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21 Aug 2015 description

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partner organizations continue to provide dedicated and on-the-ground preparedness support to priority countries in the African region: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, South Sudan and Togo.

28 Aug 2012 description

Food security remains an important development issue for Africa, with many countries facing high food costs and periodic food shortages due to climate change, humanitarian crises, conflict, displaced populations, poor agricultural practices and a high dependency on imported food stuffs. For this reason, food security remains a top priority on the continent’s development agenda, as outlined in the quarterly Africa Food Security Brief published recently by the Chief Economist Complex of the African Development Bank.

13 Feb 2012 description

NAIROBI/GENEVA, 13 February 2012 - In advance of critical rainfall forecasts for the Horn of Africa, the UN office for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR, today announced a partnership with the African Centre of Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD) to ensure rapid dissemination of weather updates to disaster managers.

11 Oct 2010 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 9 octobre 2010 (IRIN) - Pour faire face au pouvoir croissant d'Al-Qaida au Maghreb islamique (AQMI), les analystes préconisent davantage d'opérations conjointes de recherche du renseignement, la mise en ouvre de mesures répressives contre le crime organisé et l'adoption d'une approche coordonnée en vue de traiter les demandes de rançon.

Bien que, selon les estimations, les branches d'AQMI dans le sud du Sahel ne comptent que 400 à 800 membres, les réseaux commerciaux et de crime organisé, de plus en plus vastes, ont développé leur puissance financière et …

16 Sep 2009 description

Les besoins d'aide humanitaire sont en augmentation dans les zones de conflit comme dans les zones sans conflit, a prévenu le Secrétaire général aux affaires humanitaires et Coordonnateur des secours d'urgence.

08 Sep 2009 description

La Commission européenne consacre 53,475 millions d'euros supplémentaires, au moyen d'une série de décisions de financement, au renforcement de l'aide humanitaire en faveur des populations vulnérables de Somalie, d'Éthiopie, du Kenya, d'Ouganda, du Tchad, du Burkina Faso, du Niger, du Mali et de Mauritanie.

08 Sep 2009 description

IP/09/1280

Brussels, 8 September 2009 - The European Commission has earmarked a further €53.475 million, through a series of financing decisions, for expanded humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali and Mauritania.

17 Jun 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract

Vitamin A deficiency and malaria are both highly prevalent health problems in Africa. Vitamin A deficiency affects over 30 million children, most of whom are in the age-group (under five years) most affected by malaria. Vitamin A deficiency increases all-cause mortality in this part of the population, and malaria is an important cause of death in children at this age.

22 May 2009 description

Note: The last situation report was dated May 8, 2008.

BACKGROUND

Between March 2007 and March 2008, global food prices increased an average of 43 percent, according to the International Monetary Fund. During that time period, wheat, soybean, corn, and rice prices increased by 146 percent, 71 percent, 41 percent, and 29 percent, respectively, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Rising food prices contributed to a significant increase in food insecurity worldwide, particularly among poorer populations.

20 Mar 2009 description

WORLD WATER DAY

On the occasion of World Water Day (22 March), the Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation, Ms. Catarina de Albuquerque, expresses her particular concern about access to water and sanitation during emergencies.

"The chaos and insecurity caused by war and natural disasters frequently block access to water and sanitation, with devastating results," said the Independent Expert.

31 Aug 2008 description

Africa Conflict and Humanitarian Unit (ACHU)

Summary of key findings

- Total spend in 2007/8 was =A3205m, a decline from =A3236m in 2006/7. However using adjusted figures the amount is broadly similar for both years. Both these years' spend was less than the exceptional 2005/6, when it peaked at =A3264m.

- Year on year trend: there has been a 10-15 % decline since the peak spend in 2005/6 of =A3264m.

- The top five recipient countries of DFID humanitarian aid are Sudan, DRC, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Somalia.

30 Jun 2008 description

Introduction to this new FEWS NET report: High food and fuel prices represent a relatively new global food security threat, especially in urban areas, and especially on the urban poor. To more closely monitor its evolution, FEWS NET is beginning monthly reporting of staple food prices in the 20 countries it covers.

11 Apr 2008 description

Forecast growth in 2008 cereal production could ease tight global supply

Rome, 11 April 2008 - The cereal import bill of the world's poorest countries is forecast to rise by 56 percent in 2007/2008. This comes after a significant increase of 37 percent in 2006/2007, FAO said today.

For low-income food-deficit countries in Africa, the cereal bill is projected to increase by 74 percent, according to the UN agency's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

10 Apr 2008 description

Investing in long-term food security projects in Africa is key to fight some of the root causes of hunger and malnutrition, says the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies as it launches a new five-year strategy to scale up food security programmes in 15 African countries. The new plan, announced today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be financed through an appeal for 45 million Swiss francs (US$ 43.5 million / € 28.5 million) over the next five years.

10 Apr 2008 description

L'investissement à long terme dans des projets de sécurité alimentaire en Afrique est crucial pour traiter certaines des causes profondes de la faim et de la malnutrition, affirme la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge qui lance une nouvelle stratégie quinquennale en vue de renforcer les programmes de sécurité alimentaire dans quinze pays du continent.

18 Jan 2008 description
report IRIN

DAKAR/OUAGADOUGOU, 18 janvier 2008 (IRIN) - L'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a confirmé que des épidémies de méningite, une bactérie mortelle, s'étaient déclarées dans trois pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest, marquant le début de ce qui pourrait être, selon les experts, l'épidémie de méningite la plus grave qu'ait connu l'Afrique depuis 10 ans.

« Au Burkina Faso, un district est en état d'alerte, une épidémie a été signalée dans une des régions du Nigeria et deux cas ont été observés au Niger, ainsi que plusieurs en République démocratique du Congo », a …

17 Jan 2008 description
report IRIN

DAKAR/OUAGADOUGOU, 17 January 2008 (IRIN) - The World Health Organization has confirmed outbreaks of the deadly meningitis bacterium in three West African countries, marking the start of what experts have warned might be the worst meningitis epidemic to hit Africa in a decade.

"One district is on alert in Burkina Faso, an epidemic has been reported in a region of Nigeria and there are two cases in Niger, as well as cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo," Professor Kader Kondé, director of WHO's Ouagadougou-based Multi-Disease Surveillance Centre (MDSC) told …

29 Nov 2007 description

Press Release N°2007-147

The number of children starting primary school has increased sharply since 2000, there are more girls in school than ever before and spending on education and aid has risen. That's the good news, according to the sixth edition of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released by UNESCO today.