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18 Dec 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Threats and violence affecting emergency care

Africa

South Africa

15 November 2018: In Randfontein city, West Rand district, Gauteng province, emergency workers staged a sit-in at the premises of the West Rand District Municipality over serious financial woes, putting a fleet of emergency vehicles, several fire engines and community safety vehicles under lockdown. Source: News 24

Asia

India

18 Dec 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

Threats and incidents of violence against educational facilities, teachers and students

AFRICA

Burkina Faso

12 November 2018: In Toulfé village, Loroum province, four armed men on motorcycles stormed into the General Education College, where they threatened and lashed teachers before ordering them to leave the school premises. This incident created panic within the facility and beyond, forcing surrounding primary schools to shut down. Source: Aouaga

17 Dec 2018 description

The mental healthcare lottery faced by victims of sexual violence*

Yolanda Hanning, mental health manager for MSF’s Rustenburg project, presents the challenges victims of sexual violence in South Africa face in accessing mental healthcare and how MSF is working to change that.

As a psychologist with a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) project in South Africa’s “platinum belt”, I recently dealt with the case of a woman I shall call Candice.

15 Dec 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Plantings of 2019 maize crop foreseen to expand under generally favourable rainfall conditions

  • High probability of El Niño event later in season presents downside to production outlook

  • Supply levels in 2018/19 satisfactory, reflecting above average 2018 maize harvest and large carryover stocks

  • Maize prices higher on yearly basis, but favourable supply outlook contains larger price gains

Maize sowings forecast to rise for 2019 crop

14 Dec 2018 description
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Drought is the most relevant hazard in South Africa and Ukraine in terms of economic losses, and its impacts depend on the exposure and vulnerability of the agricultural system, not just rainfall or soil moisture deficits. This policy report illustrates how considering vulnerability in drought risk assessments can complement existing drought monitoring systems and ultimately benefit the planning and decision-making process.

11 Dec 2018 description

Foreword

In 2018, the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) drastically worsened, spreading to previously unaffected areas and impacting the Great Lakes region. The ongoing conflicts across much of eastern and central DRC continue to cause significant displacement, damage to property and tragic loss of human life.

11 Dec 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Lassa fever in Nigeria
  • Measles in Mauritius
  • Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

10 Dec 2018 description

The “third struggle” for freedom in Africa

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN in 1948, much of Africa was still in its first struggle for liberation from colonial rule. Only three African countries were present at the UN for the vote: Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa. Apartheid South Africa abstained.

09 Dec 2018 description

INTRODUCTION

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) has been a gamechanger for WHO. It allows WHO to respond rapidly to disease outbreaks and health emergencies - often in 24 hours or less. This saves lives and helps prevent unnecessary suffering. Furthermore, a quick response dramatically reduces the costs of controlling outbreaks and emergencies, as well as the wider social and economic impacts.

07 Dec 2018 description
infographic Insecurity Insight

This overview document presents 331 safety, security and access incidents affecting aid delivery in 12 countries in Southern Africa between January 2017 and March 2018. The report is based on incidents identified in open sources and reported by Aid in Danger partner agencies using the Security in Numbers Database (SiND). The focus is on countries where possible changing or emerging risks can be identified. The total number of reported incidents below reflects the willingness of agencies to share information. It is neither a complete count nor representative.

04 Dec 2018 description
report UNAIDS

On World AIDS Day, South Africa launched a multipronged national wellness campaign to accelerate screening and testing for HIV/tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases. The campaign is a direct response to the call by the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, during his first State of the Nation address in February 2018 to initiate an additional 2 million people on HIV treatment by the end of 2020.

03 Dec 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 57 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Yellow fever in South Sudan

  • Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Cholera in Zimbabwe

  • Hepatitis E in Central African Republic

  • Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.

02 Dec 2018 description
report The Global Fund

JOHANNESBURG – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria strengthened its partnership with South Africa in the fight against HIV, announcing a new grant aimed at capitalizing on strong HIV programs to make even greater progress in treatment and prevention, in protecting and promoting human rights, and in strengthening health systems.

The grant, for US$369 million, includes specific efforts aimed at lowering HIV infection rates among adolescent girls and young women who are disproportionately affected by the disease.

02 Dec 2018 description
report UN Women

Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Media Inquiries: Oisika Chakrabarti, +1 646-781-4522; oisika.chakrabarti[at]unwomen.org Zina Alam, +1 646 781-4783; zina.alam[at]unwomen.org

01 Dec 2018 description

Overview

The American people’s compassion and generosity have saved more than 16 million lives and brought us closer than ever to controlling the HIV/AIDS pandemic – community by community, country by country.

01 Dec 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.