MONUSCO expresses serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the DRC

The Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Head of MONUSCO, Maman Sidikou, has expressed serious concern about rising political tensions in some parts of the DRC.

This situation follows the announcement by certain political groups and parties of their intention to organize political gatherings in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and subsequent measures taken by the security forces to prevent the holding of these gatherings.

The SRSG stresses the need for all Congolese political actors to demonstrate maximum restraint during this critical period in the political evolution of their country. He urges the Congolese authorities to do their utmost to scrupulously uphold the rule of law and desist from any actions that could impede political actors from exercising their constitutional rights and freedoms, including the freedom of expression, association and assembly.

The SRSG reaffirms the critical importance of adequate political space to foster a genuinely inclusive political dialogue that would pave the way for the holding of peaceful, transparent and credible elections.

In that regard, he reiterates the readiness of MONUSCO to support the African Union designated Facilitator Mr. Edem Kodji, and work with him in the pursuit of his efforts, bearing in mind the relevant provisions of UN SC 2277 and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Good Governance.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Mission de l’Organisation des Nations unies en République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO).

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Clarke Energy Chosen to Supply GE’s Gas Engine Technology to Combined Heat and Power Plant in Tanzania

  • Clarke Energy Secures Its First Project in Tanzania with Azam Flour Mill Deploying One of GE’s Jenbacher J612 Gas Engines
  • Helping Bakhresa Foods Reduce the Yearly Operating Costs through the Deployment of a New Gas-Fueled CHP Plant
  • Project Demonstrates Growing Availability of Gas in Dar es Salaam Following Completion of New Gas Pipeline

GE’s Distributed Power business (NYSE: GE) (http://www.GE.com) today announced that Clarke Energy (www.Clarke-Energy.com), GE’s authorized distributor of Jenbacher gas engines, is supplying one of GE’s high-efficiency Jenbacher gas engines to Said Salim Bakhresa & Co Ltd (Bakhresa) for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which will support the Azam flour mill in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The deployment of this high-efficiency, gas-fueled CHP plant will help Bakhresa reduce its yearly operating costs.

“We selected GE and Clarke Energy for our site in Dar es Salaam due to the efficiency performance of similar units in Tanzania and their service support available in the country,” said Mr. Rajesh Nair, technical manager, Said Salim Bakhresa & Co ltd.

Tanzania has large domestic reserves of gas that are located in coastal waters off the southern part of the country. There have been two gas pipelines constructed in Tanzania to transport that gas from the site of production to the site of use. The first pipeline reached full capacity a number of years ago and supplied a limited number of industries with gas for self-consumption. The second gas pipeline has just been completed resulting in new supplies of gas being made available to industry.

“Bakhresa is one of the leading industrial houses in Tanzania, and this natural gas-fueled power generation has significant cost- and carbon-saving benefits,” said Hugh Richmond, business development director, Clarke Energy. “As Clarke Energy’s first project in Tanzania, it will help reduce the factory’s operational costs and, in parallel, deliver reliable power.”

“GE’s Jenbacher J612 gas engine features lower emissions and increased efficiency,” said Oluwatoyin Abegunde, sub-Sahara Africa regional leader for GE’s Distributed Power business. “By combining our proven technology and Clarke Energy’s expertise, we are able to provide a highly reliable, cost-effective solution for Bakhresa’s new CHP plant and support the growth of Tanzania’s industrial base.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of GE.

For more information, contact:
Susanne Reichelt
GE’s Distributed Power
+43 664 80833 2382
susanne.reichelt@ge.com

Alex Marshall
Group Marketing Manager, Clarke Energy
+44 7917 066 242
alex.marshall@clarke-energy.com

About GE’s Distributed Power business
GE’s Distributed Power (http://www.GE.com) business is a leading provider of engines, power equipment and services focused on power generation and gas compression at or near the point of use. Distributed Power offers a diverse product portfolio that includes highly efficient, fuel-flexible, industrial gas engines generating 200 kW to 10 MW each of power for numerous industries globally. In addition, the business provides life cycle support for more than 36,000 gas engines worldwide to help you meet your business challenges and success metrics—anywhere and anytime. Backed by our authorized service providers in more than 170 countries, GE‘s global service network connects with you locally for rapid response to your service needs. GE’s Distributed Power business is headquartered in Jenbach, Austria.

