686.73 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 167,389 cash based transfers made
US$ 4.6 m six-month (December 2018 to May 2019) net funding requirements, representing 37 % of the total
98,483 people assisted in November 2018
• According to the Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) carried out in the Pool Department in October, food insecurity among the households and the nutrition status of children under five and Pregnant or Lactating Women (PLW) remains significant.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Andrej Mahecic – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 04 janvier 2019 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
Le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, apporte son appui aux autorités locales au Congo pour fournir une aide humanitaire à 16 000 réfugiés récemment arrivés depuis la RDC (République démocratique du Congo).
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is supporting local authorities in the Republic of the Congo to provide humanitarian assistance to some 16,000 recently arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Following the cease fire signed on December 2017, the security in the Pool Region has significantly improved and movement of return of displaced population started since then.
37,108 children under five immunized against measles in Pool and Bouenza departments with UNICEF support.
As of 30 September, UNICEF HAC is only funded 33%. An additional US$ 6 million is required for UNICEF to meet the needs of vulnerable children and women, especially in the Education, Wash and Child Protection sectors.
410 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 14.5 m net funding requirements (October – December 2018)
39,898 people assisted in September 2018
• Under the ongoing Disarmament Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process, the collection of arms started in August 2018.
• As the security situation remains stable in the Pool Department, a significant number of displaced people have returned to their place of origin.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Overall favourable weather conditions benefited crops in 2018
Inflation rates to remain at low levels in 2018
Refugees from Central African Republic estimated at 32 000 in 2018
Cereal output of 2018 harvests expected to be slightly above average
High levels of poverty and malnutrition persist in the Republic of the Congo, despite recent economic growth. According to the UN World Food Program (WFP), nearly 50 percent of the population lives under the national poverty line and over 20 percent of all children younger than 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition.
26 September 2018, Brazzaville – The Republic of Congo, in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners started today a vaccination campaign to control the spread of yellow fever in the port city of Pointe Noire and surrounding areas. More than 1 million people from nine months of age are expected to be vaccinated in this six-day campaign.
129.37 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 3,845 cash based transfers made
US$ 14.5 m six months (July – December 2018) net funding requirements, representing 18 % of total
24,736 people assisted in July 2018
• The preparations for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process in Pool was finalized in July with validation planned for August. The start of the collection of arms is under preparation.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
On Tuesday, 24 July 2018, DRC’s Minister of Public Health, Oly Ilunga, declared the end of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak that had been plaguing the Equateur Province since May. No new confirmed case of EVD has been reported in this province in the 21 days of monitoring since the last case was found out. Indeed, the last confirmed Ebola patient had been recorded on 6 June and left the Bikoro Treatment Center in the DRC on 12 June 2018.
• High levels of poverty and malnutrition persist in the Republic of the Congo (RoC), despite recent economic growth. According to UN World Food Program (WFP), almost 50 percent of the population lives under the national poverty line and over 20 percent of all children younger than 5 years of age suffer from chronic malnutrition.
• The "cease-fire and cessation of hostilities" agreement signed in December between the Congolese government and the rebels of Pastor Ntumi's Pool is holding. A joint commission is working to define the peace process as DDR-preparation activities are already ongoing.
• In response to the Pool crisis, the Government and the UN Country Team have launched the Humanitarian Response Plan for 2018 in support of both humanitarian and early recovery assistance.
by Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose
Adelheid Onyango is Adviser for Nutrition at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for Africa and Bibi Giyose is Senior Nutrition and Food Systems officer, and Special Advisor to the CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
Brazzaville, 27 July 2018 - The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Republic of Congo’s commitment to strengthening its health system through the primary health care approach, during a three-day visit to the Central African country, which ends on 27 July.
• Suite au lancement du HRP 2018 en mars 2018, peu de contributions ont été reçues à ce jour et la communauté humanitaire fonctionnant en réponse à la crise du Pool est confrontée à un déficit de ressources. Les opérations d'assistance ont été considérablement réduites malgré les besoins croissants et plus diversifiés des populations touchées par le conflit.
Following the launch of the HRP 2018 in March 2018, few contributions have been received to date and the humanitarian community operating in response to the Pool crisis is facing a critical resource shortfall. Assistance operations have been significantly scaled-down despite the increasing and more diversified needs of conflictaffected populations.
“Life has to be rebuilt”
Freelance journalist and IRIN contributor
The jungle has edged into fields left untilled. It has crept onto thatched-roof houses turned to ruins; and it has stretched over empty highways once used to transport bananas, beans, cassava from a region long-known as Congo-Brazzaville’s breadbasket.
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A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster / crisis