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Benin + 14 others
West Africa: Global Acute Malnutrition Prevalence (GAM) (as of 01 Oct 2009)

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Chad + 8 others
FAO Desert Locust Bulletin No. 372 - 01 Oct 2009

General Situation during September 2009

Forecast until mid-November 2009

The Desert Locust situation remained calm during September. Good rains fell in most of the summer breeding area in the northern Sahel between Mauritania and western Eritrea in early September but decreased thereafter. Small-scale breeding caused locust numbers to increase in Mauritania and limited control operations were carried out. Breeding probably occurred in parts of the northern Sahel from Mali to western Eritrea but surveys were only carried out in Chad where low numbers

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Burkina Faso + 9 others
African Ministers appeal to donor countries to keep poor students in school during economic crisis and beyond

Report
World Bank
Press Release No:2010/089/HDN

Istanbul, October 1, 2009 - 14 leading African Finance and Education Ministers have written to development and finance ministers in leading OECD donor countries, appealing for financial help to send 20 million children to primary school for the first time by the end of next year.

In their letter to donor government leaders, the African Ministers, from Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda, said they were particularly anxious to secure a successful replenishment for the Education for All

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Benin + 15 others
West Africa: Who is Assessing What Where - Food Security, Nutrition, Agriculture (as of 30 Sep 2009)

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Algeria + 18 others
USAID/OFDA South, West, and North Africa Disaster Risk Reduction Fact Sheet #1 (FY 2009)

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

BACKGROUND

Many countries in Africa are beset by a range of disasters, from complex emergencies to drought, floods, cyclones, and earthquakes. Climate variability, rapid population growth, environmental and natural resource degradation, lack of economic development, and rapid urbanization further compound the risks by increasing populations' vulnerability to disasters. During the last two decades, cities across Africa have rapidly

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Angola + 12 others
USAID FrontLines - Sep 2009

(extract)

Briefs

Zinc Seen as Breakthrough Cure for Diarrhea

Sogola, Mali-Generations of residents have watched their children fall ill each rainy season with diarrhea, which kills an astonishing 1.6 million children under 5 every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)-more than either malaria or AIDS. It also stunts growth, and forces millions-adults and children alike-to spend weeks at a time off work or school.

But USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups have begun distributing zinc supplements to

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FEWS Mali Food Security Update Sep 2009 - Food Security Outlook through Mar 2010


- June and July brought a marked rainfall deficit in the northeastern part of Mali (Gao region and Gourma in the Timbuktu region), especially in Bourem, Ansongo, and Ménaka. The resulting delay in the regrowth of grasses caused an unusually high number of animal losses and an extension of the lean period for pastoralists until August, rather than June or July.

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Mali : Mise à jour de la sécurité alimentaire septembre 2009 - Mauvaises conditions pastorales s'ameliorent

- La situation pluviométrique au nord est du Mali (région de Gao et Gourma de Tombouctou), a été marquée par un déficit pluviométrique prononcé en juin/juillet, particulièrement à Bourem, Ansongo, et Ménaka. Le retard dans la régénérescence des herbacés suite à ces déficits avait pour résultat des pertes inhabituelles des animaux et une prolongation de la période de soudure pour les pastoralistes jusqu'à août au lieu de juin/juillet.

- A l'heure actuelle les conditions alimentaires restent précaires mais en nette amélioration à la faveur de la reprise normale des pluies en mi-août,

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Benin + 11 others
Experts meet to strengthen disease surveillance in West Africa

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Experts from 13 West African countries and re presentatives of partners began a three-day meeting here Tuesday, ahead of a ministerial meeting on how to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response across border areas in the sub-region, the meeting's co-sponsor, World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (WHO/APOC), said in a statement obtained by PANA.

The experts' meeting is preparatory to that of Ministers on Friday, which is expected to come out with guidelines

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Burkina Faso + 6 others
West Africa floods: Situation report No. 2

HIGHLIGHTS

- Number of displaced people in Burkina Faso rises to over 90 000.

- Over 50% of the capital, Ouagadougou, including key infrastructures, has suffered damage.

