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19 Jun 2014 description
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New report calls for concerted action to improve care standards for children in Africa

A newly published research report highlights how eight African countries have failed to implement UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children; lack of leadership, resources and information cited.

18 June 2014 - LILONGWE, MALAWI – Five years after the UN adopted the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, key aspects of the global standards have yet to be implemented, according to a report authored by policy experts and released today.

16 Oct 2013 description

1) Since June, insufficient and poorly-distributed rainfall has led to large rainfall deficits across the Gulf of Guinea countries and has reduced maize yields in Ghana, southern Togo and in southwestern Nigeria. Although seasonal rainfall has increased during the second peak of the bi-modal rainfall season, below average thirty and sixty day rainfall totals have continued. Average rainfall is forecast during the next week.

16 Apr 2012 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2012 – Eighteen African countries lose around US$5.5 billion every year due to poor sanitation, with annual economic losses between 1 percent and 2.5 percent of GDP, says a new report by the World Bank’s Water and Sanitation Program (WSP).

“The 18 African countries represented in this study account for 554 million people—that’s more than half of Africa’s population,” said WSP Manager Jaehyang So. “This is powerful evidence for Ministers that their countries will not be able to grow sustainably without addressing these costs.”

31 Jan 2012 description

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been elected Chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance, succeeding the founding Chair, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete. ALMA is an alliance of African Heads of State and Government working to end malaria-related deaths.

12 Dec 2011 description
report ECOWAS

The second Technical Consultation on Malaria vector control in the ECOWAS region ended in Cotonou, Benin Republic on Thursday 30th November 2011, with wide-ranging recommendations including a proposal for well-planned and coordinated vector control measures to complement existing interventions in Member States. This will ensure a complete and holistic regional approach for the control and eventual elimination of the disease in the region.

12 Dec 2011 description
report ECOWAS

La seconde consultation technique sur la lutte contre les vecteurs du paludisme dans la région de la Cedeao s’est achevée ce 30 novembre 2011 à Cotonou, au Bénin, en recommandant notamment des mesures bien planifiées et bien coordonnées de lutte contre ces transmetteurs afin de compléter les interventions existant dans les États membres.

28 Nov 2011 description

Ottawa, Canada, November 25, 2011 – Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) today announced seven winning projects from across Africa that will support important and innovative initiatives to better equip the African continent to deal with the effects of climate change.

28 Nov 2011 description
report ECOWAS

N°: 241/2011
26 November 2011 [ABUJA]

Health experts and other stakeholders will gather in Cotonou, the Benin Republic capital from Monday 28th November to move forward regional initiatives for Malaria vector control towards the elimination of the mosquito-borne scourge in the ECOWAS region.

The main objective of the three-day technical consultation meeting organized by the ECOWAS Commission is to strengthen the vector control component of an integrated malaria elimination strategy in the region.

24 May 2011 description

Barbara Barungi, Kazuhiro Numasawa, Adeleke Salami and Adalbert Nshimyumuremyi

01 Mar 2011 description

Global wheat production to increase in 2011

Cereal import bill in poor food-deficit countries rising due to higher international prices

23 March 2011, Rome - FAO's first forecast for world wheat production in 2011 stands at 676 million tonnes, representing a growth of 3.4 percent from 2010, the March 2011 edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said today.

05 Nov 2010 description

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- 445 Outbreaks following importations of wild poliovirus into countries of the WHO African, European and South-East Asian Regions: January 2009 – September 2010

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- 445 Flambées consécutives à l’importation du poliovirus sauvage dans les Région africaine, européenne et d’Asie du Sud-Est de l’OMS – jan

31 May 2010 description
report ACMAD

FAITS SAILLANTS : La malnutrition et plusieurs autres maladies épidémiques continuent toujours de sévir sur le continent africain. Parmi ces maladies, on dénombre la méningite, les maladies diarrhéiques aiguës, le cholera et la fièvre de la Vallée du Rift. A ceux, s'ajoute des pluies diluviennes et des inondations, qui constituent encore des préoccupations majeures dans certains pays.

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15 Feb 2010 description

Contexte général

La situation socio politique en Côte d'Ivoire a été marquée cette semaine par une explosion de violence dans plusieurs villes du pays. Ceci est le résultat de débats entre l'opposition et le groupe présidentiel suite à la dissolution la semaine dernière du Gouvernement et de la Commission Electorale Indépendante par le Président. L'insécurité à l'est de la RDC n'a pas changé. En plus de cela, on note la persistance des crises habituelles y compris les épidémies.

08 Feb 2010 description

General Context

Insecurity in Eastern DRC and the escalating social and political atmosphere in Côte d'Ivoire are retaining our attention this week. In addition, the usual crises including several disease outbreaks are ongoing. Member states are receiving support from WHO for response mainly through the Health Clusters.

20 Nov 2009 description

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- 485 Epidemiological summary of pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 virus – Ontario, Canada, June 2009

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- 485 Virus de la grippe pandémique A (H1N1) 2009 – synthèse épidémiologique, Ontario (Canada), juin 2009

20 Oct 2009 description
report PlusNews

NAIROBI, 20 octobre 2009 (PlusNews) - Alors que les sources traditionnelles du financement de l'aide se tarissent, de nouvelles approches innovantes pour lever des fonds pourraient se révéler le meilleur espoir de générer des revenus pour soutenir les efforts de lutte contre le VIH/SIDA.

L'initiative de collecte de fonds UNITAID a rassemblé une somme estimée à 1,2 milliard de dollars depuis 2006 pour le traitement du VIH, de la tuberculose et du paludisme, principalement grâce à une taxe peu élevée sur les billets d'avion achetés dans les 34 pays participants, la plupart …

16 Sep 2009 description

While donors had responded "remarkably generously" to United Nations consolidated appeals for emergency aid, they had nevertheless provided less than half of what was required this year to address the needs of people facing severe humanitarian crises around the world, the top United Nations relief official said today.

During a press conference at Headquarters today, John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, announced that the $4.6 billion collected in response to the mid-year review of the consolidated appeals this past July was the highest amount ever, in …

08 Sep 2009 description
report IRIN

GENEVA, 8 September 2009 (IRIN) - Climate scientists describe Africa as an information "black hole". The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) notes that there are only 744 weather stations, but only a quarter of them are of international standard; at least 3,000, evenly spaced across the continent, are needed, with another 1,000 in densely populated areas; ideally, Africa should have at least 10,000 stations.

The need for better weather information is clear - last week, floods inundated West Africa, dislocating 250,000 people; a quarter of the normal annual rainfall was …