NASA has launched a hub in Niger that will use space-based observations to improve food security
By Nellie Peyton
DAKAR, July 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drive by NASA to stream climate data to West African nations using its earth-observing satellites could boost crop production in a region hit hard by climate change, experts say.
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Migration wreaks a heavy toll. The families of migrants who go missing have to live with not only the uncertainty about what happened to them, but also psychological, socio-economic and legal problems.
After researching the needs of these families, since 2015 the ICRC and the Senegalese Red Cross have been running a project offering psychosocial support to these families.
There are currently 195 families benefitting from support-group sessions, literacy classes, vocational training and funding to set up their own businesses.
Every year, some 287,000 women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries, where Handicap International is working to improve the health of women, mothers and children.
Due to a lack of information, problems accessing health centers, and unaffordable medical care, every day nearly 1,600 women and 10,000 newborn infants die as a result of preventable complications.
Commitments made at the World Humanitarian Summit are being transformed into an Action Plan.
Some 3.8 million people in the Lake Chad Basin are facing severe food insecurity in the current lean period.
Aid groups step up response to people in need across the Lake Chad Basin, where hunger and malnutrition are on the rise.
Heavy flooding triggered by torrential rains in Ghana, Chad and Niger.
Ebola outbreak is over in the three worst-hit West African countries.
By Camille Roch, 20 July 2016
Dialogue sessions with local communities on human rights are finding solutions to end double discrimination faced by women living with physical disabilities in Senegal.
A dozen women sit in front of the National Association for the Physically Handicapped (ANHM) in Thies, Senegal, after a dialogue session on discrimination.
Between January and May 2016, in the nine Sahelian countries, a total of 475,034 children under five suffering of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) have been admitted in nutrition program in order to receive treatment.
This represents almost 30% of the annual target set up at 1,622,289, and 12% of the annual estimated SAM Burden established at 3,821,948.
Since 2011, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with partners to increase equitable access to education for learners living in conflict and crisis-affected environments (USAID Education Strategy,
February 2011 Goal 3). The following document provides an analysis of the indicators used in Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (PMEPs) from 25 USAID Education projects1 implemented in 16 countries between 2007 and 2018.
9,531 migrants have been rescued in 2016 to date, as reported by the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG)
Regional Migrant Figures Update
The European Union is one of the largest contributors of humanitarian aid to the Sahel. As such, its assistance to this region has been reaffirmed and has reached over EUR 203 million so far in 2016. The funding will support the 1.2 million Sahelian people affected by food insecurity as well as the treatment of 550 000 children affected by severe acute malnutrition. This represents a quarter of all food security needs and 43% of child malnutrition care needs in the Sahel.
PROJECTED FOOD ASSISTANCE NEEDS FOR JANUARY 2017
Today the European Commission has announced over €145 million in humanitarian assistance for Africa's Sahel region in 2016 to address the basic needs of the populations, tackle malnutrition and provide food to the most vulnerable people.
Les flux migratoires font d'innombrables victimes. Pour les familles des migrants portés disparus, aux questionnements sur le sort de leurs proches s'ajoutent des problèmes psychologiques, socio-économiques et juridiques.
Suite à une enquête sur les besoins de ces familles, le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et la Croix-Rouge Sénégalaise ont mis en place un projet de soutien psychosocial pour ces familles en 2015 et 2016.
7735th Meeting (AM)
The Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) told the Security Council this morning that he was setting up a regional task force on the prevention of violent extremism in the region, as he appealed for greater efforts to counter the spread of terrorism and associated lawlessness.
Background and aims
In 2015, the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) sought to measure how well early recovery was integrated into each cluster, and in parallel, to advance understanding of the relative importance of early recovery principles and practices in humanitarian crises overall. In designing a methodology to undertake this analysis, two assumptions were made.
The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.
Slight relief to dryness possible over some parts of Guatemala and Honduras
Africa Weather Hazards
Above-average rain fell over the far western West Africa and many parts of the Sahel.
Abundant rain expected in western Ethiopia during the next week.