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21 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

DAKAR/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 21 November 2014 – With new Ebola cases in Mali and a continuing surge in Sierra Leone, UNICEF is stepping up efforts to help other West African countries at risk prepare for potential outbreaks.

“The new cases in Mali remind us that no country in the region is immune to Ebola,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa. “We cannot wait for new cases in countries at risk before we take action. We must help communities today prepare for cases if they happen, when they happen, wherever they happen.”

21 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

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DAKAR/GENEVE/NEW YORK, 21 Novembre 2014 – En réponse à l’apparition de nouveaux cas d’Ebola au Mali et l’augmentation continue des cas en Sierra Leone, l’UNICEF intensifie ses efforts pour aider les pays à risque en Afrique de l’Ouest à se préparer à toute éventuelle épidémie.

21 Nov 2014 description

Dear Palais journalists

Following requests from several journalists, please find below my notes on the WHO preparedness missions to support countries get prepared to respond to any Ebola outbreak.

Ebola Preparedness

  • Given the evolving Ebola Virus situation, there is a risk of cases appearing in currently unaffected countries. With adequate levels of preparation however, such introductions can be contained before they develop into large outbreaks.

21 Nov 2014 description

Cotonou, Bénin | AFP | vendredi 21/11/2014 - 11:31 GMT

Deux personnes sont mortes au Bénin après avoir contracté la fièvre de Lassa, cousine de celle d'Ebola, ont annoncé vendredi le gouvernement béninois et un responsable local de l'organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).

"Après les prélèvements et les analyses, les résultats se sont révélés positifs au virus lassa, un virus voisin de Ebola mais qui n'est pas aussi virulent qu'Ebola", a déclaré la ministre béninoise de la santé publique, Dorothée Akoko Kindé-Gazard.

19 Nov 2014 description
report Africare

BEREMBEKE (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) – Today is World Toilet Day. It may not be considered a polite dinner conversation topic, but ensuring access to clean water and sanitation facilities like latrines is one of the most important global public health issues. Thousands in the developing world, primarily children, die every day of preventable water-borne illnesses. People are forced to walk for miles to fetch potable water.

17 Nov 2014 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Preliminary estimates indicate a below-average cereal production in 2014, following erratic precipitation in parts of the country

  • Significant price declines registered in recent months.

Below-average 2014 cereal production expected to be offset by strong growth in root and tuber production

13 Nov 2014 description
  • In Madagascar, a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) has been confirmed. The virus was isolated from one case of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) with onset of paralysis on 29 September, and from three healthy contacts. An estimated more than 25% of children remain under-immunized against polio in the country. Madagascar was previously affected by a cVDPV2 outbreak in 2001/2002 (resulting in five cases) and in 2005 (resulting in three cases). Emergency outbreak response is being finalized, with campaigns to be held in December and January.

08 Nov 2014 description
report ECOWAS

N°: 207/2014

7 November 2014 [Accra, Ghana]

More ECOWAS Member States have announced financial contributions to the raise the total of the regional Solidarity Fund to fight Ebola to US$7.7 million.

At the just-ended ECOWAS extra-ordinary summit in Accra on Ebola and Burkina Faso, Nigeria which had earlier contributed US$3.5 million to the Fund, pledged additional US$1 million and affirmed its willingness to make 500 health volunteers available to help fight the disease in affected ECOWAS countries.

06 Nov 2014 description
report AlertNet

Author: Kieran Guilbert

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.

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03 Nov 2014 description

Spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce Sun Jiwen made a comment on October 31 on implementing the third round of material assistance with a value of 200 million yuan announced by President Xi Jinping to help African countries fight against the Ebola epidemic.

30 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 30 octobre 2014 (IRIN) - Les taux d'insécurité alimentaire et de malnutrition se détériorent au Sahel. Selon le bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires des Nations Unies (OCHA), cela se doit en partie au conflit et à l'instabilité en République centrafricaine (RCA), dans le nord du Mali et dans le nord-est du Nigeria.

Le nombre de personnes en situation d'insécurité alimentaire a augmenté de près de cinq millions depuis le début de l'année, soit un total de 24,7 millions - plus du double par rapport à 2013, a estimé OCHA.

29 Oct 2014 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Nearly five million more people have joined the ranks of the food insecure since the beginning of the year, bringing the estimated total in need of food aid to 24.7 million - more than double the number in 2013, says OCHA.

24 Oct 2014 description

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.

22 Oct 2014 description
  • 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.

22 Oct 2014 description

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.

22 Oct 2014 description
map Maplecroft

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.

17 Oct 2014 description

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.

16 Oct 2014 description

In a move aimed at ending the frequent cycles of drought and famine in the Sahel region, the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 approved loans and grants amounting to US $231 million to finance a Programme to Build Resilience to Food and Nutrition Insecurity in the Sahel (P2RS).

The programme involves member-countries of the Permanent Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILLS) – Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

15 Oct 2014 description

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.