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01 Jun 2009 description
report The Global Fund

This fact sheet outlines the principles and approach in determining the number of people on antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) for HIV/AIDS treatment, with a breakdown of the results by country, and answers to commonly-asked questions.

Question 1: How many people are receiving ARVs from programs supported by Global Fund grants?

As of June 1st 2009, programs supported by the Global Fund have reported 2.3 million people currently on ARVs for treatment of HIV/AIDS.

Question 2: What is the regional breakdown of people currently receiving ARVs?

31 May 2009 description

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has judicial, legislative and executive arms of government at Federal and 36 State levels. The legislative arm of Government comprises the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each State has an elected Executive Governor, an Executive Council and a House of Assembly with powers to make laws. Each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) is administered by an elected executive chairman and elected legislative council members from electoral wards which are the lowest political units.

31 May 2009 description
report Voice of America

By Gilbert da Costa

Many of the people displaced in the Niger Delta by the current military offensive say they are eager to return home. We report from the makeshift camp at Ogbe Ijoh where supplies and patience are in short supply.

Thousands of people have run for their lives in the past two weeks as the army pounded militants strongholds with helicopter gunships and ground troops. Crammed into a refugee camp and compelled to sleep on concrete classroom floors, the displaced civilians, all of them women and children, are eager to return home.

31 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

LAGOS, May 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The militants in the Niger Delta are reaching out to the Nigerian federal government in a move to negotiate a ceasefire and peace deal, local media reported on Sunday.

They are also calling for the release of the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Henry Okah, and mass employment of youths in the region by oil companies in the region.

According to lagos-based newspaper the Nation, the militants have been wielding contacts in the government circle to reach a truce.

It said some of the militants had …

31 May 2009 description

Executive Summary

THE YEAR 2008 witnessed a polio outbreak in Nigeria, with new international spread to bordering countries, persistent importations in south-central Africa and Sudan and the largest outbreak of polio in eight years in Pakistan. Elsewhere, western Uttar Pradesh in India - historically the world's most entrenched reservoir of polio but free of indigenous poliovirus type 1 for more than a year - was re-infected by a virus from a neighbouring state. By the end of the year, the number of children paralysed by polio in 2008 had returned to 1999 levels.

31 May 2009 description

Household food security is generally stable across the country owing to continued high market supplies in urban and rural markets and improved agricultural labor opportunities due to the surge in agricultural activities. As the hunger season progresses in the South, access to food among poor households is constrained by diminishing household food reserves and unseasonably high prices of gari, a staple food for the poor.

29 May 2009 description

ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) - Nigeria President Umaru Yar'Adua on Friday renewed his offer for amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta, two weeks after the military launched its biggest offensive in years.

Yar'Adua initially said in April he was ready to grant amnesty to gunmen in the Niger Delta if they agreed to lay down their weapons, but the main militant group dismissed the offer as mere words.

29 May 2009 description
  • Yar'Adua says amnesty offer to militants still on table

    - Main militant group rejects offer to lay down weapons

    - Five-day lull in fighting in Niger Delta

    By Felix Onuah

    ABUJA, May 29 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua renewed on Friday his offer for amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta, two weeks after the military launched its biggest offensive in years, but the rebels said 'no'.

    Yar'Adua initially said in April he was ready to grant amnesty to gunmen in the Niger Delta if they agreed to lay down their weapons, but the main militant …

28 May 2009 description

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is mobilizing resources to ensure that adequate relief materials including drugs and food items are provided to the displaced people in the on-going crisis between the military and militant groups in the Niger Delta region.

The Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), AVM Mohammed Audu-Bida (rtd) has raised another team today, which is led by the Director of Relief and Rehabilitation from the Abuja Headquarters of the agency to monitor and assess the level of devastation in the Niger Delta region due to assault on …

28 May 2009 description

(London) The world is sitting on a social, political and economic time bomb fuelled by an unfolding human rights crisis, said Amnesty International's Secretary General Irene Khan today as she launched Amnesty International Report 2009: State of the World's Human Rights.

"Underlying the economic crisis is an explosive human rights crisis," said Irene Khan. "The economic downturn has aggravated abuses, distracted attention from them and created new problems.

28 May 2009 description


74 million children to be immunized, as outbreak spreads to Guinea

Dakar/Harare, 28 May 2009 - More than 400,000 polio vaccinators in 11 West African countries will immunize more than 74 million children over the next week in response to a spreading polio epidemic which is threatening thousands of children with life-long paralysis.

28 May 2009 description

Communiqué de presse conjoint OMS/UNICEF/Rotary International

74 millions d'enfants vont être vaccinés contre la polio, alors que l'épidémie se propage en Guinée

Dakar/Harare, 28 mai 2009 - Plus de 400.000 vaccinateurs dans 11 pays d'Afrique de l'ouest vont immuniser plus de 74 millions d'enfants au cours des prochaines semaines en réponse à la propagation de l'épidémie de poliomyélite qui menace de paralyser à vie des milliers d'enfants.

28 May 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 28 May 2009 (IRIN)

May 2009

Clashes between government forces (the Joint Task Force) and militants break out on 13 May. Both sides deny initiating the attack.

JTF launches its biggest onslaught against militants since 2006.

28 May 2009 description

A human rights non-governmental organisation, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has petitioned the United Nations Human Rights Council over the military offensive launched by the Nigerian federal government and accusations of "serious crimes against humanity". "The 20,000 people who live in the area of the attack are trapped there by the JTF's (Joint Task Force - government troops) continuing operations.

28 May 2009 description
report Save the Children

Executive summary

This third annual Last in Line, Last in School report examines recent trends in donor support for education for children living in conflict-affected fragile states (CAFS) and those caught up in emergencies. Its broad conclusion is that, although donors have increased their focus on meeting the education needs of children in these countries and situations, there is still a long way to go.

28 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

LAGOS, May 28, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Nigerian military raises alarm on fresh arms acquisition in Niger Delta Nigerian military raises alarm on fresh arms acquisition in Niger Delta

The Joint Task Force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta has raised the alarm that militants were re- grouping and stockpiling arms in furtherance of their criminal activities in the region.

The federal troops discovered an arms dump on Wednesday in Okerenkoko in the restive Gbaramatu kingdom, containing three rocket-propelled grenades, seven primed bombs, as well as other assorted arms and …

28 May 2009 description
report IRIN

DAKAR, 28 May 2009 (IRIN) - The Nigeria Red Cross says conflict-hit areas it has been able to access in the Niger Delta are in better condition than anticipated, but that continued restrictions on aid workers' movement leaves many questions unanswered.

Government soldiers are controlling access in and out of the Delta, site of a military incursion launched on 13 May to crack down on Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) militants.