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West and Central Africa: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (13 - 19 November 2018)

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

THOUSANDS DISPLACED AFTER CLASHES IN ALINDAO

On 15 November, clashes between armed groups resulted in the burning of the Catholic Mission site affecting over 18,000 people in Alindao town (south east). The Central African Red Cross has buried 60 corpses so far. Thousands of people have fled into the bush and to other displacement sites around the city. Aid groups have conducted initial assessments in these locations and priority needs include shelter, water and sanitation, health and protection.

DR CONGO

DESPITE ATTACKS, EBOLA RESPONSE ACTIVITIES CONTINUE

On 18 November, WHO declared Ebola response activities resumed despite deadly clashes on 16 November in the town of Beni, in the southeastern North Kivu province. Health authorities had announced a brief suspension of operations after the clashes near a local emergency centre in Beni killing eight peacekeepers. Violence in the area is hampering efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. As of 19 November, a total of 373 cases, including 217 deaths, has been reported in 14 health zones in the two neighbouring provinces of North Kivu and Ituri.

ONGOING ASSISTANCE TO EXPELLED PEOPLE

On 10 November, at least 50,000 Congolese expelled from neighbouring Angola received assistance in cash transfer while, on 11 November, aid groups facilitated the transport of hundreds of expellees to their final destinations. An orientation centre is being set up in Kamako town, in the Kasai province, in the south, with funding from UNHCR. Humanitarian partners across the Angolan border reported a decline in the number of expelled people crossing the border into the Kasaï region, but indicated that the influx may still increase in the upcoming period. More than 380,000 Congolese have been expelled from Angola since October.

NIGERIA

NIGERIAN PRIVATE SECTOR JOINS UN IN HUMANITARIAN EFFORTS

On 15 November, in Lagos, in the south of the country, the United Nations launched the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund Private Sector Initiative. This initiative, in support of the Government of Nigeria, aims at harnessing private-sector funding and expertise to strengthen the response to the humanitarian crisis in the north-eastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. Fourteen companies and groups announced their support and will form the Steering Group to raise awareness and resources, while promoting innovative solutions, to support humanitarian action in the north-east.

SENEGAL/ MAURITANIA

DENGUE FEVER CASES ON THE RISE

Senegal faces an important dengue fever outbreak, with 2,264 suspected cases reported since September, of which, 244 have been confirmed as of 12 November. Cases were reported in 7 out of the country’s 14 regions. The presence of three circulating virus strains increases the potential for secondary heterotypic infection, which is generally more severe and may put pressure on health facilities. The drier season, usually starting in November, is anticipated to curtail the proliferation of mosquitoes and reduce further transmission of the virus. Mauritania has also declared a dengue fever outbreak in October, with first cases confirmed in May. Some 65 confirmed cases were reported in six Natural disaster out of 15 regions.

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