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11 Dec 2018 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Measles in Mauritius
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

10 Dec 2018 description

CHAD

MEASLES INFECTIONS RISING

Measles infections are on the rise since mid-November when 209 cases were recorded, up from 131 a week earlier. In late November and early December, 43 cases were reported in seven districts in central and southern Chad.

Another 105 samples are being tested. More than 4,000 cases and 91 deaths have been recorded since an outbreak was declared in June. The outbreak has hit the epidemic level in 39 health districts. Vaccination was carried out in 41 districts in November.

DR CONGO

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 417 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 17 countries in West Africa between January 2017 and June 2018.
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). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

04 Dec 2018 description
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Global trends and challenges

More than 1 per cent of people across the planet right now are caught up in major humanitarian crises. The international humanitarian system is more effective than ever at meeting their needs – but global trends including poverty, population growth and climate change are leaving more people than ever vulnerable to the devastating impacts of conflicts and disasters.

17 Nov 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid.
It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Indonesia Earthquake and Tsunami Response

New safety, security and access information

01 October 2018: On Sulawesi island, the National Disaster Management Authority asked international NGOs to pull out and announced that it would only authorise certain selective forms of foreign aid. No reason was given for this decision. Sources: IRIN and The Guardian

15 Nov 2018 description
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Africa

Burkina Faso

02 October 2018: In Ouro-Aou village, Est region, a primary school was ransacked by Islamic State militants. No further details specified. Source: ACLED

Democratic Republic of the Congo

13 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nigeria DART transitions, permanent field staff continue to support continuing humanitarian response

  • Recent AOG attacks in northeastern Nigeria heighten security concerns for aid workers and civilians

  • Staff assess conditions, monitor programs during USAID/OFDA site visit to Chad

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

09 Nov 2018 description

There are currently 654,113 persons of concern to UNHCR in Chad including 447,125 refugees and 3,653 asylum seekers. In the Lac region, there are 124,078 IDPs, 38,677 Chadian returnees, as well as 10,607 refugees. In eastern Chad, there 336,929 Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers and 3,858 Chadians (former refugees) voluntarily repatriated from Sudan since December 2017. In southern Chad, there are 96,438 CAR refugees as well as 45,710 Chadian returnees from CAR. In N’djamena, there are 6,804 urban refugees of different nationalities, but mainly from CAR.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

30 Oct 2018 description

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

GUNMEN AMBUSH FOOD AID CONVOY

Armed attackers on 25 October accosted a food aid convoy from the capital Bangui to Paoua town in the north-west and robbed the truckers of their belongings. The convoy managed to reach its destination despite the ambush, the eighth of its kind in the area since the start of the year. Attacks on aid workers and humanitarian operations are recurrent in several parts of the country where armed groups operate.

CHAD

29 Oct 2018 description

Highlights

  • Clashes between armed groups and attacks on humanitarian workers continue to hinder relief operations
  • Escalating violence in Bria results in the death of nine IDPs
  • Conflict displaced more than 6,300 people in August, bringing the number of IDPs in CAR to more than 621,000 people

Key Developments

23 Oct 2018 description

Background

The Lake Chad Basin humanitarian emergency is among the most severe in the world. The protracted conflict has uprooted around 2.5 million people, stoked high levels of hunger and malnutrition, and subjected millions of civilians to extreme hardship. Insecurity is hampering the resumption of normal life, leaving conflict-affected families dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

Recent Developments

23 Oct 2018 description

TCHAD

DES ORGANISATIONS HUMANITAIRES SUSPENDENT LEURS ACTIVITÉS À CAUSE DE L’INSÉCURITÉ

23 Oct 2018 description

CHAD

AID GROUPS SUSPEND WORK OVER INSECURITY

Six aid organizations have suspended operations following a series of attacks in late September in Bol and Baga-Sola areas of the western Lac region. Thirteen people were killed and five kidnapped in seven separate attacks.
The assailants also stole cattle and other property. The surge in attacks is likely to further restrict humanitarian access. The Multinational Joint Task Force is reinforcing presence to counter the armed raiders.

DR CONGO