosis for quicker remedial action," said Prof Milijaona Randrianarivelojosia, the head of Malaria Research Unit at IPM.

05 Apr 2018 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR OCTOBER 2018

05 Apr 2018 description

Le gouvernement de Madagascar et le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) ont signé, le 30 mars 2018 à Antananarivo, cinq accords de financement de projets d’un montant d’environ 11,23 millions USD.

04 Apr 2018 description

by Irene Amuron and Catalina Jaime, Climate Centre, Nairobi

Ten national African meteorological services were last month represented at the first dialogue platform for forecast-based financing (FbF) to be held on the continent, hosted by the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in Nairobi.

04 Apr 2018 description

FAITS MARQUANTS

  • La Forte Tempête Tropicale Eliakim, la 5eme de l’actuelle saison cyclonique, a atterrit le 16 mars à 09h00 locale au niveau du Cap Masoala, restait pendant presque 24 heures dans le district de Maroantsetra avant de sortir en mer le 18 mars au niveau du district de Vatomamdry.

  • Le nord-ouest, le nord et surtout les nord-est du pays ont été directement affectés, avant le passage d’Eliakim, ces zones ont déjà reçu jusqu'à 400% de précipitations par rapport à la normale saisonnière.

02 Apr 2018 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

01 Apr 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. To learn more about markets in Southern Africa, please consult the FEWS NET Regional Maize Market Fundamentals Summary Report.

31 Mar 2018 description

KEY MESSAGES

• In West Africa, markets are adequately supplied in the months following the main harvest. However, market supplies are below average in several countries due to localized deficits and stock retention. Demand is picking up as household stocks begin to deplete and with ongoing institutional purchases. Local grain prices were stable in most countries but remained above average and are expected to remain so through to the lean season. Regional livestock markets remain affected by a general lack of pasture and reduced Nigerian import demand (Page 3).

31 Mar 2018 description

Locally-produced rice is the most important staple food for households in northern and central Madagascar. Imported rice is a less-preferred substitute, but often consumed by poor households because it is cheaper than locally-produced rice and expands more during the cooking. Dried cassava is the primary staple food in the south, although it is consumed in other parts of the country during the lean season when household food stocks are low. Maize is the third most important staple and the second most consumed cereal in Madagascar.

31 Mar 2018 description

Southwestern Madagascar continues to feel effects of dryness

Key Messages

Cyclone Eliakim passed along the eastern coast of Madagascar in mid-March, damaging clove crops in Analanjirofo region during their flowering stage. Vanilla was less affected. Some severe flooding was reported by OCHA in ricefields in Maroantsetra, and less severe flooding in Mandritsara and Ambilobe.