COTONOU, 5th February 2016 - After the identification of four cases of Lassa Fever, the Government backed up by WHO and UNICEF immediately started a response against the epidemic.
To date, 25 suspected cases among which 12 deaths have been notified. Among the deceased, four cases of Lassa Fever has been confirmed as positive. Two of them died and the other two are currently under treatment in quarantine isolation centres.
Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Tuesday 2/2/2016 - 19:09 GMT |
As the world ramps up its fight against the Zika virus, West Africa is battling to contain a growing outbreak of Lassa fever with nine people in Benin reported dead, a health official told AFP Tuesday.
"Right now, there are a total of 20 suspected cases with nine deaths," government health official Orou Bagou Yorou Chabi said.
Rome, 1 February 2016 – The Republic of Benin and the United Nations International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed an agreement today to finance the Market Gardening Development Support Project (PADMAR), an initiative that will create some 3,000 new jobs, particularly for young women and men, and improve food and nutrition security in 27 municipalities of seven departments in southern Benin (Atlantic, Couffo, Littoral, Mono, Ouémé, Plateau and Zou).
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.
Lake Chad basin
5 472 cases in the lake chad basin in which Nigeria on itself reported around 96% of total cases. By the end of 2015, Nigeria remained affected by cholera outbreak in Borno State.
On the contrary, Chad did not report any cholera case and managed to be vigilant, implementing cholera prevention activities in Mayo Kebbi.
There are eleven weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.
The WHO Executive Board is meeting this week, reviewing the report on polio eradication.
On 21 January, Syria passed two years without a reported case of polio despite the conflict which has affected the delivery of health services, including childhood vaccinations.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 567th meeting held on 14 January 2015, adopted the following decision on regional and international efforts to combat the Boko Haram terrorist group and on the way forward:
Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on regional and international efforts to combat the Boko Haram terrorist group and the way forward, and the statements made by Nigeria, Chad and Uganda, as well as the European Union (EU);
16 January 2016 – Welcoming positive political developments in West Africa, in particular the holding of peaceful elections in Nigeria, Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Côte-d'Ivoire, members of the UN Security Council stressed the importance of the upcoming elections in Niger, Benin, Cabo Verde, Ghana and The Gambia to be “free, fair, peaceful, inclusive and credible.”
RDC : Une situation préoccupante et potentiellement explosive particulièrement dans l’ex Katanga
In a letter dated 23 December 2013 (S/2013/759), the President of the Security Council informed me of the Council’s concurrence with my recommendation that the mandate of the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA) be extended until 31 December 2016, and requested that I report to the Council every six months on the implementation of the mandate.
Looking back at 2015 and ahead at 2016: a wrap-up of the year shows fewer cases in fewer places than ever before. The report on the status of polio eradication to WHO's Executive Board also summarizes the progress on the Polio Endgame Plan, and on Resolution WHA68.3, adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2015.
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Continuity of efforts on the provinces of Katanga and South Kivu.
Good agro-pastoral production is expected in West Africa and the Sahel.
Some localized fodder deficits in the pastoral zone of Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal and Chad may lead to an early pastoral lean period.
16 and 17 December 2015, Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria
1 Under the chairmanship of H.E. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal and current Chair of the Authority, the Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held their Forty-Eighth Ordinary Session on 16 and 17 December 2015 in Abuja, Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Session was followed by a ceremony to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the creation of the organization.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria was founded in 1975 with fifteen West African member states. Its mission is to promote economic integration in "all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters."
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