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27 Mar 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Kwame Buist

OHANNESBURG, Mar 27 2015 (IPS) - Over half of the African continent’s population is below the age of 25 and approximately 11 million young Africans are expected to enter the labour market every year for the next decade, say experts.

Despite strong economic growth in many African countries, wage employment is limited and agriculture and agri-business continue to provide income and employment for over 60 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population.

20 Mar 2015 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In February 2014, there was an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Guinea, which spread to Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone causing untold hardship and thousands of deaths in these countries. As of 27 February 2015, a total of 23,694 cases, and 9,589 deaths, which were attributed to the EVD, had been recorded across the most affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

13 Feb 2015 description

Imagine working for months to feed, breed and raise catfish and tilapia and then watching half of your harvest slip away into the mud. Until recently, Kanli Farm in Tode, Benin was facing this frustration year after year.

Tode is an agricultural village in Azowlisse district, 30 kilometers from Benin’s capital, Porto Novo. Kanli Farm, owned by local entrepreneur Moise Gbenou in cooperation with a local non-governmental organization, produces trees, vegetables and animals including rabbits, chickens, fish and bees.

19 Jan 2015 description

COTONOU, 17 Janvier 2015 – La Ministre de la Santé, le Professeur Dorothée Kindé Gazard, a déclaré officiellement la fin de l’épidémie de Fièvre de Lassa au Bénin lors d’une conférence de presse qui s’est tenue le 8 janvier 2015.

30 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

COTONOU, Bénin, 27 novembre 2014 - Après l’identification de cas de Fièvre de Lassa dans la zone sanitaire de Tanguiéta-Matéri-Cobly au Nord du Bénin, le Gouvernement soutenu par l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé (OMS), le Fonds des Nations pour l’enfance (UNICEF) et les partenaires au développement ont immédiatement démarré la riposte contre l’épidémie.

27 Nov 2014 description

Cotonou, Bénin | AFP | Thursday 11/27/2014 - 15:48 GMT

Eight people have died in the west African nation of Benin from an outbreak of Lassa fever, while 170 others have been placed under observation, officials said Thursday.

Fourteen suspected cases of the virus have been identified, with two confirmed and eight deaths in the small country bordering Nigeria, said a joint statement from the WHO, Benin's health ministry and UNICEF.

The outbreak has occurred in the north of the country of some nine million people.

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

08 Oct 2014 description
report Africare

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.

27 Aug 2014 description
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Summary: CHF 193,944 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 September 2013 to support the Benin Red Cross Society in delivering assistance to some 7,000 beneficiaries.

Benin was affected by devastating flooding in September 2013 that displaced about 10,000 people in the municipalities of Malanville and Karimama districts. The Benin Red Cross Society (BRCS) targeted its assistance to the most affected population in the affected villages and some internal displaced persons (IDPs) in temporary camp sites established by the government of Benin.

08 Aug 2014 description

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.

07 Aug 2014 description

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.

01 Jul 2014 description

Summary: CHF 201,952 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 October 2013 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 20,000 beneficiaries. A second allocation of CHF 39,902 was made on 21 November to assist 25,000 additional beneficiaries.

19 Jun 2014 description
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New report calls for concerted action to improve care standards for children in Africa

A newly published research report highlights how eight African countries have failed to implement UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children; lack of leadership, resources and information cited.

18 June 2014 - LILONGWE, MALAWI – Five years after the UN adopted the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, key aspects of the global standards have yet to be implemented, according to a report authored by policy experts and released today.

09 May 2014 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, May 8, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$6.4 million credit from the International Development Association (IDA*) to help Benin recover after heavy rains flooded the country in 2010. As a result of the flooding, 278 schools were flooded, and more than 50,000 houses were destroyed, leaving 150,000 people without shelter, according to the 2010 World Bank Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) document.