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19 Oct 2012 description

School meals from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) feed more than 11 million children in Africa each year. One of those children is a teenager called Molly Achieng, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

19 Oct 2012 description

Question

Preventing conflict between refugees and host communities: Provide examples of good practice/programmes in preventing/addressing conflict between refugees and host communities

Helpdesk response

This report includes programme examples from 13 countries. It highlights three main types of programme designed to tackle tensions and conflicts between refugees and host communities:

19 Oct 2012 description

Vers l’établissement de partenariats solides

18 octobre 2012, Rome - L'élimination de la faim en Afrique de l'Ouest est l'objectif principal d'un nouveau projet lancé d'un commun accord par les pays de cette région, l'Allemagne et la FAO.

18 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

FREETOWN, 18 October 2012 (IRIN) - Sierra Leone's worst cholera outbreak in 15 years has eased in the past two months and new infections each week have recently dipped to below 1,000.

18 Oct 2012 description

Will build strong partnerships for hunger eradication

18 October 2012, Rome - Eliminating hunger in West Africa is the main objective of a new project launched by West African countries, Germany and FAO.

18 Oct 2012 description
report UN Population Fund

ABUJA, Nigeria – At the ministerial meeting of the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, health ministers from seven African countries committed to speed-up access to and use of 13 life-saving commodities to all women and children in their countries by 2015.

18 Oct 2012 description
report UN General Assembly

AG/SHC/4042

Troisième Commission

12e et 13e séances – matin et après-midi

Les arrêts contre Lubanga et Taylor sont des « précédents historiques », selon la Représentante spéciale pour le sort des enfants en temps de conflit armé

17 Oct 2012 description

17 October 2012, Rome - FAO will provide Sierra Leone with technical assistance to improve the country's capacity to anticipate, plan for and respond to food security and nutrition threats under a two-year project signed here today.

The project will focus on development of information network systems and human resources to facilitate food security planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

17 Oct 2012 description

1) With seasonal rains ending and as vegetation dries out, locust swarms have formed in Chad and are expected to form shortly in Niger and Mali. Swarms are then expected to migrate towards the north as well as potentially into cropping areas in western/central Mali.

17 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

FREETOWN, 17 octobre 2012 (IRIN) - Alors qu'elle tente d'apaiser son bébé soigné pour malnutrition dans une clinique d'un bidonville de Freetown, une Sierra-Léonaise indique n'avoir jamais entendu parler de l'allaitement exclusif, mais dit respecter le « banfa » - un principe traditionnel selon lequel une femme ne doit pas avoir de relations sexuelles durant la période d'allaitement afin de ne pas mettre la santé de son enfant en danger.

17 Oct 2012 description
report AlertNet

By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) - Governments should take a more radical approach to helping the tens of millions of people uprooted by conflicts and disasters, including granting new forms of citizenship, the Red Cross and Red Crescent says.

Read the Full Report

17 Oct 2012 description

Clare Castillejo, 17 October 2012

Internationally supported statebuilding processes offer an opportunity to address engrained gender inequalities and develop a state that is accountable to women. However, international statebuilding support has so far been largely gender blind, with the result that such opportunities are often missed.

17 Oct 2012 description

A total of 21 986 cases and 292 deaths (CFR: 1.33%) reported from 12 out of 13 districts.

Event description

The Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) continues to work closely with partners at the national and international levels to maintain the response to the ongoing cholera outbreak. Twelve of the 13 districts in Sierra Leone have been affected since the beginning of the year.

16 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

FREETOWN, 16 October 2012 (IRIN) - Dandling her malnourished baby at a clinic in a Freetown slum, a Sierra Leonean mother says she has never heard of exclusive breastfeeding, but observes `banfa’ - a traditional practice where women abstain from sex as long as they are breastfeeding because they believe that sex during that period endangers the child’s health.

12 Oct 2012 description

On October 10, 2012 IPI held the inaugural event of IPI’s Women, Peace & Security event series, which featured the Principals for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the new Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone.

12 Oct 2012 description
report UN Radio

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En début de semaine, Dakar a abrité la 24ème réunion des Représentants spéciaux du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies et chefs des missions de la paix en Afrique de l'Ouest. L'objectif était notamment d'analyser la situation dans la sous-région et de faire le point sur la lutte contre le trafic de drogue et la piraterie au large des côtes ouest-africaines.

11 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

ADDIS ABABA, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) - Countries where people lack adequate access to land rights, water and energy - are among the worst performers in theannual Global Hunger Index (GHI).

“We find there is a definite correlation between these resources and food insecurity,” said Claudia Ringler, a co-author of this year’s GHI study, which was produced jointly by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the NGOs Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe.

11 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

FREETOWN, 11 October 2012 (IRIN) - Many Sierra Leonean women who are unable to repay small debts end up in prison for want of decent legal representation after their creditors report them to the police, meaning that civil disputes turn into criminal cases.

An estimated 10 percent of all charges issued by the Sierra Leonean police involve the failure to repay small debts.

11 Oct 2012 description

Responding to the Crisis in Syria

Instability and conflict in Syria continue to affect hundreds of thousands of people. An estimated one million Syrians have been internally displaced, while the overall total affected population is estimated at up to 2.5 million.