Since mid-2017, ongoing conflict has led to displacement from and within Deir-ez-Zor governorate, totalling an estimated 230,000 persons from July to mid-December. The recent de-escalation of conflict in parts of the governorate has allowed limited humanitarian access for the first time since 2014. The situation in the governorate remains fluid, with spontaneous returns in certain areas as well as IDP arrivals.
- Military offensives by the Myanmar Armed Forces, involving heavy artillery and aerial bombing, have been continuing across various places in Kachin State since 11 April 2018. The situation is dramatically affecting the lives of local civilian populations, causing casualties, detainment, entrapment and new displacements.
- Continued indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas has taken place. Around 2 000 civilians from Awng Lawt villages were trapped and fled into the forest due to intensified fighting between rebel groups (KIA) and the Burmese army (Tatmadaw) since 11 April.
- From January to March 2018, 306 cases of meningitis, including 24 deaths, have been reported. The alert level has been passed in four health districts. Several health centres have exceeded the epidemic threshold. This outbreak is suspected to be caused by Group C, X Meningitis bacteria.
- Health centres are providing treatment to the registered cases, and 104 740 doses of vaccines are available in the country.
- Furthermore, cases of measles were notified in some health centres.
Recent developments in Venezuela are causing further polarisation and are preventing progress on the multiple crises that the country is facing.
The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MoHMS) declared an outbreak of meningococcal disease on Tuesday March 20th, 2018.
The Ministry, through the National Meningococcal Disease Taskforce, continues to coordinate the response to the outbreak, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory diagnostics, clinical management, public health interventions and risk communications.
Meningococcal C vaccination (with ACWY conjugate vaccine-Menactra) was conducted from April 5th for students of Navesau Adventist School.
ROME – In a sign of growing confidence in technology’s potential to transform humanitarian assistance, Belgium is contributing €2 million worth of funding to promote innovative projects by the World Food Programme (WFP). The money will allow the UN agency to scale up research and trials into the use of drone and blockchain solutions to fight hunger around the world.
Kabul, Afghanistan - A national summit of Afghan businesswomen has been launched in Kabul with support from USAID's Promote: Women in the Economy (WIE) project, in close cooperation of the Office of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The summit brought together more than 150 women-owned or managed Afghan businesses, government officials, interest groups, and industry leaders from throughout the country to examine challenges facing businesswomen.
During the week ending on 17 April 2018, the Juba and Shabelle basins in Somalia and in the Ethiopian highlands continued to receive moderate to heavy rains. Following the heavy rains, flash floods were reported in many places within the two basins leading to displacements, inundation of croplands and destruction of property. The table below shows the total rainfall amounts recorded in selected stations within the two basins over the last one week.
Addis Ababa, April 19, 2018: The Ethiopia Government and humanitarian agencies should prioritise protecting older people from malnutrition, according to a new field report on emergency nutrition in Ethiopia by HelpAge International.
Drawing lessons learned from the recent worst drought to have hit Ethiopia and other Horn of Africa states, the report published in the latest edition of the Field Exchange points out that older people receive little attention in emergency situations.
Outcomes in areas of northeast remain heavily dependent on humanitarian assistance
Recent migration to OECD countries has been substantial: 5 million additional people migrated permanently to OECD countries in 2016, up 7% compared with 2015. But migration to the OECD is not a new phenomenon: more than 10% of residents in the OECD area in 2016 were born abroad and in 90% of OECD regions, foreign-born populations are largely made up of settled migrants who have been in the host country for more than ten years.
Total number of consultations and reporting rate: There is a increase in total consultation from 2112 consultation in epiweek 14 to 2600 consultation in epiweek 15, with reporting rates 100% from 11 sentinel sites in epiweek 15.
The following syndrome has been flagged:
• Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Tonga