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Rotary members have changed the lives of thousands of refugees
By Ryan Hyland
The statistics are staggering. More than 28,000 people are uprooted from their homes each day as a result of war, oppression, and poverty. That’s nearly 20 people per minute.
By the end of 2016, an unprecedented 65.6 million people, from West Africa to South Asia, have been forcibly displaced, making it the world’s worst migrant crisis in history.
309,000 refugees living in camps in Tanzania
70,000 smallholder farmers to be assisted through Farm to Market Alliance
29,000 pregnant and nursing women and children under the age of two supported with food distributions and nutrition sensitization
US$58.4 m six months (JuneNovember 2018) net funding requirements
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR DECEMBER 2018
Le contexte humanitaire au Burundi s'est légèrement amélioré depuis le début de 2018 mais la situation reste cependant précaire notamment avec un niveau élevé de vulnérabilité. Le nombre de personnes en insécurité alimentaire est passé de 2,6 millions en juillet 2017 à 1,67 million en avril 2018 (15% de la population). Des facteurs climatiques favorables et par conséquence une amélioration de l’accès à l’alimentation sont les principaux facteurs de cette amélioration.
Suite à la notification d’une flambée de maladie à virus Ebola dans la province de l’Équateur, en République démocratique du Congo, le 5 mai 2018, l’OMS a réalisé une évaluation formelle rapide des risques qui a démontré que le risque pour la santé publique est élevé au niveau régional.
In an effort to boost agri-business and enhance food security in Africa, the African Development Bank Board has approved a US$15 million equity investment in Africa Food Security Fund (AFSF), to support enterprises in agri-business SMEs and enhance food security in Africa
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Average 2018B crop production despite significant pulse losses due to excess moisture
Widespread floods in April resulting in displacement of about 9 600 individuals
Above-average 2018A season output due to favourable weather conditions
Prices of maize declining in recent months to low levels, prices of beans on increase
About 1.67 million people estimated to be severely food insecure, 35 percent less than one year earlier, due to improved crop production
Au cours de la période considérée, les conditions de sécurité et la situation humanitaire en République démocratique du Congo ne se sont pas améliorées. Le Groupe d’experts a relevé deux facteurs importants de préoccupation. D’une part, les soldats de la paix ont été la cible de graves attaques dans tout le pays et, d ’autre part, des acteurs armés ont tiré parti du retard pris dans les opérations électorales pour promouvoir constamment la violence.
West Africa remains dry, while heavy rain is forecast over Kenya
Africa Weather Hazards
Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.
A slow onset to seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.
Delays in seasonal rainfall across the southern Gulf of Guinea countries has led to strengthening moisture deficits throughout the region.
During the period under review, the security and humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo did not improve. The Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo noted two major factors of concern: peacekeepers across the country faced serious attacks and armed actors continuously used the delay in the electoral process to promote acts of violence.
Following the notification of an Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 5 May 2018, WHO conducted a formal rapid risk assessment which determined that the public risk is high at the regional level.
1,015 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 545,538 cash based transfers made
US$ 5.5 m six months (May-October 2018) net funding requirements
277,000 people assisted in April 2018
1 New event
57 Ongoing events
10 Humanitarian crises
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 new and ongoing events, including:
- Undiagnosed disease in Uganda
- Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Monkeypox in Cameroon
- Lassa fever in Nigeria
Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.
Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region. This is an important staple in Sudan and Somalia as well as in other marginal agricultural areas of the region.
• Economic challenges and poor rainfall undermine food security in Zimbabwe. Nationally, 92 percent of households in Zimbabwe practice agriculture as their primary livelihood, according to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVAC). After multiple years of drought-reduced harvests, increased planting and good rains increased agricultural production in the first half of 2017, reducing the stress on many households and providing some households with sufficient food stocks to sustain themselves during the current poor agricultural season.