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27 Jan 2015 description
report UN Foundation

By Kate Dodson, Vice President of Global Health, United Nations Foundation

Yesterday the World Health Organization’s Executive Board convened for a special meeting to review the current state of the Ebola response and how, together, we can end this outbreak. The key message across the board was that we must all stay engaged and avoid complacency. While collective efforts have started to yield an encouraging drop in cases in all three of the most affected countries, it is critical that we maintain focus as we enter the next phase of the response.

26 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

Les situations de catastrophes, qu'elles soient d'origine humaine ou naturelle, font perdre aux populations victimes, un pan important de leur vie. Parfois, le respect minimum que mérite la personne humaine, s'en trouve menacé. C'est pourquoi, en plus des questions de relogement et d'alimentation, les sinistrés éprouvent d'autres besoins, beaucoup plus intimes, mais tout aussi urgents : par exemple, comment poursuivre sainement leur vie sexuelle ou s'affranchir de la violence sexiste ? Constat dans des camps de réfugiés au Burkina Faso.

26 Jan 2015 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Irregular rains affected crops and pasture in 2014

  • Humanitarian assistance continues to be needed, including for Malian refugees

Cereal production affected by irregular rains

26 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • IOM delivered 6,500 Emergency Interim Care Packages for suspected Ebola cases to implementing partners in Sierra Leone on 16 January 2015.

  • IOM conducted field visits to Port Loko and Makeni in Sierra Leone on 15 and 16 January 2015 to meet with implementing partner Oxfam at their field offices to map out next steps on training and coordination with each District Ebola Command Centre (DERC).

24 Jan 2015 description

Summary

IFRC’s Ebola strategic framework is organized around 5 outcomes:

  • The epidemic is stopped

  • National Societies have better Ebola preparedness and stronger long term capacities

  • IFRC operations are well coordinated

  • Safe and Dignified Burials (SDB) are effectively carried out by all actors

  • Recovery of community life and livelihoods

23 Jan 2015 description
report DanChurchAid

Feeling insecure is a feeling that Fatoumata Maiga knows all too well. Today the 25 year old mother works to increase security for the people in central Mali

The bus left Sévaré in central Mali around noon, but already near a small town just 25 km. away it was stopped by armed security forces. The authorities had forbidden men in that area from travelling with public transport to the capital, Bamako, so there were almost only women and children on the bus, but also one single man had tried to escape Sévaré.

23 Jan 2015 description

Brazzaville, 20 janvier 2015 – L’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) recommande désormais l’introduction du vaccin conjugué contre la méningite A, le MenAfriVac®, dans les calendriers de vaccination systématique en Afrique subsaharienne. Cette recommandation vise à protéger les nourrissons contre la méningite et à maintenir l’immunité à l’échelle de la population.

23 Jan 2015 description

Brazzaville, 20 January 2015 – The World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends the conjugate meningitis A vaccine MenAfriVac® to be introduced in routine immunization schedules in sub-Saharan Africa. This recommendation ensures that infants are protected against meningitis and population-wide immunity is maintained.

23 Jan 2015 description

Alger, Algérie | AFP | vendredi 23/01/2015 - 14:41 GMT | 331 mots

Le processus de paix au Mali "est en péril" en raison de la situation à Tabankort, dans le nord du pays, ont estimé vendredi l'Algérie et l'Onu qui conduisent une médiation entre le gouvernement de Bamako et des groupes rebelles.

Des accrochages ont opposé des groupes armés dans cette zone, où l'ONU a détruit mardi un véhicule rebelle, accusé d'avoir tiré sur des Casques bleus.

23 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

22 January 2015 – The United Nations today commended Mali for stemming the Ebola outbreak and urged the West African nation to remain vigilant as neighbouring countries continue to report new cases as part of the epidemic that has recorded nearly 22,000 cases and more than 8,600 deaths to date.