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Senior-most U.S. Military Official Discusses Regional Security with President Sisi

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo is pleased to host Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., who is in Egypt for meetings with senior Egyptian officials. General Dunford met today with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Minister of Defense General Sedky Sobhy, and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces LTG Mahmoud Hegazy.

In the meeting this afternoon in the Presidential Palace, General Dunford and President Sisi discussed regional security concerns, potential bilateral counter-terrorism efforts, and strengthening the U.S.-Egypt relationship and military-to-military partnership.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the United States’ highest-ranking military officer and the principal military adviser to President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, and the National Security Council.

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Readout of the Secretary-General’s meeting with H. E. Mr. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Secretary-General met today H.E. Mr. Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They exchanged views on the political and security situation in the DRC and the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

The Secretary-General encouraged the Government to take the necessary measures to ease political tensions in order to pave the way for peaceful and credible presidential and legislative elections in accordance with the Constitution.

The Secretary-General also encouraged the Government of the DRC to continue pursuing a strategic dialogue with MONUSCO, including the joint development of an exit strategy for the Mission.

The Secretary-General underlined the importance of the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, and hoped that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change signed yesterday would soon be ratified in the DRC.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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MainOne leads drive to enhance West Africa’s cable assets at SubOptic 2016

MainOne (www.MainOne.net), premier connectivity and data center solutions company recently reinforced its commitment to enhancing its submarine cable assets at SubOptic 2016, the convergence place for leading optical technology vendors to exchange ideas and review latest developments in the entire industry.

Sharing his thoughts on his participation at the conference, the company’s Acting Chief Technical Officer, Ravi Kannikeswaran, said ”The submarine cable industry has greatly changed over the past few years. Following a multi-year construction drought, systems are being upgraded and new systems are being announced in many regions of the world. This is largely driven by the need to bring large amounts of content closer to the user. In realization of this need, MainOne is adopting global trends to ensure its submarine cable systems continue to provide the best performance in West Africa”.

Continuing, he opined that “With its track record of 100% availability on its cable since inception, MainOne continues to ensure it remains at the forefront of technology and management strategies to sustain its track record of excellence. This is why we continue to champion the cause for submarine cable protection in West Africa and constantly upgrade our system to ensure the required performance.”

The SubOptic conference and convention comes around only once every three years and it is the premier global event for the submarine cable industry – an event put on by the industry for the industry. It is a conference that encourages key players from the industry to get together and discuss issues that are critical to their business.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of MainOne.

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About MainOne: MainOne (www.MainOne.net) is a leading provider of telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa. Our world-class infrastructure enhances the productivity and profitability of our customers online. Since its launch in 2010, Mai`nOne has developed a reputation for highly reliable services to become the preferred provider of wholesale Internet services to major telecom operators, ISPs, government agencies, large enterprise, and educational institutions in West Africa. MainOne’s world class submarine cable system running down the coast of West Africa, state of the art IP NGN network, growing regional and metro terrestrial fiber optic networks, and data center facilities enable broadband services for businesses needing solutions in West Africa. Our network is interconnected and peers with leading operators and internet exchanges worldwide to provide global reach to our customers.”

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Troika statement on continued delay in South Sudan peace process

The members of the Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway) are deeply disappointed by Riek Machar’s continued failure to return to South Sudan’s capital Juba to form the Transitional Government of National Unity. This represents a wilful decision by him not to abide by his commitments to implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.

