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.
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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;
Presque tous les jours, l’eau fait les gros titres quelque part dans le monde. Sécheresses, inondations et pollution sont en manchette à mesure que l’eau devient la ressource essentielle la plus précieuse et la plus âprement contestée.
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The country does not produce a significant quantity of cereals. The staple foods are sweet potatoes, cassava and plantains. With a population of about 799 000, the total cereal import requirement for 2016, overwhelmingly supplied through commercial channels, is forecast at about 28 000 tonnes, including 8 000 tonnes of rice and 20 000 tonnes of wheat.
Below average precipitation and drought have raged since last year on the SADC region, the outlook for the remaining months of the current season indicated below average precipitation very likely over most of the eastern part of the region including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, easternmost of Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland and the center of Madagascar. The drought situation and related consequences will persist during the coming months.
The eighth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 12 February 2016. As with the seventh meeting, the Emergency Committee reviewed the data on circulating wild poliovirus as well as circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). The latter is particularly important as cVDPVs reflect serious gaps in immunity to poliovirus due to weaknesses in routine immunization coverage in otherwise polio-free countries.
There are eleven weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.
The WHO Executive Board is meeting this week, reviewing the report on polio eradication.
On 21 January, Syria passed two years without a reported case of polio despite the conflict which has affected the delivery of health services, including childhood vaccinations.
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