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GENDER INEQUALITY AND FINANCIAL EXCLUSION
Women and girls in West Africa face some of the highest rates of gender inequality and financial exclusion in the world.1 Caused by entrenched structural social belief systems, values and cultural norms and practices, as well as a gap between the political will and the reality of the lives of women and girls in the region—these injustices are undeniably connected, resulting in a cycle of poverty that can affect entire families for generations.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest in history and has affected six countries in West Africa, with Sierra Leone being among the hardest hit. The disease killed about 11,296 people out of 15,213 laboratory confirmed cases (CDC, as of August 4, 2015). The recorded death toll includes 4,808 in Liberia, 3,951 in Sierra Leone and 2,522 in Guinea. Control measures introduced in Sierra Leone proved effective in bringing the outbreak largely under control.
Out of school and into marriage: 39,000 girls forced to marry every day
Girls in 26 countries are more likely to be forced into marriage than to enroll in secondary school, research from CARE has found.
The report, Vows of Poverty, has been released to mark the International Day of the Girl on 11 October and provides a snapshot of the forces that drive girls into marriage and out of school.
The report found:
Ebola Conference, Brussels, March 3rd 2015
By David Lai, Ebola Crisis Policy and Information Management Coordinator
March 3, 2015
Today a major international donor conference is taking place in Brussels to plan the rebuilding of Ebola hit countries. Having just recently returned from Sierra Leone and Liberia, I would like to share my reflection on how the impact of the crisis is affecting women and girls. Quite a crucial aspect, and a gender transformative approach should inform donor commitment in Brussels this Tuesday.
L'ONG CARE met les filles et les femmes au cœur de ses programmes et renforce leur autonomie en favorisant leur accès aux ressources, à l'éducation et à la santé. CARE implique les hommes et les garçons dans ses actions afin de changer durablement les attitudes à l'égard des femmes lorsque leurs droits sont bafoués. Découvrez quelques exemples de nos actions à travers le monde :
by Barbara Jackson, Humanitarian Director, CARE International
‘Don’t touch.’ I hear this slogan over and over again here in Sierra Leone.
I am on a visit with my colleagues from CARE Sierra Leone and our regional office for Western Africa to meet with stakeholders with whom CARE is working to fight Ebola. I hear this advice from all sides, that we must all practice if we are to reach the target of zero Ebola cases.
As the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa worsens, leaders of Australian humanitarian agencies have issued a joint call to action for the Australian government.
“The world is fast approaching a point of no return in halting the spread of Ebola. Current estimates indicate that we could see 10,000 new cases per week by mid-December. Should global efforts at this stage fail to increase in both pace and effort, the long-term consequences in West Africa and beyond will be catastrophic,” said Marc Purcell, Executive Director of ACFID.
As the deadly Ebola virus spreads across West Africa at an alarming rate, international aid organisation CARE Australia has launched an Ebola Crisis Appeal (www.care.org.au/ebola-donate or 1800 020 046) to raise funds to ramp up its vital prevention activities to help stop the spread of the disease.
Since the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, over 3,800 people have died, and more than 8,000 cases have been reported according to the World Health Organization. The Center for Disease Control warns that if the virus is not contained, there could be as many as 1.4 million people infected with Ebola by January 2015.
“We are fighting an invisible enemy, and as a developing country just emerging from years in civil war, we can’t get enough help right now to stop this virus,” said Alfred Makavore, CARE Technical Health Advisor in Sierra Leone.
The worst Ebola outbreak in history has hit West Africa, with more than half of all confirmed cases resulting in death.
An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus is currently spreading across West Africa. So far, more than 5,300 probable, confirmed and suspected cases have been reported in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
This Ebola outbreak is, by far, the largest and deadliest ever, with more than 2,600 deaths. The World Health Organization is warning that this disease could spread to more than 20,000 cases.
CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and is committed to working closely with health officials in the region to help end this outbreak.
To prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, CARE is using its relationships in communities across Sierra Leone and Liberia to help educate the public on reducing transmission risk through proper hygiene.
CARE staff warns the outbreak will have a lasting negative impact on vulnerable communities
CARE is deeply concerned by the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa and is committed to working closely with health officials in the region to help educate the public and end this outbreak.
The current Ebola outbreak is, by far, the deadliest-ever outbreak of this rare, severe and usually fatal hemorrhagic fever. 729 people have died so far in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to Nigerian health officials, a Liberian man died of Ebola on July 25 in Lagos, Nigeria, Africa’s largest city.
More than four million people are potentially at risk of contracting cholera in Sierra Leone as the number of incidences continues to rise.
This latest outbreak is the biggest cholera epidemic to affect the country since 2007. To date, nearly 14,000 people, including over 3,000 children in the West African country have been diagnosed with the disease with 232 deaths reported.
Cholera, which can kill in hours, is mainly transmitted through contaminated water sources and food and is closely linked to poor sanitation.
The cholera incidence remains on an upward trend nationally, with the current number of cases at 13,934, and with 232 deaths.
New cases have been reported from the previously unaffected Kenema district, which now means that eleven of the thirteen districts are affected, putting 4.6 million people potentially at risk. The majority of cases are still found in the Western Area (6,875) and Port Loko (3,039) districts. Of the 106 health facilities in the Western Area, 89 reported incidences of cholera on 27th August 2012.
Web Update--August 10, 2012
Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, is now struggling to contain a cholera epidemic that has affected at least 7,757 people and resulted in 134 deaths since January 2012. This is the biggest cholera outbreak in the country since 2007, with the number of incidences rising steadily, particularly in the Western Area which accounts for the majority of cases.
The Infant & Young Child Nutrition (IYCN) Project's Final Report "Our global efforts to prevent malnutrition during the first 1,000 days" has been released.
The report summarizes the IYCN Project's accomplishments and offers recommendations for building on IYCN's maternal, infant, and young child nutrition programming that spanned 16 countries over the past five years.