DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.
“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”
11/21/2014 - 18:46 GMT
Guinea-Bissau will try six people for female circumcision, a judicial source told AFP Friday, in the west African nation's first prosecutions since the practice was outlawed three years ago.
The defendants, all of whom have appeared at preliminary court hearings since Thursday, are said to believe the practice is in keeping with their Islamic faith.
The source said the defendants, two people who carried out the circumcisions and four parents, were accused of mutilating seven young girls.
No further details were available.
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DAKAR/GENEVE/NEW YORK, 21 Novembre 2014 – En réponse à l’apparition de nouveaux cas d’Ebola au Mali et l’augmentation continue des cas en Sierra Leone, l’UNICEF intensifie ses efforts pour aider les pays à risque en Afrique de l’Ouest à se préparer à toute éventuelle épidémie.
Dear Palais journalists
Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.
Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.
On trouvera, ci-après, le message du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, M. Ban Ki-moon, lu par M. Miguel Trovoada, Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général et Chef du Bureau intégré des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la paix en Guinée-Bissau, à l’occasion de la réunion extraordinaire du Groupe de contact international pour la Guinée-Bissau, le 18 novembre:
7315e séance – après-midi
CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
COUVERTURE DES RÉUNIONS
La CCP, la CEDEAO et la Communauté des pays lusophones soutiennent l’appel du Premier Ministre bissau-guinéen en ce sens
7315th Meeting (PM)
Praising Guinea-Bissau for having restored constitutional order, making its public institutions more legitimate and forming an inclusive Government, top United Nations officials and other partners briefing the Security Council today also cautioned that the West African nation had reached a critical stage in its path towards stability and required sustained international support.
14 November 2014 - UNIOGBIS Public Information Unit held on 13-14 November in Buba, south of the country, a two day training workshop activity on "Building Public Opinion in a Democratic State”, the third of four covering all the nine regions of the country, in the framework of the Peacebuilding Fund’s program titled "Strengthening the Media’s Watchdog Role".
It involved 11 trainees, mainly director and editors in chief of community radios, as well as representatives of civil society Human Rights and Gender organizations.
14 November 2014 - The United Nations Strategic Assessment Mission (SAM) has ended today its two-week visit in Guinea-Bissau. “A very useful mission with the full collaboration of the authorities and a broad array of the civil society and the international community”.
In Madagascar, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed. The virus was isolated from one case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 29 September, and from three healthy contacts. An estimated more than 25% of children remain under-immunized against polio in the country. Madagascar was previously affected by a cVDPV2 outbreak in 2001/2002 (resulting in five cases) and in 2005 (resulting in three cases). Emergency outbreak response is being finalized, with campaigns to be held in December and January.
Posted by Jon Bounds Web Editor
At Oxfam we are kept well informed about all of the emergencies that we are responding to as an organisation - it's crucial to our jobs that we understand what Oxfam is doing. This is the factsheet that was distributed this morning - it gives a very clear picture of the Ebola Crisis in West Africa and Oxfam's response. I hope you find it as informative as I do.
Author: Kieran Guilbert
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.
Hotspots: Burkina Faso hosts violent protests, President ousted; Niger attacked by Mali-based group; insurgents take city in Nigeria.
There are presently 13,567 cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa that have resulted in 4,951 deaths.
Mali reports its first Ebola case. Nigeria and Senegal are declared Ebola-free.
WHO to lead Ebola preparedness missions over next six weeks to 15 countries in West Africa.
Spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Sun Jiwen made a comment on October 31 on implementing the third round of material assistance with a value of 200 million yuan announced by President Xi Jinping to help African countries fight against the Ebola epidemic.
After a rainy season lull, South Sudan’s warring parties are preparing for major offensives with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) this week launching attacks on Bentiu, capital of oil-producing Unity state (see our recent Conflict Alert). Hardliners in the government and the SPLA-IO appear determined to settle the conflict through war.
30 October 2014 – UNIOGBIS Gender Unit in collaboration with the Ministry of Women, Family and Social Cohesion, women’s organizations held a two days’ workshop to discuss gender constitutional issues and women’s Human Rights.
The workshop held in Cachungu, north, on 28-29 October aimed at raising awareness on the urgent need to augment for constitutional reforms and the need for gender equity as it is stipulated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
DAKAR, 30 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Les taux d'insécurité alimentaire et de malnutrition se détériorent au Sahel. Selon le bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA), cela se doit en partie au conflit et à l'instabilité en République centrafricaine (RCA), dans le nord du Mali et dans le nord-est du Nigeria.
Le nombre de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire a augmenté de près de cinq millions depuis le début de l'année, soit un total de 24,7 millions - plus du double par rapport à 2013, a estimé OCHA.
DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Nearly five million more people have joined the ranks of the food insecure since the beginning of the year, bringing the estimated total in need of food aid to 24.7 million - more than double the number in 2013, says OCHA.
On October 23, the West African nation of Mali announced its first case of Ebola—a two-year-old girl, who tragically died the following day. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers the case an emergency because the girl’s journey from Guinea to Mali “presented multiple opportunities for exposures—including high-risk exposures—involving many people.” Malian authorities are currently monitoring 43 people, including ten medical workers, for symptoms of the virus.
By Wilson Gama
BISSAU – Amid several hunger emergencies – both natural and man-made – the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is marking World Food Day, 16 October, by highlighting both the challenges around the world and the real progress being made toward “zero hunger.”
In alignment with the priorities set by the Governent of Guinea-Bissau, and in collaboration with other partners, WFP is working on a variety of initiatives that help to fight malnutrition and build resilience in Guinea-Bissau.