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Liberia + 4 others
Africa Ebola Coordination and Preparedness: Emergency Appeal Operation Update n° MDR60002, Operations update n° 5

Summary

IFRC continues to support National Societies with international emergency appeals to combat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. The appeals employ a 5 pillar approach spelled out in the Ebola regional framework. These include: (1) Beneficiary Communication and Social Mobilization; (2) Contact Tracing and Surveillance; (3) Psychosocial Support; (4) Case Management; and (5) Dead Body Management, Burials and Disinfection. In addition, a regional appeal has been launched to cater to multi-country support needs.

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Liberia + 13 others
Ebola: Risks of overland spread (Map of the week, 13 October 2014)

Map
Maplecroft

West Africa’s road network – through which the majority of intra-regional trade occurs – could facilitate the spread of Ebola. Travellers and traders infected in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone may transmit the virus via some of the major highways. In this respect, groups such as long-distance lorry drivers could be particularly at risk, particularly if effective monitoring systems for Ebola are not established at border crossings.

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Nigeria, Boko Haram Appear to Move Toward Talks

Report
Voice of America

Talks to free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Nigerian militants last April did not begin as projected on Tuesday, although there are signs the militants and Nigeria's government are preparing for the talks in Chad.

A prominent Nigerian newspaper, This Day, reported Tuesday that a federal government negotiating team has departed for the Chadian capital, N'djamena.

Meanwhile, a purported leader of militant group Boko Haram, Danladi Ahmadu, has told VOA's Hausa service that he is heading to Chad to await word on when the talks will start.

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Mali + 6 others
Rapport hebdomadaire #5 de la situation sur la préparation de la riposte a l’épidémie de la maladie à virus ebola au Mali

SITUATION EPIDEMIOLOGIQUE DES PAYS AFFECTES PAR EBOLA
Etats-Unis, Espagne, Guinée, Libéria, Sierra Leone

A la date du 20 Octobre 2014 le cumul des cas suspects de la maladie à virus Ebola était de 9216 cas (Guinée, Libéria, Nigéria, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, Espagne, et les Etats-Unis d’Amérique) dont 4555 décès.

Selon l’OMS et à cette date 125 contacts potentiels sont actuellement suivis aux Etats-Unis où 3 cas ont été confirmés. En Espagne ce sont 72 personnes à risques très élevés qui sont suivis à ce jour.

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World + 51 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 15 - 21 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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Liberia + 5 others
Ebola no longer ‘localized emergency,’ UN health officials tell regional summit in Cuba

Report
UN News Service

20 October 2014 – Ebola is no longer a localized public health emergency, top UN officials said in Havana today as they commended Cuba for sending doctors and nurses to the affected countries in West Africa, and addressed regional leaders gathering to discuss ways to resolve the emergency and halt spread of the virus to regional States.

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Mali + 10 others
Regional Snapshot West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Recurring food insecurity and acute malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and complex emergencies have presented significant challenges to the vulnerable populations of the West Africa region. Complex emergencies and food insecurity constituted the primary concerns in West Africa during FY 2014.
USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) maintains a permanent regional presence in Dakar, Senegal.

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World + 9 others
Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa Staying the Course, October 2014

Strong Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, but Pockets of Difficulty

  • Infrastructure, services, agriculture driving growth in most economies
  • Positive outlook overshadowed by Ebola impact in affected countries
  • Goals are high, inclusive growth and addressing fiscal risks in a few countries

Strong growth in the majority of sub-Saharan Africa’s economies should underpin a robust regional expansion in 2014 and 2015, the IMF said in its regional outlook.

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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UNFPA welcomes agreement on Chibok girls’ release

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes news of a ceasefire agreement that is expected to lead to the release of more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from the north-eastern Nigerian town of Chibok—the Chibok Girls. These girls have languished in captivity long enough, and it is high time they are returned to their families, communities and schools.

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Nigeria is now free of Ebola virus transmission

Existing polio strategies were immediately repurposed by health officials to raise awareness and to conduct Ebola case-finding and contact-tracing.

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World + 5 others
Ebola : fin de l'épidémie au Nigeria, les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse

lundi 20/10/2014 - 10:37 GMT

par Alix RIJCKAERT / avec Ola AWONIYI à Abuja

Le Nigeria est parvenu lundi à se débarrasser d'Ebola, au moment où les Européens veulent "muscler" leur réponse à l'épidémie qui sévit en Afrique de l'Ouest, en mettant sur pied des rapatriements d'urgence pour les travailleurs humanitaires.

