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21 Jun 2011 description

Oru, Nigeria (PANA) - Refugees at the Oru camp, South West Nigeria, are lashing out at the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the country's National Commission For Refugees (NCFR) for abandoning them to their fate with no form of assistance particularly in their hours need.

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 …

14 Sep 2009 description

By Kennedy Abwao, PANA Correspondent

Mombasa, Kenya (PANA) - African education ministers kicked off a three-day meeting in Kenya's seaside resort of Mombasa Monday with a plea to the world's richest economies to dedicate at least one percent of their US$1.4 trillion military expenditure to help fight illiteracy in Africa, blamed for fueling conflicts.

Kenya's Education Minister, Prof. Sam Ongeri, told African education ministers meeting here 14-16 Sept.

23 May 2008 description

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - As African governments and tens of millions of poor African consumers faced a dangerous rice crisis in 2007, new rice varieties adapted to African conditions helped achieve a 6 percent increase in the continent's output, the African Rice Centre (WARDA) said in a statement made available to PANA here Thursday.

The Cotonou-based centre said - in a report released in advance of a key international conference in Japan on Africa's development - that though this represents a major advance, it was still far short of meeting demand.

The new rice varieties, …

20 Oct 2006 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Seventy-four persons have died from a cholera outbreak that has also left 1,114 others affected in Freetown, an official at the ministry of health and sanitation disclosed here Thursday.

Health education officer, Lansana Conteh said the Disease Prevention and Control officer, Dr.

05 Dec 2005 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Local nongovernmental organization Concern For the Development of Women in Sierra Leone Monday distributed 50 safe delivery kits to traditional birth attendants (TBAs) in the Barri Koya district outside here.

The donation, made in collaboration with international NGO CARE, is aimed at minimizing maternal mortality involving pregnant women and newborns during deliveries carried out by TBAs.

Executive director Isatu Kamara said her organization was moved to assist the community because of the "unsatisfactory way in which people are dying due to the …

11 Aug 2004 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The final report of Sierra Leone's post-war Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) would be released next 30 August, chairman Bishop Joseph Humper affirmed Tuesday at a briefing with President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah.

State radio quoted Humper as saying publication of the report was contracted to a Ghanaian firm soon after the TRC officially closed office last 31 March.

He said it was agreed with the Ghanaian printers that the report would be ready by 30 August.

The publication would include 2,000 CD-ROM copies, in addition to a pictorial and …

11 Jan 2004 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) has begun winding down its operations, according to DDR Information Officer Sheik Bakar Kamara.

16 Sep 2003 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The United States embassy has issued a statement here outlining its financial contribution to the West African state of Sierra Leone in attending the security and humanitarian relief problems facing the country.

23 Mar 2003 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Four convoys of some 1,060 Liberian refugees have arrived at the Dauda Way Station in the border district of Pujehun, UN refugee agency officials said Saturday.

05 Mar 2003 description

Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberian President Charles Taylor Wednesday stressed the need for member States to ensure peace in the restive Mano River Union (MRU), grouping Guinea, Sierra Leone and his country.

05 Mar 2003 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - In collaboration with the International Migration Organisation (IMO), the UNHCR said it has resumed repatriation of Sierra Leonean refugees from Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire.

25 Feb 2003 description

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - UNICEF has reported a 13-percent drop in the level of well being among Ivorian children, according to its Situation of Children in the World in 2003 report.

27 Dec 2002 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone has obtained 2 million Euros from the European Union (EU) to finance the emergency rehabilitation of power supply lines in Freetown.

02 Dec 2002 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Eight Judges of the Special Court for Sierra Leone were sworn in Monday in Freetown by the Acting Registrar Leone Robin Vincent.

15 Nov 2002 description

Paris, France (PANA) - Bilateral and multilateral donors have announced that Sierra Leone needs about 650 million dollars for reconstruction after ten years of bloody and devastating civil war.

15 Nov 2002 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Authorities in Sierra Leone and Guinea have decided to form a committee that would determine the solution of a border dispute which erupted between the two Mano River Union neighbours four months ago.

05 Nov 2002 description

Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Liberian opposition political parties have welcomed efforts by Washington to end the war between the Liberian government and dissidents in the north of the country.

09 Sep 2002 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Visiting UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Daniella Poggi has expressed deep shock over the rate of maternal mortality and abject poverty in Sierra Leone, and called for help to the needy, especially women and children.

23 Aug 2002 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - ECOWAS Executive Secretary Mohammad Ibn Chambas is touring the sub-region to consult leaders on how lasting peace can be restored to the Mano River Union countries, particularly Liberia, which groups Guinea and Sierra Leone in Union.