We congratulate the government for demonstrating maximum flexibility for the sake of peace by agreeing to the compromise proposal on the return of security forces proposed by regional and international partners and mediated by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission. It remains important that the government fully withdraws its troops from Juba as called for in the peace agreement. We also welcome the opposition’s support for the compromise proposal and demand that Machar abide by this commitment and return to Juba by 23 April.

Machar’s failure to go to Juba, despite efforts from the international community to support his return, places the people of South Sudan at risk of further conflict and suffering and undermines the peace agreement’s reform pillars – demilitarizing South Sudan, injecting transparency of public finances, and pursuing justice and reconciliation – that offer South Sudan a chance for renewal.

We will pursue appropriate measures against anyone who further frustrates implementation of the peace agreement.

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Meeting of AU experts on health and high level dialogue on ending malaria for good in commemoration of world malaria day 2016

INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA

What: Meeting of African Union Experts

High Level Dialogue on Ending Malaria for Good in Commemoration of World Malaria Day 2016

When: Experts Meeting- 08:30 hrs to 17:00 hrs from 25 to 26 April 2016

High Level Dialogue-13:00hrs-14:30hrs

Where: Experts Meeting- Nelson Mandela Hall, New African Union Conference Centre, African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

High Level Dialogue-Between Building B and C, African Union Commission

Who:

Experts Meeting

African Union Member State Experts

High Level Dialogue

Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia;
Dr Richard Nchabi Kamwi, Malaria Elimination 8 Ambassador, RBM Board Member and Former Minister of Health for Republic of Namibia;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Ms. Joy Phumaphi, Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance.

Objectives: The purpose of the African Health Experts meeting is to examine and endorse the following AU Health Policy Instruments that will be considered by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government in July 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda:

African Health Strategy (2016-2030);
Maputo Plan of Action (2016-2030) for the implementation of the Continental Framework on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;
Catalytic Framework to end AIDS, TB and Eliminate Malaria in Africa by 2030;
Common Africa Position on the High Level Meeting on AIDS (8-10 June 2016);
Concept document on the establishment of the African Health Volunteers Corps.

The High Level Dialogue will share experiences and best practices from AU Member States in their efforts to eliminate malaria.

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590th PSC meeting decision on the situation of refugees in the Dadaab Refugee camps in Kenya

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 590th meeting, held on 14 April 2016, adopted the following decision on the situation of refugees in the Dadaab Refugee camps in Kenya:

Council,

1. Takes note of the Report of the Chairperson of the Commission on the Comprehensive Technical Assessment Mission to Dadaab Refugee Camps, in Kenya [PSC/PR/(DXC)] and the briefing provided by the Commissioner for Political Affairs on the matter. Council also takes note of the statements made by the representatives of the Republic of Kenya, the Federal Republic of Somalia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

2. Recalls its previous communiqués and press statements on the Republic of Kenya’s efforts in fighting al-Shabaab and its plan of relocating the Dadaab Refugee Camps, in particular, press statement [PSC/PR/BR.(DXXXVII)], and communiqué [PSC/PR/COMM.(DLIV)], adopted at its 537th and 554th meetings, held on 24 August 2015 and 3 November 2015, respectively;

3. Reiterates the importance of upholding relevant international and African instruments, including the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the status of refugees and the 1967 UN Protocol relating to the status of refugees, as well as the 1969 Organization of African Unity Convention governing the specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa;

4. Further reiterates its appreciation to the people and Government of Kenya for upholding its international obligations on refugees, hosting large number of refugees in the country, particularly at the Dadaab Refugee Camps, since its establishment in 1990, despite the attendant security, economic and environmental challenges;

5. Acknowledges the legitimate security concern of Kenya that the Dadaab Refugee Camps, in existence for more than 25 years, have been infiltrated and have become hideouts of Al Shabaab terrorist group, which exploits the camps to plan and carry out attacks against Kenyan institutions, installations and civilians. Council deplores that the Dadaab Refugee Camps have been deprived of their humanitarian character and function by the Al Shabaab terrorist group;

