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18 Aug 2015 description

Introduction

The outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa is unprecedented in its scale, severity, and complexity. More than 23,200 people have been infected by 15 February 2015, resulting in over 9,300 deaths. Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are still affected by this outbreak, and are struggling to control the epidemic against a backdrop of extreme poverty, weak health systems and social customs that make breaking human-to-human transmission difficult.

29 Jan 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

The worst outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in history continues to ravage communities in West Africa. UNICEF estimates that 9.8 million children and young people under the age of 20 live in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia; countries where disease transmission is widespread and intense. Of these, 2.9 million are under the age of 5. UNICEF estimates that up to 10,000 children have lost one or both parents or caregivers due to Ebola.

01 Jan 2015 description

This chapter provides a summary of the general environment in which UNHCR is operating in Africa and the organization’s planned responses in 2015. Mention is made of the two major emergency situations in the Central African Republic and South Sudan which have affected operations in many neighbouring countries and will continue to have a significant impact on UNHCR’s work in 2015 and beyond.

12 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

To boost fight against Ebola and strengthen community-based services for the future, UNICEF raises appeal to US$500 million

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 12 December 2014 – UNICEF today announced an expanded fight against the Ebola virus in West Africa over the next six months, costing a total of US$500 million – of which just 24 per cent ($125.7 million) has been secured.

01 Dec 2014 description

Overview

Working environment

UNHCR’s operations in West Africa have been characterized by: the evolving situation in Mali, including its impact on internal and external displacement of populations (into Burkina Faso, Niger and Mauritania); the continuation of voluntary repatriation of Ivorian refugees; and the invocation of the “cessation clauses” for Liberian and Rwandan refugees. Recent military and political developments inside Mali will have an impact on the initial assumptions on which the Office’s 2014 planning was based.

03 Feb 2014 description

Summary

Strategic objectives

  • Track and analyse risk and vulnerability, integrating findings into humanitarian and development programming.
  • Support vulnerable populations to better cope with shocks by responding earlier to warning signals, by reducing post-crisis recovery times and by building capacity of national actors.
  • Deliver coordinated and integrated life-saving assistance to people affected by emergencies.

Priority actions

25 Jan 2012 description
  1. Executive Summary

Six months after the post-election crisis, the security and socio-political situation has gradually improved in most parts of Côte d'Ivoire. This has enabled hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) and Ivorian refugees in countries of the region to return to their places of origin. However, security issues persist. They include armed attacks and abuse against civilians, as well as communal tensions particularly in the west and south-west.

15 Dec 2011 description
  1. Résumé

Six mois après la crise post-électorale, la situation sécuritaire et socio-politique s’est progressivement améliorée dans la majeure partie de la Côte d’Ivoire, permettant le retour à leurs lieux d’origine de plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes déplacées internes et réfugiées dans les pays de la région.

26 Jul 2011 description
  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

There has been significant improvement in the security situation in most parts of Côte d’Ivoire following the arrest of former President Laurent Gbagbo on 11 April and the swearing-in of President Alassane Ouattara. However, despite relative tranquillity, reports of violent attacks on civilians by militia remnants and inter-ethnic confrontations continue to be registered in the south-west along the border with Liberia.

20 Jul 2011 description

INTRODUCTION

Humanitarian country teams in each crisis with a consolidated appeal (or comparable concerted action plan) have completed their mid-year reviews, compiling information on outputs to date compared to the targets stated in their plans for 2011, analyzing key humanitarian indicators and trends, re-calibrating their strategies and re-validating the detailed operational plans and funding requests. This document summarizes trends, innovations, and (in the second part) each country’s mid-year review.

20 Jul 2011 description
  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Communities in West Africa continue to be threatened by the compounded effects of climate change, natural disasters like floods and droughts, demographic change, epidemics, urbanization, acute and chronic malnutrition, chronic poverty, and by violent conflicts related to political, social and economic tensions.

30 Nov 2010 description

Introduction

In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.

30 Nov 2010 description
  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    West Africa's humanitarian situation remains of deep concern. The region continues to be marked by complex and severe humanitarian crises, often exceeding the populations' coping capacities and deepening their vulnerability. In 2010, the region was found to have the highest rates of under-five mortality in the world. About one-quarter of all global child deaths occur in West Africa.

14 Jul 2010 description


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The people of West Africa remain confronted with a wide range of threats to livelihoods and protection, ranging from food insecurity to political volatility, bad governance, transnational criminal activities including human trafficking, chronic poverty, or the longer-term impacts of climate change. These trends affect the coping capacity of states, communities and families and, in some instances, present a rising challenge to humanitarian actors regarding the respect of humanitarian principles and human rights.

30 Nov 2009 description


Introduction

The 2010 Humanitarian Appeal addresses twelve major humanitarian crises around the world. It presents a strategic, concerted action plan for each crisis, bringing together hundreds of aid organizations working together to deliver vital aid effectively and efficiently. It requires donors also to act together to ensure that these joint efforts receive the urgent funding needed to save lives, prevent irrecoverable harm, maintain dignity and restore self-reliance.

30 Nov 2009 description


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Responding to humanitarian emergencies in West Africa is challenging due to the region's diverse crises. Each crisis is complex, severe and affects the population's coping capacities. At least 139 million people live in extreme poverty in West Africa. These people are particularly vulnerable to overall food insecurity, the effects of recurrent and regular natural disasters, and cyclical epidemics compounded by climate change and socio-political instabilities.

21 Jul 2009 description


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Alongside some noticeable progress – notably the effort undertaken by stakeholders and states in the region to improve coordination through preparedness and contingency planning exercises and increases in national capacities to mitigate and respond to emergencies – the first six months of the year witnessed important humanitarian emergencies in the region.

08 Apr 2009 description

La Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR) lance un appel d'urgence de 2,4 millions de francs suisses (USD 2,1 millions / EUR 1,6 million) afin d'aider les Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge de 14 pays d'Afrique à faire face à des flambées de polio virus sauvages.

"Nous avons des informations établissant clairement que la poliomyélite est en train de se propager à nouveau, y compris dans des pays comme l'Ouganda où la maladie était …

08 Apr 2009 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is launching an emergency appeal for 2.4 million Swiss francs (US$ 2.1 million, EUR 1.6 million) to support Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies from 14 countries in Africa to respond to wild poliovirus outbreaks across the continent.

"We have clear indications that polio is spreading again, including in countries such as Uganda which had been polio-free for more than a decade," says Dr Tammam Aloudat, IFRC Senior …