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21 Nov 2017 description

By Silvia Roscot

Albertina eats bread with tea every morning for pequeno almoço, Portuguese for breakfast, then walks an hour to school. Occasionally, she skips breakfast and forages fruits on the way to class. Chances are slim that she will have lunch at all. She attends a primary school in Boane District, a 45 minute drive from Maputo, Mozambique, where we met her. As if it was something to hope for, not something to expect, she told us she liked the idea of “lunch at school because I will get a meal, and will go to class without feeling hungry.”

21 Nov 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 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

19 Nov 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 12-18 November 2017 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, influenza, West Nile fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, plague, monkeypox, marburg virus disease, malaria and cholera.

16 Nov 2017 description
report Islamic Relief

“We are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet” Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

16 Nov 2017 description

Abidjan, 16 November, 2017 - A newly released nutrition report by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has revealed that undernutrition is still persistent in the region and the number of stunted children has increased. The Africa Nutrition Report, launched today in Abidjan, Ivory Coast also indicates that a growing number of children under five years old are overweight.

15 Nov 2017 description

ZOONOTIC THREATS

ANIMAL DISEASES THAT ALSO AFFECT HUMANS

Zoonoses are diseases that are naturally transmissible between animals and humans. It is estimated that about 60 percent of known human infectious diseases originate from animals, and that 75 percent of newly emerging diseases affecting humans are zoonotic, with most coming from wildlife. Zoonoses can cause severe and potentially fatal illness in animals and humans, as well as serious epidemics and pandemics.

15 Nov 2017 description

Farming became the only option for Witness Ngwira after losing her husband. It provided food for her family. But farming too was not so viable given the erratic rainfall, lack of inputs and knowledge on improved farm practices that made it more challenging for small-scale farmers, especially women.

Not one to give up, Witness joined a local farmers’ club called Chigomezgo which partners with ICRISAT Malawi to produce pigeonpea seed.

14 Nov 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

More than 106,005 cholera / AWD cases and 1639 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 1.5%) have been reported in 12 of 21 countries of Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR) since the beginning of 2017. These countries include; Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda,
Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Of the countries reporting,
Somalia accounts for 74% of the total cases reported in 2017, followed by South Sudan at 16%.

14 Nov 2017 description

Lilongwe, November 11, 2017: National Malaria Control Programme said malaria remains the major cause of death among under-5 children and pregnant women in the country.

National Malaria Control Programme Manager in Ministry of Health, Dr Michael Kayange disclosed this Friday in Lilongwe during a press briefing marking SADC Malaria week and commemoration of Malaria Day.

He pointed out that mortality rate is at 61 per cent for the period 2010 -2016 and they need to put more measures in order to reduce the percentage.

13 Nov 2017 description

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) brings together a diverse array of partners to pursue our mission of increasing access to medicine for the most vulnerable people in the world. We work with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in the private sector, volunteers, medical professionals and health institutions, Canadian and international humanitarian organizations, community based groups, service clubs and faith-based organizations. We would like to introduce you to one of our project implementation partners: WOW (Working for Orphans and Widows).

13 Nov 2017 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 46 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Cholera in Tanzania

Cholera in north-east Nigeria

Necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in São Tomé and Príncipe

Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

12 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

09 Nov 2017 description
report The Global Fund

LILONGWE, Malawi – Malawi and the Global Fund strengthened their partnership by signing four grants today worth a total of US$460 million. The funds seek to expand interventions for HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, including efforts to reach more than 800,000 people in Malawi with treatment for HIV by 2020.

07 Nov 2017 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Planting of 2018 cereal crops underway

  • Cereal production in 2017 rebounded strongly, mostly resulting from beneficial weather conditions

  • Maize prices well below year-earlier levels, reflecting favourable supply situation

  • Food security situation improved significantly, with food insecure numbers falling by 87 percent on yearly basis

Planting of 2018 crops underway

07 Nov 2017 description

Climate-related disasters are a major driver for global hunger. This factsheet provides an overview of how the major 2017 disasters have impacted people's food insecurity and what WFP has been doing to help.

06 Nov 2017 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 44 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

Dengue fever in Senegal

Dengue fever in Burkina Faso

Plague in Madagascar

Marburg virus disease in Uganda

Yellow fever in Nigeria

Humanitarian Crisis in Central African Republic