6. Agrees with the findings of the Comprehensive Technical Assessment Mission, which aligns with the conclusions reached by the Government of the Republic of Kenya, that the Dadaab Refugee Camps constitute a serious threat to the security of Kenya. Council reiterates that no refugee camp should assume a permanent existence. In this respect, Council urgently calls for practical measures to accelerate the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in safety and dignity, to the liberated areas and safe locations inside Somalia;

7. Underscores the seriousness of the terrorist threat in Kenya, the region and the continent as whole. Council reiterates its strong condemnation of all acts of terrorism committed on the continent by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes. Council further reiterates the AU’s determination to rid Africa of the scourge of terrorism and violent extremism, which cannot be justified under any circumstances, noting that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or group. Council expresses the AU’s full solidarity with the affected countries and the victims of terrorism;

8. Notes with concern that the repatriation of the Somali refugees to their country, as provided for in the 2013 Tripartite Agreement between Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR, has moved at a slow pace and has consequently not achieved the desired results since the signing of the Agreement on 10 November 2013. Council further notes that the Tripartite Agreement is a working and living mechanism aimed at facilitating voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees and can be enhanced to boost its effective implementation in order to meet with expectations of concerned parties, including those of the Government of Kenya;

9. Stresses that it is the responsibility of any government to take care of its citizens. Council appreciates the readiness of the Federal Government of Somalia to welcome back its citizens and provide for their needs. In this regard, Council stresses the need for a speedy reconstruction of Somalia, in order to capacitate it to take responsibilities over its citizens. Council, therefore, appeals to the entire international community, particularly the United Nations, to further enhance its support to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the Somali Security Forces in their efforts to stabilize Somalia, a condition which will encourage Somali refugees to voluntarily return to their country;

10. Reiterates its appeal to the international partners to extend the necessary financial, logistical and technical support to the Federal Government of Somalia, to further strengthen its security forces and facilitate the effective delivery of the required social services, so as to create the conducive conditions, including pull factors, for the voluntary and safe return of the Somali refugees;

11. Stresses that shouldering the burden of refugees is the responsibility of the international community as a whole and not individual countries alone. In this regard, Council strongly urges the international community to increase funding to Somalia, Kenya, UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies operating in Kenya and Somalia, in order to enhance and support voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees. Council calls on AU Member States and partner countries, which are in a position to do so, to volunteer to receive Somali refugees, particularly those that request and qualify for resettlement in a third country;

12. Calls on the international community, particularly those who made pledges at the October 2015 Brussels Pledging Conference on Somalia, to honour their commitments to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya back to their country. Council regrets that, out of the US$ 500 million that was pledged at the Pledging Conference, only US$105 million has been redeemed. Council renews its call for donors to redeem the remaining gap of US $395 million;

13. Decides, in light of the foregoing, that:

i) Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR, being signatories to the Tripartite Agreement, should urgently take measures to accelerate the voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in the Dadaab Refugee Camps in Kenya, back to Somalia. In this context, requests that the signatories re-negotiate the Agreement with a view to resolving the limitations in it, that have so far hindered the voluntary repatriation process;

ii)Accelerated repatriation measures be put in place aiming to maximize the voluntary return of the Somali refugees, particularly those from the Dadaab Refugee Camps, during the period 2016-2017, on the basis of either a re-negotiated Tripartite Agreement or a new mechanism to be negotiated and agreed upon by Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR;

iii)In view of the recommendation by the Technical Assessment Mission to the Dadaab Refugee Camps that the imperative of closure of the camps is a reality that must be confronted immediately and with the urgence it deserves, Council requests the Commission to investigate and present, within 30 days, a report on a mutual way forward regarding the paradox between international legality and terrorism.

