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.
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.
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).
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.
Summary of WFP assistance:
WFP has been providing assistance to children enrolled in primary school, to orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV and vulnerable populations affected by emergencies such as floods, droughts, and the high food price crisis.
This MOP presents a detailed implementation plan to be implemented with FY 2016 funds in Benin. This document reviews the current status of malaria control policies and interventions, describes progress to date, identifies challenges and unmet needs, and describes planned activities under PMI.
An improved rice parboiling system – called GEM – combined with targeted training and the adoption of an innovation platform approach along the rice value chain, is starting to make a difference in the lives of more than 450 women rice parboilers in the Glazoué rice hub in central Benin. The technology is women-friendly, as it shortens the processing time, reduces drudgery and does not expose the women parboilers to heat burns.
2009 brought long rains to Benin leading to 43 of 77 communes (districts) reporting widespread flooding, resulting in the Government of Benin requesting United Nations (UN) assistance. Initial Government figures estimated that over 2,000 families had been displaced due to the floods.
MapAction was consequently deployed as part of a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team to provide GIS and mapping assistance.
DUBAI, 31st August, 2015 (WAM) -- Dar Al Ber Society, DABS, has inaugurated 29 charity projects at a cost of AED 2,732,000, in Benin and Togo as part of an eight-day official visit to the two African countries.
The DABS delegation comprised Abdul Kareem Jaafar, Manager of Projects Department at DABS, and Ali Abdullah Al Shehi, Manager of DABS in Ras al-Khaimah.
New projects have been agreed upon as well the development of the services being rendered by the society to the peoples of the two African countries, according to a top official.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI)
Malaria prevention and control is a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and PMI’s strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015–2020, the U.S. Government’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, toward the long-term goal of elimination.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Good crop harvest was gathered in 2014 in spite of erratic precipitation in parts of the country
Markets are well supplied and cereal prices have fallen significantly
However, about 51 000 people need urgent assistance
WASHINGTON, May 29, 2015 — The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a new US$40 million International Development Association (IDA)* credit for Benin to improve its infrastructure and minimize the negative impacts of the 2010 floods as well as increase the level of preparedness for any future flooding.
The Benin Country Strategy Document (CSD) 2014-2018 elaborated in close collaboration with national counterpart highlighted that WFP Benin’s overall objective is to support the Government of Benin to achieve the Zero Hunger Challenge. WFP will contribute to this objective through the promotion of three pillars: (i) Strengthen food security through livelihood assets promotion; (ii) Support human capital development and (iii) Reinforce national capacity for sustainable emergency preparedness and response. WFP is currently implementing a single development project of school feeding.
The World Bank is supporting Beninese municipalities as they work to improve sanitation conditions in the cities of Cotonou, Abomey-Calavi, Ouidah, Porto-Novo, and Sèmè-Podji.
These joint efforts will create better living conditions for 1,426,000 beneficiaries and will reduce by 30% the number of households vulnerable to flooding.
Benin’s local governments are also benefiting from training and technical assistance that will help boost disaster preparedness.
By Kwame Buist
OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.
Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
In February 2014, there was an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, which spread to Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone causing untold hardship and thousands of deaths in these countries. As of 27 February 2015, a total of 23,694 cases, and 9,589 deaths, which were attributed to the EVD, had been recorded across the most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Imagine working for months to feed, breed and raise catfish and tilapia and then watching half of your harvest slip away into the mud. Until recently, Kanli Farm in Tode, Benin was facing this frustration year after year.
Tode is an agricultural village in Azowlisse district, 30 kilometers from Benin’s capital, Porto Novo. Kanli Farm, owned by local entrepreneur Moise Gbenou in cooperation with a local non-governmental organization, produces trees, vegetables and animals including rabbits, chickens, fish and bees.