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06 Nov 2014 description
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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.

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05 Aug 2011 description
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05 Aug 2011 17:17 Source: Alertnet // George Fominyen

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Picture the scene: terrified, hungry crowds go on the rampage, attacking cars belonging to humanitarian organisations, storming warehouses to steal food and fuel supplies.

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04 Aug 2011 description
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04 Aug 2011 12:03

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Benin is taking steps to ensure there is less devastation from seasonal floods this year as rainfall forecasts suggest the country is at high risk of flooding between now and October, an official said.

Eugene Hountondji, who is in charge of disaster management in the interior ministry, said authorities have carried out awareness campaigns across the country to advise people living in wetlands and swamps to move to higher ground during the rainy season.

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 …

17 Sep 2009 description
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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 .

04 Sep 2009 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet)- Heavy flooding has displaced over a quarter of a million people and killed dozens 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.

OCHA said in a statement on Sept.