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01 Dec 2009 description

Dec 1 (Reuters) - Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, almost 60 million people have been infected with HIV and 25 million people have died of HIV-related causes.

As World Aids Day is marked on Tuesday, globally some 33.4 million people were living with HIV.

23 Nov 2009 description

With the ratification by the government of Benin, the 'Convention against the proliferation of light and small caliber weapons' (ALPC) adopted in June 2006 in Abuja by the 15 member states of Western African States Economic Community (ECOWAS).

The Dakar based organism issued a note saying that the importance of Benin's ratification last September 29, (joining Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo), allows for the convention to be adopted.

14 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

LIBREVILLE, Nov 14, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Gabon repatriated 28 children out of the 34 found on an immigrants boat on Friday evening to Benin, their country of origin, aboard an Ivorian Air airplane.

Well dressed, a doll in the hands of some trafficking victims, and others holding a photo, these children left the Gabonese capital Libreville under strict escort.

The UNICEF representatives, Gabon's Ministry of Labor officials and host families came to the airport to say good-bye to the children.

Arranged like school children, they jumped the metal detector with a UNICEF …

05 Nov 2009 description
report Xinhua

OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 05, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- UEMOA plans 50 mln USD spending on water supply to West African countries UEMOA plans 50 mln USD spending on water supply to West African countries

The eight-member Economic and Monetary Union of West Africa (UEMOA) plans a multi-million dollar program to improve water supply to countries in the region, the bloc announced here on Wednesday.

Water directors of UEMOA are evaluating a village hydraulic program of 25 billion FCFA (50 million U. S.

29 Sep 2009 description

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Experts from 13 West African countries and re presentatives of partners began a three-day meeting here Tuesday, ahead of a ministerial meeting on how to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response across border areas in the sub-region, the meeting's co-sponsor, World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (WHO/APOC), said in a statement obtained by PANA.

The experts' meeting is preparatory to that of Ministers on Friday, which is expected to come out with guidelines in response to incessant disease …

08 Sep 2009 description
report Xinhua

Accra, Sep 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A two-day meeting on how to enhance information on aid flows between donors and recipient countries to ensure predictability and easy monitoring of the use of resources opened in Accra on Tuesday.

The workshop which is being held under the auspices of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is an attempt by stakeholders to make information about aid flows more available and accessible to all stakeholders, particularly partner countries.

Representatives of partner countries from West and Central Africa, and Civil Society …

07 Sep 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Scott Stearns

Dakar, 07 September 2009 - Flooding brought on by unusually heavy rains in West Africa increases the incidence of waterborne disease. Regional health officials are preparing for higher levels of both cholera and malaria.

Sanitation and hygiene deteriorate quickly when West Africa floods. Sewage mixes with drinking water. Electricity fails. Health centers are damaged.

13 Aug 2009 description

FREETOWN, Aug 13 (Reuters) - At least seven people were killed and 15 injured when homes collapsed in a landslide in heavy rain in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Thursday, police said.

Rescue teams were searching for bodies beneath mud, stones and rubble from three hillside houses that collapsed, police official Ibrahima Samura told Reuters.

"The victims were asleep when they were trapped by the landslide," he said.

Flooding has left at least 300 people homeless, police said.

Since the start of the rainy season in June, floods and landslides have killed dozens …

07 Jul 2009 description

COTONOU, July 7 (Reuters) - Benin has declared a state of emergency and called for international humanitarian aid after floods hit the south of the West African country.

The government estimates that some 2,000 families have already been displaced by flooding caused by heavy rains and it appealed late on Monday for immediate help to prevent the imminent spread of epidemics.

The West African region has experienced heavy seasonal flooding in the past few years and about 200,000 people were displaced when their houses were destroyed by similar floods in Benin last year.

"There …