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Mali + 10 others
Regional Snapshot West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Recurring food insecurity and acute malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to the vulnerable populations of the West Africa region. Complex emergencies and food insecurity constituted the primary concerns in West Africa during FY 2014.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional presence in Dakar, Senegal.

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Mali + 11 others
Sahel : la BAD octroie 231 millions $ pour renforcer la résistance à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle

Ce mercredi 15 octobre 2014, le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé divers prêts et subventions pour un total de 231 millions de dollars EU. Ce montant doit financer un Programme visant à renforcer la résistance du Sahel à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (P2RS), destiné à mettre fin aux cycles fréquents de sécheresse et de famine qui frappent le Sahel.

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Mali + 12 others
AfDB approves US $231 million for building resilience to food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel

The programme focuses on nutrition and the use of second generation ICTs such as mobile phones to facilitate better access to markets and prediction of crises and disasters.

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Preparing The Gambia laws for future disasters

On June 24 2014, The Gambia Red Cross and the National Disaster Management Agency of The Gambia together with IFRC held a disaster law workshop in Banjul aiming at supporting the government-initiated efforts to strengthen the country’s legal preparedness for disasters.

The purpose of the project is to join forces to improve awareness of disaster law and knowledge on disaster management legislation, to strengthen laws and procedures for disaster response, and address the issue of IDRL among legislators, and stakeholders involved in disaster risk management and response.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 13 others
WHO and Partners agree on a common approach to strengthen Ebola preparedness in unaffected countries

Brazzaville, 10 October 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations meeting in Brazzaville have agreed on a range of core actions to support countries unaffected by Ebola in strengthening their preparedness in the event of an outbreak.

Building on national and international existing preparedness efforts, a set of tools is being developed to help any country to intensify and accelerate their readiness.

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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola crisis spreads

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Oxfam

As the Ebola crisis spreads, here’s how you can make a difference.

Officials have quarantined many areas to try and stem the spread of a deadly virus that has already claimed the lives of almost half the people infected. You can help.

How severe is the problem now?

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Liberia + 4 others
Ebola : répondre à l’urgence et soutenir les systèmes de santé

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Oxfam

Depuis mars dernier, une épidémie de la fièvre hémorragique Ebola se répand du sud-est de la Guinée en Sierra Leone, au Libéria et au Nigéria. Plusieurs pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest ont déjà activé des plans d’urgence et des actions visant à limiter les infections. Malheureusement l’ampleur de la crise dépasse de loin les capacités des autorités locales et leurs efforts ne seront pas suffisants pour ralentir la croissance de cette épidémie.

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World + 12 others
Ebola outbreak resources available

Comprehensive resources regarding the Ebola outbreak are available on a dedicated website from International SOS - www.internationalsos.com/ebola. The information includes advice for individuals, travel precautions, latest updates and breaking news. The Ebola resources are downloadable and available free of charge. Among the site’s features are:

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Italy + 8 others
Les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée sont de plus en plus meurtrières

De nouvelles statistiques sur les traversées clandestines en Méditerranée, pour le troisième trimestre 2014, montrent une hausse alarmante du nombre de personnes qui périssent durant leur tentative de rejoindre l'Europe.

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Italy + 8 others
So close, yet so far from safety

On eve of Lampedusa disaster anniversary, UNHCR warns that irregular Mediterranean crossings becoming more deadly

New data on irregular crossings of the Mediterranean, covering the third quarter of 2014, show an alarming increase in the numbers of people perishing while attempting to make the journey to Europe.

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W. Africa Ebola crisis hits tourism, compounds hunger in Gambia

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AlertNet

Misha Hussain

DAKAR, Oct 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pestilence, cyclical droughts and floods, and the West Africa Ebola crisis have pushed hunger to record levels in Gambia, where 200,000 people need urgent food assistance, the United Nations says.

Read the full article here

AlertNet:



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Poor prospects for harvest due to late rains in The Gambia

Chronically underfunded humanitarian response in Gambia requires urgent food assistance for 200,000 vulnerable adults and acutely malnourished children.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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European Commission Helps Hungry Families In Gambia Meet Their Food & Nutrition Needs

BANJUL – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of €400, 000 (US$520, 000) from the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department (ECHO) to help implement a cash transfer programme in the Central River Region of The Gambia.

Cash vouchers provide money to people who are struggling to provide food for their families. The vouchers help tackle hunger in places where food is available in the markets, but poor people cannot afford to buy it.

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Liberia + 4 others
Statement on Ebola and Conflict in West Africa

In the three most affected countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – the Ebola epidemic has exposed citizens’ lack of trust in their governments and the grave potential for deep unrest in these already fragile societies.

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Senegal + 10 others
West Africa gears up to contain Ebola spread

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IRIN

As the Ebola caseload tops 5,350, aid agencies and governments in countries not yet affected are gearing up for its potential spread by pre-positioning supplies, training health workers and disseminating prevention campaigns.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

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Mali + 10 others
2014-2015 Agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa

An agropastoral season with heterogeneous crop growth stages, requires close monitoring

From 8 to 10 September 2014, was held in Banjul, The Gambia, the regional consultation on the mid- term assessment of the agropastoral season and the 2014-2015 agricultural and food prospects. This meeting comes within the framework of the operation of the Regional Device for Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC) in the Sahel and West Africa. At the end of the meeting, participants made the following observations:

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World + 5 others
EU donates € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat malnourished children in the Sahel

BRUSSELS/DAKAR, 27 August 2014 - The European Union has allocated € 11.5 million to UNICEF to treat over 1 million children suffering from severe acute malnutrition in five countries of the Sahel.

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The Gambia / Human rights: Government derails UN experts visit - at the last minute

12 August 2014 – The Gambia postponed a visit at the last minute by two United Nations independent experts, a move they find “extremely worrying” and which casts doubt on the West African country’s commitment to human rights.

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, and Christof Heyns, the UN expert on summary, extrajudicial and arbitrary executions, expressed their deep disappointment regarding the sudden decision by the Gambian Government to postpone their visit until further notice.

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Niger + 8 others
Le soutien « anémique » des bailleurs de fonds au Sahel

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IRIN

DAKAR, 5 août 2014 (IRIN) - Une augmentation de l'aide fournie par les bailleurs de fonds est nécessaire pour combler le déficit de financement de 1,5 milliard de dollars dans le Sahel cette année et protéger les moyens de subsistance de quelque 20,2 millions de personnes exposées au risque d'insécurité alimentaire.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Niger + 8 others
Donor support to Sahel "anaemic"

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IRIN

Only 30 percent of the $2.2 billion appeal to fight hunger and malnutrition, and build resilience in the region, has been met by donors as of July. The budget was increased to incorporate CAR refugees.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.