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13 Aug 2014 description

On 8 August 2014, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was a public health emergency of international concern. In addition she recommended governments take action depending on the situation within their countries.

  • Category 1 – those affected with Ebola (Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone)

25 Jun 2014 description
  • Increased rains observed over the central parts of West Africa.

  • Slow start of the June-September rains observed over parts of Eastern Africa.

18 Jun 2014 description

Favorable rainfall distribution observed across the western parts of West Africa.

Marginal rainfall continues in Eastern Africa.

1) Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season had negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Limited rains are forecast over southern Ethiopia and northwestern Kenya during the next week, which could sustain poor conditions on the ground.

11 Jun 2014 description
  • Rainfall deficits have increased over portions of West Africa.
  • Slightly reduced rains observed in Eastern Africa.

1) Poor rainfall distribution during the March-May rainfall season had negatively impacted agricultural and pastoral activities throughout western Kenya, parts of northeastern Uganda, southeastern South Sudan, and northwestern Tanzania. Although some areas could still receive enhanced rains over the next week, the ending rainy season could worsen conditions further on the ground.

04 Jun 2014 description

Rainfall forecasts suggest no respite in wetness across far western West Africa during the next outlook period.

An irregular distribution of rainfall was observed in Eastern Africa during the March-May rainy season.

28 May 2014 description
  • Dry, drought conditions persisted across much of western Kenya.

  • Torrential rains impacted far western West Africa including Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

29 May 2013 description
  • At last week’s World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, health ministers from around the world acknowledged the progress achieved in the past year in bringing polio to its lowest ever levels, thanks to actions of Member States in placing polio eradication on an emergency footing. Delegates endorsed the new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 to secure a lasting polio-free world and urged for its full implementation and financing.

14 Feb 2011 description
report UN News Service

14 February 2011 - Hundreds of infants in Kenya received their first shots against pneumococcal disease today at a special United Nations-backed event to celebrate the global roll-out of vaccines targeting the world's leading cause of child deaths - pneumonia.

President Mwai Kibaki joined parents, health workers, ambassadors and donors in Nairobi to witness children being immunised as part of the Government's formal introduction of pneumococcal vaccine in its routine immunisation programme for all children.

Kenya is the first African country to introduce the pneumococcal …

21 Dec 2010 description

Tunis, 21st December 2010 - The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved 3 projects in the water sector in the last few weeks amounting to USD 114.35 Million. The Bank strongly believes supporting the sector is important to enhancing economic growth, improving living conditions as well as the health and education sectors of beneficiary countries.

The approved projects are in Kenya, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.

Kenya's Nairobi Rivers Rehabilitation and Restoration Program was approved by the Bank on 6 December 2010.

08 Dec 2010 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 8 December 2010 (PLUSNEWS) - "Why, if condoms are available, is AIDS still spreading in Africa?" asks Elkana Ong'esa, an elderly Kenyan man in the new documentary, Protection: Men and condoms in the time of HIV and AIDS.

"Because AIDS has not been sufficiently explained to people," replies a young man participating in a baraza (community meeting) called to discuss the devastating impact HIV is having on their village.

Instead of experts and NGO workers providing facts and advice, Protection [

03 Mar 2010 description

Smallholders targeted in sub-Saharan Africa

3 March 2010, Rome - Germany will provide funding of more than $6 million to five FAO projects aimed at strengthening the food security of smallholders in Africa and elsewhere.

The donation, from Germany's food security trust fund with FAO, will finance a global project as well as inter-regional projects and a number of smaller initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

25 Jun 2008 description

25 June 2008 - At the invitation of the Parliament of Sierra Leone and the IPU, parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan exchanged views on how to strengthen the role of their parliaments in promoting inclusive political processes, institutional reform and reconciliation. They did so at the regional seminar held in Freetown from 23 to 25 June, the first activity of a two-year IPU project to promote focused parliamentary debate and action in these areas at the national level in English-speaking African countries.

03 Apr 2008 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2006 to 31/12/2007 of a two-year planning and appeal process.

In brief

Programme summary:

From 2006 to 2007, donors continued to support ongoing programmes and plans for longer-term Keep-Up programmes in Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda and Liberia. A Hang-Up and Keep-Up programme was also initiated in Indonesia.

09 Jan 2008 description


Violence throughout Kenya following disputed elections at the end of 2007 has displaced thousands and killed hundreds of people. UMCOR is working with the East Africa Annual Conference, United Methodist missionaries and others to bring needed supplies and assistance to affected areas.

Please pray for those affected by the outbreak of violence.

13 Apr 2006 description
report GOAL


GOAL currently employs 175 GOALies who work with over 2,500 local staff to implement humanitarian programmes in 15 countries.

GOALies include country directors, project managers, accountants, nurses, doctors, nutritionists, administrative personnel and engineers.

GOAL's programmes target the poorest of the poor and people suffering the effects of war and/or natural disaster.

Funding for these projects comes from the governments of, among others, Ireland, the UK, the USA and the EU, charitable trusts and foundations, United Nations organisations and the general …

31 Oct 2005 description

AFRICA: In eastern Africa, despite improved outlook for current season crops in several countries, more than 18 million people are in need of food assistance. In western Africa, notwithstanding improved harvest prospects generally in the Sahel, the food security situation is still of concern notably in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. In Southern Africa, food insecurity is worsening for an estimated 12 million people due to reduced harvests in 2005, escalating food prices and rising energy costs.

30 Jul 2001 description
report IRIN

KENYA: Amnesty calls for inquiry into police killings