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19 Jan 2018 description

The current dry spell has been exacerbated by an outbreak of crop-munching fall armyworms

By Frank Phiri

LILONGWE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A dry spell and worsening pest infestation are threatening Malawi's staple maize crop, prompting President Peter Mutharika on Friday to call on government officials to lead prayers for rain.

Read the full report on Reuters - Thomson Reuters Foundation.

19 Jan 2018 description

It’s been exactly 4 years since I was in Bangui and here I am, back in the Central African Republic’s capital to help the WFP Country Office ICT team deliver the inter-agency “ICT Emergency Management for Government and Partners” training (ICT4Gov), which was held from 16 - 18 January 2018.

This 3-day training aimed at developing knowledge and skills to plan, implement and manage ICT solutions in support of emergency preparedness and response as well as enhance collaboration and cooperation between government stakeholders and humanitarian responders.

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For more than three years, restrictions on freedom of movement and the transfer of goods imposed by the Government of Ukraine at checkpoints along the contact line have required civilians to expose themselves to security risks, long queues, and other physical challenges, further dividing a once-integrated community.

19 Jan 2018 description

In a new online project, 16-year-old Madina from Afghanistan shares her hopes of equality for women in her homeland.

By UNHCR staff | 19 January 2018

BRUSSELS, Belgium – “Back home people would tell me to change my shoes because they were boys’ shoes,” says 16-year-old Madina from Afghanistan. Now in Belgium, where she found safety from the conflict at home, there is only one thing Madina wants to change.

19 Jan 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

With the number of people fleeing English-speaking areas of Cameroon for Nigeria growing, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is increasingly concerned at the plight of women and children among them.

19 Jan 2018 description

By Corrie Butler, IFRC

Driving through the rural landscapes of Somaliland, the views are breathtaking – towering blue mountains cutting the glaring sky over dry, thorn-bushed desert. Small dome-like temporary houses, known as ‘aqals’, dot the arid terrain.

These belong to nomads who have survived in these harsh conditions for generations, but for the first time, they are facing an uncertain future.

19 Jan 2018 description

Feature: Philippines

As many as 790,000 people were displaced between 16 and 28 December in Regions V, VI, VII, VIII, XIII and MIMAROPA due to Tropical Storm Urduja/Kai-Tak which made landfall in the Philippines on 12 December and exited on 19 December. A total of 418,000 people stayed in evacuation centres, while 372,000 people stayed with families and friends. As of 28 December, all evacuees had returned home (DROMIC, 4 Jan 2018).

19 Jan 2018 description

MINSK, 19 January 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG ‎and its Working Groups in Minsk on 18 January 2018:

19 Jan 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

The fourth phase of the Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP4) was launched in 2015, introducing several innovations designed to strengthen the programme and its multiple impacts. The ‘cash plus’ Improved Nutrition through Integrated Basic Social Services with Social Cash Transfer (IN-SCT) pilot is implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) under the umbrella of PSNP4 in SNNP and Oromia regions.

19 Jan 2018 description


What are the impacts of different approaches to supporting agriculture in protracted crises and rebuilding agriculture after conflict and disasters (caused by natural hazards)?


19 Jan 2018 description


Officials of the Juba Teaching Hospital, South Sudan’s main hospital, have praised the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, for funding the installation of a solar-powered lighting system in their facility. The solar panels are expected to improve both the treatment of patients and the security of staff and assets.

The hospital’s Director-General, Dr. Isaac Klaito, says that staff have faced security challenges, especially at night, making it hard for nurses to carry out their duties in an effective way.

19 Jan 2018 description

17 Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 6–7 December 2017
31 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January-November 2017

17 Comité consultatif mondial pour la sécurité des vaccins, 6-7 décembre 2017
31 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-novembre 2017

19 Jan 2018 description

Key Highlights
- The Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS) unit facilitated two Focus Group Discussions and relaxation sessions with 20 doctors and nurses in Kutupalong. The aim of the exercise was to get insights into Rohingya refugees’ MHPSS needs, the sociocultural dynamic, and training assessment needs.
- A Shelter/NFI Common Pipeline has been established, including an application system and supply numbers. IOM and the Shelter/NFI sector held an orientation meeting with sector partners to explain how to access the supplies via the Common Pipeline.

19 Jan 2018 description

By Andrew Mambondiyani

MUTARE, Zimbabwe, Jan 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say.

They, and residents, blame the resurgence in part on unusually wet weather, following years of drought in much of the country, and on warming conditions linked to climate change.

19 Jan 2018 description

Mogadishu – The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), in conjunction with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the UN, the European Union and other key international partners, have established a Transition Core Group, which is tasked with the responsibility of developing a transition plan for Somalia.

Headed by the National Security Advisor (NSA) to the President of the Federal Government, the Transition Core Group’s Terms of Reference include assisting with transition approaches, and delivering a draft transition plan, by March this year.

19 Jan 2018 description

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

ABUJA, Jan 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Connections formed by years of captivity and shame at marrying militants might explain why some Chibok girls have chosen not to return home from their Boko Haram ordeal, experts say.

Their militant Islamist captors released a video on Monday showing some of the remaining girls - who were kidnapped from the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok - appearing to relish their new life and disavow their old.