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

Deteriorating conditions putting Eritrean refugees at grave risk in Tigray

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Boris Cheshirkov – 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 deeply alarmed at the deteriorating conditions faced by Eritrean refugees in the camps in Tigray. After three weeks with no access due to the security situation, UNHCR staff managed to reach Mai Aini and Adi Harush refugee camps in the Tigray region of Ethiopia…

Source: Department of Water and Sanitation, Republic of South Africa |

Water and Sanitation on possible liquid gas chlorine shortages

DWS is concerned about possible liquid gas chlorine shortages that could affect water supply

The National Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) is aware of the incident related to possible liquid gas chlorine supply shortages from the supplier based in Kempton Park, Gauteng. If this was to happen, the liquid gas chlorine shortages would have a possibility of affecting the treatment of potable water…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Ethiopia, Tonga

A measles vaccination campaign launched in the first week of January continues reaching more than 145,000 children to date, out of nearly 800,000 in need

Ethiopia The UN and its non-governmental organization partners are having to reduce, postpone or cancel critical distributions of assistance, including food, medicine, and nutrition interventions in Tigray. This is because the transport of humanitarian supplies into Tigray, via the Semera-Abala-Mekelle corridor, remains suspended since 14 December, 2021 due to ongoing…

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Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

New sanctions risk plunging the people of Mali further into a humanitarian crisis

A group of 13 NGOs are calling for the international community to protect the people of Mali

New sanctions against Mali could have a devastating impact on the country, where one in three people are already dependent on humanitarian aid. 13 NGOs are urging all states and bodies supporting these sanctions to unequivocally commit to applying humanitarian exemptions, so that life-saving aid can reach all those in…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia |

Secretary Blinken’s Virtual Meeting with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Griffiths And President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Maurer

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price

Today, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met virtually with UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer about efforts to strengthen the provision of urgently needed humanitarian assistance and other activities supporting basic…

Source: Department of Water and Sanitation, Republic of South Africa |

Water and Sanitation on Vaal-Orange River System

The Vaal-Orange River System continues to rise

The Department and Water and Sanitation continues to monitor dams and rivers more keenly in this rainy season. This is necessitated by the sheer volume of water due to the on-going rains across the country but mainly in the Vaal-Orange River System. To manage and protect infrastructure the department took…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Disease outbreak news: Hepatitis E virus - Chad (17 January 2022)

Cases aged less than 10 years (n=90; 23.4%) and 21-30 years (n=89; 23.1%) accounted for the largest proportion of cases

As of 11 January 2022, 385 suspected cases of Hepatitis E virus (HEV) have been reported, of which, 12 are confirmed and two associated deaths (case fatality ratio (CFR): 0.5%) have been reported in six villages in Lai district, Tandjile region, Chad. Health authorities began an investigation on 1 October…

Source: Presidency of the Republic of Kenya |

Kenya And Hungary Sign Four Bilateral Agreements

The agreements were signed at State House, Nairobi shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his visiting Hungarian counterpart János Áder led their respective delegations in bilateral talks

Kenya and Hungary on Monday signed four bilateral agreements for cooperation in health, water, education and diplomacy sectors. The agreements were signed at State House, Nairobi shortly after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his visiting Hungarian counterpart János Áder led their respective delegations in bilateral talks. The agreement on health covers…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office |

New $10 million UK support to tackle impact of drought in Somalia

The funding is expected to support almost 500,000 people in Somalia to access clean water and afford food supplies

The UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP, today (17 January 2022) announced a $10 million package of UK support for Somalis affected by extreme drought, during a visit to Kenya as part of a three-country East Africa visit. The funding will provide vital assistance such as cash to buy…