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23 May 2016 description

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.

22 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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

Operational Updates

08 Apr 2016 description
report Salesian Missions

(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.

21 Mar 2016 description

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.

10 Mar 2016 description

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

08 Mar 2016 description

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.

06 Mar 2016 description

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.

04 Mar 2016 description

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.

24 Feb 2016 description

Crisis overview

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.

Key findings

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).

23 Feb 2016 description

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.

19 Feb 2016 description

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.

19 Feb 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • 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.

12 Feb 2016 description

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.

11 Feb 2016 description

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.

10 Feb 2016 description
report African Union

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.

05 Feb 2016 description

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.

02 Feb 2016 description

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.

01 Feb 2016 description

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).

01 Dec 2015 description
report CRIN

This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.