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23 Apr 2018 description


The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 61 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Cholera in Congo
Cholera in Zimbabwe
Lassa fever in Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

23 Apr 2018 description


Since 2014, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) has integrated four risk management strategies — risk reduction, risk transfer, prudent risk-taking and risk reserves — to help poor households improve their food security and deal with climate variability, thereby strengthening their resilience.

The initiative is implemented across the districts of Balaka, Zomba, and Blantyre, benefiting over 10,000 households, with the vision to reach over 40,000 households by 2020 through social safety net programmes.

20 Apr 2018 description

The Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign started in Lilongwe on 17 April 2018. The vaccine is being administered from 17 to 21 April and is targeting all people that are over one year and living in urban and semi urban areas of Lilongwe city where the cholera outbreak is still active. These areas are within the catchment areas of the following health facilities: Area 18, Kawale, Area 25, African Bible College, St Kizito, Chimwala, Bwaila and Likuni. A total of 500,000 people are expected to receive OCV.

20 Apr 2018 description
report UNAIDS

Key Messages

  • Ending the AIDS epidemic in Africa is within reach. A decade of transformation has set the stage, and the global community is united behind the goal to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

  • Political leadership, efficiencies and community engagement have driven high returns on the investments made in Africa’s HIV responses.

18 Apr 2018 description

Vice President and Minister of Disaster Management Affairs Dr. Saulos Chilima says the country needs to adopt new irrigation technologies if it were to make strides in ending persistent food insecurity.

Chilima made the observation on Tuesday when he visited families affected by recent floods in Nkhotakota.

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

17 Apr 2018 description

For the second year running we include a special section that shares key outputs of Action Against Hunger's Research for Nutrition Conference held in November 2016. Elsewhere, experiences are shared including:

•​scale up of integrated management of acute malnutrition in Afghanistan

•health systems strengthening in Somalia

•treating acute malnutrition in older people in Ethiopia

•UNHCR experiences of programme monitoring in unstable populations

16 Apr 2018 description
report Christian Aid

New study: The climate change inequality at the heart of the Commonwealth

15 Apr 2018 description
  • DoDMA to distribute relief items stockpiled at its Karonga Warehouse

  • Plans to replenish the warehouse with more relief items at an advanced stage.

A disaster assessment report by the Karonga District Council indicates that heavy rains that continuously fell in Karonga District caused serious flooding and affected 300 households [approximately 1650] people.

13 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


This research brief provides a summary of the impacts on household resiliency generated over three years by Malawi’s Social Cash Transfer Programme. Results show that beneficiary households increase overall measures of resilience, and have increased ability to positively cope with shocks.


13 Apr 2018 description

In 2017, the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4) expanded from four to six countries. Overall, 57, 625 farmers (50 percent women) participated directly in R4 while around 300,000 people benefitted from it in five countries, namely, Ethiopia, Senegal, Malawi, Kenya and Zambia with its comprehensive risk management approach. This year saw the scaling-up of the initiative in Southern Africa, the R4 pilot in Kenya as well as the start of the inception phase in Zimbabwe.

13 Apr 2018 description

A disaster assessment report by the Salima District Council indicates that stormy rains that hit most parts of T/A Mwanza on Sunday; 8th April, affected 90 households [approximately 495 people].

The report, signed by Disaster Officer Blessings Kamtema and District Commissioner Charles Mwawembe, calls for immediate relief assistance.

“The affected households require food and non-food relief items such as plastic sheets, maize and kitchen utensils,” reads part of the report.

12 Apr 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight


Central African Republic

05 March 2018: In Paoua town, Ouham-Pendé prefecture, and across the wider Central African Republic, fighting among armed groups continues to stall humanitarian response efforts. Source: Devex

07 March 2018: In Bangassou city, Mbomou prefecture, rumours of an armed attack in the city forced several unspecified NGOs to withdraw. Source: RJDH

10 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • More than 13,118 cholera / AWD cases and 201 deaths (Case Fatality Rate, 1.5%) have been reported in 10 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2018. These countries include; Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

10 Apr 2018 description


↗ 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
report Direct Relief

Cholera originated in Asia, but now presents a global threat.

This acute intestinal disease is biologically caused by exposure to the vibrio cholerae bacteria, but it’s fed socially by poor water and sanitation, limited health systems, crowding and poverty. With all these conditions present in abundance across the African continent, cholera outbreaks happen most frequently there relative to all other parts of the world. This leads in many cases to high numbers of deaths, high costs to health systems and regular social disruption.

06 Apr 2018 description

Lilongwe, 6 April, 2018 - Malawi today became the latest country in Africa to complete training on establishing a national disaster loss data base, considered an essential prerequisite for being able to report on progress on reducing disaster losses and improving disaster risk management.

Opening the workshop on Wednesday in Lilongwe, Principal Secretary for Administration in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Mr. Cliff Chiunda, said the workshop is expected to develop a database for tracking disaster damages and losses in Malawi.