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22 Oct 2014 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Wednesday 10/22/2014 - 01:35 GMT

by Alexandre GROSBOIS / Francisco JARA

Cuba's contribution of hundreds of doctors and nurses to fight Ebola puts the island at the forefront of the international response and is even thawing relations with a sworn enemy the United States.

Despite its small population and strapped economy, Cuba has sent 165 medical professionals to Sierra Leone, a larger contingent than most Western countries.

21 Oct 2014 description

Highlights

  • INTENSE RAINS: Rains in Nicaragua left 22 people dead and more than 32,000 affected; and have also caused damage in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, among other countries.

  • HURRICANE SEASON: Tropical depression Trudy left six people dead, more than 4,000 people in shelters and 5,000 houses damaged in Guerrero, Mexico.

  • EBOLA: An extraordinary summit of the ALBA member countries met in Havana to coordinate joint measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.

21 Oct 2014 description

Destacados

  • LLUVIAS INTENSAS: En Nicaragua se reportan 22 personas fallecidas y más de 32,000 afectadas como consecuencia de las lluvias que azotan la región y que han ocasionado daños también en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador, entre otros países.

  • TEMPORADA DE HURACANES: La depresión tropical Trudy ha dejado a su paso por Guerrero, México, seis muertos, más de 4,000 personas albergadas y 5,000 viviendas con daños.

21 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 October 2014 – Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.

20 Oct 2014 description
report UN News Service

20 de octubre, 2014 — El Secretario General de la ONU dio la bienvenida a una Cumbre extraordinaria de los países de la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América (ALBA) para definir la contribución conjunta de sus miembros a la solución de la crisis sanitaria provocada por el brote de ébola en África occidental.

En un mensaje leído en la reunión en La Habana por el Enviado Especial de la ONU para el Ébola, David Nabarro, Ban Ki-moon reiteró que el virus en un problema mundial que requiere una respuesta masiva e inmediata.

20 Oct 2014 description

ALGIERS / MADRID – The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has received a contribution of EUR 1.5 million from the Government of Spain to provide food assistance to the Saharawi refugee camps in Tindouf in western Algeria.

The Spanish donation will go towards the purchase of wheat flour, barley, rice and nutritious food to supplement the basic food basket of the refugee population. In addition, it will cover the transportation costs of an in-kind contribution of 500 metric tons of sugar donated by the Government of Cuba.

09 Oct 2014 description

Biannual FAO Food Outlook report and new Food Price Index released

9 October 2014, Rome - Food markets are more stable and prices for most agricultural commodities are sharply lower than they have been in recent years, according to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report and a new update to the Organization's monthly Food Price Index, both out today.

09 Oct 2014 description
report Government of Cuba

El ministro liberiano de Relaciones Exteriores agradeció al Gobierno cubano esta “só­lida amistad y solidaridad con las personas necesitadas"

MONROVIA.—El Gobierno liberiano in­formó que la avanzada del grupo de médicos cubanos que participarán en las labores de lucha contra el ébola ya se encuentran en ese país.

05 Oct 2014 description

Freetown, Oct. 3, 014 (MOHS) – One hundred and sixty-five (165) Man-Medics Team from the Republic of Cuba to aid Sierra Leone in the fight to contain the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak in the country arrived on Thursday October 2, 2014 at the Lungi International Airport.

The 165 man-team comprised 63 Medical specialist and 102 other cadres with different disciplines including nurses.

03 Oct 2014 description

La Habana, Cuba – Autoridades de la Defensa Civil, representantes de sectores estatales y el Sistema de Naciones Unidas expusieron su compromiso para fortalecer los mecanismos de respuesta a los desastres en Cuba. Así fue avalado en un taller de dos días que reunió a más de 50 funcionarios con el reto de identificar las fortalezas, oportunidades y debilidades que tienen los procedimientos actuales de preparación y respuesta.

02 Oct 2014 description
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Defeating Ebola conference: Summary of conference pledges

Britain has rallied decisive international support for Sierra Leone in its hour of need, International Development Secretary Justine Greening said following the Defeating Ebola conference today in London.

The conference, co-hosted by the Foreign Secretary and the International Development Secretary, brought together more than 20 governments, a dozen charities and NGOs, the UN, World Bank, health experts and the private sector to pledge funds, equipment and health workers.

26 Sep 2014 description

09/26/2014 12:30 GMT

Par Zoom DOSSO

MONROVIA, 26 septembre 2014 (AFP) - Les pays africains en proie au virus Ebola, aux abois face à l'ampleur de l'épidémie, espéraient vendredi une traduction rapide en actes des appels solennels à l'ONU à l'envoi de renforts et d'aide.

26 Sep 2014 description

09/26/2014 14:42 GMT

by Zoom Dosso

MONROVIA, September 26, 2014 (AFP) - Ebola-hit west Africa's governments were desperately counting on promises of global aid to be effected Friday as the World Health Organization announced urgently awaited vaccines could be ready early next year.

Liberia, the hardest-hit nation with almost 1,700 deaths, welcomed pledges of help from world leaders gathered at the United Nations on Thursday but warned it was losing the trust of its people as the crisis escalated.

24 Sep 2014 description
report El Espectador

Colombia tiene 42 casos autóctonos confirmados, según datos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud.

El virus del chikunguya llegó ya al corazón de Suramérica después de haberse extendido desde el Caribe a Centroamérica y Norteamérica, y, según la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), ya hay 10.845 casos confirmados de esta enfermedad y al menos 113 muertes en todo el continente.

23 Sep 2014 description

09/23/2014 17:32 GMT -

HAVANA, September 23, 2014 (AFP) - The first members of a team of 165 Cuban doctors and health workers have arrived in Sierra Leone to help the fight against Ebola, a health official said Tuesday.

Jorge Perez, the director of the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, told state television a small advance party had arrived in Freetown, one of the cities worst hit by the West African outbreak

They are tasked with determining exactly where in Sierra Leone the 62 doctors 103 Cuban nurses will be deployed.

18 Sep 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Marianela Jarroud

SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

17 Sep 2014 description

Highlights

• Throughout 2014, the Central American region and northern areas of South America, have suffered significant and generalized rainfall deficits

• These deficits have affected the first growing season from the outset and have been consistent throughout – from April to July only few areas were not in a state of continuing deficitary water supply.

15 Sep 2014 description
report UN News Service

12 septembre 2014 – Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-Moon, s'est félicité vendredi de la décision du Gouvernement Cubain d'envoyer 165 personnels médicaux en Sierra Leone pour aider à l'action contre Ebola. L'Union africaine mobilise également du personnel médical.

13 Sep 2014 description
report UN News Service

12 September 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed signs of solidarity in the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa and called on all countries and organizations to move swiftly to support the Governments of the countries affected.