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17 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

  • There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.

  • Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.

  • There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.

  • No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.

17 Dec 2014 description

PRINCIPAUX PROBLÈMES HUMANITAIRES

1.- Assistance alimentaire aux personnes en insécurité alimentaire
En octobre 2014, il est estimé que près de 2,6 millions de personnes sont en situation d’insécurité alimentaire, dont environ 448 000 sont en phase de crise, incapables de subvenir à leurs besoins. Entre janvier et mars 2015, le nombre de personnes en insécurité alimentaire pourrait augmenter à 2,86 millions avec plus de 927 000 personnes en phase de crise.

17 Dec 2014 description

PRIORITY NEEDS

Food insecurity

In December 2014, 19.8 million people in the Sahel are estimated to be food insecure, with at least 2.6 million having already crossed the emergency threshold and requiring urgent food assistance. Millions more are expected to see their food security deteriorate during the course of the 2015 lean season due to the exhaustion of stocks, pasture scarcity, food price variations, or livelihood erosion caused by recurrent crises.

Malnutrition

17 Dec 2014 description

Lessons from Senegal

By Janet Fleischman, Cathryn Streifel

DEC 16, 2014

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

15 Dec 2014 description

Highlights from this issue:

  • What can we learn from the missteps of providing corticosteroids for preterm delivery?

  • How should health systems in West Africa be strengthened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak?

  • How can behavior change activities increase contraceptive use in urban areas?

  • What role can drug shops play in family planning?

  • How do health care workers find the courage to care for Ebola patients?

12 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.

12 Dec 2014 description

L'ESSENTIEL

  • Les prévisions régionales de production agricole sont en hausse par rapport à la moyenne des cinq dernières années. Ce niveau de production cache des disparités d’un pays à l’autre.

  • Les prix des céréales sèches sont supérieurs aux moyennes quinquennales dans les zones de déficits agricoles et de conflit.

  • Selon le Cadre Harmonisé, 14 530 000 personnes sont en insécurité alimentaire (octobre – décembre 2014).

11 Dec 2014 description

Mais les conflits, Ebola et les conditions climatiques défavorables exacerbent l’insécurité alimentaire

11 décembre 2014, Rome – Les dernières indications confirment que la production céréalière mondiale devrait atteindre un niveau record de plus de 2,5 milliards de tonnes en 2014.

11 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World cereal production in 2014 is forecast to surpass last year’s record, boosting stocks to a 15-year high.

  • Maize export prices increased significantly in November supported by lower than previously expected yields of the 2014 crop in the United States of America. Wheat export prices strengthened in general, while rice quotations declined. Overall, however, cereal export prices persisted at levels below those of a year earlier, reflecting ample global supplies.

11 Dec 2014 description

Conflict, Ebola and adverse weather exacerbate local food insecurity

11 December 2014, Rome - Latest indications confirm that world cereal production will reach an all-time record of more than 2.5 billion tonnes in 2014.

Buoyed by bumper crops in Europe and a record maize output in the United States of America, this year's cereal output should reach 2.532 billion tonnes, including rice in milled terms, or 0.3% higher than 2013, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation Report.

10 Dec 2014 description

Highlights

· There have been 17 942 reported cases of Ebola virus disease (EVD), with 6388 reported deaths.

· Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guinea, decreasing in Liberia, and may be increasing or stable in Sierra Leone.

· Sierra Leone now has the highest total number of reported cases of the three intense-transmission countries, with 7897 cases reported to date.

10 Dec 2014 description

KEY POINTS

  • In a technical meeting in Liberia organized by President Johnson Sirleaf, participants agreed on a Strategic Framework on Cross-Border Collaboration.

  • ECOWAS Chiefs of Defence Staff have pledged to deploy 192 medical personnel to the most affected countries in the coming six months.

  • 17,800 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been reported in the three most affected countries, where there have been 6,331 reported deaths.

09 Dec 2014 description

Mballa, a village of just under 1,000 inhabitants in northern Senegal, began sometime in the distant past as a simple encampment frequented by nomadic Fulani herders and farmers. Its original permanent inhabitants were primarily from the Sowonabé group of Fulani, whose members held the status of “nobles” while other ethnic groups served them as laborers.

09 Dec 2014 description

Regional Outbreak

For more information on the Ebola crisis in West Africa, visit the ACAPS Ebola Needs Analysis Project page.

  • Reported Cases: The total cumulative number of reported cases across the region has reached 17,800, including 6,331 deaths (Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone each reported over 3-6 December) (WHO, 08/12/2014).

  • Mali: As of 3 December, eight cases, including six facilities, have been reported in Mali (WHO, 03/12/2014).

09 Dec 2014 description

Dakar, Sénégal | AFP | mardi 09/12/2014 - 13:41 GMT

Les autorités sénégalaises ont lancé des avertissements pour prévenir toute contagion par le virus Ebola, présent en Guinée voisine, à l'occasion jeudi du grand pèlerinage de Touba, ville sainte de la confrérie musulmane des mourides, où sont attendus des millions de fidèles.