• As of 28 June 2018, a total of 15,425 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were registered at Kenani transit centre in the Luapula Province of Zambia.
• UNICEF and partners are supporting the Government of Zambia to provide life-saving services for all the refugees in Kenani transit centre and in the Mantapala permanent settlement area.
• More than half of the refugees have been relocated to Mantapala permanent settlement area.
A. SITUATION ANALYSIS
Description of the disaster
- 225 Congolese refugees arrived in Zambia during the month of June, bringing the total number of new arrivals from the DRC, since 1 January 2018 to 30 June so far in 2018 to 4,095 individuals.
- By the end of June, 444 children were accessing the UNICEF-funded Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) at Mantapala Refugee Settlement on a daily basis.
- A cumulative total of 10,337 persons, have been relocated from Kenani Transit Centre to Mantapala Refugee Settlement, bringing to an end the relocation programme.
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A. Situation Analysis
Description of the disaster
525 mt of food assistance distributed
US$ 4.86 m six months (January-June 2018) net funding requirements, representing 64% of total
138,761 people assisted in May 2018
13,900 refugees received food rations in both Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
1,640 children are accessing Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
A cumulative total of 9,808 persons have received medical assistance since January 2018 in Kenani Transit Centre and Mantapala Refugee Settlement.
The Cholera outbreak in Zambia which started in October 2017 has now been brought under control and in the next two weeks, the country is likely be declared cholera free. The Minister of Health, Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, said this at a joint media briefing held on May 17 where he made a comprehensive presentation on the Cholera situation and the next steps the country would take towards its elimination. The briefing was jointly conducted with the Minister of Local Government, Mr. Vincent Mwale, the Minister for Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection, Dr.
3,053 Congolese refugees (1,078 households) have been relocated to Mantapala Refugee Settlement from Kenani Transit Centre since January 2018.
The Inter-Agency Regional Refugee Response Plan (Regional RRP) requirements for Zambia are USD 74.2 million to respond adequately to the needs of Congolese refugees and the host communities.
Eight boreholes have been drilled so far to provide water in Mantapala Refugee Settlement. This is expected to improve the water supply situation in the settlement which already has five boreholes.
With his visit to Zambia, his meeting with the Greek community there, his talks with Foreign Minister Joseph Malanji, and his meeting with former President Kenneth Kaunda, Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick completed his tour of four sub-Saharan countries. A tour that combined Easter with the Greek community with important bilateral meetings, either for the first time, as is the case of Tanzania, or after at some 30 or 40 years, as in the case of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
Family planning services are a key pillar in safe motherhood and also are a critical intervention in the continuum of care. They are also an indispensable component of the Sustainable Development Goal on health targets aimed at reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. Unintended pregnancies, resulting from unmet need for family planning/contraception, threaten the lives and well-being of women and girls and their families.
Lusaka District recorded a total of 210 new cases and 4 deaths from 18-24 March 2018 compared to 256 new cases and 7 deaths the previous week. Of the 4 deaths recorded, 3 were community deaths. The cumulative number of cases as of Saturday 24 March was 4,749 with 88 deaths. The weekly incidence rate was 9/100,000 population, down from 11/100,000 the previous week, whereas the case Fatality Rate for Week 12 was 1.91% (Facility CFR=0.48%).
Early this year, Zambia experienced continuous heavy rains which resulted to floods, causing significant damages and losses.
On Wednesday, 21st February 2018 districts of Petauke and Chama were reported to be flooded. These floods washed away a bridge connecting Lundazi and Chama districts causing heavy traffic delay and the floods also caused destruction of houses , leading to displacement of community members.
By Bruce Mulenga
Over 15,000 DR Congolese refugees have fled their country following violent conflicts between Government soldiers and rebel groups. The refugees are currently hosted at newly opened Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement in Nchelenge district, North of Zambia. The refugees are facing unique protection risks as a result of insecure shelter provisions, broken community structures, insufficient food, water and sanitation. Children and women are most vulnerable, with an increased risk of suffering from malnutrition and water-borne diseases.
In response to the influx of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) into Luapula province, the WHO Country Office is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to strengthen disease surveillance in order to reduce the risk of spread of communicable diseases. The WHO Representative, Dr.
By Bruce Mulenga
Nchelenge UNHCR field office in Northern Zambia is newly opened to manage DR Congolese refugee influx, currently hosted at Kenani transit centre and Mantapala refugee settlement. With 21 staff, UNHCR ensures that 15,000 refugees are provided with timely international protection and life- saving assistance.
Pamela Michelo is a community-based protection associate and one of the three female staff in Nchelenge office.