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ECOWAS emergency disaster management experts meet in Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO).

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Mauritania launches food bank

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – About 100 activists from civil society organisations, the government and development partners on Wednesday launched a food bank in Mauritania.

“The objective of the setting up of the food bank is to ensure food supply for the most needy all year long and exclusively through the intervention of recognised charity organizations and transparency of the network of donors," said Isselmou Ould Hanefi, deputy governor of the food bank, who is also chairman of the Alliance Against Hunger in Mauritania (ACFM).

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Tanzania tackles counterfeit ARVs in medical supply chain

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Health authorities in Tanzania have started grappling with counterfeit anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) that find their way into the official medical supplies chain on which most of the country’s HIV/AIDS patients depend.

Demonstrating the government’s seriousness about the issue, Health and Social Welfare Minister Hussein Mwinyi has announced suspension of the Medical Stores Department (MSD) boss and two senior quality control officers.

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Senegalese rally around flood victims

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The people of Senegal have come together in solidarity with the victims of the massive flooding in the country, which left at least nine dead and caused extensive damage.

In response to a call by President Macky Sall, many Senegalese have been donating funds in support of the state efforts to ameliorate the effect of the tragedy.

The Caliph General of the Murids (one of the major Muslim brotherhoods of Senegal), Cheikh Sidy Makhtar Mbacké, has donated FCFA 1 billion (US$2,000,000) as a contribution to the state’s effort in the field of sanitation.

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Terrorist attacks in Nigeria may constitute crimes against humanity - ICC

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The terrorist attacks by Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram may constitute crimes against humanity, according to the new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda.

Speaking after a meeting with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in the capital city of Abuja on Tuesday, Ms. Bensouda said while the court had not launched any investigation into the attacks, it had carried out preliminary investigations on them.

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