In this week’s show, the UN’s top humanitarian official says that famine is likely happening in Ethiopia’s Tigray, while food waste and poor diets continue to handicap millions of children worldwide, the Food and Agriculture Organization says.
We’ll also hear from an Afghan political activist who's speaking up for women's rights after the Taliban takeover, as well as bleak prospects for recovery in the Occupied Palestinian Territories from UN economists UNCTAD...and, a global initiative to tackle meningitis, with the help of the World Health Organization.
In this week’s show, aid to Afghanistan in the international spotlight, a deadly bacterial meningitis alert in northeastern DR Congo, Yemen’s “unbearable” war drags on, and alarming developments in northern Ethiopia, where the “hungry season” has started, as conflict escalates across Tigray’s borders.
A deadly outbreak of meningitis has been declared in a northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the World Health Organization (WHO) have been supporting health authorities to deploy an initial emergency response team.
A global shortage of vaccines against the killer meningitis disease could result in a large outbreak in Africa, the UN said Tuesday.
The warning comes amid a resurgence of meningitis C in Sub-Saharan Africa which has not been seen since the 1970s.
Niger and Nigeria are in the grip of the latest outbreak, with 12,000 cases and 800 deaths so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and partner agencies.
Daniel Johnson has the details.