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25 Nov 2010 description
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25 Nov 2010 12:01:00 GMT

Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) will extend its support to another 360,000 people in Benin whose lives have been disrupted by the West African country's worst floods in living memory, a spokesman said.

At present WFP is feeding 50,000 people who have been driven from their homes by the deluge.

10 Nov 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Governments in West and Central Africa should learn from this year's flooding - which has disrupted the livelihoods of nearly 2 million people - by urgently factoring climate change into their disaster prevention and response plans, aid groups say.

Extreme weather linked to climate change, including heavy rainfall, is expected to cause increasing damage in the region.

10 Sep 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Bad governance and corruption mean several African countries won't meet targets on cutting child mortality under the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, aid group Save the Children says in a new report.

The aid agency says more than 2.8 million children's lives could have been saved in Africa over the last ten years if countries had focused on the poorest and most vulnerable segments of the population.

In sub-Saharan Africa, around one in seven children dies before their fifth birthday.

04 Aug 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Governments in West Africa need to be better prepared for the rapid onset of cholera, dengue and yellow fever during the rainy season to be able to treat those infected and prevent the further spread of the highly contagious diseases, aid agencies say.

Outbreaks of cholera have been reported in Nigeria, Benin, Ivory Coast, Niger, Liberia, Cameroon and Chad.

31 Mar 2010 description
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Written by: Laurie Goering

MONTPELLIER, France (AlertNet) - How can Africa ease hunger, improve women's lives and adapt to climate change all in one stroke?

15 Jan 2010 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - A UNICEF programme aimed at reducing child mortality by at least 25 percent in West Africa has failed to meet its objective, according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal this week.

The $27 million Accelerated Child Survival and Development Programme (ACSD) was implemented in selected districts of 11 countries between 2001 and 2005.

However, researchers concluded that mortality in children under five fell by 13 percent in Benin, 24 percent in Mali and 20 percent in Ghana, but that the decreases in Benin and Mali were no greater …