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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.

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.

22 Feb 2011 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 22 February 2011 - Despite an estimated 90 per cent decline in global maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) deaths over the last two decades, a newborn child still dies every nine minutes from the disease, according to the latest available figures.

07 Oct 2010 description
report World Bank

- Malaria still kills about 850,000 people in Africa each year  

- Anti-malaria efforts play a role in economic growth and poverty reduction

- The World Bank, through IDA, is directly supporting countries and catalyzing investment

WASHINGTON, October 7, 2010-Sub-Saharan Africa has made much progress against malaria in recent years, but this preventable and treatable disease still kills about 850,000 people in the region each year. Victory against malaria requires sustained funding, expanded prevention, stronger national and regional health systems, and continued research.

14 Jul 2010 description

'World Mangrove Atlas' highlights the importance of and threats to mangroves

July 14, 2010, London/Nairobi - The first global assessment of mangroves in over a decade reveals that rare and critically important mangrove forests continue to be lost at a rate three to four times higher than land-based global forests, despite positive restoration efforts by some countries.

About one fifth of all mangroves are thought to have been lost since 1980.

16 Jun 2010 description
report UN Children's Fund

Day of the African Child 2010: Theme is planning and budgeting for children, our collective responsibility

NEW YORK/ADDIS ABABA, 16 June 2010 - Many of the millions of African children who don't live to see their fifth birthday could be saved with greater investment in basic health services and infrastructure.

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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27 May 2010 description

The Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) signed seven Loan Agreements during the period 24 - 27 May 2010 with seven African eligible countries. The loans went to the Republics of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. The Agreement with Burkina Faso was signed in Ouagadougou, while the Other Agreements were signed in Abidjan, capital of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, on the side lines of the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (ADB).

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.

02 Sep 2009 description

The paper develops indicators to look at the performance of the irrigation sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, where demand for food is high and irrigation has a proven potential to boost levels of agricultural productivity. By looking at six indicator categories-institutional framework, water resource use, irrigation area, irrigation technology, agricultural productivity, and poverty and food security-we assess the potential for improving performance in the agricultural food security sector through increasing irrigation sector investments.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 72 a) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe

22 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-troisième session
Point 42 de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Rapport du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies
pour les réfugiés, questions relatives aux réfugiés,

20 Jul 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie H1N1: L'OMS est très préoccupée par la propagation rapide de la pandémie qui a fait à ce jour plus de 700 morts dans le monde. Aucun décès n'a encore été noté dans notre Région mais le nombre des cas confirmés et des pays touchés augmente rapidement. Au 21 juillet 2009, un total de 174 cas confirmés avaient été notifiés dans 12 pays. AFRO maintient son appel aux états membres pour qu'ils intensifient la surveillance. Inondations: nous continuons de suivre les inondations dans les pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest en ce début de saison des pluies.

20 May 2009 description
report IRIN

NAIROBI, 20 May 2009 (IRIN) - Several large African cities are at risk from rising sea levels and intense storms, experts warn.

Poor neighbourhoods and slums in Bugama and Okrika in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Bathurst in the Gambia and Tanga in Tanzania, are especially vulnerable.

In such low-income urban centres, infrastructure is often non-existent or ill-maintained, according to a World Bank report, Sea level Rise and Storm Surges, while storm-water drainage infrastructure is often outdated and inadequate.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change …

11 May 2009 description
  1. As the largest and most active international financial institutions (IFIs) and development finance institutions (DFIs) investing, lending, and providing advisory services in Africa(1), the African Development Bank Group, the Agence Française de Développement Group, the European Investment Bank, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, German Financial Cooperation (through KfW), the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, and the World Bank Group, are launching a Joint IFI/DFI Action Plan to respond to the Financial Crisis in Africa coordinated through the African Financing …