L'Organisation mondiale de la santé a déclaré la fin officielle de l'épidémie au Nigeria, pays le plus peuplé d'Afrique, lundi, au terme d'une période de 42 jours --soit deux périodes d'incubation de 21 jours-- depuis la confirmation du dernier cas.

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World + 31 others
IOM Humanitarian Compendium 2014 - Revised Requirements

IOM’s updated Humanitarian Compendium is now available in a new online platform: http://humanitariancompendium.iom.int/. The Humanitarian Compendium charts the humanitarian needs and strategic priorities of IOM in more than 30 countries for 2014, as coordinated at the inter-agency level, and reflected in Inter-Agency Response Plans and IOM Appeals. The Humanitarian Compendium will be updated on a rolling basis to reflect changes in requirements and funding received.

International Organization for Migration:

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Ceasefire doubts after attacks reported in Nigeria

Sunday 10/19/2014 - 21:08 GMT

UPDATES WITH REPORTED ATTACKS IN DAMBOA, SABON GIDA

Nigerian military and intelligence officials raised doubts on Sunday about the validity of a ceasefire with Boko Haram, with reports of fresh attacks and fighting in the country's northeast.

The chief of defence staff and a senior presidential aide announced on Friday that agreement had been reached to end hostilities and secure the possible release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls.

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Nigeria + 3 others
La poursuite des violences au Nigéria continue de générer des déplacements de populations vers les pays voisins

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 17 octobre 2014 au Palais des Nations à Genève.

Des groupes d'insurgés intensifient leur campagne de rébellion et de terreur au nord-est du Nigéria dans les États d'Adamaoua, de Borno et de Yobe. De ce fait, des réfugiés nigérians traversent la frontière vers le nord du Cameroun, le Niger et le Tchad. Ces deux derniers mois, le nombre de nouveaux arrivants a particulièrement augmenté.

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Cameroon + 2 others
2014-2016 Plan de réponse stratégique Cameroun (Revisé juillet 2014)

RÉSUMÉ

Objectifs stratégiques

  1. Recueillir les données sur les risques et les vulnérabilités, les analyser et intégrer les résultats dans la programmation humanitaire et de développement.

  2. Soutenir les populations vulnérables à mieux faire face aux chocs en répondant aux signaux d’alerte de manière anticipée, réduisant la durée du relèvement post-crise et renforçant les capacités des acteurs nationaux.

  3. Fournir aux personnes en situation d’urgence une assistance coordonnée et intégrée, nécessaire à leur survie

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Cameroon + 1 other
L’aide aux réfugiés de Boko Haram à Fotokol

« Je suis le seul missionnaire qui se rend dans ces régions frontalières ; je me rend compte que les besoins sont énormes, notamment sur le plan alimentaire et sanitaire, et je sais que sans aide externe ils n’y arriveront pas ». Frère Fabio Mussi, du Conseil Pontifical Missions Étrangères (PIME) retournera à la fin du moins auprès des familles qui fuient Boko Haram.

Frère Mussi opère au service de la Caritas de Yagoua, un diocèse qui depuis le Cameroun du nord-est arrive jusqu’aux rives du Lac Tchad, la région dans laquelle le flux de réfugiés nigérians est le plus importants.

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Nigeria claims deal with Boko Haram on ceasefire, kidnapped girls

Abuja, Nigeria | AFP | Friday 10/17/2014 - 19:36 GMT

by Ola AWONIYI / with Ben SIMON in Lagos and Aminu ABUBAKAR in Kano

Nigeria on Friday claimed to have reached a deal with Boko Haram militants on a ceasefire and the release of more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls but doubts immediately surrounded the purported breakthrough.

Chief of Defence Staff Air Marshal Alex Badeh told senior military officials from Nigeria and Cameroon meeting in Abuja that a "ceasefire agreement" had been concluded between the government and the insurgents.

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Liberia + 7 others
WHO: Ebola Response Roadmap Situation Report - 17 October 2014

A total of 9216 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been reported in seven affected countries (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, and the United States of America) up to the end of 14 October. There have been 4555 deaths. A second EVD- negative sample was obtained from the single confirmed case in Senegal on 5 September (42 days ago). WHO officially declares the Ebola outbreak in Senegal over.

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World + 6 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review West Africa | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

In the past decade, chronic food insecurity and malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies have presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.