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03 Aug 2015 description

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.

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04 Jun 2015 description

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

03 Jun 2015 description
report World Bank

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.

14 May 2015 description

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.

06 May 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

20 Mar 2015 description

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.

13 Feb 2015 description

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.

27 Nov 2014 description

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.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Africare

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.

17 Nov 2014 description

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

08 Oct 2014 description
report Africare

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.

27 Aug 2014 description
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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 Aug 2014 description

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.

07 Aug 2014 description

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.