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23 Oct 2017 description

Following the confirmation of a case of Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Kween district Eastern Uganda by Ministry of Health (MoH) and the activation of the National Response Team, the WHO Rapid Response team from the country office was able to reach the epicentre within 48 hours and is currently supporting national and district authorities to contain the outbreak.

21 Oct 2017 description

Projected influx would swell the ranks of the two million South Sudanese already in exile in the region - bringing the total number of refugees closer the three million mark.

NAIROBI, Kenya — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the humanitarian agencies is warning that without an imminent resolution in sight for the crises in South Sudan, more South Sudanese are likely to become refugees in 2018.

20 Oct 2017 description

SG/SM/18757

Following is UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ message, delivered by Said Djinnit, his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, to the Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region, in Brazzaville today:

20 Oct 2017 description

WHO Health Emergencies programme in the African Region: Compendium of short reports on selected outbreaks

It is our sincere pleasure to share with you a compendium of short reports on selected outbreaks in the WHO African Region. This compendium covers the following outbreaks:

  • Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,

  • Meningococcal septicaemia in Liberia,

  • Cholera in Malawi,

  • Meningitis in Nigeria,

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Namibia,

20 Oct 2017 description

20 OCTOBER 2017 | GENEVA - WHO is working to contain an outbreak of Marburg virus disease (MVD) that has appeared in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya.

At least one person is confirmed to have died of MVD and several hundred people may have been exposed to the virus at health facilities and at traditional burial ceremonies in Kween District, a mountainous area 300 kilometres northeast of Kampala.

19 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

  • WFP has issued eight contracts to small-scale farmer groups to supply 340 metric tons of maize grain through its first direct food purchase in Uganda.

  • WFP is running out of funds to provide food and nutrition assistance to 1.2 million refugees.
    Despite the continued support from traditional and new donors, and new contributions received in recent months, the operation requires USD 51.2 million for the next six months (October 2017 - March 2018).

Operational Updates

19 Oct 2017 description

The savannahs of Africa cover a mind-boggling 600 million hectares, of which 400 million hectares are cultivable, the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.

19 Oct 2017 description

The world’s anti-hunger organizations have an opportunity to prevent widespread destruction of African crops by stopping the spread of an insect, warn three of the most respected thinkers on international agriculture.

However, the international community must act swiftly, in cooperation, and on a large scale to do so. The fall armyworm reportedly has a foothold in 28 nations in Africa, and it feeds on crops that include maize, which more than 200 million Africans depend on for food security.

18 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA – UNHCR’s protection chief urged delegates at a conference in Geneva today to take advantage of plans to strengthen responses to refugee crises to gain long-term improvements in the lives of the displaced and their hosts.

Speaking on the second day of a two-day meeting on how to improve the international response to large movements of refugees, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker Türk said that it was critical to think in the longer term from the start of a refugee crises.

18 Oct 2017 description

UNHCR in 2017 – by the numbers

As of September 2017, UNHCR’s budget is at an historic high of $7.763 billion, which is currently 46% funded

This growth is concurrent with the unabated levels of global displacement, with 67.7 million people of concern to UNHCR worldwide.

The funding gap is widening, now standing at 54%. Based on indications received from donors and analysis of funding trends, UNHCR estimates the gap may reduce to 47% by year’s end.

18 Oct 2017 description

By Evelyne Karanja

Nairobi, Kenya, 18 October 2017 - The African Union has announced plans to increase the number of member States with national disaster loss data bases and to put a training programme in place in preparation for the roll-out next year of the Sendai Monitor, the UNISDR-backed mechanism for measuring progress in reducing disaster losses.

18 Oct 2017 description

Summary Points

  • Maize grain as usual was the most traded commodity in the region followed by dry beans, rice and then sorghum. See Figure 1.

  • Staple commodity prices especially for maize are expected to remain above last year and five year average prices despite near average harvest in the region with spatial pockets of deficit within and between countries because carryover stocks are low, tightening supplies available for trade.