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18 Aug 2018 description

Key Messages:

Following below-average 2018 harvests in many parts of the region, poor households in southern areas of Malawi, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, and central and southern Mozambique are expected to continue facing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) outcomes through at least January. In eastern DRC, where conflict continues to disrupt households' access to food and income, Crisis (IPC Phase 3) is also expected. The rest of the region is likely to maintain Minimal (IPC Phase 1) or Stressed (IPC Phase 2) throughout the projection period.

16 Aug 2018 description

PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR FEBRUARY 2019

16 Aug 2018 description

The Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) aims to improve the learning opportunities and outcomes for up to one million of the world’s most marginalised girls. Access to a good quality education will give these girls the chance of a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

These projects were selected through an open and transparent process and assessed for their ability to implement new and effective ways to get girls into school, keep them there and make sure they receive a good quality education in ways which are sustainable beyond the GEC funding.

15 Aug 2018 description

781,697 Total of refugees and asylum-seekers from the DRC.

4.5M Internally displaced people Source: OCHA

941,000 Planning population of DRC refugees by December 2018.

BASIC INFORMATION

POPULATION FIGURES

  • The figures in this report have been updated to reflect the results of a continuous biometric registration and verification exercise in countries of asylum.

15 Aug 2018 description

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the world’s most complex and challenging yet forgotten crises. As of 30 June 2018, 781,697 Congolese refugees are being hosted in African countries.

From 1 January to 30 June 2018 alone, some 112,401 Congolese fled to neighboring countries, with a particularly significant increase in refugee flows to Uganda,
Burundi and Zambia.

13 Aug 2018 description
report The Guardian

Dramatic fall in infant deaths prompts calls for national immunisation programmes to incorporate treatment

A rotavirus vaccine introduced in rural Malawi has reduced deaths from infant diarrhoea by more than a third, proving for the first time that a major intervention in a low-income country can be highly effective.

Read more on the Guardian.

10 Aug 2018 description

UN engages media on its contributions to Malawi’s development

The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) on 27th July engaged with senior media managers and editors in Blantyre on UN contributions to Malawi’s development, with the UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres urging media houses to continue ensuring that various stakeholders, including political parties and election candidates, remain focused on key development issues in the country.

10 Aug 2018 description
report Direct Relief

By Hannah Real

Direct Relief recently sent its first shipment of medical supplies to the Bwaila Fistula Center in Lilongwe, Malawi. Dr. Jeff Wilkinson is the lead surgeon at the Fistula Center, which is on target to provide life-restoring fistula repair surgery for 330 women this year. The unit is able to handle all types of cases, including the difficult procedures to assist women who have very complex injuries.

Here is the note from Dr. Wilkinson:

09 Aug 2018 description

Highlights

Across the southern African region, maize supplies have improved seasonally with the ongoing harvest, and prices have generally been on a downward trend since March. In most countries, staple food prices are below their 5 year average (5YA) levels.

Yet, in pockets of areas reporting poor harvest, households are expected to deplete their stocks earlier than usual this year and turn to markets for their supply; prices in areas such as southern Malawi, southern Mozambique, and central and southern Zambia could tick upwards sooner than usual.

07 Aug 2018 description

Cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are among the leading causes of death worldwide. A new UCLA study has found that Bangladesh, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania each has fewer than five health facilities that can provide the full suite of supplies and equipment, trained staff and medication that are needed to properly diagnose and treat all three diseases.

03 Aug 2018 description

Vienna, Austria, August 2, 2018. OFID – the OPEC Fund for International Development - has signed public sector loan agreements with Côte d’Ivoire and Malawi to help boost socio-economic development and living standards.

The agreements, totaling US$34 million, were signed by OFID Director-General Suleiman J Al-Herbish and Roger A Kacou, Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire to Austria, and Michael B Kamphambe Nkhoma, Ambassador of Malawi to Germany.

02 Aug 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.

01 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights
- In June 2018 reporting was at 100 percent. All the 618 Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) centres, 104 Nutrition Rehabilitation Units (NRU) and 611 Supplementary Feeding Program (SFP) centres in Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) reported as follows:
- 3,539 children aged 6 to 59 months with Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) received lifesaving treatment in OTP centres and NRUs.
- 3,909 children aged 6 to 59 months with Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM) treated in the SFP centres.

01 Aug 2018 description

Increased market demand likely to lead to further staple food price increases

Key Messages

01 Aug 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.

31 Jul 2018 description

Situation

  • Malawi is a landlocked, low-income country with over 80 percent of the population consisting of smallholder farmers and nearly 70 percent of people living below the international poverty line, according to the World Bank. Malawi also hosts more than 37,000 refugees, primarily from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Mozambique, the majority of whom are dependent on humanitarian assistance to meet their daily food needs.

31 Jul 2018 description

In Malawi there have also been delays developing the new national HIV prevention strategy. The country has made some significant progress, particularly around the development of new service packages for adolescent girls and young women and key populations. In part, this can be attributed to the consistent engagement of civil society in national prevention processes. Despite this, significant obstacles remain, especially around the lack of data and the perpetuation of punitive laws, and moral and religious values, which continue to limit access to vital services.

31 Jul 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents incidents affecting aid delivery in 12 countries in Southern Africa in 2017. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). In 2017, 224 security incidents affecting NGO staff members, programmes and assets were reported. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

30 Jul 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 54 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • The declaration of the end of the Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Focus on the outbreaks in Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda

  • Monkeypox outbreak in Central African Republic