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What is the quickest way to find out exactly what people need? Ask them. Sounds easy enough. But in an emergency setting, collecting this kind of information can prove logistically challenging. And slow. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been no exception in terms of logistical challenges, but it has nevertheless proven to be an opportunity for the Red Cross to pioneer an efficient method of data collection—Rapid Mobile Phone Based surveys or RAMP.
Since March 2014 several states in West Africa have been fighting against Ebola. In the last nine months, the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) has supported the international aid operations with more than 70 volunteers from the technical-logistical sector. Yesterday, Sunday, the remaining two experts returned from Sierra Leone via Ghana to Germany – time to take stock.
A call for national and regional containment, recovery and prevention
West African nations that experienced low or zero incidence of Ebola have already been affected by the Ebola crisis because of their deep connections with the three most affected countries.
“The consequences of Ebola are vast,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Stigma and risk aversion have caused considerable amounts of damage, shutting down borders and indirectly affecting the economies of a large number of countries in the sub-region”.
Epidemic prone diseases remain to be serious public health threats to Mem- ber States in the African region. In response to these threats, Member States through the adoption and implementation of the Integrated Diseases Surveil- lance and Response Strategy and the International Health Regulations, con- tinue to strengthen their public health emergency response systems and struc- tures. In this issue, a summary of acute public health events that occurred dur- ing the course of 2014 is provided
In this issue:
Le nouveau numéro de L’Observatoire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, une publication de La Banque africaine de développement (BAD) vient de paraître.
Le rapport présente les dernières évolutions politiques, économiques et sociales en Afrique de l’Ouest. La section « profils pays » offre un focus sur le Bénin, le Burkina Faso, le Cabo Verde, la Gambie, le Ghana, la Guinée-Bissau, le Libéria, le Mali, le Niger, le Nigeria, la Sierra Leone et le Togo.
The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.
0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP
In order to respond to the national Preparedness and Response Plan for the Ebola virus disease in Burkina Faso, and on the basis of the contribution agreement concluded in December 2014 between the Commission and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) an additional amount of EUR 963 000 is allocated to the present HIP.
Reported case incidence continues to fluctuate in Guinea, with no identifiable downward trend. Ebola virus disease (EVD) continues to spread geographically within the country, with the prefecture of Fria reporting 2 confirmed cases for the first time. Case incidence has declined to low levels in Liberia. There are signs that incidence has levelled off in Sierra Leone, although transmission remains intense in the west of the country.
· There have been 20 206 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7905 reported deaths.
· Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia, although Liberia reported more cases in the week ending 28 December than in the previous week.
· There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. However, the west of the country is still experiencing the most intense transmission of all affected countries.
· The United Kingdom has reported its first confirmed case of Ebola.
There have been 19 497 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 7588 reported deaths.
Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.
There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone, although the country’s west is now experiencing the most intense transmission in the affected countries. Response efforts have been strengthened to curb the spread of disease in the area.
As of 17 December 2014, there have been 18,569 confirmed, probable and suspected EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and 6,900 deaths.Over 9.4 million children are living in the affected areas in these 3 countries. An estimated 3,492 children have been infected with Ebola, and a far greater number of children have lost one or both parents or caregivers in this crisis.
Experts in food security and agricultural production have addressed the issue
19 December 2014, Dakar, Senegal – In addition to the health consequences in West Africa, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has also led to various economic and social disruptions in affected and neighbouring countries.
There have been 18 603 reported cases of Ebola virus disease, with 6915 reported deaths.
Reported case incidence is fluctuating in Guinea and decreasing in Liberia.
There are signs that the increase in incidence has slowed in Sierra Leone. A major operation has been implemented to curb the spread of disease in the west of the country.
No new cases have been reported in Mali since 24 November. All contacts of the outbreak in Bamako have completed the 21-day follow-up period.
To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.
Author: Kieran Guilbert
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When mobile phone users receive a text message, they might expect a suggestion of a drink after work, a reminder to do the shopping, or an apology from a friend running late.
• Introduction: food and nutrition security in West Africa: opportunities and challenges 1
• Soaring food prices, climate change and bioenergy: new challenges for food security and nutrition 2
• Collaborating on nutrition and food security: Implications for the health and agriculture sectors 7
• Capacity development: challenges and opportunities 11
• Implications of a resilient and sustainable smallholder food production system in West Africa on food security, nutrition and health of the population 14
17e et 18e séances plénières - matin et après-midi
« À chaque minute de ma déclaration, une femme est morte en couches ou enceinte », a déclaré aujourd'hui la Directrice exécutive du Fonds des Nations Unies pour la population (FNUAP), alors que l'Assemblée générale célébrait le quinzième anniversaire de l'adoption du Programme d'action de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur la population et le développement qui s'est tenue au Caire.
Sixty-fourth General Assembly
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