2021 was the year with the lowest ever polio transmission in Afghanistan, providing an unprecedented opportunity to achieve eradication. The current campaign will target 9.9 million children.
FAO says $138 million is urgently needed to assist 1.5 million vulnerable people in rural communities in the Horn of Africa whose fields and pastures have been hard hit by an extended drought.
“This crisis response remains severely underfunded. This year, we’ve only received a fraction of the funding needed to prepare people for the winter and protect them against the cold," says CARE.
All communication lines in the country have been disrupted with no timeframe given on restoration. Red Cross is mobilising its regional network to provide relief.
After weeks of volcanic activity, the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano erupted violently, which generated a 1.2-metre tsunami that crashed ashore in coastal areas of Tonga’s capital.
Top immediate priorities are adequate food, clean drinking water and shelter, and to address protection concerns. One month on, the Humanitarian Needs and Priorities Plan is 39 per cent funded.
Internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, from 217,000 to 2.1 million by late 2021. The number of refugees in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger now stands at 410,000.
Stocks of nutritionally fortified food for the treatment of malnourished children and women are now exhausted, and the last of WFP’s cereals, pulses and oil will be distributed next week.
The announcement follows the recent launch of the Global Humanitarian Overview, which predicts that this year 274 million people will need humanitarian assistance, the highest number in decades.
After a six-week surge, Africa’s fourth pandemic wave driven primarily by Omicron is flattening, marking the shortest surge to date in the continent where cumulative cases have exceeded 10 million.