Cotonou, Bénin | AFP | Thursday 11/27/2014 - 15:48 GMT
Eight people have died in the west African nation of Benin from an outbreak of Lassa fever, while 170 others have been placed under observation, officials said Thursday.
Fourteen suspected cases of the virus have been identified, with two confirmed and eight deaths in the small country bordering Nigeria, said a joint statement from the WHO, Benin's health ministry and UNICEF.
The outbreak has occurred in the north of the country of some nine million people.
BEREMBEKE (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) – Today is World Toilet Day. It may not be considered a polite dinner conversation topic, but ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities like latrines is one of the most important global public health issues. Thousands in the developing world, primarily children, die every day of preventable water-borne illnesses. People are forced to walk for miles to fetch potable water.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Preliminary estimates indicate a below-average cereal production in 2014, following erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Significant price declines registered in recent months.
Below-average 2014 cereal production expected to be offset by strong growth in root and tuber production
President Yayi recognizes Africare for significantly reducing malaria infections and deaths among children under five years old
COTONOU, BENIN (October 2, 2014) – Children across the West African nation of Benin sleep safer at night and live healthier because a modest pilot program to decrease malaria-related deaths directed by Africare, a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, delivered such outstanding results it was rapidly expanded to span the entire country.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Summary: CHF 193,944 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 September 2013 to support the Benin Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 7,000 beneficiaries.
Benin was affected by devastating flooding in September 2013 that displaced about 10,000 people in the municipalities of Malanville and Karimama districts. The Benin Red Cross Society (BRCS) targeted its assistance to the most affected population in the affected villages and some internal displaced persons (IDPs) in temporary camp sites established by the government of Benin.
08/07/2014 21:40 GMT
COTONOU, August 7, 2014 (AFP) - Benin said Thursday that it has placed two patients with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation and was waiting for test results to establish if the pair were infected with the deadly tropical disease.
Deputy chief of staff at the health ministry, Moufalilou Aboubakar, told journalists that the two patients were being treated as suspected cases of Ebola and that blood samples had been sent to foreign labs for conclusive results.
Inland valleys constitute an important but underutilized land type for food production in West Africa. In southern Benin, production in these valleys is limited by lack of appropriate water management and limited access to input and output markets. This lack of appropriate water management has been exacerbated by recent climate change manifested through more frequent floods and below average rainfall years that increase the frequency of crop failure that in turn diminishes the contribution of inland valleys to food security in West Africa and Benin in particular.
Summary: CHF 201,952 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 October 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 20,000 beneficiaries. A second allocation of CHF 39,902 was made on 21 November to assist 25,000 additional beneficiaries.
New report calls for concerted action to improve care standards for children in Africa
A newly published research report highlights how eight African countries have failed to implement UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children; lack of leadership, resources and information cited.
18 June 2014 - LILONGWE, MALAWI – Five years after the UN adopted the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, key aspects of the global standards have yet to be implemented, according to a report authored by policy experts and released today.
WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$6.4 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA*) to help Benin recover after heavy rains flooded the country in 2010. As a result of the flooding, 278 schools were flooded, and more than 50,000 houses were destroyed, leaving 150,000 people without shelter, according to the 2010 World Bank Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) document.
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.
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.
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
Period covered by this update: 9 October, 2013 – 31 January, 2014
Summary: CHF 201,952 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9 October 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 20,000 beneficiaries; a second allocation of CHF 39,902 was allocated on 21 November 2013 to assist 25,000 additional beneficiaries.
WASHINGTON, December 19, 2013 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved funding to help Benin fight widespread malnutrition that has seriously affected growth and cognitive development among young children, and accounted for half of the country’s under-five mortality rate.
Period covered by this update: 20 September to 28 November 2013.
Summary: CHF 193’944 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 September 2013 to support the Benin Red Cross National Society in delivering assistance to some 7’000 beneficiaries for 3 months.
The floods disaster that occurred in September displaced about 10,000 persons in the municipalities of Malanville and Karimama.The Benin Red Cross targeted its assistance to the most affected population in the affected villages and temporary camp sites.