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30 Sep 2009 description



Zinc Seen as Breakthrough Cure for Diarrhea

Sogola, Mali-Generations of residents have watched their children fall ill each rainy season with diarrhea, which kills an astonishing 1.6 million children under 5 every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)-more than either malaria or AIDS. It also stunts growth, and forces millions-adults and children alike-to spend weeks at a time off work or school.

But USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups have begun distributing zinc supplements to villagers in Bangladesh, India, Mali, …

30 Sep 2009 description


30 Sep 2009 description

- June and July brought a marked rainfall deficit in the northeastern part of Mali (Gao region and Gourma in the Timbuktu region), especially in Bourem, Ansongo, and Ménaka. The resulting delay in the regrowth of grasses caused an unusually high number of animal losses and an extension of the lean period for pastoralists until August, rather than June or July.

29 Sep 2009 description


- Number of displaced people in Burkina Faso rises to over 90 000.

- Over 50% of the capital, Ouagadougou, including key infrastructures, has suffered damage.

- Waterborne diseases remain a major public health risk in affected countries due to stagnant water, flooded water supplies and disrupted water and sanitation systems.

- WHO working with Ministries of Health to strengthen surveillance, conduct joint assessments, coordinate the health response.

A- Situation in countries

1- Burkina Faso

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) …

29 Sep 2009 description

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Experts from 13 West African countries and re presentatives of partners began a three-day meeting here Tuesday, ahead of a ministerial meeting on how to strengthen integrated disease surveillance and response across border areas in the sub-region, the meeting's co-sponsor, World Health Organization African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control (WHO/APOC), said in a statement obtained by PANA.

The experts' meeting is preparatory to that of Ministers on Friday, which is expected to come out with guidelines in response to incessant disease …

29 Sep 2009 description
  • La situation pluviométrique au nord est du Mali (région de Gao et Gourma de Tombouctou), a été marquée par un déficit pluviométrique prononcé en juin/juillet, particulièrement à Bourem, Ansongo, et Ménaka.
28 Sep 2009 description

In the first year of an exciting initiative funded mainly by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, 42,000 smallholder farmers all over the world have been involved in selling food to WFP through the 'Purchase For Progress' pilot programme.

BAMAKO -- Faso Jigi, a federation of farmers' associations in Mali, scored a first this year. Its 2,500 members were finally able to participate and win a tender to sell 600 metric tons (MT) of cereals to WFP.

"This year the sale was quick, they paid us promptly and we made a good profit.

25 Sep 2009 description

- 397 Progress towards measles control in WHO’s African Region, 2001–2008

- 397 Progrès accomplis en matière de lutte antirougeoleuse dans la Région africaine de l’OMS, 2001-2008

24 Sep 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie A (H1N1): Le nombre des cas confirmés dans notre Région était de 12 216 avec 69 décès au 22 septembre 2009. En Afrique du Sud, l'Institut National pour les Maladies Transmissibles a notifié 11 545 cas confirmés et 59 décès. Les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest retiennent toujours l'attention de la communauté Humanitaire avec actuellement plus de 635 273 personnes sinistrées et environs 187 morts depuis les trois derniers mois.

23 Sep 2009 description
report UN News Service

Les agences des Nations Unies ont accru leur assistance d'urgence en Afrique de l'Ouest o=F9 de graves inondations ont affecté 600.000 personnes, endommageant les infrastructures, les écoles et les hôpitaux, inondant de larges portions de terres arables et détruisant les récoltes.

Le Burkina Faso, le Ghana, la Guinée, le Mali, le Niger et le Sénégal sont parmi les pays les plus affectés, selon le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA).

« Au Burkina Faso, les agences des Nations Unies et les organisations non gouvernementales (ONG) partenaires ont lancé un …

23 Sep 2009 description
report UN News Service

United Nations agencies are stepping up emergency relief efforts in West Africa where severe flooding has affected 600,000 people, damaging infrastructure, schools and hospitals, inundating large swathes of farmland and destroying crops.

Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Senegal are the worst affected countries.

"In Burkina Faso UN agencies and their NGO (non-governmental organization) partners have launched a flash appeal for $18.4 million to respond to the flood emergency.

23 Sep 2009 description

Le chef rebelle de l'Alliance touareg Nord-Mali pour le changement (Atnm), Ibrahim Ag Bahanga, a décidé de revenir au Mali et d'adhérer à l'accord de paix d'Alger ayant mis fin en 2006 à la rébellion dans la région de Kidal (Nord-est), indique le porte-parole des rebelles, Mohamed Ag Ghrib. Les autorités libyennes ont confirmé qu'Ag Bahanga avait déjà quitté la Libye, o=F9 il avait été accueilli il y a huit mois en vertu de considérations "humanitaires".

22 Sep 2009 description

Ougadougou, Burkina Faso_(dpa) _ When teacher Aminata Sourl packed up her classroom in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at the end of last term, she didn't expect to be back until the new school year.

But landlocked Burkina Faso was among the West African nations devastated by floods that killed 160 people and displaced over 500,000 at the beginning of this month.

Sourl was forced to join the crowds seeking refuge back at her own primary school, which occupies a raised patch of land on the edge of the city.

"As I locked the door last term I said to myself 'I'll be back …

22 Sep 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/09 to 30/06/09

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) immediate focus is to support National Societies in providing assistance to address the needs of vulnerable people. In disaster management WCAZ faces challenges due to new disaster patterns related to climate variability.

21 Sep 2009 description
  • La situation alimentaire courante est caractérisée par la fin de la soudure dans la partie guinéenne de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et aussi localement dans le Sahel avec les récoltes précoces de mil, de maïs et du niébé en vert par endroit au Niger, au Nigeria et au Tchad.