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Benin waiting for test results on two possible Ebola cases

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.

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Sustainable Farmland Management in the Context of Climate Change in Inland Valleys of Southern Benin

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.

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Benin: Cholera outbreak (MDRBJ013), DREF final report

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.

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Benin + 7 others
Drumming Together For Change: A child's right to quality care in Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

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WB Helps Benin Rebuild Infrastructure and Prepare Crisis Management Plans after Flooding

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World Bank

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.

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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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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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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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Benin: Cholera outbreak (MDRBJ013), DREF Operation update No. 2

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.

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World Bank to Help Benin Fight Widespread Malnutrition among Mothers and Children

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World Bank

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.

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Benin: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBJ012 Update No.1

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.

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Benin: Cholera outbreak (MDRBJ013), DREF Operation update No. 1

The Benin Red Cross Society and IFRC have expanded the response operation to Cotonou municipality, which is currently registering the highest number of cholera cases.

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Too many child victims of abuse, violence and exploitation, warns UN expert

COTONOU (8 November 2013) – UN Special Rapporteur Najat Maalla M’jid on Friday urged the Government of Benin to make the protection of children a priority in its political agenda, after a visit to the country revealed that violence and exploitation of children is tolerated, even justified in many instances, and perpetrators largely enjoy impunity.

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Emergency programme in Benin kick starts farm production after floods

The FAO chief voiced hope that Benin, which has vast agricultural potential and water resources, could become the home of a regional food reserve that can offset shortfalls where production is weaker, such as in the arid Sahel.

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Summary of CRS’ Global Fund Malaria Portfolio

To date, CRS has been awarded over $130 million through 41 grants in 26 countries across seven of the eight Global Fund regions, including both Principal Recipient (PR) and Sub Recipient (SR) grants. According to the disease area, 23 of these grants were for HIV, 14 were for malaria, 3 were for TB, and one was for HSS. CRS is currently managing 17 grants, including six as Principal Recipient, in 14 countries with a total program value of approximately $88 million.

The main objectives of CRS’ current Principal Recipient grants in malaria are:

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USAID helps improve cotton farmers’ incomes and food security

Cotonou, Benin - After seven years, the USAID West African Cotton Improvement Program (WACIP) has successfully completed its activities to reduce poverty and hunger by helping increase both cotton farmers' incomes and the added value of cotton processed by artisans and ginners. The program, implemented by the International Fertilizer Development Center, supported the cotton sectors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad and Mali, commonly known as the C-4 countries, plus Senegal.

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ECOWAS youth to graduate from integrated agriculture training in Port Novo

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ECOWAS

Some Eighty-three young men and women, ages 18-35 from ECOWAS forteen Member States will round-off a one month intensive training in integrated agriculture entrepreneurship at the Songhai Centre, Porto Novo, Benin Republic, on 29th October 2013, under the youth capacity building programme of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Benin 24-October-2013

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Harvest prospects are uncertain due to irregular rains during 2013 cropping season
  • Cereal market affected by reduced supplies and insecurity in Nigeria
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In Benin, Grandmothers Lead the Fight against Malnutrition

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World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
- Benin currently confronts a high rate of chronic malnutrition among children under age five
- The government’s Community Nutrition Education Project seeks to combat this scourge
- In the hardest-hit communities, grandmothers have been mobilized to lead the effort