- Southern Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Jan 2017
- Zambia: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2016
- Southern Africa: Food Insecurity - 2015-2017
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2015
- Zambia: Floods - Jan 2013
- Southern Africa: Floods - Jan 2011
- Southern Africa: Floods - Mar 2010
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2008
- Southern Africa: Floods - Dec 2007
8 June 2012 - By the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) and the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI)
Africa needs a critical mass of scientists trained in plant breeding, with conventional and molecular expertise to develop resilient and climate-smart varieties needed for food security, sustainability and economic development. These scientists must be committed to working in national breeding programmes in their home countries. The lack of plant breeders with such skills in Africa is well documented.
Statement from the Chair
Plan entered the 2010 financial year with cautious optimism, having weathered the worst of the financial crisis. I am very happy to report that the measures we have since put in place, and the continuing efforts and commitment of our fundraising teams, programme advisors and highly dedicated staff, have all contributed to a 14 per cent rise in income to over €534 million.
No new emergencies of significance have reported this week but the ongoing chronic crises continue. The trend of meningitis in Burkina Faso has become alarming after two consecutive years of decrease. Protracted crises in Eastern DRC as well as several disease outbreaks are still ongoing. Member states are receiving support from WHO for response mainly through the Health Clusters.
Pas de nouvelles urgences d'importance constatées mais poursuite des crises en cours. La tendance de l'épidémie de méningite devient alarmante après deux années de baisse consécutive. La crise chronique dans l'est de la RDC aussi bien que plusieurs épidémies continuent. Les Etats Membres reçoivent l'appui de l'OMS pour la réponse principalement à travers les clusters santé.
We are still monitoring the situation In Uganda (after the landslide) where heavy rainfalls continue. The cycle of ethno-religious violence in Nigeria does not seem to stop with another clash reported this week. Protracted crises in Eastern DRC as well as several disease outbreaks are still ongoing. Member states are receiving support from WHO for response mainly through the Health Clusters.
The OECD DAC, in making its Recommendation in 2001 for untying of aid to least developed countries, envisaged a comprehensive evaluation of its implementation and impact by 2009. The Paris Declaration (PD) reaffirmed the Recommendation firstly by stating that untying aid generally increases aid effectiveness by reducing transaction costs for partner countries and improving country ownership and alignment, and consequently by making further steps towards aid untying Indicator 8 of progress towards increasing aid effectiveness.
In Africa, an estimated 300-500 million cases of malaria occur each year resulting in approximately 1 million deaths. More than 90% of these are in children under 5 years of age.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Across most of sub-Saharan Africa, there are fewer than five doctors for every 100,000 people. Each year 20,000 health professionals leave their posts to pursue jobs in urban areas outside their own countries.
That's why innovative approaches to human resource planning and quality service provision are urgently needed if African countries are to reduce maternal death.
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Vitamin A deficiency and malaria are both highly prevalent health problems in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency affects over 30 million children, most of whom are in the age-group (under five years) most affected by malaria. Vitamin A deficiency increases all-cause mortality in this part of the population, and malaria is an important cause of death in children at this age.
Brussels, 5 March 2009 - The European Commission will provide a total of €247 million in humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in twelve African countries. The following allocations are to be made: Sudan - €110 million; Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - €45 million; Chad - €30 million; Burundi and refugees in Tanzania - €20 million; the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) - €13 million; Uganda - €12 million; Zimbabwe - €5.5 million and Kenya - €3 million. An additional €8.5 million are for ECHO Flight, a special humanitarian air service.
New York - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) have launched a new initiative to tackle the severe lack of midwives in developing countries.
Every year half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth and 10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or injuries. In addition, three million newborns die during the first week of life and another three million are stillborn.
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.
More people using drinking water from safe sources, says a new report
17 JULY 2008 - NEW YORK/GENEVA - Every day, over 2.5 billion people suffer from a lack of access to improved sanitation and nearly 1.2 billion practise open defecation, the riskiest sanitary practice of all, according to a report issued today by the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.
Introduction to this new FEWS NET report: High food and fuel prices represent a relatively new global food security threat, especially in urban areas, and especially on the urban poor. To more closely monitor its evolution, FEWS NET is beginning monthly reporting of staple food prices in the 20 countries it covers.
By William Eagle
As food prices climb, African policymakers are considering short- and long-term ways to make food prices affordable. The measures range from food subsidies for consumers to incentives for farmers to increase production. From Washington, William Eagle has the story.
African governments are under pressure from consumers - and in some cases protestors - to act now. Some, like Nigeria, are working to satisfy demand and lower prices by releasing emergency grain reserves.