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World + 15 others
WHO Organizes Workshop to Strengthen Preparedness and Response for Countries against Ebola

Brazzaville, 27 August 2014 - The first in a series of preparedness and response workshops aimed at strengthening Africa’s defences against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak occurring in parts of West Africa began on Tuesday in Brazzaville, Congo.

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Nigeria + 5 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 31)

Cholera alert Ghana

The cholera outbreak in Accra, Ghana has led to more than 1,000 cases in three weeks. As of 31st of July 2014, at least 1 119 cases of cholera and 17 deaths were recorded in the Great Accra. Nine (9) districts out of sixteen (16) recorded cases. Accra metro and Dadekotpon are the most affected district and account for 87% of cases.

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Project Expands to Offer More Opportunities for Ghana’s Poorest Women

World Bank


  • The World Bank Group will provide more support for the Ghana Social Opportunities Project to build on its successes of reaching poor households and women

  • The project includes a public works program which pays people for their afforestation work in climate change mitigation programs, rehabilitation of rural roads and small earth dams and dugouts geared towards improving the country’s infrastructure

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Ghana: Cholera Outbreak (as of 24 Aug 2014)

24 Aug 2014 - The cholera outbreak in Ghana, which was declared in June 2014, continues to seriously affect people in the south of the country. As of 18 August 2014, over 6,000 cases have been reported in five regions. To date, 47 deaths have been registered in the affected regions, including 45 in Greater Accra.

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Ghana: Cholera - Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRGH010


Nine districts out of 16 have recorded cholera cases to date. Accra metro and Dadekotpon are the most affected districts, accounting for 87 per cent of cases.

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Senegal + 15 others
West Africa Seasonal Monitor - August 22, 2014

Generally good cropping conditions for much of the Sahel, except over Senegal and Mauritania

Key Messages

  • There is a low level of skill in forecasting the remainder of the season over Senegal and Mauritania, though available information suggests average rainfall levels for the remainder of the season. Persistent dryness over northern Senegal and southwestern Mauritania earlier in the season, though, has the potential to significantly reduce rainfed crop harvests.

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Cholera outbreak in Ghana kills at least 67 since June - health authorities

By Kwasi Kpodo

ACCRA, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Cholera has killed at least 67 people in Ghana since June and infected more than 5,000 others in an outbreak that highlights the health and sanitation challenges facing one of Africa's fastest-growing economies.

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Socio-economic and demographic determinants of under-five mortality in rural northern Ghana

BioMed Central

Background In spite of global decline in under-five mortality, the goal of achieving MDG 4 still remains largely unattained in low and middle income countries as the year 2015 closes-in. To accelerate the pace of mortality decline, proven interventions with high impact need to be implemented to help achieve the goal of drastically reducing childhood mortality. This paper explores the association between socio-economic and demographic factors and under-five mortality in an impoverished region in rural northern Ghana.

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Mali + 14 others
Bulletin d’information sur la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle au Sahel et en Afrique de l’ouest - juillet 2014

Situation alimentaire satisfaisante dans la région, exceptée par endroits en zones sahéliennes pastorales et agropastorales.


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Nigeria + 1 other
African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

Voice of America

George Putic

August 20, 2014 5:03 PM

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. .

The World Health Organization says the current Ebola outbreak is the worst in history and will probably continue to spread for months through Western and Central Africa.

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World + 4 others
Global Health: Science and Practice Journal Volume 2 | Number 3 | 2014

Highlights from this issue:

  • Can oxytocin survive the heat in home storage conditions?

  • Is there more compelling evidence for global health programs than from RCTs?

  • What does it take to make cookstoves work as an intervention?

  • What are the challenges to scaling up visual inspection-based cancer prevention programs in Guatemala?

  • Can traditional birth attendants be trained to refer at-risk newborns in a rural African setting?

  • Where were the health facilities in Haiti when the earthquake struck?

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Liberia + 2 others
Salesian Missionaries Work to Contain Deadly Ebola Outbreak in West Africa, Salesian Missions Issues Urgent Appeal for Donations

(MissionNewswire) Salesian Missions has launched an emergency fund to assist Salesian missionaries in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone who are working to help contain the deadly outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. To raise money for the fund, the Catholic nonprofit aid organization has launched an emergency fundraising campaign and is issuing an urgent appeal for donations.

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Ghana cholera outbreak at 'staggering' level

Cholera has killed more than 40 people in Accra since June and infected 3,100 others, according to the Ghana Health Service.

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Clubs breaking down barriers to clean water in Ghana


When Marty Hatala, a member of the Rotary Club of Boaz, Alabama, first traveled to Ghana in 2010 to volunteer at a local orphanage, he saw how local communities struggled to find clean water.

Though at least 80 percent of the country's population has access to improved water sources, according to UNICEF, 5 million Ghanaians still use water from unsafe sources. That leaves a significant part of the country's population susceptible to a range of diseases. Worldwide, one out of every five deaths among those under the age of five is caused by water-related diseases.

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IIRO provides medical services in Ghana

The Jeddah-based International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) of Muslim World League has provided medical services for poor and needy people in Accra, Ghana. IIRO’s Secretary General Ihsan bin Saleh Tayyib said that the health services included conducting 189 cataract surgeries, distributing 850 prescription glasses, and traocular lens implant for 188 patients. The secretary-general said that these services come within the framework of the efforts made by the IIROto combat the phenomenon of blindness in poor countries.

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World + 23 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary August 8-14, 2014

Severe dryness continues across Latin America and Haiti, with dryness and flooding in parts of Africa

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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Regional Office for West and Central Africa Bulletin - Central Emergency Response Fund, Second Quarter 2014 [EN/FR]

This report reviews funding allocated to West and Central African countries by the United Nations Central Emergency Fund. It covers the period from January to June 2014.


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Nigeria + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, August 7 – August 13, 2014

- Below-average rains observed across western Sahel during late July.

- Wetness continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been both suppressed and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria leading to a strengthening of moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.