14. Requests the AU Commission to deploy the required efforts to provide support to Kenya, Somalia and the UNHCR in their efforts to achieve a balanced and realistic solution that fully takes into account the needs of the refugees and the Kenyan concern regarding the serious security threat arising from the exploitation and abuse of refugee camps in Kenya by the Al Shabaab terrorist group;

15. Further requests the AU Commission, through its relevant departments, in consultation with AMISOM, to embark on implementing programmes inside Somalia, particularly in the liberated areas, that will contribute to supporting the voluntary repatriation of the Somali refugees and also enhance the pull factors within Somalia, in order to promote the required momentum for voluntary repatriation;

16. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

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Libya concludes Polio vaccination campaign with support from UNICEF & WHO

The first national polio vaccination campaign for two years was completed in Libya yesterday. The five day campaign is estimated to have reached more than one million children under the direct supervision of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and with support from UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ahead of the campaign, UNICEF provided 1.5 million doses of polio vaccines to the country, through a special flight to the Mitiga Airport in Tripoli. The shipment contained enough vaccines to cover nearly 1.2 million children below the age of six. WHO has catered for all the operational cost of the campaign as well as the technical assistance.

“This recent shipment of vaccines is part of UNICEF’s efforts to restore routine immunization activities across Libya, crucial to the survival of all children in the country”, said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Special Representative in Libya.

Libya has been polio free since 1991. Conflict and violence have interrupted routine immunization against polio, mandatory since 1970. This campaign is the first since 2014. Implemented across Libya’s 64 districts, the campaign includes 2,000 trained vaccinators working in 600 health facilities.

“UNICEF is looking forward to further cooperation with the NCDC and WHO to improve the coverage of immunization, effective vaccine management including procurement and strengthening cold chain system, surveillance and information sharing systems in Libya” added Dr Khalil.

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High-Level Solidarity Seminar and Photo Exhibition on Western Sahara

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WHAT: A High Level Solidarity Seminar and the photo Exhibition at the AU Headquarters under the theme: “40 FACES, 40 YEARS – A Lifetime in Exile.” – The events are aimed at highlighting the humanitarian socio-economic and human rights tragedy of the Sahrawi people living in exile for the last 40 years.

WHEN: Seminar – Monday, 25 April 2016

Exhibition – Monday 25 April 2016 to Thursday 28 April 2016

Closing Ceremony (Diplomatic Cocktail) – Thursday 28 April 2016

TIME: Seminar from 09:00hrs – 14:00hrs

Exhibition from 09.00hrs- 17:00hrs every day

Closing Ceremony (Diplomatic Cocktail) –17:00hrs – 18:00hrs

WHO: African Union Commission and Oxfam

WHERE: Seminar – Medium Hall, New Conference Centre, African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Exhibition – Lobby Area A&B, New Conference Centre, African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

WHY: Over the last four decades, the OAU/AU has made numerous calls to the international community and initiated efforts to resolve the Sahrawi crisis. This has included the appointment in June 2014 of former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique as AU Special Envoy to consult with the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Spain, as well as with the UN Secretariat, on how best the AU can support international efforts to find a lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara – also calling for renewed international engagement towards the resolution of the conflict. The African Union’s efforts are within its mandate as Guarantor of the Peace Plan endorsed in resolution AHG/Res.104(XIX) of the 19th Ordinary Session of the OAU Assembly of Heads of State and Government, held in Addis Ababa from 6 to 12 June 1983, which essentially served as the basis of the August 1988 Settlement Proposals that set into motion the peace process for Western Sahara.

The Event is open to the Public.

JOURNALISTS ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EXHIBITION

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President Michel conveys the condolences of the Government and people of Seychelles to Ethiopia following cattle raid tragedy

Following the cross border cattle raids in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia which has claimed the lives of more than 200 people and seen the kidnaping of 100 children; on behalf of the Government and people of Seychelles President James Michel has expressed his profound condolences in a message addressed to the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn.

