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World + 22 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary October 24-30, 2014

Second-season dryness continues in Haiti, flooding risks remain in Central America and South Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. As the rainy season in Senegal comes to an end and harvesting begins, reduced crop yields due to this summer’s poorly distributed rainfall and delayed onset of the rainy season in July could become evident.

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South Sudan + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, October 23 – October 29, 2014

  • Torrential rains continued across much of saturated and flood-affected South Sudan.

  • Bi-modal regions of the Gulf of Guinea observed a second week of below-average rain.

1) As the rainfall season ends across Senegal and harvesting begins, impacts from poorly distributed rains during the summer months and a delayed onset to the rainfall season in July which resulted in deteriorated conditions could impact crop yields.

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Senegal + 6 others
"Des radios contre Ebola" - Préparer 48 radios de proximité d’Afrique de l’Ouest à la prévention contre Ebola (21 octobre 2014)

La nouvelle épidémie du virus Ebola qui sévit actuellement en Afrique de l’Ouest a déjà fait plus de 4 000 morts sur le continent africain. La progression du virus se poursuit et aucun vaccin efficace n’est pour le moment annoncé.

Dans ce contexte, l’attachement des populations isolées à certaines pratiques rituelles est identifié comme un facteur de propagation avéré.

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Liberia + 13 others
Ebola: Risks of overland spread (Map of the week, 13 October 2014)

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West Africa’s road network – through which the majority of intra-regional trade occurs – could facilitate the spread of Ebola. Travellers and traders infected in Guinea, Liberia or Sierra Leone may transmit the virus via some of the major highways. In this respect, groups such as long-distance lorry drivers could be particularly at risk, particularly if effective monitoring systems for Ebola are not established at border crossings.

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 39) [EN/FR]

With almost 21,000 cases, Ghana has a new record number, and the outbreak has already spread along the coast to Togo and Benin. The situation in Lake Chad Basin is of concern as well.

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Mali + 11 others
Sahel : la BAD octroie 231 millions $ pour renforcer la résistance à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle

Ce mercredi 15 octobre 2014, le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) a approuvé divers prêts et subventions pour un total de 231 millions de dollars EU. Ce montant doit financer un Programme visant à renforcer la résistance du Sahel à l’insécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (P2RS), destiné à mettre fin aux cycles fréquents de sécheresse et de famine qui frappent le Sahel.

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Mali + 12 others
AfDB approves US $231 million for building resilience to food and nutrition insecurity in the Sahel

The programme focuses on nutrition and the use of second generation ICTs such as mobile phones to facilitate better access to markets and prediction of crises and disasters.

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World + 11 others
Agence de Médecine Préventive Wins the 2014 Gates Vaccine Innovation Award for Improving Immunization Programs in Africa

PARIS (October 14, 2014) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) has received the third annual Gates Vaccine Innovation Award in recognition of EPIVAC, an on-the-job training program for district medical officers to improve immunization program performance in 11 Francophone African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

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Côte d'Ivoire + 13 others
WHO and Partners agree on a common approach to strengthen Ebola preparedness in unaffected countries

Brazzaville, 10 October 2014 - The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations meeting in Brazzaville have agreed on a range of core actions to support countries unaffected by Ebola in strengthening their preparedness in the event of an outbreak.

Building on national and international existing preparedness efforts, a set of tools is being developed to help any country to intensify and accelerate their readiness.

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Mali + 9 others
Agricultural and food prospects in the Sahel and West Africa Press Release 2014-2015 [EN/FR]

An agropastoral season with heterogeneous crop growth stages, requires close monitoring

From 8 to 10 September 2014, was held in Banjul, The Gambia, the regional consultation on the mid-term assessment of the agropastoral season and the 2014-2015 agricultural and food prospects. This meeting comes within the framework of the operation of the Regional Device for Prevention and Management of Food Crises (PREGEC) in the Sahel and West Africa. At the end of the meeting, participants made the following observations:

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Liberia + 8 others
China Provides Aid to African Countries to Fight against Ebola

(From Chinese Embassy in Ghana)

For the present, the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is still going rampant, not only posing a serious threat to the life and health of the people in the sub-region, but also constituting a realistic threat to the public health and security of all countries in the world. It has become a common challenge in the non-conventional security area to the international community.

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World + 24 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary October 10-16, 2014

  1. Despite a return of seasonally normal rainfall during August, moisture deficits persist in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has resulted in poor growing conditions and crop development.

  2. Poor July rains in several local areas of Mali have resulted in poor crop and pastoral conditions. August and September rains have improved ground conditions, although the rainy season is quickly coming to a close.

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World + 42 others
Food Outlook - Biannual Report on Global Food Markets, October 2014

According to the latest edition of FAO's biannual Food Outlook report, global markets for most foodstuffs are more stable than they have been in recent years

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Senegal + 14 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook October 9 – October 15, 2014

1) Despite a seasonable return of precipitation during August, moisture deficits have persisted in northwestern Senegal. The delayed onset of the season in July has already resulted in deteriorated conditions and affected crops on the ground.

2) Poor seasonal rainfall since the middle of August, including prolonged dry spells, has led to late-season moisture deficits that have negatively impacted crop development throughout parts of the Tillaberi region of southwestern Niger and eastern Mali. Below average rains are forecast in the region for the upcoming outlook period.

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Africare Receives Benin Presidential Medal of Honor for Malaria Prevention Work

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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.

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Ghana + 7 others
Cholera outbreak in the West and Central Africa: Regional Update, 2014 (Week 37) [EN/FR]

Evènement sur le cholera:

TCHAD
Un atelier d’élaboraon du plan de réponse au Tchad s’est tenu les 25 et 26 Avril.
Le plan d’acon intègre les aspects transfrontaliers et la vaccinaon orale cholera.

GHANA
Une formaon d’une trentaine de parcipants à la stratégie du bouclier et du coup de poing en zone urbaine avec l’ulisaon des GPS s’est tenue à Accra le 25 Avril 2014.

Events on cholera in the region:

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World + 12 others
Ebola outbreak resources available

Comprehensive resources regarding the Ebola outbreak are available on a dedicated website from International SOS - www.internationalsos.com/ebola. The information includes advice for individuals, travel precautions, latest updates and breaking news. The Ebola resources are downloadable and available free of charge. Among the site’s features are: