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28 Aug 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 49 events in the region.

This week, three new events have been reported:

  • Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) in Mauritania and cholera in Burundi and Chad. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Cholera in Kenya

• Hepatitis E in Niger

• Floods/mudslide in Sierra Leone

10 Aug 2015 description
report BioMed Central

Conflict and Health 2015, 9:23 doi:10.1186/s13031-015-0052-7, Barbara McPake12*, Sophie Witter1, Sarah Ssali3, Haja Wurie4, Justine Namakula5 and Freddie Ssengooba5

Abstract

02 Jun 2015 description

In this bulletin, it is important to note that the Ebola outbreak in Liberia ended on 9 May 2015. This is a significant achievement given the fact that the out- break was ongoing for over a year and caused the largest number of deaths due to Ebola virus disease (EVD). On the other hand, EVD is on the increase in three prefectures in Guinea over the last two weeks in May 2015. In addi- tion, an unprecedented meningitis outbreak has also been reported in Niger.

13 Jan 2015 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed more than 8,200 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

09 Jan 2015 description

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 8, 2015

The U.S. Government has contributed $1 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency for a new project that will improve and streamline efforts to diagnose the Ebola virus in Africa. Of the total U.S. contribution, $650,000 is provided through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative and $350,000 through other extra-budgetary contributions to the IAEA.

19 Dec 2014 description

Since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was officially declared on 22 March in Guinea, it has claimed 6,387 lives in the region. The outbreak is the largest ever, and is currently affecting four countries in West Africa: Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mali. Outbreaks in Nigeria and Senegal have been declared over. A separate outbreak in DRC has also ended.

06 May 2010 description

Chris Mahony

Executive summary

This book seeks to address the frictions between protecting the rights of accused persons and protecting the physical and psychological wellbeing of witnesses in Africa. Developed states are still attempting to refine the weighing of these two public goods. The African challenge is complicated by poor capacity and integrity in the justice sector, as well as by lower living standards. These issues commonly cause justice inefficiencies which impede both witness protection and the rights of the accused.

11 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, USA, 11 December 2008 - Ishamel Beah, Grace Akallo and Kon Kelei know the consequences of war. All three have lived through and participated in conflict in their native countries of Sierra Leone, Uganda and Sudan. They share not only common experiences as former child soldiers, but also agree that it was education that enabled them to become the writers and advocates they are today.

During a podcast recorded at the UN Radio studios in New York recently, the three survivors spoke about a recently-launched network for young people affected by conflict.

30 Sep 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

04 Jun 2002 description
report Marek Enterprise

An extract from "The Washington File - Africa edition"

27 Apr 2000 description

A new book exploring the recent successes and failures of peacekeeping operations in Africa was launched today at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

28 Oct 1999 description
report UN General Assembly

Press Release GA/SHC/3539 - 19991028
Warning that without timely assistance, Africa could quickly fall back into the cycle of violence, the representative of Sierra Leone called for a comprehensive programme of assistance to the children of war-torn societies in order to bring durable and sustainable peace to the continent as a whole. He addressed the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) this morning as it met to continue considering issues related to the promotion and protection of the rights of children.

26 Jul 1999 description

By Judy Aita
USIA United Nations Correspondent

20 Apr 1999 description
report IRIN

MAPUTO, 20 April (IRIN) - The conflicts that continue to scar Africa victimise all its people, but among the most severely affected are the most vulnerable group in societies -- children.