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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.

16 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.

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

28 Oct 2004 description


Weekly Introduction:

February-April 2005 CCA Outlooks at 4 Months Lead

Southern Africa

The outlook for Feb-Apr 2005 southern Africa rainfall at four months lead show a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across central South Africa, most of Namibia, the western half of Botswana, portions of southern Angola and, locally, over southwestern Zambia. There is a tilt in the odds favoring below normal rainfall locally over northern Mozambique. Climatology is expected elsewhere.

Gulf of Guinea

30 Sep 2004 description


Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlook for January-March at Four Months Lead

Southern Africa

23 Sep 2004 description


Weekly Introduction:

CCA Outlooks for October-December at One Month Lead

East Africa

The outlook for Oct-Dec 2004 East Africa rainfall at one month lead shows a tilt in the odds favoring above normal rainfall across southern Somalia, most of Kenya and Uganda, western Rwanda, and extreme northern Tanzania. Climatology is expected in all other areas.

Northern Horn of Africa