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Mali + 5 others
$5.3 million to Right To Play for Sport for Development

The Government of Canada is committed to sport and play as powerful tools to achieving health, education and conflict-resolution goals in developing countries.

To mark the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Canada announced today $5.3 million to Right To Play for the Advancing Health, Education and Development for Children and Youth (AHEAD) project in West and Francophone Africa.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Benin + 6 others
Africa West Coast Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) West Coast Regional Representation (WCRR) established in 2011 in Abidjan covers seven National Societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is established to coordinate and provide technical support to the developments of National Societies (NS) programmes, institutional capacity that will maximise the Red Cross impact in the region.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 09 2014

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At week 9 of the 2014 epidemic season, one LGA in Nigeria was in epidemic phase and four districts were in alert phase in Benin, Ghana and Chad:

  • Benin: The district of Tanguieta has remained in alert phase with an AR of 7.4 and the district of Cobly has crossed again the alert threshold with an AR of 7.3;

  • Ghana: The district of Jirapa has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 5.3;

  • Nigeria: The LGA of Aliero has crossed again the epidemic threshold with an AR of 11.9;

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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Mali + 9 others
Food security and humanitarian implications in West Africa and the Sahel, N°53 - February 2014

KEY POINTS

  • The food security situation is deteriorating in certain regions of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad due to an early start of the lean season

  • Results of the latest food security surveys in Senegal and Mauritania indicate a critical situation for poor households in the Zones-at-Risk

  • Since December 2013, cereal prices are relatively stable throughout the region but remain above their five year averages

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Mali + 15 others
West Africa Price Bulletin February 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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World + 3 others
Infographic: Expanding Access to Water to the Poor Through the Domestic Private Sector

Infographic
World Bank

Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation and at least 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. This causes thousands of children to die each day and hundreds of billions of dollars in global economic losses every year.

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World + 6 others
Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor

Report
World Bank

Developing country governments and the international development community are looking for ways to accelerate access to improved water and sanitation services beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. Countries do not have the capacity to meet the need for improved water supplies and sanitation services from public resources alone. These challenges present an opportunity for domestic enterprises in these growing markets. In fact, millions of poor and non-poor households rely on the private sector to meet their needs.

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Benin + 3 others
IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa

Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development

Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Nigeria.

Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.

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World + 2 others
Call for shake-up in Africa nutrition research

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IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 24 February 2014 (IRIN) - Rwanda has achieved remarkable success in reducing child hunger, and nutrition experts believe there may be lessons here for other countries in Africa.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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World + 1 other
Meningitis vaccine out of the cold

Report
IRIN

DAKAR, 20 February 2014 (IRIN) - A pilot meningitis A immunization campaign targeting more than 155,000 people in Benin with a vaccine that does not require constant refrigeration has demonstrated clear benefits, enabling wider reach, more efficient administration and potential cost reduction, researchers say.

Most vaccines must be kept cold, at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius, but the meningitis A vaccine known as MenAfriVac can be stored for up to four days at up to 40 degrees Celsius without any loss of potency, efficacy or safety.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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World + 1 other
Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa

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Voice of America

DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated - a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, and was found to be 100 percent effective during a trial study in Benin.

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Mali + 14 others
West African States and Ambassadors endorse move to scale up the regional peace and security architecture

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ECOWAS

A Joint Meeting of Regional Ambassadors accredited to ECOWAS and the Technical Committee on Political Affairs has ended in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, with additional recommendations for the operationalization and strengthening of the regional peace and security architecture, particularly rapid and effective diplomatic and military responses to serious emergency situations.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Benin 7-February-2014

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary estimates indicate above-average cereal production in 2013, despite erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Generally stable cereal prices from August 2013 following large increase in preceding months

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World + 8 others
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (February 6, 2014)

Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) continues to be a problem for many women in Africa. Prevalence of FGM/C among women age 15–49 has changed little in the last several years.

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World + 8 others
International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Report
European Union

Summary: 6 February 2014, Brussels - Millions of girls and women all over the world are still at risk of being subjected to FGM, and particularly in developing countries. The EU has repeatedly shown zero tolerance for this practice, and today we are proud to do it once again, louder than ever.

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Mali + 13 others
West Africa and the Sahel: Administrative Map (as of 03 Feb 2014)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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

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World + 11 others
FAO welcomes historic commitment to end hunger in Africa by 2025

Investing in agriculture, creating safety nets, guaranteeing the right of access to land and water resources and targeting small-holder farmers and young people will be key.

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Outbreak Bulletin - Vol. 3 Issue 11, 31 January 2014

A general overview of outbreaks that occurred within the WHO African Region between January and December 2013 is provided in this issue.

Overview of reported outbreaks in WHO African Region

Based on data received from the Event Management System (EMS)*, 72 public health events were reported to the Regional Office between January and December 2013, of which 89% (64 / 72) were due to infectious diseases; with cholera being the most frequently reported infectious event (33%). The distribution of these events is shown in figure 1 and 2 and table1.