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28 Nov 2014 description

This World AIDS Day (1 December 2014) we are warning of the urgent need to prioritise HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents, particularly in the global south where they are slipping through the cracks when it comes to healthcare.

03 Jun 2014 description

Following a recent promise made by Foreign Minister Dr. Tedros Adhanom on a visit to Bujumbura, Ethiopia has sent aid materials to support rehabilitation of flood victims in Burundi. The material included 50,000 corrugated iron sheets, 5,000 blankets and other household utensils, amounting to a value of 12 million Ethiopian Birr. The material is being transported in Ethiopian Air Force planes.

19 Mar 2014 description

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

07 Mar 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heightened risk of epidemics due to overcrowding and poor hygiene in IDP and refugee populations.

  • Normal to near-normal March to May rainfall predicted for most parts of the region, but dry spells to continue in some areas.

  • Flooding deaths in Burundi could have been avoided.

  • More than 12,000 Somali returnees from Saudi Arabia are stranded in already stretched and insecure Mogadishu.