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Ebola outbreak delays Mercy Ships sail to Africa

Mercy Ships

The Africa Mercy adjusts plans to bring hope and healing in the midst of current uncertainties

TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS -August 18, 2014 – Collateral hardship from the Ebola epidemic now includes a delay for Mercy Ships, which operates the world’s largest civilian hospital ship in ports on the West Coast of Africa. Already with one cancelled deployment to Guinea, where Ebola first broke out last December, the Mercy Ship now waits in the water with crew and staff, pending an end-of-August decision on field service in Benin.

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Global Weather Hazards Summary August 8-14, 2014

Severe dryness continues across Latin America and Haiti, with dryness and flooding in parts of Africa

  1. Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been below average and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria, leading to growing moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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Benin + 4 others
Benin waiting for test results on two possible Ebola cases

08/07/2014 21:40 GMT

COTONOU, August 7, 2014 (AFP) - Benin said Thursday that it has placed two patients with Ebola-like symptoms in isolation and was waiting for test results to establish if the pair were infected with the deadly tropical disease.

Deputy chief of staff at the health ministry, Moufalilou Aboubakar, told journalists that the two patients were being treated as suspected cases of Ebola and that blood samples had been sent to foreign labs for conclusive results.

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Sustainable Farmland Management in the Context of Climate Change in Inland Valleys of Southern Benin

Inland valleys constitute an important but underutilized land type for food production in West Africa. In southern Benin, production in these valleys is limited by lack of appropriate water management and limited access to input and output markets. This lack of appropriate water management has been exacerbated by recent climate change manifested through more frequent floods and below average rainfall years that increase the frequency of crop failure that in turn diminishes the contribution of inland valleys to food security in West Africa and Benin in particular.

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Regional Office for West and Central Africa Bulletin - Central Emergency Response Fund, Second Quarter 2014 [EN/FR]

This report reviews funding allocated to West and Central African countries by the United Nations Central Emergency Fund. It covers the period from January to June 2014.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Nigeria + 16 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, August 7 – August 13, 2014

- Below-average rains observed across western Sahel during late July.

- Wetness continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Since early June, seasonal rainfall has been both suppressed and infrequent across northeastern Nigeria leading to a strengthening of moisture deficits. While there is a chance for some relief with increased rainfall forecast during the upcoming outlook period, anomalously dry ground conditions are expected to persist, which still may negatively impact developing crops later into the season.

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Senegal + 5 others
Which protection for children involved in mobility in West Africa, Our positions and recommendations

Terre des hommes

West Africa: the added value of protective accompaniment for children

Terre des hommes (Tdh), concerned about the protection given to children on the move, organised a workshop on Wednesday, 16th July on the added value of protective accompaniment for children in situations of mobility. Two new publications have been launched by the Foundation on this subject , which contribute greatly in improving the support given to children on the move.

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Senegal + 5 others
Quelle protection pour les enfants concernés par la mobilité en Afrique de l’Ouest ? Nos positions et recommandations.

Terre des hommes

Afrique de l’Ouest : la valeur ajoutée de l’accompagnement protecteur des enfants

Terre des hommes (Tdh), soucieuse de la protection des enfants en situation de mobilité, a organisé, le mercredi 16 juillet, un atelier sur la valeur ajoutée de l’accompagnement protecteur des enfants en situation de mobilité . A ce sujet, deux nouvelles publications ont été lancées par la Fondation. Ces dernières apportent une contribution importante à l’amélioration du soutien donné aux enfants en situation de mobilité.

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World + 17 others
FACT SHEET: U.S.-African Cooperation on Food Security

Since coming into office in the midst of a global financial and food crisis, President Obama has made food security a foreign policy priority. Building on commitments first made by African leaders at the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo in 2003, the President led the G-8 in 2009 in launching a global food security initiative in L’Aquila, Italy and then shortly after launched Feed the Future which invests assistance in countries’ national food security plans, promotes agricultural research and innovation, and helps build the capacity of our partners.

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World + 51 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 24 - July 2014

Global Highlights

• During the first quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 12% year-on-year, and slightly increased by 2% compared to the previous quarter.

• Real prices of maize were relatively stable and only 2% higher than the previous quarter of 2014.
Compared to the same period of the previous year, maize prices are low (-28%).

• Real prices of wheat increased significantly by 9% from Q1 to Q2-2014. More recently, for June, prices are down due to an increase in global supply and production.

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Mali + 13 others
West Africa Price Bulletin July 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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Nigeria + 15 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook, July 31 – August 6, 2014

  • Heavy rains in parts of eastern Sudan resulted in flooding which damaged infrastructure.

  • Ground conditions continue to deteriorate due to poor rains in northeastern Nigeria, western Chad and Senegal.

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Mali + 7 others
Il faut mobiliser un soutien d'urgence pour affronter l'insécurité alimentaire croissante au Sahel

Un déficit de financement de 100 millions de dollars entrave la lutte contre la faim dans la région

25 juillet 2014, Rome – L'ONU a invité aujourd'hui la communauté internationale de donateurs à renouveler l'engagement de lutte contre la faim et l'insécurité alimentaire au Sahel en protégeant et en renforçant la résilience des familles pauvres et extrêmement pauvres de la région.

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Mali + 7 others
UN says more support urgently needed to tackle growing food insecurity in the Sahel

A funding gap of $100 million is delaying interventions that could prevent the food security situation from worsening and the capacities of vulnerable communities to cope with repeated shocks are deteriorating.

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Chad + 2 others
AIDA carries out humanitarian actions in Benin, Chad


By Sara Rajabova

Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) as part of strategic cooperation with Islamic Development Bank has jointly carried out humanitarian actions in Benin and Chad. The new actions took place under the "Alliance to Fight Avoidable Blindness" campaign, AzerTag state news agency reported.

A total of 11,640 persons with problems in their eyesight have benefitted from free eye examinations out of which 506 persons in Benin and 835 persons in Chad have undergone surgeries and had their sights restored.

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Sudan + 13 others
Climate Prediction Center’s Africa Hazards Outlook July 24 – July 30, 2014

  • A large area of enhanced rainfall may trigger localized flooding across parts of eastern Sudan.
  • Consistently poor rainfall has led to deteriorating ground conditions across northeastern Nigeria and western Chad.

1) The potential for significantly heavy rainfall remains forecast over the River Nile and Kassala provinces of eastern Sudan, which may trigger localized flooding and elevated river levels along the Nile River basin during the next seven days.

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World + 15 others
La Cooperación Española llevará a cabo un proyecto europeo en favor de la seguridad alimentaria en África Occidental

​​El Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación y el Representante de la UE en Togo, el Embajador Nicolás Berlanga Martínez, firmaron ayer la Convención de Delegación por la que España participará en el proyecto de la Unión Europea (UE) de Apoyo a la Reserva Regional de Seguridad Alimentaria de la Comunidad Económica de Estados de África Occidental (CEDEAO). La firma se realizó en presencia del Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Togo, Robert Dussey, de viaje oficial en España.

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World + 29 others
Global Weather Hazards Summary July 18-24, 2014

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Above-average rain during the past 30 days has saturated ground conditions and caused localized flooding in parts of South Sudan and southern Sudan. Above-average rains forecast during the next week are expected to increase the risk of localized flash flooding
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World + 31 others
Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) 2013 Annual Progress Report


  1. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI) was launched in 2003 with the strategic goal of achieving full access to safe, adequate and affordable water supply and sanitation for rural areas in Africa by 2025. The RWSSI targets for 2015 are aligned with the MDG targets of 70% and 62% access to water supply and sanitation, respectively. This report updates stake holders on the progress made in 2013.

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