WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$170.2 million for women and adolescent girls to expand their access to reproductive, child and maternal health services in five countries in Africa’s Sahel region and the Economic Community of Western African States (ECOWAS).
The Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project will also help promote regional knowledge and data on proven gender development programs.
WASHINGTON, 18 décembre 2014 - Le Conseil des administrateurs du Groupe de la Banque mondiale a approuvé aujourd’hui un financement de 226,5 millions de dollars au profit de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC). Ce montant est destiné à renforcer le système sanitaire du pays, afin d’améliorer les services de santé destinés aux mères et aux enfants. Il s’agit aussi de soutenir le plan de préparation de la RDC face à Ebola et de lui permettre d’être mieux à même de gérer une nouvelle flambée du virus.
As the mother of six boys, a farmer and the leader of her farming group, Judith is the perfect example of a local saying - Empower a woman, and you empower an entire community.
Judith has a lot to smile about.
Just a few years ago, a bad harvest would have meant hunger for her family and the entire community. Now, thanks to her participation in a World Food Programme-supported project for local farmers, she and many of her neighbours have learned useful tools such as collective marketing that have allowed them to sell their crops at higher prices.
During their joint visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on 16 September, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown welcomed the commitment of the DRC at the highest level to education. This joint visit was designed to support national mobilization for education and strengthen cooperation with the international community. The DRC Government has placed education at the heart of its fight against poverty and its national strategy for economic and social development.
Since last week, 124 new cases have been reported, bringing the total cases in Guinea to 2,416 (2,127 confirmed; 263 probable and 26 suspected cases).
The case fatality rate is still high at 63%, with 1,525 deaths among the 2,416 total cases.
By Manuel Moreno González
In Chad, just across the border from the Central African Republic, refugees and returnees remain in desperate need of assistance, and too afraid to go back, for fear of continuing violence.
GORE, Chad, 19 December 2014 – Ten-year-old Assia Issa has delicate facial features and intelligent, bright eyes, and she speaks with a confident voice that would make anyone pay attention. Her voice is a melody in itself, leaving an indelible impression, along with her words.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has started his visit to West Africa in Ghana.
A warehouse with supplies for the EVD operation caught fire yesterday morning at the main humanitarian logistics base in Conakry, Guinea.
In Sierra Leone, WFP has started distributing food baskets to prevent households from going to local markets during the Western Area Surge.
17 December 2014 - Aiming to assist an educational system that is constantly disrupted by conflicts, UNMISS Korean engineers today handed over a classroom block to Lualdit Primary School in Bor County, Jonglei State.
They also supplied the school with needed materials, including pens, books, desks, blackboards and rulers.
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Il appelle les protagonistes de la crise à faciliter l’exécution du mandat de la MINUSCA Le Conseil de sécurité a exhorté, aujourd’hui, les autorités de transition à accélérer les préparatifs « ouverts à tous » du Forum de Bangui pour la réconciliation nationale qui doit se tenir en janvier 2015, le but étant de forger un consensus au niveau national.
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December 19, 2014 – Washington, DC - A flight carrying more than five tons of emergency winter aid and 1,000 soccer balls left the United States today for delivery to extremely vulnerable children and families displaced by ISIS in Iraq.
· Tensions are still high in the State of Palestine. A number of assaults were reported on both Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank and Israel, with noted increase in settler violence, incidents involving youth, and the violent death of Cabinet Member Mr. Ziad Abu Ein during a confrontation with IDF in a peaceful ceremony on Human Rights Day. A number of incidents were reported in Gaza including UXO explosions and fire opened on fishermen.
- Around 1.4 million people are displaced within South Sudan. Another 448,500 have fled to neighboring countries.
- Acute respiratory infection surpassed malaria as the main cause of illness among displaced people.
- The conflict has caused unprecedented displacement of millions of cattle
from conflict-affected areas into areas outside usual pastoral lands, altering disease patterns.
3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
19 December 2014 – In eastern Ukraine, the situation remains ‘extremely serious’ for more than 1.7 million children affected by the escalating crisis, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today as it appealed for funds to continue its humanitarian response in the country.
On 23 November, the town of Damassack in northern Nigeria was attacked by the militant group Boko Haram. Thirteen-year-old Hadja Chetima Gambo was at school at the time. In the ensuing panic, the school emptied as everyone scrambled to find a safe place to hide.
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Urgent actions for children in 2015
• International support to the Central African Republic must be maintained. A reduction of the assistance could reverse all of the gains made in 2014. In 2015, UNICEF will need about US $72 million to promote the protection of children, access to social services for the most vulnerable, and the promotion of peace and reconciliation.
• Children in CAR are exposed to health risks such as tuberculosis, measles, yellow fever, polio and malaria, which remains the most common cause of infant mortality.
In 2013, 2,300 babies were born with HIV in the region, down from 10,700 in 2001
• Mauritania continues to suffer from a multi-dimensional crisis related to food insecurity, the high prevalence of malnutrition, the presence of Malian refugees.
• From January to December 2014, as a result of the food insecurity and nutrition crisis, over 16,684 severely malnourished children were admitted and treated within 508 supported health facilities. The close collaboration with the Ministry of Health contributed to reinforce the capacity of 141 frontline staff on management of acute malnutrition as well as increase the coverage.
Insecurity, including attacks targeting relief workers and logistical constraints, continue to hamper humanitarian efforts.
More than 1.5 million people in CAR are experiencing acute food insecurity and require emergency food assistance.
As of December 19, international donors had committed $374.4 million, or 67 percent, of the $555 million requested in the 2014 CAR Strategic Response Plan (SRP).
U.N. and Government of Iraq (GoI) establish Joint Coordination and Monitoring Center to improve humanitarian response.
USG partners provide essential seasonally appropriate assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).
Displacement continues in south and central Iraq.
One year after the cycle of violence reached Bangui, more appropriate and immediate solutions are needed for CAR’s complex humanitarian crisis.
An outbreak of violence in Bambari caused many casualties.
A joint mission met with armed groups in the Boali region to discuss access issues and constraints. Groups were sensitized on humanitarian principles and the need for unhindered humanitarian access.