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21 Apr 2017 description

Evidence from the IDRC-supported project Neglected issues relating to African health systems: An incentive for reform has identified local innovations and reforms as factors that are important in strengthening overall health systems in Niger. The multi-year project (2012–2017), supported by IDRC’s Maternal and Child Health program, examined the systemic blind spots in the country’s health systems. These gaps contribute to inequalities in access to and the quality of health services, resulting in poorer health for disadvantaged groups and increased mortality of children under five.

21 Apr 2017 description

Le Niger connaît presque chaque année des épidémies de méningite en raison de son appartenance à la ceinture de la méningite qui s’étend du Sénégal à l’Éthiopie. À ce jour, des cas de méningite ont été notifiés dans toutes les régions du pays. Du 02 janvier au 19 avril 2017, un total de 2 102 cas suspects de méningite dont 120 décès a été enregistré sur l'ensemble du pays. Le taux de létalité est de 5,7 pour cent. En 2016 à la même période, l'on dénombrait 2 620 cas dont 123 décès avec une létalité de 4,6 pour cent.

21 Apr 2017 description
  • Niger officially declared a Hepatitis E epidemic in the Diffa region in Niger. On 19 April, a total of 86 symptomatic cases of Hepatitis E, including 25 deaths, have been reported in the region. The first sample tests conducted in Dakar, Senegal, confirm the presence of Hepatitis E virus which is a liver disease transmitted through contaminated water.

20 Apr 2017 description

Over the next two weeks, key global meetings will take place to review the global polio epidemiology and examine what additional efforts must be implemented to achieve a lasting polio-free world. Next week, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will meet in Geneva, as well the next meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the spread of poliovirus (via teleconference). These meetings will be followed the week after by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), convening in London.

20 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • 10% increase in cereal production compared to last year confirmed in West Africa. Third consecutive year of favourable production conditions.

  • Restrictive exchange rates development of regional economies such as Liberia, Ghana and Nigeria affecting trade patterns in the region

  • Difficult macro-economic conditions affecting commercial activities in Chad despite positive agricultural performances

  • Drop of world cocoa prices has diminished export and budgetary revenues in Côte d’Ivoire

19 Apr 2017 description

YEMEN

Operation Golden arrow in Yemen, led by President Hadi’s forces supported by the Saudi-led coalition, is continuing along the western coast. The city al Hudaydah is the next strategic target.

Increased conflict in the area is likely to disrupt the flow of food and aid from the critical port, increasing the risk of the country falling into famine.

Additionally, an estimated 200,000 - 500,000 people could be displaced or secondarily displaced from the area which hosts a significant number of IDPs.

19 Apr 2017 description
report ACTED

ACTED has been mobilised in the Sud and Grand’Anse departments since hurricane Matthew hit the region on 4 October 2016 to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to affected populations. In all sectors, needs reached high levels: Matthew caused terrible damages, casualties and losses, destroying houses, infrastructure and crops, and leaving 1.4 million Haitians in need of humanitarian assistance.

19 Apr 2017 description

La libération aujourd’hui d’un activiste est un signe positif pour les droits humains au Niger, qui doit se poursuivre et se confirmer avec celle des autres activistes et étudiants arrêtés pour avoir exprimé leur opinion, a déclaré Amnesty International.

18 Apr 2017 description

Le Niger connaît presque chaque année des épidémies de méningite en raison de son appartenance à la ceinture de la méningite qui s’étend du Sénégal à l’Éthiopie. À ce jour, des cas de méningite ont été notifiés dans six régions du pays à savoir : Tahoua, Tillabéry, Dosso, Maradi, Zinder et Niamey. Au total, 921 cas dont 55 décès, soit une létalité de 6 pour cent, ont été enregistrés depuis le début de l’année par les autorités sanitaires.

18 Apr 2017 description

TCHAD

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