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26 Jan 2015 description
report African Union

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 24 January 2015: “The implementation of the Africa’s Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in 2004, has led not only to a paradigm shift from crises management to risk management, but also increased awareness, political commitment and strengthened institutional, legislative, and policy frameworks, capacities, tools and mechanisms for Disaster Risk Management, including early warning and disaster preparedness for response.”

18 Jan 2015 description
report Qatar Charity

Throughout several states in Mauritania, Qatar Charity is currently drilling four wells at a total cost of QAR 1 million (USD 275,000) in order to provide drinking water for around 20,000 people who have difficulty obtaining water in remote parts of the country. A safe drinking water delivery program for 2000 people in the municipality of Al-Aria, state of Atararzh has also been established to reach the inhabitants who suffer from a continued lack of safe drinking water.

15 Jan 2015 description

Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Thursday 1/15/2015 - 20:19 GMT

Police in Mauritania used tear gas to disperse protestors, after three anti-slavery activists were sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday.

Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid, the runner-up in 2014 presidential elections and the head of an anti-slavery group, was convicted along with one of his aides Bilal Ramdane, and Djiby Sow, a civic and cultural rights campaigner.

Seven others on trial for joining anti-slavery protests in November were released.

15 Jan 2015 description

Maté Mint Sidi Ali’s village in Guidimakha, Mauritania sits six miles from the nearest health clinic – too far for many in her community to get any kind of healthcare.

“Hiring a ride is expensive and an all-day trek takes people from their work and children,” says Maté. “Because of this, health problems went untreated and turned severe or chronic.”

Community members were also largely unaware of proper sanitation practices. Small children were frequently made sick from contaminated water and many villagers suffered from malaria or fever.

09 Jan 2015 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 8, 2015

The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA.

06 Jan 2015 description

Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | Tuesday 1/6/2015 - 14:12 GMT

West Africa's Ebola epidemic could have a positive side by uniting the region's countries in their response to the "serious challenge," the acting head of the African Union said.

Regional experience in fighting the deadly virus "should consolidate our solidarity and our mutual support," AU chief Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, the president of Mauritania,told journalists late Monday in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

06 Jan 2015 description

Monrovia, Libera - President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdul Aziz says his government will work with Liberia to consolidate the relations between both countries.

“We will work and consolidate the relations between our two countries,” he assured, urging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to join him to further strengthen the bilateral relations as it was in the past.

06 Jan 2015 description

December saw a significant deterioration of the security situation – compared to the previous month – in nine countries or conflict situations in the world, including in South Asia (Pakistan and India), and East Africa (South Sudan and Kenya). There is a risk of increased violence in the coming month in Sudan, where major offensives are anticipated on the heels of a failure in the peace talks; in Sri Lanka, in the context of the 8 January elections; and in Haiti, where the current president could rule by decree unless parliament's mandate, due to expire on 12 January, is extended.

05 Jan 2015 description

At least eight dead in raid on Mali army base

Bamako, Mali | AFP | Monday 1/5/2015 - 19:22 GMT

by Serge DANIEL, with Hademine OULD SADI in Nouakchott

At least eight people were killed in a gun attack Monday on a Malian army base close to the Mauritanian border, a UN military source said.

The assault, claimed in one report by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, took place at the base in Nampala near the border with Mauritania, where armed groups operate.

05 Jan 2015 description

Countries in Africa have been working on improving their preparedness in the event of an Ebola outbreak. The WHO teams have provided simulated exercises in hospitals and technical training, for immediate emergency response and communication.

Mamo Jatta is a Regional Public Health and Surveillance Officer in The Gambia and, like many people living near Ebola affected countries, he is concerned the disease will enter his own country, “I recently visited the town where I grew up and wondered what would happen if Ebola were to hit us here, would we be ready for it?”

05 Jan 2015 description

Les pays d’Afrique s’emploient à améliorer leur préparation en cas de flambée d’Ebola. Les équipes de l’OMS ont procédé à des exercices de simulation dans les hôpitaux et dispensé une formation technique concernant l’intervention d’urgence et la communication.

31 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritanie | AFP | mercredi 31/12/2014 - 19:57 GMT

La justice mauritanienne rendra le 15 janvier son jugement contre dix militants anti-esclavagistes, dont un ex-candidat à la présidentielle, poursuivis pour "appartenance à une organisation non reconnue", a affirmé mercredi la défense à l'AFP.

29 Dec 2014 description

During the last few days Angolan security forces have arrested and arbitrarily detained several African nationals who they also subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment. Our organisations condemn these serious violations of migrants’ human rights and urge the Angolan authorities to put an end to this violence and to respect the international and regional legal instruments that Angola has ratified, and also draw the attention of the home countries of these migrants to the gravity of the situation.

26 Dec 2014 description

Les forces de l’ordre angolaises procèdent depuis quelques jours à des arrestations et détentions arbitraires, des traitements cruels et inhumains sur plusieurs ressortissants africains. Tout en condamnant ces graves violations des droits humains des personnes migrantes, nos organisations exhortent les autorités angolaises à faire cesser ces exactions, conformément aux instruments juridiques internationaux et régionaux des droits humains ratifiés par l’État angolais ; et attirent l’attention des États africains dont sont originaires les migrants sur la gravité de la situation.

25 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, 18 décembre 2014 — Le Conseil des administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui un financement de 170,2 millions de dollars visant à améliorer l’accès des femmes et des adolescentes aux services de santé génésique, maternelle et infantile dans cinq pays de la région du Sahel et de la Communauté économique des États d’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO).

21 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$170.2 million for women and adolescent girls to expand their access to reproductive, child and maternal health services in five countries in Africa’s Sahel region and the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).

The Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs.

18 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 14:19 GMT

A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state.

The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named for an initiative launched in Mauritania's capital in March 2013 to boost security cooperation among 11 participating states.

18 Dec 2014 description

Nouakchott, Mauritanie | AFP | jeudi 18/12/2014 - 18:57 GMT

Onze pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Sahel ont appelé jeudi à la mobilisation continentale et internationale pour stabiliser la Libye, lors d'un sommet régional à Nouakchott.

"L'UA, le Processus de Nouakchott, tout le monde va se mobiliser pour offrir l'aide nécessaire aux frères en Libye", a déclaré aux journalistes le commissaire de l'UA (Union africaine) à la paix et à la sécurité, Smaïl Chergui.