This week’s edition covers key new and ongoing events, including:
Cholera in Nigeria
Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo
Humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia
Humanitarian crisis in South Sudan
Plague in Uganda
Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hepatitis in Namibia
Lassa fever in Nigeria.
Humanitarian needs are increasing despite global economic and development gains. In the past decade, the world has made profound development progress. Between 2008 and 2015, the number of people living in extreme poverty fell from 1.2 billion to 736 million. The world is also richer than ever before: global GDP rose from $63.4 trillion in 2008 to $80.7 trillion in 2017.
But in recent years, more than 120 million people each year have needed urgent humanitarian assistance and protection. There are more crises, affecting more people, and lasting longer today than a decade ago. Most humanitarian crises are not the product of any single factor or event, but of the interaction between natural hazards, armed conflict and human vulnerability.
Situation Assessment Report 20 October 2014