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30 Sep 2009 description
map EARS

Following the alarming food security warning from Niger on 29 January 2010 (see message below) we have reviewed our FAST crop yield estimate for the 2009 growing season for West Africa. Please find below our Sorghum difference yield map, averaged by province. It is based on hourly Meteosat data of the whole 2009 growing season and the previous 5 year. These data have been processed to daily temperature, radiation and evapotranspiration, which then feed a crop growth model.

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 …

25 Sep 2009 description
report UN General Assembly


Sixty-fourth General Assembly GA/10863
7th & 8th Meetings (AM & PM)

In Recorded Vote, Member States Block Address by President of Madagascar

Championing their struggle to rebuild strife-torn nations and secure peace and long-term development, several leaders of the global South today appealed to the General Assembly for broad support to help them staunch terrorism, further entrench democracy and ensure that hard-won electoral gains would not be lost.

22 Sep 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/09 to 30/06/09

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) immediate focus is to support National Societies in providing assistance to address the needs of vulnerable people. In disaster management WCAZ faces challenges due to new disaster patterns related to climate variability.

21 Sep 2009 description
  • La situation alimentaire courante est caractérisée par la fin de la soudure dans la partie guinéenne de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et aussi localement dans le Sahel avec les récoltes précoces de mil, de maïs et du niébé en vert par endroit au Niger, au Nigeria et au Tchad.
20 Sep 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

17 Sep 2009 description
report Mercy Ships

Partnership with Bethesda Opens Dormitory

Hévié Benin, September 17, 2009 - Located about 22 miles west from the port of Cotonou in a village called Hévié is a piece of land that belongs to Bethesda, a local faith-based organization. This strip of land is dedicated to health and social developmental programs. Working in partnership with Bethesda during this year's field service in Benin, Mercy Ships developed this land into an agricultural training center called "Food for Life"; incorporating a three month agriculture training program.

17 Sep 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet)- Heavy flooding has displaced over half a million people and killed over 100 in West Africa since the start of the rainy season in June, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said.

A vast multi-agency effort is underway in the region to provide relief including shelter, food, water and proper hygiene conditions for the homeless and most vulnerable .

17 Sep 2009 description
report ECOWAS

Participants attending a regional conference entitled "Regional Conference on Protection Challenges to Climate Change in West Africa", have ended their two-day conference in Lome, the Togolese capital with a call for the use of a human rights-based approach to address climate change challenges in the region.

The call reflects the adoption of a broader social dimension to the climate change debate, considering the growing negative impact of climate change on West Africa which affects the stability of the region, including the human security and rights of the citizens of the …

16 Sep 2009 description

While donors had responded "remarkably generously" to United Nations consolidated appeals for emergency aid, they had nevertheless provided less than half of what was required this year to address the needs of people facing severe humanitarian crises around the world, the top United Nations relief official said today.

During a press conference at Headquarters today, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, announced that the $4.6 billion collected in response to the mid-year review of the consolidated appeals this past July was the highest amount ever, in …

15 Sep 2009 description


Heavy rains that began in West Africa in June 2009 have so far affected at least eight countries with flood waters, affecting about 600 000 people and causing 159 deaths up until 10 September.

- So far no major communicable disease outbreaks have been recorded in affected countries, but there have been reported increases in malaria and diarrhoeal disease cases.

- The first countries affected by flooding in July were Benin and Togo, where 20 000 people and 7500 people respectively were affected. Most if not all have found refuge with family.

14 Sep 2009 description

The current seasonal floods in West Africa are affecting over 350,000 people. With floods reported in Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Mali, Liberia and Guinea, the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) supports sister agencies UNICEF and UNOCHA with satellite image derived analyses of the situation. Using satellite imagery from multiple dates, the evolution of flood conditions is monitored and the latest changes on the ground observed.

11 Sep 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 11 September 2009 (IRIN) - Relentless rain in parts of West Africa has worsened flooding, leading governments and aid agencies to step up emergency response efforts.

"It is not yet the end of the rainy season so we do not know just how bad it will get, but we do know the situation is already very serious," said Moustapha Diallo, spokesperson for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) West and Central Africa office.

Aid agencies estimate that between 400,000 and 600,000 people have been affected by flooding since the beginning …

10 Sep 2009 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • Las necesidades básicas consisten en el abastecimiento de alimentos, agua potable y saneamiento masivo y el acceso a servicios de salud para la población desplazada.

    - Cruz Roja Española prepara el envío de Unidades de Respuesta en Emergencias especializadas en logística y distribución de ayuda.

    La Federación Internacional de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja ha lanzado un llamamiento de ayuda de 3 millones de euros para asistir a la población damnificada por las inundaciones que sufren 16 países de África central y del oeste.

10 Sep 2009 description
report ECOWAS

ECOWAS and the Federal Republic of Germany have further deepened their cooperation through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support ECOWAS Member States on reproductive health and HIV-AIDS prevention. The agreement on Germany's financial contribution, which totals eight million Euros, comes into force immediately and will run for eight years. It will be disbursed by the German Government-owned development bank - the Kreditanstalt flir Wiederaufbau (KfW); that is, the Reconstruction Credit Institute.

The Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr.