- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2017
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Mozambique/Malawi: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2015
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Tropical Cyclone Hellen - Mar 2014
- Mozambique: Floods - Jan 2013
- Tropical Storm Irina - Mar 2012
- Mozambique: Storms and Floods - Jan 2012
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
The Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, the research initiative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munition Coalition (ICBL-CMC), launches the new report: Frameworks for Victim Assistance: Monitor key findings and observations.
A cholera outbreak has been recorded in Cunene Province which has claimed the lives of dozens of people.
On 28 November 2013, heavy rains were recorded in Mauritius, however no major damage was reported. Some schools were forced to close and unconfirmed reports indicate that approximately 45 houses were affected by water damage, with a total of 279 people accommodated in emergency shelters.
•Below average rains received in the first two months of the rainfall season
•Delayed start of rains in some parts of the region
•High food insecurity levels persist in the region
•Cholera outbreak concerns in parts of the region
In this issue, a general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and October 2013, as well as the ongoing outbreaks as reported by Member States is provided.
Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region
The election results have been officially announced. No candidate received more than 50% of the vote, meaning that Jean-Louis Robinson (with 21.1% of the vote) and Hery Rajaonarimampianina (with 15.9% of the votes) will run against each other in the second round of the presidential elections scheduled for 20 December 2013.
(Pretoria, 08 November 2013): A groundbreaking study into the threats likely to confront southern African communities over the next decade has been released. Titled Humanitarian Trends in Southern Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, the study identifies regional and global factors that may impact the lives and livelihoods of southern Africans and, as importantly, the available capacities to address these challenges.
Despite some incidences of violence and voting irregularities, both SADC and EU have declared the presidential elections of 25 October free and fair.
Mozambique: Mozambique's former rebel group RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) has denied responsibility for an armed attack on the country's main highway on 26 October which killed 1 person and injured 10 amid tensions with the FRELIMO (Mozambique Liberation Front) led Government.
(Makati, Philippines - October 23, 2013) Dramatic gains in child health in the Philippines now risks progress stalling unless inequality is tackled with urgency, Save the Children says. In its new report released today, 'Lives on the Line', the Philippines was ranked 31 out of 34 on the EVERY ONE Index, which ranks countries based on reduction in child deaths, equity and sustainability.
Madagascar: The Presidential elections are scheduled to take place this week on 25 October. It is hoped that these elections will break the political impasse that has affected the country since 2009, but there are also concerns that the elections could trigger unrest.
Mozambique: According to media reports, 2 RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) soldiers were killed on 17 October in confrontations with the Mozambican Army near the Renamo leader’s headquarters.
Le Comité spécialisé du Conseil d’Administration de l’AFD pour l’appui aux initiatives des ONG s’est réuni le 15 octobre 2013. Il a approuvé l’attribution des subventions suivantes :
Plan international France – Améliorer la santé maternelle et infantile au Togo
Period covered by this update: 20 August 2013 to 14 October, 2013
Appeal Target (current): CHF 2,044,428
Appeal coverage: 75%
A Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 1 February for CHF 662,337 in cash, kind, or services to support the Mozambique Red Cross Society (CVM) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries over 6 months
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 300,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support CVM in its initial rapid response.
Four million people in rural Madagascar have been identified as food insecure, with an additional 9.6 million people at risk of food insecurity. The date for the presidential election is drawing near - 25 October 2013.
In Malawi, 1.5 million people are food insecure, and this figure is expected to climb to 1.9 million in October 2013.
A number of international electoral observer missions are arriving in Madagascar, prior to the presidential elections scheduled for 25 October 2013.
Election campaigning started on 24 September 2013. On 26 September 2013 a grenade detonated in front of the home of the President of the Special Electoral Court (CES) in Antananarivo. No damages or casualties were reported.
In Syria, heavy fighting continues between the Government and opposition groups as well as infighting within the opposition. Against this background, the UN Security Council endorsed the Russia-US agreement on the elimination of Syria’s chemical stockpile. There are now over 2.1 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries. As of 27 September, heavy shelling is preventing an estimated 70,000 Syrian refugees from crossing into Jordan, leading them to face severe food insecurity as they remain stranded on the border.
Snapshot 16-23 September
Dust devils are swirling through Catsanha, a village of about a dozen huts scattered across a dusty plane in Moatize district. Big industries have recently moved in to for the coal reserves, so abundant in this part of the country, and yet while natural resources removed from the ground here help keep our modern societies running, people in the village still face the grim reality of undernutrition and child deaths from easily preventable diseases.