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09 Mar 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

29 Feb 2008 description

CROSS BORDER & REGIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Crisis in Chad-30,000 Refugees in Cameroon

Over 30,000 Chadians fled across the border into north-eastern Cameroon after fighting in N'Djamena between armed groups and the Government in early February. More than 4,600 families comprising some 20,000 persons have registered with UNHCR and indicated their intention to stay in Cameroon for the time being. The refugees began to arrive on 2 February and were initially hosted in two temporary sites as well as in schools, churches and private homes in Kousséri.

26 Feb 2008 description
report World Bank

Despite billions of dollars invested into health in Africa, the shortage of appropriate health workers particularly in rural areas in many countries is a major barrier to health service coverage for the poor.

''I was assigned to a very remote area some 38 km from the local town and 18 km off the main road but I did not go," according to one physician from a provincial town in Ethiopia. "Two years later, there was a new graduate who was sent there. He served for one month and could not collect his salary unless he traveled 18 km by horse.

08 Feb 2008 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 8 February 2008 (IRIN) - As global warming pushes temperatures up and droughts become more intense, the production of maize, southern Africa's staple food, could drop by as much as 30 percent in another two decades, according to a new study.

The study by a group of Stanford University researchers calls on countries to opt for long-term measures like the development of new crop varieties and investment in irrigation, which could help lessen the impact on food production more substantially than shifting planting dates.

"Adaptation is a key factor that will shape …

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 …

27 Dec 2007 description
report Christian Aid

Flooding across Africa in August and September washed away homes, crops and livestock, leaving hundreds of thousands in urgent need of food and shelter.

Thanks to the generous support of Christian Aid's supporters we raised £153,000/€210,000.

20 Dec 2007 description

La Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge lance une série d'activités de prévention à la méningite dans 14 pays d'Afrique afin de se préparer à ce qui pourrait être l'une des pires épidémies de méningite des dix dernières années. Ces actions répondent à la mise en garde lancée le 9 octobre dernier par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

Les premiers signes d'une épidémie pourraient se manifester dès février-mars 2008.

05 Dec 2007 description

Des synergies identifiées lors d'une réunion à Rome

5 décembre 2007, Rome - Onze pays africains sont convenus de joindre leurs forces pour relever le défi de l'éducation pour les populations rurales. Lors d'une récente réunion au siège de la FAO, à Rome, ils ont également décidé d'identifier les synergies et d'établir une coopération internationale au plan technique pour renforcer l'éducation et la formation dans les zones rurales.

05 Dec 2007 description

5 December 2007, Rome - Eleven African countries have agreed to join forces to meet the challenge of education for rural people. At a recent meeting in FAO headquarters in Rome they also decided to identify synergies and establish international technical cooperation aimed at enhancing education and training in rural areas.

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.

04 Nov 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical healthrelated activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

25 Oct 2007 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Oct 25, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Seven major international organizations including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) on Thursday announced a multimillion-dollar partnership to address declining supplies of fresh water and the lack of access to clean water by the world's poorest people.

16 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/SHC/3887

Sixty-second General Assembly
Third Committee
11th & 12th Meetings (AM & PM)

Prioritizing Rural Development Fundamental to Advancement of Women

The manifold disadvantages and discrimination which continue to plague rural women in many parts of the world was an issue voiced by many speakers as the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) continued its discussion today on the advancement of women with close to 50 speakers taking the floor.

11 Oct 2007 description
report IRIN

OUAGADOUGOU, 11 octobre 2007 (IRIN) - La fin de la saison des pluies en Afrique pourrait déclencher une des plus virulentes épidémies de méningite relevées au cours des 10 dernières années sur le continent, mais la communauté internationale est actuellement mal préparée pour faire face à une épidémie d'une telle ampleur, a prévenu l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), le 9 octobre.

Au moins 80 millions de personnes, dans les 21 pays africains - de l'Ethiopie, en Afrique de l'Est, à la Mauritanie, en Afrique de l'Ouest - qui constituent la région souvent appelée …

26 Sep 2007 description

Les équipes du Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) déployées dans plusieurs pays d'Afrique distribuent actuellement des vivres aux victimes des inondations qui ont eu lieu sur le continent et qui, dans certaines régions, sont les plus graves depuis des décennies.

26 Sep 2007 description

OVERVIEW

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) teams in many countries across Africa are delivering food to people hit by floods across the continent that are the worst in deCades in some places. But WFP urgently needs new contributions to cope with the crisis.

At least 1.5 million people are so far affected by the floods from Mauritania in an arc stretching across sub-Saharan Africa.

Funds, especially cash, are urgently needed for several WFP operations, including in Uganda, where a US$41-million

25 Sep 2007 description

EWSRELEASE 07/106e

Agency has started to assess damage in affected countries - concern about climate change

Rome, 25 September 2007- FAO Director-General Dr Jacques Diouf pledged today that FAO will bring all its resources and experience to support flood-affected countries in Africain rehabilitating their damaged agricultural sector.

"FAO is making every effort to immediately assess the damage the floods have caused to farmers and their livelihoods and is mobilizing resources to assist them in resuming their farming activities," Dr Diouf said.

25 Sep 2007 description
report Trócaire

The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt TD, today approved up to one million euro in emergency relief funding to help flood victims in Ghana and Uganda. Ghana and Uganda are two of the countries worst affected by the recent floods in Africa.

25 Sep 2007 description

Evaluation des dégâts et préoccupation quant au changement climatique

25 septembre 2007, Rome - M. Jacques Diouf, Directeur général de la FAO, a annoncé aujourd'hui que l'Organisation a mobilisé toutes ses ressources et son expérience pour réhabiliter le secteur agricole des pays africains touchés par des inondations.

"La FAO ne ménage aucun effort pour évaluer sur-le-champ les dégâts causés par les inondations aux agriculteurs et à leurs moyens de subsistance et pour mobiliser des ressources afin de les aider à reprendre leurs activités agricoles", a déclaré …