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Italy rescues 6,000 people crossing Mediterranean in four days

GENEVA, April 11 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said on Friday the Italian navy had rescued some 6,000 people who had set out from Libya in overcrowded boats over the past four days alone.

Those rescued off the shores of Sicily and Calabria from more than 40 boats included large numbers of women and children, among them newborns and unaccompanied children, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said.

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Guinea + 2 others
Cruz Roja activa sus Unidades de Emergencia en Guinea Conakry por el avance del ébola

La OMS solicita que no se califique la situación de ‘epidemia’

La Cruz Roja de los países limítrofes con Guinea, Liberia y Gambia, ultima planes de contingencia y refuerza la preparación de sus voluntarios para llevar a cabo acciones de sensibilización y prevención con la población.

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The Gambia’s women demand a seat at the political table

By Saikou Jammeh

BANJUL, Mar 30 2014 (IPS) - The countdown to the Gambia’s 2016 general elections has begun with a rare move to bring together female politicians from across the divided political spectrum to ensure increased female representation.

This week, local women’s rights NGO Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (Gamcotrap) launched a campaign calling for political reforms to ensure the effective participation of women in all positions of political leadership.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Food Crisis Overshadowed by Regional Conflict

By Matthew Newsome

TUNIS, Mar 28 2014 (IPS) - Still not enough is being done to improve the food emergency in Africa’s Sahel Region as conflict and instability continue to exacerbate any response towards aiding a region where one in eight people suffer from food insecurity.

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World + 18 others
Sahel meningitis outbreaks linked to wind and dust levels, claim scientists

Report
Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

Read the full report on the Guardian.

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Italy + 10 others
On a high seas rescue mission with the Italian Navy

ON BOARD THE SAN GIUSTO, Mediterranean Sea, March 20 (UNHCR) – The winds and waves decide the fate of those who flee across the Mediterranean. When the gusts push from north to south and the swells off the Libyan coast are animated, asylum-seekers remain hidden in small houses with their smugglers. But when the weather clears and the air currents stir from south to north, they meet on the seaside where they board grey rubber rafts and colourful wooden boats and make their way toward the watery horizon.

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Italy + 8 others
Over 4,000 Irregular Migrants Arrive in Sicily in Three Days

Italy - An unprecedented 4,457 migrants and asylum seekers have reached Sicily in the past three days. On Wednesday 2,307 migrants landed on the island. A further 550 arrived on Thursday and today (21/3) another 1,600 are arriving today. Ten more boats, believed to be carrying migrants, have also been spotted in the Channel of Sicily.

International Organization for Migration:

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World + 29 others
IPC Newsletter Vol. 3, Issue 3, February 2014

The third issue of the new IPC Newsletter highlights important initiatives and technical developments undertaken at Global Level, among them the Launch of the IPC Global Strategic Programme and Vision (2014-2016), the 3rd Chronic Scale Synthesis Meeting, and the ISS Pilots in Tanzania and Honduras. It also features recent IPC impacts, results and progress achieved at Regional and Country Level in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Mali + 12 others
African Union Launches Regional Initiative to Stabilize Sahel

Report
Voice of America

Peter Clottey March 06, 2014

An African Union official says the organization’s Mission to Mali and the Sahel (MISAHEL) has launched a cooperation initiative with countries in the Sahel to combat terrorism as part of efforts to stabilize the region.

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Senegal + 3 others
The ICRC regional delegation in Dakar

27-02-2014 Overview

The ICRC protects and assists the victims of violence in Casamance and Guinea-Bissau, and visits those detainees that fall under its mandate. It supports the National Societies and promotes international humanitarian law among armed forces personnel and other weapon bearers. The organization encourages implementation of IHL by the authorities in Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Senegal.

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Benin + 3 others
IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa

Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development

Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Nigeria.

Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.

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Mali + 14 others
West African States and Ambassadors endorse move to scale up the regional peace and security architecture

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ECOWAS

A Joint Meeting of Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs has ended in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with additional recommendations for the operationalization and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations.

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Mali + 8 others
La nouvelle approche des Nations Unies pour venir en aide aux 20 millions d'affamés au Sahel

Report
IRIN

DAKAR, 5 février 2014 (IRIN) - Au Sahel, plus de 20 millions de personnes auront besoin de l'aide alimentaire en 2014, soit 8,7 millions de plus qu'en 2013, d'après les estimations des Nations Unies qui ont lancé le 3 février un plan triennal (et non plus annuel) ambitieux pour la région du Sahel.

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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Mali + 8 others
UN shifts approach to help Sahel's 20 million hungry

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IRIN

DAKAR, 3 February 2014 (IRIN) - Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need 2013 estimates the UN, which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today.

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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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan 2014 - Guide to Giving

Contributing to individual emergencies and strategic response plans

To access each country’s humanitarian needs overview and strategic response plan, and donate directly towards these strategies, view the Sahel Country pages on the OCHA/CAP website. Each country’s plan has links to on-line information on the participating organizations and their contacts for donations.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Mali + 8 others
UN and partners launch 3-year humanitarian plan to help Africa's Sahel region

The United Nations and humanitarian partners seek $2 billion to assist more than 20 million people at risk of food insecurity in nine countries in Africa's Sahel region.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Mali + 8 others
Les Nations Unies et leurs partenaires lancent un plan d’aide humanitaire triennal pour la region du Sahel

(Rome, 3 février 2014) – Les Nations Unies et leurs partenaires humanitaires ont lancé aujourd'hui un plan de réponse stratégique régional de trois ans pour fournir une assistance à des millions de personnes dans neuf pays de la région du Sahel, en Afrique. Le plan vise à mobiliser en 2014 un montant initial de 2 milliards de dollars auprès des bailleurs internationaux.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Mali + 20 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

In the past decade, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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All Hands On Deck To Battle Malnutrition

They say many hands make light work. And this is definitely true when tackling malnutrition. In Kudang, in The Gambia’s Central River Region, Community Health Nurses, mothers, fathers and grandmothers play a vital role in supporting the World Food Programme’s nutrition initiatives for malnourished children under 5. With so many people on board, it’s little surprise that the results are impressive. Here is one success story.

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Benin + 12 others
CILSS Newsletter - N° 21 - décembre 2013

Bénin Burkina Faso Cap Vert Côte d’Ivoire Gambie Guinée Guinée Bissau Mali Mauritanie Niger Sénégal Tchad Togo

Dans ce numéro :

  • 1ère édition de la foire aux savoirs au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest

  • Lancement des programmes de coopération technique entre le CILSS, l’IGAD et la FAO.

  • Partenariat CILSS-USAID

  • 29ème réunion annuelle du Réseau de Prévention des Crises Alimentaires au Sahel et en Afrique de l’Ouest (RPCA) - les indicateurs et outils méthodologiques de mesure de la résilience passés à la loupe