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Humanitarian Crises in Southern and Eastern Africa

In early 2017, famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, with almost five million people classified as severely food insecure, while warnings of possible famine were issued for other countries in the Horn of Africa. By February the number of severely food-insecure people across the greater Horn of Africa region had increased to 22.9 million and this could rise even further. (OCHA, 24 Feb 2017)

WFP has classified the drought crisis in the Horn of Africa as a Level 2 Emergency. Some 2.9 million people in Somalia and 5.6 million people in Ethiopia are categorised as being in either crisis or emergency IPC levels 3 and 4, and require urgent humanitarian assistance. In Kenya, 2.6 million people also require emergency food assistance, of whom 2.2 million are in IPC Phase 3.

The Somali and Kenyan governments have declared the drought situation a “national disaster” and appealed to the international community to support the response efforts. In Somalia, WFP scaled up its emergency response in February, reaching nearly 1 million people through general distributions, nutrition interventions and school meals programme. (WFP, 15 Mar 2017)

At the other end of the continent, some countries in southern Africa were hit by floods and an infestation of army worm, further compounding the food insecurity experienced in the region as a consequence of the El-Niño phenomenon that struck in 2015-16.

According to WFP, the nutrition situation deteriorated in the seven most severely drought-affected countries - Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe - in the latter half of 2016, with several countries recording wasting levels above 5 percent. Pockets of very high acute malnutrition are still prevalent in Zimbabwe and Madagascar (WFP, 21 Feb 2017)

Madagascar was also hit by a tropical cyclone in March 2017, leaving more than 110,000 people displaced.

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25 Nov 2017 description

La Croix-Rouge du Burundi à travers son programme d’Appui au Développement Rural Durable pour la Nutrition, procède durant ce mois de novembre au dépistage de masse des cas de malnutrition de tous les enfants ayant l’âge compris entre 6 -59 mois. Ce dépistage se déroule dans cinq provinces sur les six constituant la zone d’intervention du Programme, à savoir Rumonge, Bururi, Gitega, Mwaro et Bujumbura rural. Il permettra d’identifier les enfants souffrant de malnutrition aiguë modérée ou sévère.

24 Nov 2017 description

From 27 to 28 November, Handicap International (HI) is organising a regional conference on the bombing of civilians in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. This conference will bring together some 20 States, 10 African civil society organisations and international NGOs. The goal is to raise awareness of this vital challenge among African countries and to encourage them to take action on the world stage to protect civilians from the devastating impact of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.

What does this conference aim to achieve

24 Nov 2017 description

EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM)

Two European experts and a mobile laboratory provided by the German Federal Foreign Office are being deployed to Kapchorwa district (Uganda).

It will offer on-the-spot diagnostic capacity and improve preparedness for future outbreaks of Marburg and other hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, giving support to Uganda’s health ministry and the World Health Organisation (WHO) activities.

24 Nov 2017 description


Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night.

24 Nov 2017 description


  1. Measuring irregular migration: Innovative data practices
    Solon Ardittis and Frank Laczko

  2. Measuring unsafe migration: The challenge of collecting accurate data on migrant fatalities
    Ann Singleton, Frank Laczko and Julia Black

  3. A new approach: Displacement Tracking Matrix Comprehensive Migration Flows Survey Model
    Michelle Münstermann and Vivianne van der Vorst

24 Nov 2017 description


  • Good overall conditions of 2018A crops to be harvested in early 2018

  • Satisfactory 2017cereal output despite poor performance of 2017A harvest due to insufficient rains

  • Prices of maize declined in recent months but remain at high levels due to reduced imports

  • About 2.6 million people estimated to be severely food insecure due to insecurity and economic crisis

24 Nov 2017 description


• The blockade of critical airports and seaports is impacting humanitarian and commercial supply pipelines affecting millions.

• Suspected cholera cases have declined across Yemen but the threat of cholera remains.

• Humanitarian assistance has reached 2.3 million people in areas covered by Aden hub.

• The YPF 2nd allocation has provided US$70 million to fund 49 projects in 15 governorates.

A blockade compounds a life-threatening crisis

24 Nov 2017 description
report World Vision

• 19 million cases recorded in last 3 years, country’s population only 11.5 million
• Children most vulnerable
• High-res photos available here

BUJUMBURA – More than six million cases of Malaria have been recorded in Burundi this year, and up to a million more children are at risk of getting the disease before Christmas, World Vision warns today.

Burundi, which has a population of just 11.5 million, is entering its third month of seasonal rain.

24 Nov 2017 description

Overview of Migrant Situation in Turkey

According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) currently there are approximately 3,6 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking for the international protection.

24 Nov 2017 description

Violence against women is a global public health problem. In Uganda, more than half of all women have experienced violence at least once in their life, most likely from an intimate partner, leaving them feeling unsafe in the place they should feel the safest – their home.

“Violence against women is everywhere in Uganda,” says Dr Olive Sentumbwe, National Professional Officer, WHO Uganda. “Women from all parts of society experience repeated abuse, which takes a toll on their physical and mental health.”

24 Nov 2017 description

As government and its partners continue to prioritize the provision of portable, clean and safe drinking water to all as per the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the private sector is also playing a key role in the promotion of water treatment products as a way of ensuring clean water and sanitation to households in Malawi.

24 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Les experts de l’ONU sont menacés et critiqués par le gouvernement

Akshaya Kumar
Directrice adjointe de plaidoyer auprès de l'ONU

24 Nov 2017 description

Forced to flee due to conflict: more than 10,000 local residents are reported displaced in Middle and Lower Shabelle, Somalia

Bal’ad and Afgoye Districts: Middle, Lower Shabelle

24 Nov 2017 description

Mach Samuel

Women in the Jonglei region want the opportunity to play a greater role in resolving ongoing violence and building sustainable peace in South Sudan.

Speaking at a one-day forum in Bor, organized by the Gender Affairs unit of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the women urged warring parties to end the conflict which has taken a huge toll on women and children across the country.