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14 Nov 2018 description

The UN Special Adviser on the Sahel, Ibrahim Thiaw, Monday described Africa’s Sahel region as “arguably one of the most vulnerable to climate change [with most likely] the largest number of people disproportionately affected by global warming”.

He was speaking at the start of the annual session of the Peacebuilding Commission at UN Headquarters in New York, where Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said the root causes of problems in the Sahel lay in “discrimination, human rights violations, weak governance, conflict, and the impact of climate change”.

14 Nov 2018 description

ECOSOC/6951-PBC/130
13 NOVEMBER 2018
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL-PEACEBUILDING COMMISSION JOINT MEETING (AM)

One of the world’s most environmentally degraded areas, the Sahel is suffering from a rise in intercommunal conflict over resources depleted by desertification, drought and other climatic extremes, speakers told a joint meeting of the Economic and Social Council and the Peacebuilding Commission today.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

29 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights
- Following torrential rains of 8-9 September, caused flooding in the town of Bassiknou, 1,300 km from Nouakchott, UNICEF joined other partners and local authorities in responding to the needs of 1,691 affected households (6,994 people) in the town of Bassiknou.

24 Oct 2018 description

Highlights
- UN revises 2018 HRP, aims to assist 2.9 million people as humanitarian conditions deteriorate
- IDPs nearly double since December 2017 due to conflict and insecurity
- USG provides nearly $81.7 million in FY 2018 support to respond to urgent humanitarian needs

05 Oct 2018 description

Heavy rains reported in Kenya, while flooding risks continue across Nigeria

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy rainfall in previous weeks has resulted in overflowing of the Niger and Benue Rivers of Nigeria. Moderate to heavy rainfall is forecast to continue, maintaining high risks for flooding.

20 Sep 2018 description

Conflicts and climatic shocks aggravate current food insecurity in many countries

Some 39 countries in need of food assistance - FAO expects slightly lower global cereal production

20 September 2018, Rome - Persistent conflicts and climate-related shocks are currently driving high levels of severe food insecurity, particularly in Southern African and Near East countries, which continue to require humanitarian assistance, according to a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

15 Sep 2018 description

Heavy rainfall in Hod El Chargui has directly affected an estimated 1 000 households in Bassikounou. This includes 57 households in M’Bera refugee camp, who have been temporarily relocated to community centres.

Humanitarian organisations are assessing the situation under the lead of national authorities. The main humanitarian emergency needs currently identified are shelter, food, non-food items, water and sanitation.

12 Sep 2018 description

Flood risk remains high over parts of Nigeria, as heavy rainfall is expected to continue

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in western and southern Nigeria. The forecast rain during the next week increases the risks for flooding over the region.

  2. Torrential rain has increased the level of the Atbara and Dindir Rivers. Additional rainfall over the region is likely to further raise water levels, including the Nile River and its tributaries.

30 Aug 2018 description

Rains shift south over West Africa and Eastern Africa records average rainfall

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Weeks of abovenormal rainfall have caused river levels to rise.
    This includes the Volta River, where water has been released from the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso causing downstream flooding.

  2. Above-average rainfall has damaged infrastructure and caused fatalities in Sudan. Continuing rainfall may trigger additional floods through early September.

22 Aug 2018 description

Flooding continues in West Africa, while dryness strengthens in Ethiopia

21 Aug 2018 description

Ce rapport d’activité fait la synthèse des activités du Résultat 5, connu également sous le nom de l’initiative de financement des risques de catastrophes en Afrique, appelée « ADRF » (Africa Disaster Risk Financing) ou « l’Initiative ADRF », entre le 1er juillet 2016 et le 30 juin 2017. Ce rapport donne un aperçu des activités accomplies jusqu’à cette date, tout en relevant les priorités et les enjeux à venir.

20 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 60 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Typhoid fever in Zimbabwe

  • Measles in Chad

  • Cholera in Niger

  • Humanitarian crisis in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

16 Aug 2018 description

Flooding recorded in the Sahel, while dryness strengthens in Ethiopia

  1. The forecast for abovenormal rains during the outlook period is likely to cause flooding in Mali, Burkina Faso, and western Niger.

  2. Several weeks of above-average rainfall has damaged infrastructure and caused fatalities in Sudan. Continuing rainfall may trigger additional floods through mid-August.

16 Aug 2018 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2019

02 Aug 2018 description

Les crises en Afghanistan, au Bangladesh, en Haïti et dans la région du Sahel parmi les plus sous-financées

01 Aug 2018 description

FAO sounds alarm on overlooked emergencies where humanitarian aid is urgently needed

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Haiti and the Sahel are among most severely underfunded crises

16 Jul 2018 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2019

13 Jul 2018 description

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Rift Valley fever in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lassa fever in Liberia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in north-east Nigeria.

  • For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.