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10 May 2010 description

Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 November 2009-2 April 2010.

Appeal target (current): CHF 918,517 (USD 896,114 or EUR 605,283)

Appeal coverage: 100%;

Appeal history:

=B7 This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 6 August 2009 for CHF 918,517 for 9 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

=B7 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support this Appeal and related action.

=B7 Programme update no.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 17/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The 2009-2010 West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) Plan aims at providing support to National Societies to properly address the needs of vulnerable people. The 2009 plan of action focuses on the implementation of the safety and resilient community framework. Integrated approach targeting community at risk has been developed with NS and PNS that covers DRR, Health and OD issues at branch level with strong community participation. Some of the projects will continue in 2010.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1/January/2009 to 31/December/2009.

Programme(s) summary: The West Coast Regional Representation worked in close collaboration with partners to support West Coast National Societies in the implementation of activities towards improving the lives of the vulnerable population in the region and also enhancing these National Societies' development.

16 Dec 2009 description

A group of teenage boys are sitting in their classroom having a lively conversation about climate change: how local weather patterns are shifting, disrupting the planting and gathering of crops, and all that this means for their community. They are concerned but they are also articulate, confident and knowledgeable.

The boys, like several thousands of other children in the West African state of Sierra Leone, are participants in a novel educational programme.

06 Nov 2009 description

Du 4 au 6 novembre 2009 s'est tenue à Accra au Ghana, la réunion de concertation technique sur les bilans céréaliers et alimentaires ex-post 2008/2009 et prévisionnels 2009/2010 des pays membres de la CEDEAO, de l'UEMOA et du CILSS. A la fin des travaux, la réunion publie le présent avis :

- L'hivernage 2009 en général a connu un démarrage très hétérogène. Au Sahel Central et Oriental, les pluies ont été tardives avec des épisodes secs ayant entrainé des retards importants dans la mise en place et le développement des cultures.

06 Nov 2009 description

The technical consultative meeting on the ex-post 2008/2009 cereal and food balance sheets and provisional 2009/2010 in the CILSS, ECOWAS and UEMOA countries members took place from the 4th to 6th November 2009 in Accra, Ghana. The present press release is published:

- Rainfall in 2009 was highly heterogeneous. In the Central and Eastern Sahel, the rains were late with sporadic dry spells causing delays in crops establishment and development. In the Western Sahel the rains started relatively early without major interruptions.

26 Oct 2009 description

General Context

Pandemic A (H1N1): There is an overall slight decline in the incidence since 4 weeks mainly due to the declining trend in South Africa. Twenty seven (27) countries are now affected in our Region with a total case load of 13,583 and 102 deaths. Floods in West Africa which affected 635,273 people and killed 187 others are subsiding but we continue to monitor the health consequences.

26 Oct 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie A (H1N1): Il y a une légère baisse globale de l'incidence depuis 4 semaines due principalement à la baisse de la tendance en Afrique du Sud. Vingt et sept (27) pays sont actuellement touchés dans notre Région avec un total de cas s'élevant à 13 583 et 102 décès. Les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest qui ont touché 635 273 personnes et tué 187 autres ont cessé mais nous continuons de suivre les conséquences sanitaires.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The West Coast regional office - based in Abuja, Nigeria - covers seven National Societies (Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo). However, with the presence of Federation country representation in Liberia, the Liberian Red Cross Society (LRCS) produces separate plan. The West Coast regional office directly works with the six National Societies covered by this plan. Programmes have been designed to ensure self-reliance systems and resources at community level through strengthening the capacities of National Societies.

16 Oct 2009 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are 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. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

12 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Federation's West and Central Africa Sub-zone (WCAZ) priorities are guided by the following strategic initiatives intended to support the development and work of National Societies: the Global Agenda Goals and the Framework for Action, Strategy 2010, the African Red Cross and Red Crescent Health Initiative (ARCHI) 2010 and decisions coming out from Pan African Conferences such as the Algiers Plan of Action and the Johannesburg Commitment.

Working within these initiatives, the West and Central Africa sub-zone immediate focus is to support National Societies …

29 Sep 2009 description


- Number of displaced people in Burkina Faso rises to over 90 000.

- Over 50% of the capital, Ouagadougou, including key infrastructures, has suffered damage.

- Waterborne diseases remain a major public health risk in affected countries due to stagnant water, flooded water supplies and disrupted water and sanitation systems.

- WHO working with Ministries of Health to strengthen surveillance, conduct joint assessments, coordinate the health response.

A- Situation in countries

1- Burkina Faso

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC) …

24 Sep 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie A (H1N1): Le nombre des cas confirmés dans notre Région était de 12 216 avec 69 décès au 22 septembre 2009. En Afrique du Sud, l'Institut National pour les Maladies Transmissibles a notifié 11 545 cas confirmés et 59 décès. Les inondations en Afrique de l'Ouest retiennent toujours l'attention de la communauté Humanitaire avec actuellement plus de 635 273 personnes sinistrées et environs 187 morts depuis les trois derniers mois.

22 Sep 2009 description

Ougadougou, Burkina Faso_(dpa) _ When teacher Aminata Sourl packed up her classroom in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at the end of last term, she didn't expect to be back until the new school year.

But landlocked Burkina Faso was among the West African nations devastated by floods that killed 160 people and displaced over 500,000 at the beginning of this month.

Sourl was forced to join the crowds seeking refuge back at her own primary school, which occupies a raised patch of land on the edge of the city.

"As I locked the door last term I said to myself 'I'll be back …

22 Sep 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/09 to 30/06/09

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2009-2010 plan, the West and Central Africa Zone's (WCAZ) immediate focus is to support National Societies in providing assistance to address the needs of vulnerable people. In disaster management WCAZ faces challenges due to new disaster patterns related to climate variability.