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02 Sep 2015 description

DUBAI, 31st August, 2015 (WAM) -- Dar Al Ber Society, DABS, has inaugurated 29 charity projects at a cost of AED 2,732,000, in Benin and Togo as part of an eight-day official visit to the two African countries.

The DABS delegation comprised Abdul Kareem Jaafar, Manager of Projects Department at DABS, and Ali Abdullah Al Shehi, Manager of DABS in Ras al-Khaimah.

New projects have been agreed upon as well the development of the services being rendered by the society to the peoples of the two African countries, according to a top official.

03 Aug 2015 description

The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)

Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.

Country Context

04 Jun 2015 description


  • Good crop harvest was gathered in 2014 in spite of erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Markets are well supplied and cereal prices have fallen significantly

  • However, about 51 000 people need urgent assistance

03 Jun 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, 29 mai 2015 — Le Conseil des administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui un nouveau crédit de 40 millions de dollars de l’Association internationale de développement (IDA)*. Ces fonds sont destinés à aider le Bénin à améliorer son infrastructure et à atténuer les conséquences délétères des inondations de 2010 ainsi qu’à renforcer son niveau de préparation à toute nouvelle inondation à venir.

03 Jun 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 — The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a new US$40 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit for Benin to improve its infrastructure and minimize the negative impacts of the 2010 floods as well as increase the level of preparedness for any future flooding.

08 May 2015 description
report World Bank


  • La Banque mondiale soutient les efforts des municipalités béninoises pour améliorer l’assainissement dans les villes de Cotonou, d’Abomey-Calavi, d’Ouidah, Porto-Novo et de Sèmè-Podji.

  • Ces travaux d’assainissement amélioreront les conditions de vie de près d’un million et demi de personnes et contribueront à réduire de 30 % le nombre de ménages vulnérables aux inondations dans les municipalités ciblées.

06 May 2015 description
report World Bank


  • The World Bank is supporting Beninese municipalities as they work to improve sanitation conditions in the cities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, and Sèmè-Podji.

  • These joint efforts will create better living conditions for 1,426,000 beneficiaries and will reduce by 30% the number of households vulnerable to flooding.

  • Benin’s local governments are also benefiting from training and technical assistance that will help boost disaster preparedness.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kwame Buist

OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.

Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.

13 Feb 2015 description

Imagine working for months to feed, breed and raise catfish and tilapia and then watching half of your harvest slip away into the mud. Until recently, Kanli Farm in Tode, Benin was facing this frustration year after year.

Tode is an agricultural village in Azowlisse district, 30 kilometers from Benin’s capital, Porto Novo. Kanli Farm, owned by local entrepreneur Moise Gbenou in cooperation with a local non-governmental organization, produces trees, vegetables and animals including rabbits, chickens, fish and bees.

19 Jan 2015 description

COTONOU, 17 Janvier 2015 – La Ministre de la Santé, le Professeur Dorothée Kindé Gazard, a déclaré officiellement la fin de l’épidémie de Fièvre de Lassa au Bénin lors d’une conférence de presse qui s’est tenue le 8 janvier 2015.

30 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

COTONOU, Bénin, 27 novembre 2014 - Après l’identification de cas de Fièvre de Lassa dans la zone sanitaire de Tanguiéta-Matéri-Cobly au Nord du Bénin, le Gouvernement soutenu par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Fonds des Nations pour l’enfance (UNICEF) et les partenaires au développement ont immédiatement démarré la riposte contre l’épidémie.

27 Nov 2014 description

Cotonou, Bénin | AFP | Thursday 11/27/2014 - 15:48 GMT

Eight people have died in the west African nation of Benin from an outbreak of Lassa fever, while 170 others have been placed under observation, officials said Thursday.

Fourteen suspected cases of the virus have been identified, with two confirmed and eight deaths in the small country bordering Nigeria, said a joint statement from the WHO, Benin's health ministry and UNICEF.

The outbreak has occurred in the north of the country of some nine million people.

21 Nov 2014 description

Cotonou, Bénin | AFP | vendredi 21/11/2014 - 11:31 GMT

Deux personnes sont mortes au Bénin après avoir contracté la fièvre de Lassa, cousine de celle d'Ebola, ont annoncé vendredi le gouvernement béninois et un responsable local de l'organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

"Après les prélèvements et les analyses, les résultats se sont révélés positifs au virus lassa, un virus voisin de Ebola mais qui n'est pas aussi virulent qu'Ebola", a déclaré la ministre béninoise de la santé publique, Dorothée Akoko Kindé-Gazard.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Africare

BEREMBEKE (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) – Today is World Toilet Day. It may not be considered a polite dinner conversation topic, but ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities like latrines is one of the most important global public health issues. Thousands in the developing world, primarily children, die every day of preventable water-borne illnesses. People are forced to walk for miles to fetch potable water.

17 Nov 2014 description


  • Preliminary estimates indicate a below-average cereal production in 2014, following erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Significant price declines registered in recent months.

Below-average 2014 cereal production expected to be offset by strong growth in root and tuber production

08 Oct 2014 description
report Africare

President Yayi recognizes Africare for significantly reducing malaria infections and deaths among children under five years old

COTONOU, BENIN (October 2, 2014) – Children across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier because a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, delivered such outstanding results it was rapidly expanded to span the entire country.

08 Aug 2014 description

08/07/2014 21:40 GMT

COTONOU, August 7, 2014 (AFP) - Benin said Thursday that it has placed two patients with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation and was waiting for test results to establish if the pair were infected with the deadly tropical disease.

Deputy chief of staff at the health ministry, Moufalilou Aboubakar, told journalists that the two patients were being treated as suspected cases of Ebola and that blood samples had been sent to foreign labs for conclusive results.

09 May 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$6.4 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA*) to help Benin recover after heavy rains flooded the country in 2010. As a result of the flooding, 278 schools were flooded, and more than 50,000 houses were destroyed, leaving 150,000 people without shelter, according to the 2010 World Bank Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) document.

26 Feb 2014 description

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.

12 Feb 2014 description


  • Preliminary estimates indicate above-average cereal production in 2013, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Generally stable cereal prices from August 2013 following large increase in preceding months