Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

New study reveals economic toll of malnutrition to the Gambia's economy

Malnutrition rates are in decline and the country is on target to meet the government’s National Development Programme’s nutrition target of reducing stunting to 12.5 percent

The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year – about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study released in Banjul today. The multi-agency Cost of Hunger in Africa…

International Organization for Migration (IOM)
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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Missions in South Sudan and Sudan ramp up Humanitarian Support to families following attacks in Abyei

A rapid interagency assessment conducted on 24 January revealed that nearly 4,000 people fled to Abyei town

At least 33 people, including women and children, were killed and an unknown number wounded during the attack in Kolom, nine kilometres from Abyei town last Wednesday. It is reported that an unknown number of children were abducted during the incident. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of life as a consequence of…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Violence in Sudan’s Darfur forces thousands to flee

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee as refugees into neighbouring Chad since last month

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan’s West Darfur State, have forced more than 11,000 people to flee…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Press Statement on Yellow Fever in Moyo and Buliisa districts in Uganda

The Ministry of Health has requested for the Yellow Fever vaccines from the International Coordination Group that manages Global Stockpiles of Yellow Fever and Meningitis vaccines

The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public of the confirmation of an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Moyo District in West Nile region and Buliisa District in Hoima region. In Moyo District, there are two confirmed cases, both are males aged 18 and 21 years. The two…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

UNAMID and Government of Sudan agree to reactivate Darfur joint security mechanism

UNAMID looks forward to the immediate reinstatement of this joint security mechanism and expresses its willingness to play its part in ensuring its successful implementation

In the aftermath of the recent looting incidents of UN assets in West, South and more recently, North Darfur, UNAMID’s Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator, Jeremiah Mamabolo met with Government of Sudan officials, and agreed to immediately reactivate a joint security mechanism that will allow for speedy security related consultations…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

New Cooperation Agreement among East, Horn of Africa States address Overseas Worker Exploitation

Representatives also agreed to form a Regional Ministerial Labour and Social Protection Forum, with a rotational chairmanship

The rescue last week of roughly 100 children and young Ugandan women here as they prepared to fly to United Arab Emirates to labour as domestic workers, reinforces the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC) recent assessment that human trafficking has become a menace in East Africa over…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Polio - Free Certification - The Africa Regional Certification Commission starts a verification exercise in South Sudan

The Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) is an independent and the only body that is mandated to certify the Africa Region to have eradicated poliovirus

A delegation of the Africa Regional Certification Commission (ARCC) for poliomyelitis eradication starts a two-week visit to South Sudan to verify the accuracy and extensiveness of the complete national documentation for polio-free status prepared by the Republic of South Sudan. During the visit, the ARCC delegation will thoroughly review the…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR seeks support for refugees and hosts in Ethiopia

Resources are needed to expand existing social services infrastructure in health, education, water and sanitation, environmental protection, social protection and employment

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 and partners are appealing for robust international support for refugee operations in…

Source: African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) |

UN strongly condemns the harassment of humanitarian staff and looting of humanitarian premises in North Darfur

On 22 January, a large crowd of men, women and children harassed staff from the International Organization of Migration (IOM)

“This emerging trend of harassment of UN and NGO staff and subsequent looting and vandalization of UN and NGO premises and assets is not only very disturbing but totally uncalled for. UN and NGO staff are in Darfur to provide critical humanitarian and peacekeeping support in the region and deserve…

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U.S. and Ghana partner to Build Capable and Resilient Security and Justice Sector Institutions

The National Border Fusion Center will serve as an information-sharing hub for border security to facilitate informed, rapid decision-making

The United States and Ghana continue bilateral efforts in the areas of border, maritime, police peacekeeping, cyber security, and the administration of justice to build capable and resilient security and justice sector institutions.  Three high-level officials – U.S. Department of State Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of International Narcotics and…