In May, WFP Benin assisted 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls. The food basket was composed of cereals (maize and rice), beans, vegetable oil and salt).
Outcomes of the UN joint project against malnutrition study revealed that the rate of acute malnutrition is 15.1 percent in Karimama district. If confirmed by the Rapid Assessment, WFP Benin will need funding support to respond to this alarming situation.
On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Benin notified WHO of an outbreak of Lassa fever (see DON published on 19 February).
On 23 May 2016, the Ministry of Health of Benin declared the end of the outbreak. The announcement came 42 days after the detection of the last Lassa fever case in the country (10 April 2016).
COTONOU, June 11 (Reuters) - Benin stepped up security patrols and roadblocks and increased border security on Saturday in the face of a threat from Islamist militants, the army chief of staff and a senior security official said.
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WFP Benin received a delegation from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) on the ground to support the country office to mainstream gender based on field experience.
Four community-based participatory planning have been conducted with the support of Cooperating Partners (CP) to identify the assets to be developed by the targeted communities through the cash for asset component of the country programme.
By Arnaud Zannou
In Benin, 800,000 people now have access to early weather warnings, thanks to the establishment of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) supported through the UNDP Climate Information and Early Warning Systems Project.
The country issued early warnings for flooding through a multi-agency committee in 2014 and 2015, using manual monitoring of river levels, data processing and information analysis. The country has also adopted a Standard Operating Procedure for the diffusion of alerts through the National Disaster Management Agency.
Limited funding will force WFP to reduce nutrition support to vulnerable people during the lean period, if new contributions are not received soon.
Since the beginning of the year, WFP Benin assisted about 100,000 school children including 45,000 girls with school meals.
Local NGO’s have been selected and trained to implement the Cash Assistance For Activities in the district of Malanville starting from April 2016
(MissionNewswire) In February 2016, volunteers from the Spanish nonprofit Ayuda Contenedores (Help Containers) and the Salesian-run Youth and Development Center joined together in Pamplona, Spain to load a food container that will be sent to Benin. The container carries 23,000 kilos of non-perishable food which was collected through a Food for Benin campaign run by several Salesian organizations in the city of Pamplona and its surrounding towns and communities.
Cotonou, Benin | AFP | 3/21/2016 - 04:00
by Benjamin AGON
Businessman Patrice Talon won the second round of Benin's presidential election on Sunday, his adversary and incumbent Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou told AFP before the release of official results.
"The provisional results point to a decisive victory for Patrice Talon," Zinsou told AFP by telephone. "The difference is significant, (Talon's) electorial victory is certain.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Above-average harvest gathered in 2015 in spite of erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Cereal prices have been mostly stable in recent months, but still significantly above previous year’s levels
About 115 000 people in need of urgent assistance for food
Above-average harvest gathered in 2015
Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Tuesday 3/8/2016 - 13:16 GMT
by Benjamin AGON
Benin's presidential election looks set to be a second-round run-off between Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou and businessman Patrice Talon, the country's electoral commission indicated on Tuesday.
Zinsou won 28.4 percent of votes in Sunday's first round, with Talon on 24.8 percent of ballots and business leader Sebastien Ajavon third with 23.03 percent in a record field of 33 candidates.
Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Sunday 3/6/2016 - 08:25 GMT
by Cecile de Comarmond and Benjamin Agon
Benin went to the polls Sunday to choose a new president from a record field of 33 candidates but with concerns about the distribution of voters' cards that already forced a two-week delay.
Polling began at 0600 GMT in the tiny West African nation, with international observers assessing the atmosphere as "very calm and very relaxed". Voting was due to end nine hours later.
Cotonou, Benin | AFP | Friday 3/4/2016 - 15:17 GMT
by Cecile DE COMARMOND
A record 33 candidates are standing in Benin's presidential election on Sunday, with five considered favourites, including a former premier and two of the country's most powerful businessmen.
High youth unemployment, corruption and education are all expected to be key issues in what analysts have called the country's most unpredictable election since the arrival of multi-party democracy in the country in 1990.
As of 19 February, 72 cases of Lassa fever and 27 deaths had been reported from eight departments. Most cases and deaths have occurred in Borgou, towards the northeast of the country.
Anticipated scope and scale
Lassa fever is endemic to Benin, but this year’s outbreak is more widespread, affecting eight out of 12 departments and including 72 cases (of which six are confirmed). The case fatality rate (CFR) is 33% (27 reported deaths).
Almost 5 million Beninese are expected at the polls on 6 March 2016 for the first round of the presidential elections. 32 candidates, including two women, are running to succeed current President Boni Yayi.
“Benin has cemented its reputation as a country willing to undertake peaceful transitions,” said Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, during his recent visit to Benin.
Lassa Fever – Benin
Disease outbreak news
19 February 2016
On 25 January 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Benin notified WHO of an outbreak of Lassa fever.
The outbreak was initially detected on 21 January following reports of unexplained fever within a cluster of health workers from the district of Tchaourou, Borgou department. On 3 January, these health workers provided care to a patient suffering from haemorrhagic fever.
UNICEF Benin is scaling up its emergency response to the ongoing Lassa Fever outbreak.
As of 19 February 2016, there have been 72 cases (6 confirmed, 12 probable and 54 suspected cases), and 27 people have died (CFR 33%). As of 19 February, 479 case contacts have been identified and 478 are under 21- day surveillance.
No new suspect cases were recorded and no new case contacts were reported on 19 February.
Summary of WFP assistance: WFP has been providing assistance to children enrolled in primary school, orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV and vulnerable populations affected by emergencies such as floods, droughts, and the high food price crisis.
COTONOU, Benin, 10 February 2016 – Alarmed by an outbreak of deadly Lassa Fever, UNICEF and World Health Organization officials in Benin are scaling up an emergency response to help prevent further spread of the disease.
Addis Ababa, 8 February 2016: Following an invitation from the Government of the Republic of Benin, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Her Excellency Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has approved the deployment of an African Union Short-Term Election Observation (STO) Mission to the Republic of Benin’s Presidential Election scheduled for 28 February 2016.