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27 Apr 2010 description

NEW YORK - Beginning today, all medical treatment and medicines for pregnant women, lactating mothers and children under 5 will be provided free of charge in all government health facilities in Sierra Leone, currently one of the most dangerous places on earth to get pregnant.

09 Sep 2009 description

Regional meeting on landmines opens today in Pretoria

Pretoria, 9 September 2009 -- African Union members must step up their efforts towards ridding the continent of landmines and fully respecting the rights of landmine survivors, said the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), 1997 Nobel Peace Laureate, today at the opening of a regional meeting on the issue.

31 Dec 2008 description

EAST AFRICA: October- December rains began on time but ended early in south- central Somalia, northeastern and southeastern Kenya, and in parts of southeastern Ethiopia, negatively affecting crop prospects and pasture in these areas. In south- central Soma lia, increased civil insecurity and rampant sea piracy also continue to exacerbate existing food insecurity through displacement, dis ruption of both commercial and humanitarian food imports, and restrictions on food access among already impoverished popula tions.

21 Jul 2005 description

Weekly Introduction

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at One-Month Lead:

Aug-Oct 2005 Forecasts

Gulf of Guinea Region:

Climatology is expected across the domain, except locally over northwestern Cote d’Ivoire.

Northern Horn of Africa:

02 Jun 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Position:

26 May 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Seasonal Outlooks at Four Month Lead: Sept - Nov 2005 Forecasts:

Northern Horn of Africa:

Climatology is expected, except locally over portions of northwestern Ethiopia, where there is a slight tilt in the odds favoring above average rainfall.

East Africa:

04 May 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update of Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) Position:

We have re-initiated posting the position of the ITCZ along with a comparison with its normal position (www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/ITCZ/itcz.html).

07 Apr 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:
Locust Update

The report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on the locust situation in western Africa was last updated on March 16 (http://www.fao.org/NEWS/GLOBAL/locusts/Locuhome.htm). While some swarms continue in the region, looking toward this spring, the FAO expects that Northwest Africa will be invaded this spring due to failed winter rains and breeding in Mauritania.

Weather Hazards Assessment Graphic:

31 Mar 2005 description

Weekly Introduction:

Update and Review of Tropical Cyclone Situation:

As we examine the sea surface temperature conditions as well as the upper atmosphere winds over the South Indian Ocean, we see that we have entered a period favorable for cyclone development. The situation will continue to be monitored for possible impacts on the African continent at: www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/fews/CYCLONES/cyclones.html

30 Sep 2004 description

Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook for January-March at Four Months Lead

Southern Africa

15 Sep 2004 description

FEWS NET Alert Status


Highest Priority - Urgent Action Required

In addition to the difficulties faced by Sudanese Chad:refugees in Chad, the local Chadian population has become food insecure after sharing their food and resources with refugees. In some areas, malnutrition rates are as high amongst the host population as amongst the refugees.

Ethiopia: Emergency food needs in Ethiopia have risen, with 7.8 million people requiring assistance through the end of 2004, up from 7.1 million.