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Guinea + 4 others
New Ebola Strain Causing West Africa Outbreak

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Voice of America

Steve Baragona April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON — The strain of Ebola virus that has killed 121 people in West Africa may have been circulating there undetected for some time, according to a new study.

This is the first reported outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. But the new study in the New England Journal of Medicine said this strain of the virus may not be new to the area.

Researchers from Africa and Europe compared viral DNA from this outbreak to previous episodes.

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Central Africa Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

For many years, the countries of Central Africa have been suffering from the effects of epidemics and endemic diseases, as well as natural and man-made disasters. Conflicts have led to significant population displacements and put at further risk vulnerable groups that are already challenged to provide for themselves. Recently, the increasingly high cost of living has added a further burden to Central African populations.

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 30 November 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• UNHCR and CNR organized a joint mission in Bas-Congo Province for registration of exemption claims over the cessation of Angolan refugee status for those living Tseke zole, Mfuiki, Lundu and Matende Kimbianga. The mission met some 481 Angolan refugees (171 families). The Eligibility Committee has exempted them later in the month.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 October 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• More than 16,000 Congolese crossed into Uganda by the end of this month fleeing fighting in eastern DRC. On the other side of the border, refugees are supported and transported to UNHCR-run Transit Centres.

• The relocation exercise of refugees from CAR is on-going. By the end of this month, 18,061 persons were relocated to camps in Equateur and 387 in Oriental Province. This totals 18,448 persons making 82.1% of the 22,000 initial planning figures for Equateur and 19.35% of the 2,000 planning figure for Oriental.

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DR Congo UNHCR Fact Sheet 31 August 2013

UNHCR operational highlights

• From 16 to 17 August 2013, a joint Government and UNHCR delegation visited refugees from the Central African Republic in Mole camp. Subsequently refugees received food rations for one month.

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Mali + 22 others
West and Central Africa: Election calendar (as of 4 September 2013)

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
Bureau régional pour l'Afrique de l'ouest et du centre - Bulletin - Fond central d'interventions d'urgence, deuxième trimestre 2013

Le CERF alloue plus de 19,8 millions de dollars pour des programmes d’urgence au second trimestre

Le Fonds Central d’Intervention d’Urgence des Nations Unies (CERF) a alloué au cours des trois derniers mois un total de 19,8 millions de dollars au Congo, au Mali, à la République Centrafricaine (RCA), au Sénégal et au Tchad. Cette dotation porte à 47,9 millions de dollars le montant total alloué en 2013 à l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre.

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
Regional Office for West and Central Africa Bulletin - Central Emergency Response Fund, Second Quarter 2013

During the second quarter, CERF allocates over US$ 19.8 million for Life saving programs

The United Nations Cenral Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated over the last three months a total of US$19.8 million to Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Congo, Mali and Senegal. This brings to $47.9 million the total amount allocated so far in 2013 to West and Central Africa.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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Uganda + 5 others
African Smallholder Farmers Need to Become Virus Detectors

KAMPALA, Feb 13 2013 (IPS) - Unless African smallholder farmers, who comprise the majority of food growers on the continent, are given the tools and knowledge to cope with the increased occurrences of plant virus diseases, the livelihoods of millions will be at stake, according to Nteranya Sanginga, the director general of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

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World + 9 others
River blindness: from disease control to elimination

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Guardian

Emilie Filou reports on the challenges of eliminating river blindness from Africa by 2025