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16 Dec 2017 description

MESSAGES

  • The Deyr/short rains season is coming to an end in the Horn of Africa, with little to no rainfall in many areas since mid-November, and little to no rainfall forecast for the next two weeks. Following a significantly delayed start of season and below average seasonal rainfall, below-average crop yields are expected in rainfed areas of southern Somalia and eastern Kenya.

16 Dec 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 10-16 December 2017 and includes updates on diphtheria, influenza, Salmonella and cholera.

16 Dec 2017 description
report Insecurity Insight

Aid in Danger partner agency incidents. Partner agencies operated in 12 countries. Partner agencies reported 901 incidents in ten countries and 21 security measures taken to protect staff, assets and programmes in seven countries. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is not a complete count nor representative. For other incidents recorded by the Aid in Danger project, including from open sources, please see NGO Security Incident Overview.

16 Dec 2017 description

New York

The Secretary-General urges South Sudanese Parties to engage in good faith in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) -led High-Level Revitalization Forum set to begin in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week. The Secretary-General is convinced that with full backing by the region and the wider international community, this Forum provides a unique opportunity to bring all the parties to the conflict and other stakeholders to the negotiation table.

16 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In Blue Nile, an intensive community mobilization campaign was conducted in newly accessible areas (mainly Alkali, Mangano and Turnasei localities) by the State Ministry of Health, UNICEF and partners. Some 3,101 children under 5 years were screened and 441 children were found with severe acute malnutrition. All children identified as acute malnutrition were enrolled into appropriate treatment programmes, while many of the severely malnourished children are in critical condition requiring immediate inpatient care.

15 Dec 2017 description

14 December, 2017, Juba: South Sudan has been polio-free since June 2009. However, it is still considered at risk for polio outbreak due to insecurity, population movements, along with recent polio outbreaks in the neighbouring countries.

In order to sustain the polio free status, reaching every child with life-saving polio vaccines, and strengthening acute flaccid paralysis surveillance remain core interventions.

15 Dec 2017 description

Juba, 15 December 2017: the World Health Organization (WHO) is expanding on its partners’ engagement mechanisms to address critical barriers in reaching vulnerable persons including women and children with life-saving interventions in besieged and hard-to-reach areas, where access and restrictions on movement severely hinder the ability of populations to get health services.

15 Dec 2017 description
report Christian Aid

On the fourth anniversary of South Sudan's deadly conflict, Christian Aid is renewing its call for urgent action to stem alarming levels of hunger and malnutrition in the country.

Ongoing violence and civil insecurity, which began on 15 December 2013, have crippled South Sudan's economy, created catastrophic food shortages and forced 4 million people to abandon their homes.

15 Dec 2017 description

883.5 M required for 2017
299.3 M contributions received, representing 34% of requirements
584.2 M funding gap for the South Sudan Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Dec 2017 description
report REACH Initiative

Background

In response to reports of persistent needs and a growing population of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the mountain and valley areas of southern Torit County, REACH joined a Rapid Response Mission team constituted by the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in Gunyoro village, Ifwotu Payam. A concurrent screening and distribution took place in Iholong village, also in Ifwotu Payam, but was cut short due to nearby fighting.

15 Dec 2017 description

568.8 M required for 2017 including special situations
218.5 M contributions received, representing 38% of requirements
350.3 M overall funding gap for Uganda

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Dec 2017 description
  • Ethiopia is host to the second largest refugee population in Africa, sheltering 893,938 registered refugees and asylum seekers as of 30 November 2017.

  • Since January 2017, 106,092 refugees arrived in Ethiopia, mainly from South Sudan (almost 74,400), Eritrea (over 22,700) and Somalia (over 6,600).

  • Ethiopia formally launched the CRRF, paving the way for the implementation of the nine pledges it made at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees in September 2016 in New York.

15 Dec 2017 description
report CARE

JUBA (15 December 2017) – Four years after the beginning of the South Sudan conflict, the leading humanitarian organization CARE is deeply concerned by the risk of famine as rates of hunger and malnutrition continue to rise. Presently, seven million South Sudanese are in need of lifesaving assistance – deeply affected by conflict, displacement, hunger and a collapsing economy.

15 Dec 2017 description

Juba, 14 December 2017: Cholera in South Sudan remains an important public health problem which has affected 21 571 people and resulted in 462 deaths since the onset of the outbreak on 18 June 2016. This has been the longest and largest outbreak in magnitude and geographical extent, its impact exacerbated by the protracted crisis, insecurity, displacements and declining access to safe drinking water and sanitation.