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02 Feb 2009 description

General Context

On-going joint military operations (DRC and Rwanda) to bring peace in eastern DRC. Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has reached the worst case scenario, WHO is appealing for global mobilization to fight the killing disease. WHO continues to support information sharing from affected countries, coordination through the cluster approach, identifying and filling gaps and appealing for resources to support health actions in emergencies in the African Region.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still ongoing.

26 Jan 2009 description

General Context

A wind of hope for peace in eastern DRC. Major concerns include the wide spread cholera outbreaks in southern Africa and the approaching meningitis season and looming food insecurity issues. WHO continues to support information sharing from affected countries, coordination through the cluster approach and identifying and filling gaps.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

Angola: The cholera outbreak is still ongoing. A large number of cases have been reported in the provinces of Uíge , Kwanza Norte , Huila and Malange.

19 Jan 2009 description

General Context

The major concern is the deteriorating security situation in Central Africa Republic as well as the other hot spots in Chad and DRC. Other concerns include the wide spread cholera outbreaks, the approaching meningitis season and looming food insecurity issues. The WHO continues to support information sharing from affected countries, coordination through the cluster approach as well as identifying and filling gaps.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: Suspected Viral Hemorrhagic Fever (VHF) near the border with DRC was investigated.

05 Jan 2009 description

General Context

The security situation in eastern DRC is still precarious and of high concern. The Ebola outbreak is still ongoing. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as improving resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still spreading. On week 52 of 2008, a total of 131 new cases and 1 death were reported.

29 Dec 2008 description

General Context

The security situation in eastern DRC is still precarious. In addition an outbreak of Ebola has been confirmed in the province of Kasaï Occidental, health zone of Mweka. The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe is not yet under control. The outbreak has spread in the Southern African countries. WHO and partners continue to support efforts aimed at information sharing from affected border districts, strengthening surveillance, as well as for resource mobilization.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still of high concern.

17 Nov 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Asia and the Pacific

Problem Statement/Context: The Asia Pacific region has an emergency profile characterized by a combination of natural disasters, civil/political unrest with pockets of conflict situations, and recent emerging new global threats such as high food and fuel prices crisis, the threat of pandemic influenza and other emerging diseases.

14 Oct 2008 description

HIGHLIGHTS

- World cereal production in 2008 is forecast to increase 4.9 percent to a record 2 232 million tonnes, considerably up from earlier predictions after better than expected results from the major harvests gathered in the past two months.

- Based on the latest production forecast, a significant improvement in the global supply and demand balance for cereals in the 2008/09 season can be expected.

30 Sep 2008 description
report World Bank

Foreword

When the World Bank published Rolling Back Malaria: The World Bank Global Strategy and Booster Program in 2005, the world had what now seems like a modest goal of halving malaria deaths in Africa by 2010. At the time, many thought that target unrealistic and doubted the commitment of both African and global partners to achieving it. Since then, an influx of new funding, new partners, and remarkable successes in several Sub- Saharan African countries have re energized the global malaria control movement.

18 Sep 2008 description

Instead of the usual depiction of conflicts as countrywide and defined by national boundaries, this map displays distinct conflict-affected areas in Africa as sub-national and transnational pockets of insecurity, violence, and armed aggression.  Areas of conflict were drawn around locations of reported conflict incidents in 2007 and 2008, as well as concentrations of internally displaced persons and cross-border rebel bases and refugee camps in neighboring countries.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

31 Jul 2008 description

The UN system has rapidly taken note of the seriousness of the challenges to world food security by the recent dramatic escalation of the food price crisis worldwide and recognized the need for Comprehensive Framework for Action (CFA) to address the crisis and its root causes.

The UN System has mobilized to provide a common response to the crisis that takes into account the comparative advantages of all stakeholders.

31 Jul 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations



Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

As of July 2008, WFP requires 5 million metric tonnes for the current year to meet the needs of over 83 million beneficiaries among the world's neediest people in more than 80 countries.

30 Jun 2008 description

FOCUS

All agricultural commodities covered in this report are of critical importance to global food and feed markets. They constitute much of the world's food consumption, generate income to farmers and represent the largest portion of food import expenditures across the world.

25 Jun 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

FOREWORD

In 2007, natural and man-made disasters continued to take a toll on the lives of people.

01 Jun 2008 description


Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2008 Programme of Work

As the second semester of 2008 begins, the World Food Programme continues to focus its attention on the more than 81 million beneficiaries requiring food assistance. The total cost of 2008 activities is just over US$4.78 billion. Considering carry-over stocks and resources mobilized so far in 2008, and considering US$1 billion for prepositioning of food stocks for 2009, the total shortfall at this time of the year is US$2.71 billion.

28 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Introduction

Child survival in Africa: Communities unite to find solutions

Every year, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) publishes The State of the World's Children, the most comprehensive and authoritative report on the world's youngest citizens.

28 May 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Achievements Offer New Prospects for Success in Global Efforts to Help Africa's Children

TOKYO, 28 May 2008 - UNICEF today called for large-scale, focused investments in improved health systems for sub-Saharan Africa, to capitalize on recent achievements and help children who have inadequate access to health care.

The call came as the children's agency launched its first The State of Africa's Children 2008 report at the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development …

25 Jan 2008 description


Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

As at 15 January 2008, WFP's total needs to feed the 70 million people currently targeted for food assistance in 2008 are estimated to be over US$3.6 billion.