- Waterborne diseases remain a major public health risk in affected countries due to stagnant water, flooded water supplies and disrupted water and sanitation systems.

- WHO working with Ministries of Health to strengthen surveillance, conduct joint assessments, coordinate the health response.

A- Situation in countries

1- Burkina Faso

The United Nations Disaster Assessment

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Benin + 11 others
West Africa - Flood Affected Population - June to September 2009 (as of 24 Sep 2009)

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Guatemala + 4 others
Smallholder farmers begin to connect with markets

In the first year of an exciting initiative funded mainly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, 42,000 smallholder farmers all over the world have been involved in selling food to WFP through the 'Purchase For Progress' pilot programme.

BAMAKO -- Faso Jigi, a federation of farmers' associations in Mali, scored a first this year. Its 2,500 members were finally able to participate and win a tender to sell 600 metric tons (MT) of cereals to WFP.

"This year the sale was quick, they

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Angola + 25 others
Western and Central Africa - States Organisations Location - 25 Sept 2009

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Angola + 26 others
WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record 25 Sep 2009

Progress towards measles control in WHO's African Region, 2001-2008

In 2001, the 46 countries in WHO's African Region became part of a global initiative that has the goal of reducing measles mortality by 50% by 2005, compared with estimates of mortality for 1999. The WHO- UNICEF recommended strategies for reducing measles mortality include: (i) strengthening coverage of routine measles immunization with the first dose of measles-containing vaccine (MCV1) for all children, (ii) providing a second opportunity for measles vaccine to be given by

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Angola + 17 others
Afrique : Mise à jour hebdomadaire des situations d'urgence Vol. 2 No.37-38

Contexte général

Pandémie A (H1N1): Le nombre des cas confirmés dans notre Région était de 12 216 avec 69 décès au 22 septembre 2009. En Afrique du Sud, l'Institut National pour les Maladies Transmissibles a notifié 11 545 cas confirmés et 59 décès. Les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest retiennent toujours l'attention de la communauté Humanitaire avec actuellement plus de 635 273 personnes sinistrées et environs 187 morts depuis les trois derniers mois. Les autres préoccupations humanitaires demeurent les épidémies les urgences complexes dans les pays d'Afrique

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Mali : Un chef rebelle touareg adhère au processus de paix

Le chef rebelle de l'Alliance touareg Nord-Mali pour le changement (Atnm), Ibrahim Ag Bahanga, a décidé de revenir au Mali et d'adhérer à l'accord de paix d'Alger ayant mis fin en 2006 à la rébellion dans la région de Kidal (Nord-est), indique le porte-parole des rebelles, Mohamed Ag Ghrib. Les autorités libyennes ont confirmé qu'Ag Bahanga avait déjà quitté la Libye, o=F9 il avait été accueilli il y a huit mois en vertu de considérations "humanitaires". Le porte-parole a également évoqué la possibilité d'une rencontre avec les autorités algériennes, chargée
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Burkina Faso + 5 others
UN steps up relief efforts for 600,000 flood victims in West Africa

Report
UN News Service
United Nations agencies are stepping up emergency relief efforts in West Africa where severe flooding has affected 600,000 people, damaging infrastructure, schools and hospitals, inundating large swathes of farmland and destroying crops.

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal are the worst affected countries.

"In Burkina Faso UN agencies and their NGO (non-governmental organization) partners have launched a flash appeal for $18.4 million to respond to the flood emergency. Only 1.6 per cent of the required amount has been contributed," the UN Office for

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Burkina Faso + 5 others
Afrique de l'Ouest : Efforts accrus pour aider 600.000 victimes d'inondations

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UN News Service
Les agences des Nations Unies ont accru leur assistance d'urgence en Afrique de l'Ouest o=F9 de graves inondations ont affecté 600.000 personnes, endommageant les infrastructures, les écoles et les hôpitaux, inondant de larges portions de terres arables et détruisant les récoltes.

Le Burkina Faso, le Ghana, la Guinée, le Mali, le Niger et le Sénégal sont parmi les pays les plus affectés, selon le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA).

« Au Burkina Faso, les agences des Nations Unies et les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) partenaires ont lancé