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24 Sep 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 ongoing events, including:

24 Sep 2018 description
report The Global Fund

In a high-security building in Kampala, Uganda, a man leads a group of sleuths investigating a potential killer. While they may go about their work with the meticulousness of police detectives, they are actually a different type of investigator. Professor Moses Joloba, Director of Uganda's Supranational Reference Laboratory, leads his team to pursue TB – the world’s leading killer among infectious diseases. The disease killed more than 1.6 million people around the world in 2017.

24 Sep 2018 description

SG/SM/19230

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks at the launch of the Famine Action Mechanism, in New York today:

We are today here all together because we are committed to a world without hunger. This very basic goal should be within our grasp. With today’s advanced technology and knowledge of agriculture, we can surely uphold everyone’s fundamental right to food.

24 Sep 2018 description

The United Nations, World Bank, International Committee of the Red Cross, Microsoft Corp., Google and Amazon Web Services announced, in the margins of the General Assembly, an extraordinary global partnership to prevent future famines.

24 Sep 2018 description
report Plan International

Summary of findings and recommendations

Adolescent Girls in Crisis is a research project informed by and centred upon the voices and experiences of girls in three of the world’s most troubled and volatile locations: South Sudan, the Lake Chad Basin and the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

The research found that:

24 Sep 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights
- Educational supplies and recreational kits for 1,250 children were provided to children and adolescents in South Sudanese Refugee settlement in Khartoum to respond to the educational needs.
- 13,700 children (5,480 boys, and 8,220 girls) from the flood-affected areas in Al-Nuhood locality in West Kordofan state received Psychological support services (PSS).

24 Sep 2018 description

Highlights

  • South Sudan continues to make progress on Ebola virus disease outbreak (EVD) preparedness through enhancing capacities for EVD case detection, investigation, response, and prevention.

  • This week, multiple engagements at different levels have continued to advocate, sensitize and mobilize stakeholders and communities to pull all efforts and resources together towards achieving this goal.

24 Sep 2018 description

Private investment has brought connectivity to north-western Uganda, as well as new opportunities for refugees and locals.

By Josie Le Blond in Rhino Camp Settlement, Uganda | 24 September 2018

Sudanese refugee Richard Maliamungu strolls through the dusty market. Squinting up at the midday sun, he slows and stops outside a shuttered stall. Here, in Rhino Camp Settlement, Richard hopes to open a business selling phones to fellow refugees. It is a dream only possible since internet access arrived in this remote part of northern Uganda.

24 Sep 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

September 23, 2018 (GULU) – A group of refugees living in Uganda have appealed to South Sudan’s warring factions to ensure the recently signed peace agreement is fully implemented.

The group, which comprised of 20 youth, were deliberating at a one-day workshop organized by Remembering Ones We Lost (ROWL) on the theme ‘Youth dialogue on sustainable peace in South Sudan’.

24 Sep 2018 description

Protecting children in conflict is one of the most urgent human rights issues of our time. Around the world more than 240 million children are living in countries affected by conflict. Many of them face violence, displacement, hunger and exploitation by armed forces and groups. Child Soldiers International’s World Index – an online database mapping child recruitment practices worldwide – highlights the participation of children in at least 18 conflicts during the last year.

24 Sep 2018 description

UN Headquarters, New York, 23 September 2018

As delivered

Question: You have highlighted the importance of pre-arranged financing to make communities more resilient. How does the Famine Action Mechanism feed into these efforts?

We need to build resilience and we need faster development.

We also need to rid the world of the scourge of famine.

When you boil it down There are three things that we need to do, all of which our panelists have touched on.

23 Sep 2018 description

National CCCM Cluster
- The cluster Co-leads had a meeting with the RRP/UNMISS to discuss about Mangateen site (especially mid to long term expectations) for planning and prepositioning. In addition, screening processes in Bor and Malakal PoCs were also discussed.
- The CCCM Cluster has made significant investment of its and effort in drafting and finalization of the South Sudan Humanitarian Needs overview (HNO) for 2019.

23 Sep 2018 description

In Bentiu, Internews’ Humanitarian Information Service (HIS) implements a communicating with communities (CwC) program to increase information sharing. The program operates Kondial 97.2 FM, a humanitarian radio station inside the Bentiu PoC, conducting listening groups to gather community feedback. If you have information to be shared with the PoC or humanitarians, please contact: Humanitarian Project Manager Akiiki Tusiime (atusiime@internews.org) or Team Leader Pout Tuor (ptuor@internews.org).