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09 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In January, a total of 1,158,442 children were screened for malnutrition through an active case finding campaign, supported by UNICEF. Of which, 24,194 (21,685 Moderate Acute Malnutrition and 2,507 Severe Acute Malnutrition) were referred for further management. In comparison, a total of 1,072,300 children were screened in December 2016.

07 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Results from the SMART nutrition survey conducted in December 2016 indicate that the overall national global acute malnutrition (GAM) rate is significantly higher at 4.1% increasing from 2.5% recorded in May 2016 while severe acute malnutrition (SAM) rate is at 0.8% increasing from 0.5% recorded in May. Overall, four out of the seven livelihood zones surveyed are classified as registering poor nutrition status having recorded GAM rates above 5%.

08 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 1.8 million children ages 6 to 59 months are targeted for malnutrition screening in the next seven months, in a massive public health effort. Among children screened thus far, the proxy Global Acute Malnutrition rate is 3%; the proxy Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) rate is 0.5% and the proxy Moderate acute Malnutrition (MAM) rate is 2.5%.

  • 4,016 children under age five who were suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition were treated in September 2016, compared to 2,012 children during the same month in 2015.

31 Oct 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee has just finished doing an update Assessment Report to the May 2016 vulnerability situation. Results are to be ready mid-November. There are expectations that the number of vulnerable population will rise with a small margin from the current 6.5 million.

  • At least 260, 000 households in 16 districts across the country are to benefit from the 6,000 metric tons of rice donated by the Chinese government in response to the food insecurity in the country.

07 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights:

A SMART nutrition survey conducted in May 2016 has shown an increase to 2.5% in malnutrition rates as compared to 1.1% registered in 2015 SMART survey results. The admissions in community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) facilities have also been on the rise since the drought was declared in the country. In August 2016, a total of 3,158 children under five suffering from Sever Acute Malnutrition (SAM) were treated representing a 59% per cent increase in admissions compared to 1,989 during the same month in 2015.

20 Sep 2016 description

Key Messages

  • While generous donor support has assisted humanitarian responders to reach millions of drought-affected people, significant funding shortages continue to impede the response. Only half of the funds for emergency food and agriculture assistance has been raised, while many other sectoral responses remain largely unfunded, including education (12 per cent funded); protection (18 per cent); water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) (18 per cent); and early recovery (26 per cent).
07 Sep 2016 description

Although substantial gains have been made in improving access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities, Malawi still faces health issues in terms of water, sanitation, and hygiene. Poor practices surrounding transportation and storage of the water make waterborne illnesses, including cholera, common occurrences in Malawi.

31 Aug 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Malawi Vulnerability Annual Assessment (MVAC) of May 2016 projects that 6.5 million people, about 39% of the total population are at risk of food insecurity in 24 out of 28 districts. This is a 129% increase from last year, and the 24 affected districts have food deficits ranging from 3 to 9 months.

  • MVAC records maize production at about 2.5 million Metric Tons (MT) against a national humanitarian requirement of 3.2 million MT - translating into a deficit of about 700,000 MT.

31 Aug 2016 description

Content

  • Introduction

  • Overview of Public Health Events in the WHO African Region

  • Yellow Fever outbreaks

    • Angola

    • DR Congo

  • Cholera outbreaks in the region

  • Rift Valley Fever outbreak in Niger

  • Humanitarian crisis

    • Nigeria

    • South Sudan

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Nutrition results in 2016 in seven priority countries • Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

23 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Health Situation of Children in Southern Africa

UNICEF El Niño Health response in 2016 in seven priority countries The impacts of El Niño and La Niña are expected to more than double the regular caseloads of childhood illnesses (malaria, cholera, pneumonia, measles and diarrhoea) in the most affected countries.

• Diarrhoea cases among children are expected to increase up to 4 times that of the regular yearly cases.

• Projections of pneumonia cases among children show a 1.5 times increase in cases.

23 Aug 2016 description

This issue focuses on the Yellow fever, Cholera, Zika Virus Disease and Chikungunya outbreaks.

During the period under review, there have been protracted urban Yellow Fever (YF) outbreaks in Angola that have spread to the neighboring DR Congo and there have been exported cases to China and Kenya. Another outbreak of Yellow Fever was reported in Uganda but was not epidemiologically linked to the Angola or DR Congo outbreaks. The Uganda YF outbreak was rapidly and effectively contained.

11 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Southern Africa

• The impact of the drought in Southern Africa on WASH is already observed in places where the drought has been more acute and where WASH coverage was already low.

• Only 61 per cent of the region’s population has access to safe drinking water and 39 per cent have access to adequate sanitation facilities.

• Approximately 6.4 million people (including 3.2 million children) in the seven priority countries have reduced access to safe water as a direct result of the El Niño drought.

11 Aug 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Nutrition Situation of Children in Southern Africa

• Almost 15 million people are food and nutrition insecure (including approximately 7.8 million children) in the 7 priority countries.

• Approximately 36% of children in the 7 priority countries in Southern Africa are stunted and therefore not able to fully achieve their full developmental, intellectual and physical potential.

• Over 513,000 children are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the 7 priority countries.