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19 Dec 2014 description

Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue

19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.

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

Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2014. Over 20 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 149th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to nearly US$260m will support the following projects:

Armenia

15 Dec 2014 description

The current situation and the SDC’s commitment

  • The situation in the three worst affected countries - Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea - remains critical. The epidemic is not only having a severe impact on the entire healthcare system of the countries affected but also has serious implications for security, food supplies and the overall economic situation.

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.

11 Dec 2014 description

GENEVE / LOMÉ (11 Décembre 2014) – Le Sous-Comité pour la prévention de la torture et autres peines ou traitements cruels, inhumains ou dégradants (SPT) des Nations Unies appelle le Togo à prendre des mesures pratiques et immédiates pour améliorer les conditions de détention. « En ratifiant le Protocole facultatif à la Convention contre la torture en 2010, le Togo s’est donné l’opportunité de renforcer la protection des personnes privées de leur liberté contre la torture et les mauvais traitements », - a dit Fortuné Gaétan Zongo, chef de la délégation du SPT qui vient de conclure une …

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

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Les taux d’infection d’Ebola ralentissent au Liberia et se stabilisent en Guinée mais continuent d’augmenter en Sierra Leone. De nouveaux cas enregistrés dans la capitale du Mali, Bamako.

  • 700 000 PDI enregistrés au nordest du Nigeria, dans les états d’Adamawa, Borno, et Yobe.

  • En trois jours consécutifs, près de 15 000 personnes fuient le Nigeria pour se réfugier à Diffa, Niger, suite à l’attaque d’une ville à la frontière.

09 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ebola infection rates slowing down in Liberia, leveling-off in Guinea, increasing in Sierra Leone. New cases reported in the Malian capital, Bamako.

  • 700,000 IDPs registered in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states in Northeast Nigeria.

  • Nearly 15,000 people fleeing Nigeria for Diffa, Niger, in three days after border town attack.

  • Over USD$11 million of humanitarian goods lost in Burkina Faso.

  • 1,000 people evacuated after volcano eruption in Cabo Verde.

09 Dec 2014 description
report ECOWAS

ECOWAS Member States have pledged to deploy over the next six months, some 192 military medical personnel to strengthen the fight against the Ebola epidemic in the region’s most affected countries.

Rising from an extraordinary meeting of the Committee of Chiefs of Defence Staff (CCDS) in Accra on Monday 8th December 2014, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo pledged to contribute eight military personnel each, including two medical doctors and six other health officers to be rotated every two months.

09 Dec 2014 description
report European Union

Summary: 8 December 2014, Brussels - EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, has announced €61 million of new support in response to the Ebola crisis in the affected countries of West Africa, during a visit to Guinea. This will include direct support to the governments of Guinea and Liberia to help them cushion the impact of the economic effects of the outbreak, as well as measures to address security issues in affected countries. In addition, existing health and awareness programmes will be refocused to specifically tackle the challenge of Ebola.

08 Dec 2014 description

La Haye, Pays-Bas | AFP | lundi 08/12/2014 - 20:31 GMT

Un navire néerlandais va retourner vers les pays touchés par le virus Ebola pour une deuxième mission, emportant de l'équipement hospitalier, des véhicules et de la nourriture, a indiqué lundi à La Haye le ministère de la Défense.

28 Nov 2014 description

Lomé, Togo | AFP | Friday 11/28/2014 - 19:57 GMT

by Emile KOUTON

Several thousand people protested in the Togolese capital on Friday to call for constitutional change that would bar President Faure Gnassingbe from seeking a third term of office in next year's vote.

The Gnassingbe family has run the small West African nation since the current president's father took power in 1967.

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Bonnes pratiques – Carte du risque en RCA

Suite à la flambée de cholera enregistrée entre le 01 et 06 Novembre dans les camps de réfugiés à l’Est du Cameroun à la frontière avec la RCA, le cluster WASH RCA a établi une carte du risque de propagation de l’épidémie (cf. figure 2).

Les mouvements de population ainsi que les ponts chauds cholera (marchés hebdomadaires et centre de transit) sont représentés sur la carte. L’objectif est de mettre en œuvre des activités bouclier contextualisées sur base d’investigation terrain.

25 Nov 2014 description

Accra, Ghana | AFP | Tuesday 11/25/2014 - 17:40 GMT

Togo leader Faure Gnassingbe on Tuesday rejected opposition calls for limiting the number of presidential mandates and gave a strong signal that he would seek re-election next year.

The head of state has come under mounting pressure to change the constitution to limit a president to a maximum two, five-year terms of office from the current provision of no limit.