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14 Nov 2018 description

In Numbers

8.1 million people food insecure in Eswatini,
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe

4 million people to receive food, cash or vouchers to address immediate lean season needs

Additional USD 212 million required to meet the food needs in the six countries over the lean season (November 2018 - April 2019)

Highlights

13 Nov 2018 description

Key trends in Africa in the week of November 4th include the continued violence against civilians in Cameroon, the deadliest attack in Mogadishu of 2018 and the escalation of political violence in Guinea. Other relevant developments spanned the DRC, Chad, Niger and Madagascar.

12 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• A seasonal plague upsurge, predominantly of the bubonic form, usually hits Madagascar annually between September and April. Similar to last year, this year’s plague season has begun earlier than usual. The current outbreak is predominantly in rural areas and is largely contained. As of mid–August a cumulative total of 103 plague cases (38 confirmed and 65 suspected) have been recorded and 10 deaths.

12 Nov 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 50 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

Le capital humain (c’est-à-dire la somme de la santé, des compétences, des connaissances et de l’expérience d’une population) représente la plus grande richesse des pays du monde entier. Il permet à chacun de se réaliser pleinement et elle est de plus en plus reconnue comme l’un des principaux vecteurs de la croissance économique d’un pays.

11 Nov 2018 description
report World Bank

The Human Capital Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: Stories of Progress

Human capital—the sum of a population’s health, skills, knowledge, and experience—accounts for the largest share of countries’ wealth globally. It allows everyone to reach their full potential and is increasingly becoming recognized as a primary driver of a nation’s economic growth.

10 Nov 2018 description
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Preliminary Statement

Antananarivo, Madagascar: On 9th November 2018, the Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the 2018 Presidential Election in the Republic of Madagascar, Honourable Joseph Malanji, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia, released the Mission's Preliminary Statement, at a media event held at the Colbert Hotel in Antananarivo, Madagascar, following the Presidential Elections which were held on 7th November 2018.

09 Nov 2018 description

Message from our Regional Director

Despite numerous humanitarian challenges in 2017 in Africa, there were also a number of heart-warming accomplishments. A case in point, was when a local response of Red Crescent teams—and other partners—curbed Somalia's cholera outbreak through the power of local volunteers and shared international expertise. In terms of support to our members, 36 National Societies were able to kick start initiatives that built their capacity through seed grants.

09 Nov 2018 description
  • Tropical cyclone ALCIDE continued south-south-west offshore over the Indian Ocean, weakening. On 9 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 400 km east of Antsiranana city (northern Madagascar) and 345 km south-east of Farquhar Group Islands (Seychelles), with maximum sustained winds of 167 km/h (equivalent to a Category 2 in the Saffir Simpson Scale).

07 Nov 2018 description
  • Tropical cyclone ALCIDE formed over the south-west Indian Ocean on 6 November. On 7 November at 0:00 UTC, its centre was located approx. 1 100 km north of Mauritius Island, 1 230 km north-east of La Réunion and 870 km north-east of Antalaha town (Antsiranana Province, northern Madagascar), with maximum sustained winds of 93 km/h (tropical storm).

  • Over the next 24 hours, it is forecast to continue south-west, strengthening to Category 2 with winds up to 157 km/h, before decreasing to a tropical storm on the approach to Madagascar.

05 Nov 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

01 Nov 2018 description

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

01 Nov 2018 description

The lean season has started earlier than usual in Southern Madagascar

Key Messages

  • The agricultural season started on time in September in the Central Highlands and Western Madagascar with the timely start of the rainy season, which allowed farmers to plant first season rice and maize. Although normal rainfall is expected in the South, poor households may not have sufficient seeds to plant.

01 Nov 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year. To learn more about markets in Southern Africa, please consult the FEWS NET Regional Maize Market Fundamentals Summary Report.

01 Nov 2018 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

01 Nov 2018 description

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“Sexual assault and embarrassment are the risks that adolescent girls face when dealing with menstruation hygiene in emergency settings, due to the lack of separation between male and female sanitation facilities.”

"Our governments should start viewing us as an asset and not a liability.” - Palesa Lefojane, United Nations Youth Advisory Panel member, Lesotho.