As of December 31 2017, there remain over 38,000 internally displaced and 526,500 returnee in Mali.
During the last quarter of 2017, a total of 77 incidents of grave child rights violations were reported including recruitment and use of children, killing, rape, attack against schools, and denial of humanitarian access. This brings the total to 370 incidents recorded in 2017.
120,437 children were treated for severe actute malnutrition; includuing 31,255 during the last quarter.
The Protection Sector, including the Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Sub-Sectors, enhanced its capacity to provide life-saving protection assistance particularly in most affected areas of Borno State, as well as Adamawa and Yobe States. A total of 2.47 million of the most vulnerable individuals were reached from January through December 2017 with protection interventions.
This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some CHF 29,686,126 (increased from CHF 25,062,572) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFRC) to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 1,373,294 people (an increase from 1,033,300 people), with a focus on the following sectors: Health, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Livelihoods, Nutrition and Food Security.
WFP, in collaboration with its partners, is scaling up its Lean Season Assistance programme to reach 31 districts, assisting 482,000 people across the country.
WFP is scaling up cash-based transfers during the 2017/18 LSA period, encompassing mobile money transfers, commodity vouchers and, to a lesser extent, cash-in-transit.
12,200 smallholder farmers registered and verified for conservation agriculture, savings, input credit and weather index insurance.
WFP conducted an aggregator selection exercise in five districts. This exercise was aimed at assessing aggregators’ potential to offer and extend their marketing services to small holder farmers and help to improve their livelihoods, incomes and establish a predictable and stable market.
700,000 families could be affected by dry spells and 1.2 million by fall army worm infestation
USD 1.8 million are urgently needed to sustain the food support provided to 32,175 refugees
420,000 people supported by WFP with cash-based transfers for the lean season response
132,000 households are currently enrolled in WFP Malawi’s resilience programme
In Focus: rising concerns on the 2018 harvest
January 2018 marked the commencement of the Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP).
During January, WFP delivered food commodities for the first quarter of the year to 913 primary schools.
Verification of children for the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Programme in Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka took place in January.
Resilience building activities in Mohale’s Hoek and Quthing continued; 1,613 people participated and will receive a cash incentive at the beginning of February.
• Millions of people are at increased risk of famine or catastrophe in South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. FEWSnet, an international early warning system, stated that South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia could be looking at famine or catastrophic levels of food insecurity in various parts of their countries in the new year due to climate change, conflict and political instability.
- 7 million people in need of humanitarian and protection services
- 5.7 million people in need of food security and livelihood assistance
- 5.6 million people in need of water, sanitation and hygiene services
- 1.1 million children under-5 projected to be malnourished
- 4 Million+ people displaced due to conflict since 2013
- 1.8 Million children require education support
- 5.1 Million people require health support
The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and Federal Member States (FMS), with technical and financial support by the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.
The Somalia Drought Impact and Needs Assessment (DINA), a process led by the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in partnership with the Federal Member States (FMS), the World Bank (WB), United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU), aims to reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate shocks, strengthen resilience and significantly reduce the future risk of famine in Somalia.
This drought impact and needs assessment (DINA) was conducted using remote sensing technology to validate findings. This DINA goes beyond determining the damages, losses and resulting needs; it aims for a multi-sectoral, phased recovery strategy focused on strengthening resilience to future disasters and effectively preventing the cyclical risk of famine.
Aid flow drastically reduces despite increasing humanitarian needs
Juba, South Sudan, Feb. 20, 2018: One year on from the declaration of famine in South Sudan, the food situation in the country has deteriorated further leaving more than 7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance , says leading humanitarian organization CARE International.
Improving or stabalized areas: In five of the 23 Arid and SemiArid Land (ASAL) counties, the drought trend is improving while the trend is stable in nine other counties. Areas of the country are still struggling in the aftermath of the 2017 challenges where Kenya faced multiple humanitarian challenges which included severe drought, disease outbreaks, refugee influx, flash flooding, industrial strikes by health workers, resource-based conflict and elections-related insecurity.
There are 3.3 million IDP returnees in Iraq compared with 2.4 million IDPs. Health, protection and shelter needs are the key humanitarian concerns facing these population groups.
Somalia – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, has partnered with Americares to donate more than eight tonnes of medical supplies, for distribution across IOM project locations in Somaliland, Puntland, Lower Juba, Gedo and Banadir regions. The supplies will immediately be dispatched to IOM’s static and mobile clinics, to increase local access to life-saving primary healthcare services.
• Aid agencies provide assistance and protection to over 5.4 million of people in South Sudan.
• Renewed fighting in multiple locations of Jonglei and Unity forces thousands of people to flee their homes, with some crossing to Ethiopia as refugees.
• Funding appeal for US$1.5 billion launched to support refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan.
This Weekly Bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 51 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including: