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24 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 – The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$23.2 credit and US$11.6 grant for women and adolescent girls’ empowerment to expand their access to reproductive, child, and maternal health services in Burkina Faso. It will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs.

24 Apr 2015 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2015 - The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors approved today a US$500 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit to significantly improve maternal, child, and nutrition health services for women and children.

23 Apr 2015 description

OUAGADOUGOU - A ceremony to mark a contribution of dates donated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) was held at the Saudi Embassy here on 16 March.

In attendance were Ben Yahya Ibrahim Khoudair, Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Ministry of Finance, Dr. Dahir Mootish Alenaze, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Burkina Faso and Jean-Charles Dei, WFP Country Director in Burkina Faso.

23 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nigeria: Assessments were carried out by IOM’s psychosocial support team in an effort to support the development of a referral pathway in Adamawa.

  • Chad: 2,010 returnees have been registered to date.

  • Niger: 1,500 transitional shelter kits were received for upcoming distribution.

  • Cameroon: Streamlining of displacement data collection approach in consultation with UNHCR.

23 Apr 2015 description

The Lake Chad region is suffering a humanitarian crisis. Over a million of people have fled the conflict and are currently living under difficult conditions inside Nigeria. Others have moved to Niger, Chad or Cameroon and are in an equally dire situation. The International Committee of the Red Cross is appealing for extra funds so that it can help these people.

23 Apr 2015 description

CAMEROON

19 KILLED IN BOKO HARAM ATTACK

At least 19 people were killed when Boko Haram gunmen raided Bia village in Cameroon’s Far North Region on the night of 16 April. Many of the victims were reportedly beheaded during the attack on the village located on the shores of Lake Chad. The insurgents have carried out several attacks on Cameroonian territory.

Such cross-border raids prompted Nigeria’s neighbours earlier this year to revamp a regional counter-insurgency force that has driven Boko Haram out of several towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria.

22 Apr 2015 description
report Fund for Peace

By Patricia Taft*

The following report summarizes the main findings from data collection and analysis for the November 2014 to January 2015 period.

The number of overall incidents and fatalities reported in 2014 across the eight target states shows the highest levels of violence since 2009. While types of violence vary across states and time periods, the North East remains the most violent region, led by Borno State.

22 Apr 2015 description
report Voice of America

Niger's prime minister on Tuesday ordered all schools around the capital, Niamey, closed until Monday and called for children between 2 and 15 to be vaccinated against meningitis, a potentially fatal disease.

More than 900 cases of the disease have been diagnosed since January, resulting in 85 deaths.

Prime Minister Brigi Rafini said the country needed more than 1 million doses of meningitis vaccine but had only about half that many. He appealed to Niger's allies and the World Health Organization to help make up the shortage.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description

Faits saillants

  • La finalisation du plan de réponse pour 50 000 personnes déplacées dans la région de Diffa à la suite des évènements du 6 février 2015 est en cours.

  • Un retour timide des personnes déplacées de Bosso a été constaté en avril.

  • Les récentes explosions de mines constituent un risque de protection pour les populations.

  • Malgré l’accalmie observée dans la région, de nombreuses écoles restent fermées.

21 Apr 2015 description
report European Union

Council conclusions on the Sahel Regional Action Plan 2015-2020

20 Apr 2015 description

Principaux défis par secteurs

WASH

  • Accès à l'eau : standard non atteint

  • Assainissement : Le rythme de construction des infrastructures d’assainissement ne suit pas l’augmentation de la population

Réponses

  • Essais de pompage en cours sur 10 nouveaux points forés (HCR)

  • Public Concern finalise la construction de 66 latrines

  • MSF finalise la construction de 10 tranchées de défécation

20 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed all ministries, agencies and extra-ministerial departments to prepare their handover briefs ahead of the May 29 inauguration of President Buhari. UNHCR is positioning itself to acclimate to the new administration and continue its work in harmony with relevant governmental departments.

  • Some IDPs in Nigeria have reportedly returned to their areas of origin. Others have expressed their willingness to return, stating that the only impediment is lack of assistance.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

In 2015, UNICEF continued to support 30,659 refugees, including 16,939 children, to access education, WASH, health, nutrition and protection services in and around two refugee camps in the Sahel region (Goudebou and Mentao).

  • Routine vaccination has continued throughout for children in the Malian refugee camps.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

PROTECTION
MARIAGE DES ENFANTS
ENGAGEMENT AU PLUS HAUT SOMMET DE L’ETAT
LE TCHAD S’ENGAGE POUR ZERO CAS DE MARIAGE DES ENFANTS D’ICI 2020

17 Apr 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USD$ 28 million allocated from UN Central Emergency Fund to assist people affected by Boko Haram’s insurgency.

  • Boko Haram, insecurity exert misery in Cameroon’s Far North Region.

  • Millions of people in Ebola-affected countries risk serious food shortages during the June-August lean season.

  • Significant drop in EVD cases recorded in March.

17 Apr 2015 description

Welcome to the April issue of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project’s (ACLED) Conflict Trends report. Each month, ACLED researchers gather, analyse and publish data on political violence in Africa in realtime. Weekly updates to realtime conflict event data are published through our research partners at Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) and also on the ACLED website.

17 Apr 2015 description

On Wednesday, a suicide bomber attacked a camp of the United Nations mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in the outskirts of Ansongo town, killing three civilians – two children and one adult – and wounding 16 people, most of them UN peacekeepers. A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team was immediately deployed to the area and referred five wounded children to the Ansongo referral hospital, where the organisation has been working since 2012.

16 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Although Mali has been declared Ebola free on January 18th, 2015, UNICEF has continued advocating on the importance of prevention efforts, especially in the neighboring districts with Guinea where new cases have been recently confirmed. Social mobilization, together with WASH interventions and reinforcement of the health systems will be of paramount importance also to counter the spreading of other epidemics in the future.