Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region during the past decade. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S.
As we write this, Africa is suffering from the strongest El Niño it has faced in decades, causing major floods and droughts throughout Africa, leading to rising economic losses and major impacts on the lives and livelihoods of millions across the continent. Countries across the continent are declaring states of emergency, and are calling on the international community for support.
The IFRC Central Africa multi-country cluster support team based in Yaoundé provides support to National Red Cross Societies in six countries: Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC), the Congo Republic (RoC) and Sao Tome & Principe. We also provide technical support to the Central African Red Cross Society and to other National Red Cross Societies in the continent for specific events and emergency operations when needed.
Gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa on average $US95 billion a year, peaking at US$105 billion in 2014– or six percent of the region’s GDP – jeopardising the continent’s efforts for inclusive human development and economic growth, according to the Africa Human Development Report 2016.
The African Public Health Emergency Fund (APHEF or the Fund) was established by the Regional Committee in 2012 with the aim of providing catalytic resources for initiating timely responses to public health emergencies. Ever since, commitments have been made at every subsequent Regional Committee session to improve the functionality of this solidarity fund.
Aid workers carry out life-saving often in dangerous and difficult circumstances. Over the past 16 years, 427 aid workers were killed, wounded or kidnapped in West and Central Africa. The number of victims follows a worrying upward trend with spikes in attacks recorded in recent years. Countries with the highest number of victims are the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, Chad and Mali. The majority of victims were national staff, who account for the bulk of humanitarian workers and are often the most exposed to risks
Le communiqué final du sommet extraordinaire des chefs d’Etat et de gouvernement de la Communauté économique et monétaire de l'Afrique centrale (CEMAC), tenu le 30 juillet dernier à Malabo (Guinée Equatoriale), indique que le Cameroun, le Congo, le Gabon, la Guinée-Equatoriale et le Tchad ont décidé d'apporter un soutien supplémentaire de quatre milliards de francs CFA à la République Centrafricaine (RCA), dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du programme de désarmement, démobilisation et réinsertion (DDR).
Wednesday 20 July 2016
By Kirsten Mathieson
Global immunisation progress has plateaued in recent years, as highlighted in our briefing Universal Immunisation Coverage: Further, Faster, Fairer, published earlier this year with RESULTS UK. The latest immunisation data just been released by WHO and UNICEF doesn’t offer encouraging news – global coverage remains unchanged.
Disease epidemics result in substantial ill health and loss of lives and therefore pose a threat to global health security, undermine socio-economic lives and destabilize societies.
By Evelyne Karanja
NAIROBI, 21 June 2016 – Members of parliament from across Central Africa are stepping up their region’s drive to curb the impact of natural and man-made hazards by implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
**WHO statement **
KIOSSI, CAMEROON—Several hundred people from Central African nations are stranded in southern Cameroon after being expelled from neighboring Equatorial Guinea and Gabon this month.
Equatorial Guinea and Gabon say they are expelling foreigners who do not have proper identification papers.
The majority of those being expelled are economic migrants from around Central Africa. They complain that authorities in those two countries ransacked their homes, seized their money and deposited them on the border at Kiossi.
Malabo, Guinée équatoriale | AFP | jeudi 28/04/2016 - 17:54 GMT
Le chef de l'Etat équato-guinéen, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, au pouvoir depuis 1979, a été réélu sans surprise avec un score officiel triomphal de 93,7% à l'élection présidentielle du 24 avril, face à une opposition muselée.
Très loin derrière le président sortant, les opposants Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu (Parti de la coalition sociale démocrate) et Avelino Mocache Mehenga (Union du Centre Droit) obtiennent chacun 1,5% des voix, a annoncé jeudi la Commission électorale nationale.
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Thursday 4/28/2016 - 16:18 GMT
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, leader of tiny oil-rich Equatorial Guinea for 36 years, has been re-elected with 93.7 percent of the vote, according to provisional results from the National Election Commission Thursday.
Trailing well behind with 1.5 percent, were two opposition politicians, Bonaventura Monsuy Asumu and Avelino Mocache Mehengap, the commission said, adding that turnout at the April 24 vote was at 93.7 percent.
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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Tuesday 4/26/2016 - 22:38 GMT
An opposition politician said Tuesday that police have barred him and 200 of his supporters from leaving his residence in the capital Malabo after an army assault on the property.
"I am in prison in my own residence, there are more than 200 activists here with me and we cannot leave," Gabriel Nse Obiang Obono told AFP, adding that they have been stuck in the building since Friday.
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea | AFP | Sunday 4/24/2016 - 09:44 GMT
Africa's longest-serving leader, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, was set to extend his 36-year hold on power Sunday as the tiny oil-rich nation of Equatorial Guinea went to the polls.
Initially scheduled to be held in November, the vote was brought forward following a presidential decree, with no reason offered for the change.
As the representative of the current Chair of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith (see annex) the report of the Committee on its forty-first ministerial meeting, which was held in Libreville from 23 to 27 November 2015, together with the following documents:
• Status of implementation of the recommendations of the fortieth meeting and the list of recommendations of the thirty-ninth meeting;