Mali was declared Ebola-free earlier this week after a period of 42 days without a new case.

22 Jan 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

BAMAKO, Mali – Four days ago, Mali became the third West African country declared to be Ebola-free after the deadly outbreak penetrated its borders late last year. Health workers are now standing watch at the country’s major international airport in Bamako, guarding against the disease’s return.

The outbreak has so far claimed over 8,600 lives in West Africa, most of them in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. In November and December, Mali saw eight cases of Ebola, resulting in six deaths. All but one of the cases was in Bamako, the country’s capital and largest city.

22 Jan 2015 description

Ministers of Health from around the world will convene next week at WHO’s Executive Board meeting, to set global public health policies. Among other topics, representatives are expected to review the current polio epidemiology and global preparedness plans for the phased removal of oral polio vaccines. A report has been prepared, to facilitate discussions, available here.

22 Jan 2015 description

Fin 2014, le Mali enregistrait ses premières victimes de la maladie à virus Ebola. Pour arrêter la propagation de la maladie à Bamako, les équipes d’ACTED ont immédiatement lancé un projet de mobilisation communautaire dans les communes II et III de la capitale, avec le soutien d’UNICEF et du département d’Aide Humanitaire de la Commission européenne. Nos équipes soutiennent 340 000 habitants équipant 19 structures sanitaires et 328 écoles en kits d’hygiène, ainsi que les gares routières et lieux de culte.

22 Jan 2015 description

22/01/2015 - 16:47 GMT

L'armée maltaise a annoncé jeudi avoir secouru en mer et mis en quarantaine 87 migrants en provenance d'Afrique, qui étaient à bord d'un canot pneumatique et ont dit avoir jeté par dessus bord une vingtaine de leurs compagnons morts pendant le périple.

Ces clandestins, tous des hommes, qui ont déclaré être originaires du Burkina Faso, du Mali, de Guinée et de Côte d'Ivoire, ont été placés en quarantaine pour 21 jours, par crainte du virus Ebola même si aucun d'eux ne présentait les symptômes de la maladie.

22 Jan 2015 description

1/22/2015 - 16:09 GMT

Nearly 90 migrants rescued at sea by the Maltese navy were on Thursday being held in quarantine as a precaution against Ebola, after 20 others reportedly died during the journey and were thrown overboard.

Charles Mallia Azzopardi, who heads the national Ebola Response Unit, told a press briefing that the 87 migrants were being held in isolation "as a precaution" after one of the passengers said he was from Guinea.

22 Jan 2015 description

Bamako, le 22 Janvier 2015 – Le Représentant Spécial du Secrétaire General de l’ONU et chef de la Mission des Nations Unies pour la lutte contre Ebola (UNMEER) félicite le Mali pour avoir endigué l’épidémie d’Ebola et l’exhorte à rester vigilant tant que les pays voisins continuent d’enregistrer de nouveaux cas. Le 18 janvier, l’ONU et le Mali ont officiellement déclaré la fin de l’épidémie au Mali après une période de 42 jours sans nouveau cas. Huit personnes avaient été infectées dans le pays dont six décédées, selon l'Organisation Mondiale de la Sante.

22 Jan 2015 description

This brief summarizes FEWS NET’s most forward-looking analysis of projected emergency food assistance needs in FEWS NET coverage countries. The projected size of each country’s acutely food insecure population is compared to last year and the recent five-year average. Countries where external emergency food assistance needs are anticipated are identified. Projected lean season months highlighted in red indicate either an early start or an extension to the typical lean season.

22 Jan 2015 description
report UN News Service

21 January 2015 – The United Nations Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has confirmed it used force in response to machine gun fire directed at its troops and towards the town inhabited by civilians, yesterday in Tabankort, in the restive north of the country.

The attack was carried out with a heavy-vehicle mounted machine gun belonging to the Mouvement national de libération de l’Azawad (MNLA), a UN spokesman told reporters in New York this afternoon.