“May all those touched by this calamity find the strength and courage to cope at this most difficult time,” said President Michel in his message.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles.

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UNICEF’s largest global purchase of Therapeutic Food for children in drought-stricken Ethiopia through donor support

Today, UNICEF thanked donors for their generous contributions and the Government for its strong leadership, which together have enabled a concerted response to the current El Niño driven drought in Ethiopia, particularly in treating children with severe malnutrition.

With support from donors, UNICEF has procured 543,631 cartons of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), which represents 22 per cent of the global order for 2015 and is one of the largest single purchases in UNICEF’s history. The donors include the Governments of Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States and partners including ECHO and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

To date in 2016, UNICEF procured in 2015 a further 73,344 cartons of RUTF out of a global procurement estimated at 565,623 cartons, which corresponds to 13 per cent of the global supply. In addition to RUTF, other supplies including therapeutic milk, routine drugs and hygiene and sanitation commodities have been procured as part of the drought response. To accommodate this large volume of supplies and enhance preparedness for the drought response, UNICEF rented a new warehouse in the Gerji area of Addis Ababa, earlier this year.

“On behalf of the Government of Ethiopia and UNICEF, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the humanitarian donors for their timely and generous financial contributions to purchase Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food that will save the lives of millions of children diagnosed with severe malnutrition,” said Ms Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia. “I would also like to especially thank the Ethiopian Customs Authority, the Ethiopian Food Medicine and Health Care Administration and Akakas Logistics, this enormous supply chain operation would not have been possible without their active support. By accelerating our joint nutrition interventions, we can transform the lives of millions of children to become healthy citizens and reach their full potential.”

Ethiopia is experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades due to El Niño weather condition which continues to wreak havoc on the lives of children and their families’ livelihoods. According to the latest Humanitarian Requirement Document issued this year, 6 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water. Malnutrition rates have greatly increased – 450,000 children are expected to be treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) this year.

As part of the joint drought response coordinated by the Government, UNICEF is leading the Nutrition, Water Sanitation Hygiene, Education (together with Save the Children) clusters and the Child Protection sub-cluster. Together with other partners, UNICEF implements life-saving humanitarian responses including procurement and supply of therapeutic food and milk, drugs, other medical supplies, plus water/sanitation and education and child protection supplies.

UNICEF also supports the treatment of severely malnourished children through the community-based management of acute malnutrition, with training, quality assurance and coordination with other partners. Regular nutrition screening helps ensure that malnutrition in children is diagnosed and treated early, thereby reducing cases of severe acute malnutrition and life-threatening complications.

The supply of RUTF procured by UNICEF to date to respond to the current emergency is worth

US$28 million including freight and in-country distribution. With the continued effort of the Government and support from humanitarian actors, 350,451 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition in 2015.

Note to editors:

RUTF-Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (also known as to as Plump’nut which is a brand name):

A high protein and high energy peanut-based paste that tastes slightly sweeter than peanut better. It requires no water for preparation or refrigerator and has a two-year shelf life, making it easy to deploy in difficult conditions to treat severe acute malnutrition. It is distributed under medical supervision, predominately to parents of malnourished children where the nutritional status of the children has been assessed by a doctor or a nutritionist.

SAM-Severe Acute Malnutrition:

A result of recent (short-term) deficiency of protein, energy and minerals and vitamins leading to loss of body fats and muscle tissues. Acute malnutrition presents with wasting (low weight-for-height) and/or the presence of oedema (i.e, retention of water in the tissues of the body). Defined as a weight-for-height below minus three standard deviations from the median weight-for-height for the standard reference population, a mid-upper-arm circumference of less than 115 mm, visible severe thinness or the presence of nutritional oedema.

MAM-Moderate Acute Malnutrition:

Defined as weight-for-height between minus two and minus three standard deviations from the media weight-for-height for the standard reference population.

About UNICEF: UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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