July 2016 Headlines:
- July 8th: Rainfall deficit and recurrent drought in Southern Madagascar has led to the deterioration of household food security, which has had a significant impact on the nutritional status of children under five. In February 2016, though the global acute malnutrition level reached an average of eight percent, it is much higher in many regions in Southern Madagascar where most districts have surpassed the critical threshold of 10 percent. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says that stunting – where children are too short for their age – affects at least 47 percent of children under five.
- July 13th: According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), One billion children experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the last year.
- July 21st: Although the devastating El Niño of 2015 to 2016 has now subsided, in many parts of Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia rains and harvests are not expected to recover until 2017.
- July 25th: In order to escape poverty and support their families back home, thousands of domestic workers from South and South-East Asia migrate to Oman with the promise of stable employment in local households. Once they arrive in Oman, new employers often seize their passports so that they cannot depart when they want, ultimately, denying them their freedom of movement. They are made subject to excessive working hours, sleep deprivation and starvation. Unfortunately, many suffer from verbal or sexual abuse.
- July 26th: The World Health Organization warns that about 400 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis B or C without being aware.
- July 27th: “Every second, one person is displaced by disaster,” the Oslo-based Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reports. “In 2015 only, more than 19.2 million people fled disasters in 113 countries. “Disasters displace three to ten times more people than conflict and war worldwide.” It is predicated that as climate change continues, it will likely lead to more frequent and severe natural hazards and the impact will be heavy.