- West Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Benin: Cholera Outbreak - Sep 2016
- Benin/Nigeria/Togo: Lassa Fever Outbreak - Jan 2016
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Benin: Cholera Outbreak - Oct 2013
- Benin: Floods - Sep 2013
- Benin: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Benin: Cholera Epidemic - Oct 2012
- Benin: Floods - Oct 2012
- West/Central Africa: Meningitis Outbreak - Jan 2012
GENDER INEQUALITY AND FINANCIAL EXCLUSION
Women and girls in West Africa face some of the highest rates of gender inequality and financial exclusion in the world.1 Caused by entrenched structural social belief systems, values and cultural norms and practices, as well as a gap between the political will and the reality of the lives of women and girls in the region—these injustices are undeniably connected, resulting in a cycle of poverty that can affect entire families for generations.
The year 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Global Shelter Cluster, the inter-agency coordination mechanism for shelter response. During these ten years, coordination has improved in consistency, shelter responses have grown in scale, and there are more people with experience in shelter programming, but people continue to lose their dwellings and be displaced due to conflict and natural disasters. Global humanitarian shelter needs continue to greatly exceed the capacity and resources to respond.
Heavy rains in Niger and Mali over the last month have affected neighbouring Benin, with areas close to the Niger River – Malanville and Karimama – being severely flooded. The floods have washed away homes built of black earth, damaged farmlands and crops and endangered human lives; nearly 10,000 people have been displaced, more than 33,000 people have lost their homes, and over 21,000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.
Au Bénin, 1 500 femmes meurent, chaque année, de complications liées à la grossesse, à l'accouchement ou des suites de couches. Depuis octobre 2011, CARE France mène un projet innovant s'appuyant sur la téléphonie mobile pour lutter contre la mortalité infantile dans le département du Zou.
Pour les mères béninoises, la mortalité à l'accouchement est un danger permanent.
Interview with Rotimy Djossaya, Country Director of CARE Benin/Togo. He warns that the current floods could cause a food crisis in Benin if the humanitarian community does not provide more assistance to affected communities.
Benin has experienced severe floods in the past month. How is the situation at the moment?
Gado Fathi lives in the village of Kompa in Benin, a small country in West Africa. She is an old woman of about 65 years. Before the floods arrived, she lived together with her grandchildren, two boys aged three and five. The two children were her dependents, and she tried to feed them using her crops of seasonal rice, millet, and okra. This agriculture allowed her, barely, to provide for the children’s needs; and she no longer hoped for much else. With the help of her neighbours Gado Fathi had been able to build herself a shelter.
Depuis fin août, des inondations frappent le Bénin et ont fait au moins 15 morts. D’après les dernières données obtenues par CARE, près de 51 280 personnes seraient affectées. Le niveau des eaux continue de monter à cause des pluies torrentielles dans le Nord du Bénin. 26 000 hectares de terres de production de riz, de maïs, de millet et d'autres productions vivrières du pays ont déjà été détruits. Les régions touchées sont isolées, les conditions difficiles pour y accéder freinent l’assistance apportée aux populations.
October 2, 2012. Heavy floods are currently affecting the north of Benin in West Africa. In the past months, the neighboring Republic of Niger has experienced heavy rains which resulted in flooding of the Niger river – and the water masses have crossed the border into northern Benin, washing away bridges and houses, destroying farmlands and crops.
« J’ai été abandonnée par mon mari alors que j’étais enceinte de notre 3ème enfant. Un jour, il est parti avec mes 2 enfants après m’avoir tapée. Il me maltraitait très souvent. Ce soir-là, il a frappé tellement fort que je suis tombée dans le coma et j’ai perdu mon bébé.
CARE France et la Fondation Sanofi Espoir s’engagent dans un projet novateur « Un appel pour la vie ». Pour une durée de trois ans et un budget de près de 900 000€, le projet vise à lutter contre la mortalité materno-infantile au Bénin.
COTONOU, Benin (October 21, 2010) - For the past five weeks, more than half of the communes in Benin have been severely affected by floods due to an unusually heavy rainy season. Twice the amount of rain normally expected has lashed the country. The official figure of 358,621 people affected is likely grossly underestimated, after a recent UNDAC helicopter assessment showed that the number is closer to 680,000.
Depuis 5 semaines, plus de la moitié des communes béninoises sont sévèrement touchées par des inondations dues à une pluviométrie anormalement élevée, le double des pluies habituellement attendues à cette saison.
During September 2010, Benin received twice the average amount of rain expected and the floodwaters have affected 45 per cent of communes in the African country.
The flood waters resulting from overflowing river levels have not receded, as predicted by experts, but have actually worsened. Approximately 46,000 homes have been destroyed by relentless rainfall.
More than 200,000 people are homeless or displaced, and 296 people have been injured. Schools and other public buildings are temporarily being used as shelter.
Geneva, Switzerland (Oct. 12, 2010) - CARE has launched an emergency response to help families suffering through the devastating flooding that has affected nearly half the communes of Benin. According to the government, 700,000 people have been affected, including more than 200,000 people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Crops, food supplies and livestock have been washed away by the floods, leaving 200,000 people in need of food assistance to survive until the next harvest in April, 2011.
Maps provided courtesy of CARE International
and CIESIN at the Earth Institute of Columbia University
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