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Central African Republic Situation Report No. 22 (as of 23 April 2014)

Food distributions and medical, nutrition, NFI and WASH support are provided through an emergency allocation of US250,000 from the Common Humanitarian Fund.

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Update on polio in central Africa - polio confirmed in Equatorial Guinea, linked to outbreak in Cameroon (17 Apr 2014)

17 APRIL 2014 - In Equatorial Guinea, three new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases have been reported on 14 April 2014, the first polio in the country since 1999. Genetic sequencing indicates these cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon which has subsequently been detected in Equatorial Guinea. The cases had onset of paralysis on 28 January 2014, 19 January 2014 and 24 March 2014, from Centro Sur, Bioko Norte and Litoral.

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West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 14 - 22 April 2014

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (CAR)
MUSLIMS BLOCKED FROM FLEEING TO CAMEROON; 540 FLEE TO CHAD
UN reports that armed militias are blocking the main roads used by Muslim civilians fleeing CAR for Cameroon, and attacking evacuees; an estimated 14,000 Muslims remain trapped in Boda, surrounded by anti-Balaka armed groups threatening the minority population; 540 Muslims previously trapped in Bossangoa were relocated to Chad through an inter-agency organized escorted convoy.

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Central African Crisis: Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 22 April 2014)

The security situation throughout the country remains volatile. Inter-community attacks continue, notably against Muslim communities, driving-up the number of refugees and evacuees fleeing to Chad, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, and the DRC. Grave protection concerns remain in the capital and the provinces.

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World + 8 others
World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence to Help Transform Science, Technology, and Higher Education in Africa

Report
World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.

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WFP West Africa Newsletter April 2014

A FORGOTTEN CRISIS IN THE SAHEL

WFP is concerned that a lack of funds could compromise efforts to support households in the Sahel, where many are still recovering from the crisis in 2012.

DAKAR- Two years ago, when the Sahel endured one of the most serious food crises in its history, we all stepped up. Humanitarian organizations provided vital support to populations in crisis, thanks to the extraordinary mobilization of governments, partners on the ground, and the international community, who listened and responded quickly to our appeal.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 13 2014

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At week 13 of the 2014 epidemic season, two LGAs in Nigeria have crossed the epidemic threshold, and in the other counties, six districts have surpassed the alert threshold:

• Burkina Faso: Nanoro remains in alert with an AR of 7.6;

• Cameroon: Mbengwi has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 7.1 • Gambia: Jarra West crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 7.0 • Ghana: Yendi and Wa have crossed the alert threshold with the following AR: 5.7 and 5.2.

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Mali + 8 others
Sahel Crisis 2014: Funding Status as of 15 April 2014

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Central African Republic Situation Report No. 21 (as of 16 April 2014)

The new sites host 10,000 people, raising the number of IDPs in Bangui to 219,000. Due to insecurity, shelter assessments cannot be carried out in some neighbourhoods.

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Chad + 3 others
Millions of children to be vaccinated against polio in Chad

By Nadim Boughanmi

N’Djamena, 16th April 2014 – This year’s second national immunization campaign against polio was launched Friday in the capital city of N’Djamena by Chadian health authorities, alongside representatives of lead UN operating agencies UNICEF and WHO. International funding partners such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were also present at the launch.

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Chad + 4 others
Central African Republic Regional Response Plan January - December 2014

This regional inter-agency appeal aims at mobilizing the emergency response for the influx of refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) since December 2013 to the Republics of Cameroon and Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo (RoC).
Immediate priorities to support the preservation of lives include the provision of food, individual and family protection, health and nutrition, water and sanitation and shelter.

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Cameroon + 3 others
Fears in Cameroon of Boko Haram recruitment

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IRIN

Nigeria’s extremist Islamist group Boko Haram are believed to be actively recruiting fighters across the border in Cameroon’s Far North Region, according to residents and local government officials.

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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UNHCR and partners seeking $US274 million to meet acute needs of those fleeing the Central African Republic

Nearly 200,000 Central Africans, third country nationals and returnees who escaped violence in CAR over the past four months are struggling to restart their lives in Cameroon, Chad, DRC and Congo.

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Chad + 4 others
IOM targets returnees to neighbouring countries in CAR Regional Response Plan

Armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) is causing massive human displacement and neighbouring countries with limited resources are carrying an increasingly heavy financial burden.

Tens of thousands of CAR Muslims, migrants and returnees fleeing armed groups continue to pour into Chad, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo (RoC). An estimated 200,000 have already fled CAR.

International Organization for Migration:

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Cameroon + 2 others
UNICEF Cameroon Humanitarian Situation Report, March 31, 2014

Highlights

UNICEF continues to be engaged in providing humanitarian response in four regions of Cameroon – Far North, North, Adamoua and East – which have been facing recurring emergencies such as increased food insecurity after the dry season, widespread epidemics like Cholera and Meningitis, and floods), and the continued influx of refugees from CAR and Nigeria.

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Nigeria + 6 others
West and Central Africa Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot, 8– 14 April 2014

CAMEROON
7,000 NEW ARRIVALS FROM CAR
The influx of refugees from CAR continues with some 7,000 arrivals since the previous week. The number of entry points increased following violence near the former main crossings at Garoua Boulai and Kenzou. Many refugees arrive exhausted and with injuries. In 2014, Cameroon has received almost 70,000 CAR refugees.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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