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Mali + 8 others
ECHO Factsheet Sahel: Food and Nutrition Crisis

Key messages

  • The food and nutrition crisis in the Sahel continues. People are facing a triple crisis : limited access to food , erosion of resilience due to recurrent crises and weak social services, and region- wide ramifications of conflicts in the region.

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Mali + 1 other
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report 29 October 2014


• The WHO reports that 82 people who had contact with a toddler who died of EVD in Mali are being monitored but no new cases of the disease have yet been reported.

• The UN Secretary - General met with African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Zuma and World Bank President Kim in Addis Ababa to discuss the response to the EVD outbreak.

Key Political and Economic Developments

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Liberia + 8 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 29 October 2014


  • There have been 13 703 EVD cases, with 4 920 deaths, up to the end of 27 October.

  • All districts in Liberia and Sierra Leone are now affected.

  • Thursday 30 October marks 30 days since the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response plan was implemented.

  • Mali reported its first case on 23 October.

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Liberia + 3 others
Signs of Ebola decline in Liberia offer ‘glimmer of hope’ – UN

UN News Service

29 October 2014 – The spread of Ebola in Liberia may be slowing, as demonstrated in the decline in burials and sickbed occupancy rates, as well as a plateau in lab-reported new cases in the West African country hardest hit by the virus, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today, while cautioning against drawing premature conclusions.

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Représentation de l’OMS au MALI Rapport interne de la Situation #5 - Maladie à virus Ebola, 28 Octobre 2014

Points saillants

  • Visite à Kayes du Ministre de la Santé et l’Hygiène Publique accompagné du Représentant de l’OMS et d’une délégation pour s’assurer de la bonne organisation de la réponse à l’épidémie de la MVE :

o Rencontre avec les notables de Kayes ;

o Réunion technique au gouvernorat avec les membres du comité de gestion des épidémies ;

o Visite du site d’observation à l’Hôpital ;

o Rencontre avec le personnel de l’Hôpital ;

o Visite des contacts suivis à l’Hôpital.

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Mali Scrambles to Trace Ebola Victim's Contacts

Voice of America

Katarina Hoije

KAYES, MALI— In Kayes, medical staff and national health officials are working to trace, monitor and get health facilities up and running after Mali reported its first case of Ebola last week. There are dozens of people who are in isolation at the regional hospital where the two-year-old girl was treated before dying of the virus. More cases are expected in the coming days.

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Mali + 13 others
Nearly 25 million need food aid in Sahel


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.


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Spain + 4 others
España: Preocupación en ACNUR por el intento de legalizar las devoluciones

MADRID, España, 28 de octubre de 2014 (ACNUR) - La Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados expresa su preocupación ante la propuesta de España de legalizar las devoluciones automáticas de las personas que tratan de cruzar las vallas fronterizas en las ciudades autónomas de Ceuta y Melilla. Según esta iniciativa, una persona que intenta acceder a Ceuta o Melilla de forma irregular y sin la documentación requerida, sería rechazada automáticamente y no tendría derecho a las garantías legales previstas en la legislación nacional y de la Unión Europea, como el derecho a solicitar asilo.

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Liberia + 3 others
UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) External Situation Report, 28 October 2014


• The UN Secretary-General expressed his concern at the imposition of restrictions applying to healthcare workers who have travelled to the most affected countries.

• UNMEER ECM’s for Guinea and Sierra Leone met with the US Ambassador to the United Nations to discuss the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak response and underscored the criticality of concerted action to bring the crisis under control.

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Mali + 2 others
First case of Ebola in Mali: bracing for an expansion of the outbreak

Two-year old Fanta is one of the latest victims of the Ebola epidemic which has raged West Africa. She is also the first victim in Mali, making her case not only a personal tragedy but a reminder of the risk of further expansion of the epidemic into neighbouring countries. Our Regional Information Officer to the region brings Fanta's story and its implications.

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World + 5 others
Scale of United Nations Peacekeeping across Massive Distances in Midst of Conflict Matched by Operational Complexity, Department Head Tells Fourth Committee

Sixty-ninth session,
15th Meeting (AM)

The “remarkable” scale of United Nations peacekeeping operations, where personnel often operated in remote areas, across massive distances and in increasingly hostile environments, came alive today in the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) during briefings by senior Secretariat officials, as that body began its annual comprehensive review of the subject.

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Spain + 4 others
Le HCR est préoccupé par un projet de loi sur les renvois automatiques depuis les enclaves espagnoles en Afrique du Nord

Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR William Spindler – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 28 octobre 2014 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Le HCR a fait part vendredi de sa préoccupation concernant un projet de loi espagnol visant à légaliser l'expulsion automatique des personnes tentant de franchir les grillages de la triple clôture d'enceinte qui marque la frontière vers ses enclaves de Ceuta et Melilla en Afrique du Nord.

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Liberia + 3 others
United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) Weekly Situational Analysis - 26 October 2014

  1. This crisis will get worse before it gets better. The number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases continues to increase and has now reached 10,141 with 4922 deaths. The first case has been reported in Mali, a two-year-old girl who subsequently lost her life and may have had contact with up to 43 individuals while symptomatic. Another case has also been reported in the US, a medical worker returning from Guinea.

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World + 3 others
Humanitarian Aid on the Move No.14 - October 2014


François Grünewald

Syria, Iraq, Ebola, Gaza, Mali – there has been a huge increase in the number of tragic crises in recent months… The humanitarian sector is under enormous pressure. This litany of tragedies is further cause for us to focus on the quality of assistance and protection operations for civilians. It also raises questions about the capacity and role of a sector which remains vital, but is increasingly in danger.

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Nigeria + 5 others
Djihadisme sans frontiers? Boko Haram's regional and international links

In 2014 Boko Haram has greatly expanded its operations in Nigeria, its primary target and base. National security officials expect an intensification of attacks in the run-up to national elections in February 2015.

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World + 8 others
Ebola Tests Regional Cooperation in West Africa

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.

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World + 49 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 22–28 October

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 3 others
Baromètre de la Faim 2014

Cette année, le Baromètre de la Faim s'intéresse au rôle de l’agriculteur au Nord et au Sud. 15 organisations ont participé à sa réalisation, dont le PAM qui y présente son programme P4P qui privilégie les achats aux petits agriculteurs locaux afin de favoriser le développement durable des régions dans lesquelles il intervient.

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Spain + 4 others
UNHCR concerned over attempt to legalize automatic returns from Spanish enclaves

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, and, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

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World + 36 others
Food Assistance Outlook Brief, October 2014

Food shortages and weak purchasing power will limit food availability and access, particularly for the urban poor and for households with ill or deceased family members, in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.