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14 Dec 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

Between January 2016 and December 2017, seven countries and territories of the Region of the Americas reported confirmed cases of yellow fever: the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Peru, and Suriname. The number of human cases and epizootics collectively reported in this period in the Region of the Americas is the highest observed in decades. The observed increase is as much related to an ecosystem favorable to the dissemination of the virus as to the unimmunized populations.

12 Dec 2017 description

Countries across Latin America and beyond have received a growing number of Venezuelans fleeing economic hardship, crime and what critics call an increasingly authoritarian government

By Anthony Boadle

BOA VISTA, Brazil, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Last August, Victor Rivera, a 36-year-old unemployed baker, left his hometown in northern Venezuela and made the two-day journey by road to the remote Amazonian city of Boa Vista, Brazil.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation website

07 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

This report seeks to further the body of disaster risk management (DRM) knowledge in Santa Catarina, Brazil, by identifying flood asset exposure risks and consequently empower the state government and its institutions to include DRM practices and information in their daily operations and decision-making processes, respectively. In this context, a novel study was jointly designed and developed by the World Bank and Santa Catarina’s state government with the ultimate aim to produce a state-level Catastrophe (CAT) model.

07 Dec 2017 description
report World Bank

This document outlines a study that combined an investigation of the historical patterns of natural hazards (and its effects) in Santa Catarina, Brazil, with a catastrophe flood risk model to deliver a state-level knowledge base for disaster risk management (DRM) planning. Flood maps can be used in combination with georeferenced datasets of assets of different types, such as road networks, production plants, public infrastructure, and real estate.

03 Dec 2017 description

Albergue en Boa Vista, donde están inmigrantes y solicitantes de refugio no-indígenas, ya recibió los alimentos no perecederos.

BOA VISTA, Roraima, Brasil, 17 de noviembre de 2017 (ACNUR) - El albergue localizado en Boa Vista, donde se encuentran cerca de 500 venezolanos, migrantes y solicitantes de asilo no indígenas, fue la primera unidad que recibió parte de las donaciones enviadas por el estado de Rio de Janeiro.

24 Nov 2017 description

Between July and mid-October 2017, a total of 71 suspected yellow fever cases were reported in São Paulo State, Brazil. Of these, two were confirmed, six are under investigation, and 63 were ruled out. The two confirmed cases (one of which was fatal) were reported from Itatiba from 17 September through 7 October 2017.

20 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

CANUDOS, Brasil , 20 nov 2017 (IPS) - El campesino João Afonso Almeida y su finca de 17 hectáreas em Canudo, en el estado de Bahia, en la región del Nordeste de Brasil, son un ejemplo del éxito de un modelo que parte de la convivencia con una tierra seca y polvorienta.

Gracias a simples técnicas de almacenamiento de agua cuando llueve, Almeida cuenta como consigue que sus plantas forrajeras, sus frutas y vegetales crezcan en la Caatinga, un bioma exclusivo de la ecorregión del Semiárido, donde las sequias pueden prolongarse por años, alternadas con fuertes precipitaciones.

16 Nov 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cereal production in 2017 expected at record levels

  • Maize exports forecast at record level in 2017/18 marketing year

  • Prices for cereals followed mixed trends in October, but remained below year-earlier levels

Cereal production in 2017 expected to reach record levels

14 Nov 2017 description

AUTHORS

André Ricardo Ribas Freitas, Luciano Cavalcanti, Andrea PB Von Zuben, Maria Rita Donalisio

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Chikungunya is an emerging arbovirus that reached the Western Hemisphere at the end of 2013. Studies in the Indian Ocean and India suggest that passive surveillance systems cannot recognize many of deaths associated with chikungunya, which can be inferred by an increase in the overall mortality observed during chikungunya epidemics.

06 Nov 2017 description

Brasil es el segundo mayor receptor de refugiados venezolanos solo por detrás de Estados Unidos.

El Ministerio Público Federal en Roraima, norte de Brasil, y la Defensoría Pública de la Unión recurrieron esta semana de la retirada de unos 400 venezolanos que vivían en el centro de la capital Boa Vista y fueron llevados a una cancha.

03 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

CANUDOS, Brazil, Nov 2 2017 (IPS) - Irrigated green fields of vineyards and monoculture crops coexist in Brazil’s semiarid Northeast with dry plains dotted with flowering cacti and native crops traditionally planted by the locals. Two models of development in struggle, with very different fruits.

On his 17-hectare farm in Canudos, in the state of Bahia, João Afonso Almeida grows vegetables, sorghum, passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), palm trees, citrus and forage plants.

23 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 20th, 2017 -  More than 44,000 rural agricultural families will benefit from a US$50 million loan approved today by the World Bank Board of Executive Directors for the Paraiba Sustainable Rural Development. The operation will help improve the access to water, reduce agro-climatic vulnerability and increase access to markets for rural inhabitants.

25 Sep 2017 description

Un estudio realizado por el Consejo Nacional de Inmigración de Brasil indica el perfil sociodemográfico y laboral de los venezolanos en Roraima.

22 Sep 2017 description

Washington D.C. / Santiago de Chile – La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) y la Oficina Regional para América del Sur del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH) expresan su preocupación ante información recibida sobre una posible masacre de indígenas en aislamiento voluntario conocidos como “flecheiros”, cerca del alto curso del río Jandiatuba, en el territorio indígena Vale do Javari, ubicado en el extremo oeste del estado de Amazonas.

02 Sep 2017 description

Nielmar de Oliveira reports from Agência Brasil

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) launched a new stage in the fight against dengue fever in Rio de Janeiro by releasing specimens of the mosquito Aedes aegypti with the bacterium Wolbachia for the first time on large scale.

The bacterium reduces the proliferation and efficiency of the mosquito—which also transmits Zika virus and chikungunya. The initiative comes as part of a project entitled Eliminate Dengue: Our Challenge – Brazil, which aims to gradually expand the area wheren mosquitoes are released in the city.

18 Aug 2017 description

El gobierno de Río de Janeiro planea crear hasta el final del año el programa “Río con los brazos abiertos”, dirigido a ayudar a los refugiados e inmigrantes a tener acceso a documentación básica, educación y al mercado laboral.

12 Aug 2017 description

Since the beginning of 2017 Brazil has experienced the greatest outbreak of jungle yellow fever in decades. The highest incidence of cases occurred during the months of January to April, coinciding with the rainy season of Southeastern Brazil.

03 Aug 2017 description

Situation summary in the Americas

From epidemiological week (EW) 1 of 2016 to EW 30 of 2017, Brazil, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Suriname have reported suspected and confirmed yellow fever cases.

Since the last Yellow fever Epidemiological Update published by the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), only Bolivia has reported cases and no changes in the number of reported cases have been reported in the other countries.