- OCHA West and Central Africa: Humanitarian Bulletin November 2014 EN/FR
- FEWS NET Food Security Alert, 3 Dec 2014 EN/FR
- Press Release on the Preliminary results of the 2014 - 2015 Cropping Season in the Sahel and West Africa
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Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.
Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue
19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
DÉCLARATION DE NOUAKCOTT
Nouakchott, Mauritania | AFP | Thursday 12/18/2014 - 14:19 GMT
A summit on security in the sub-Saharan Sahel region of Africa, where armed Islamic extremists linked to al-Qaeda are active, opened Thursday in Mauritania, attended by five heads of state.
The meeting was part of the "Nouakchott Process", named for an initiative launched in Mauritania's capital in March 2013 to boost security cooperation among 11 participating states.
Nouakchott, Mauritanie | AFP | jeudi 18/12/2014 - 18:57 GMT
Onze pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Sahel ont appelé jeudi à la mobilisation continentale et internationale pour stabiliser la Libye, lors d'un sommet régional à Nouakchott.
"L'UA, le Processus de Nouakchott, tout le monde va se mobiliser pour offrir l'aide nécessaire aux frères en Libye", a déclaré aux journalistes le commissaire de l'UA (Union africaine) à la paix et à la sécurité, Smaïl Chergui.
Los proyectos apoyarán los Sistemas Nacionales de Protección Social en los países de África Occidental, priorizando las intervenciones en la región del Sahel y en las poblaciones más afectadas por el virus del Ébola
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JUNE 2015
There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.
Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.
There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.
No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.
PRINCIPAUX PROBLÈMES HUMANITAIRES
1.- Assistance alimentaire aux personnes en insécurité alimentaire
En octobre 2014, il est estimé que près de 2,6 millions de personnes sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire, dont environ 448 000 sont en phase de crise, incapables de subvenir à leurs besoins. Entre janvier et mars 2015, le nombre de personnes en insécurité alimentaire pourrait augmenter à 2,86 millions avec plus de 927 000 personnes en phase de crise.
In December 2014, 19.8 million people in the Sahel are estimated to be food insecure, with at least 2.6 million having already crossed the emergency threshold and requiring urgent food assistance. Millions more are expected to see their food security deteriorate during the course of the 2015 lean season due to the exhaustion of stocks, pasture scarcity, food price variations, or livelihood erosion caused by recurrent crises.
Lessons from Senegal
By Janet Fleischman, Cathryn Streifel
DEC 16, 2014
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.
Highlights from this issue:
What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?
How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?
How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?
What role can drug shops play in family planning?
How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?