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27 Dec 2017 description

CRITICAL ROLE OF LABORATORIES DURING OUTBREAKS

Response to disease outbreaks in recent past has highlighted evidence of weakness in integration between disease surveillance and laboratories. In this week’s editorial, we review the roles of the laboratory before and during an outbreak.

  1. Before an outbreak: The laboratory carries out two specific roles

• Early warning signals: This involves detecting pathogens that have the potential to spread. This will ensure early control measures are put in place.

26 Dec 2017 description

Blog Post by John Campbell
December 26, 2017

Below is a visualization and description of some of the most significant incidents of political violence in Nigeria from December 16 to December 22, 2017. This update also represents violence related to Boko Haram in Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. These incidents will be included in the Nigeria Security Tracker.

26 Dec 2017 description

2017 was unprecedented in terms of the scale of events that affected millions of people

January: Record number of people in need

At the beginning of 2017, more than 128 million people needed humanitarian assistance in 33 countries. OCHA appealed for US$22.2 billion – the largest humanitarian appeal ever launched.

25 Dec 2017 description
report Peace Direct

22 December 2017: There is an ongoing crisis in Cameroon. Thousands have fled the English-speaking areas of the country because of violence and unrest, and many are calling for an independent state. What has the government done to alleviate this situation, and does it go far enough?

For several decades, the minority English-speaking community in Cameroon has been expressing its disillusionment with the reunification process that brought the English and the French-speaking parts of the country together in 1961.

24 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

MINAWAO, CAMEROON — Hundreds of Nigerian refugees who have fled the Boko Haram insurgency to the Minawao camp in northern Cameroon, now have the potential to become professional models after they were trained by the United Nations to be self-reliant and useful to themselves and their communities if they accept to voluntarily return. A majority of the carpenters and seamstresses are mothers.

24 Dec 2017 description

Après les résultats encourageants de la première phase enregistrés entre 2014 et 2016, la Croix-Rouge burkinabè et ses partenaires ont procédé le lundi 18 décembre 2017 au lancement de la seconde phase du « projet intégré de santé communautaire de Mangodara ». L’objectif visé est de contribuer à la réduction de la mortalité maternelle, néonatale et infanto-juvénile dans le district sanitaire de Mangodara d’ici à 2021 à travers une approche communautaire participative.

23 Dec 2017 description

Maiduguri, Nigeria, 22 December 2017 - Nigeria has successfully contained a five-month cholera outbreak in conflict-affected Borno state, with support from the World Health Organization and other health partners.

The Government announced the end of the outbreak on Thursday (December 21) after two weeks had passed with no new cases.

23 Dec 2017 description

December 21, 2017 Maiduguri, Borno State

Distinguished colleagues, the members of the media community, champions of humanitarianism, friends, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning all and a warm welcome.

I must thank you all for your time and above all for the courage to have remained steadfast during the period of this cholera outbreak.

23 Dec 2017 description
report Voice of America

Moki Edwin Kindzeka

YAOUNDE — Several villages are said to have been set ablaze in Cameroon's English speaking southwestern town of Mamfe after armed separatists attacked military installations and killed four soldiers. The Cameroon government says it has seized three of the armed separatists' training camps.

23 Dec 2017 description
  • The Anglophone crisis in the West of Cameroon continues to deteriorate, triggering important movements of populations. It is considered that about 20 000 people are internally displaced due to this crisis.

  • Between 5 and 25% of children in the area are displaced and face difficulties to attend school.

  • Most basic social infrastructures are functional and accessible for now but should the situation further deteriorate, the capacity to respond to an emergency is limited.

23 Dec 2017 description

Bamako, le 22 décembre 2017 – La MINUSMA accuse réception de la décision No.0649-2017/GRG-CAB en date du 27 novembre 2017, prise par le Col. Major Sidiki Samaké, Gouverneur de la région de Gao, portant règlementation de la circulation des véhicules et des engins motorisés entre les agglomérations dans la région de Gao.

23 Dec 2017 description

Chargée d’appuyer l’Etat malien dans la mise en œuvre des processus électoraux, la Division des Affaires Electorales de la MINUSMA, apporte à ce système et ses acteurs, un soutien logistique mais également technique. Elle renforce leurs capacités et ce, sur l’ensemble du territoire. Ainsi, au cours de ce mois de décembre, à Mopti, Tombouctou et Gao, elle a tenu une série d’atelier avec les acteurs locaux du domaine sur le thème : " la prévention et la mitigation des conflits et violences liés aux élections".

23 Dec 2017 description

Apres l’ouest de la zone agropastorale, la situation de Stress (Phase 2 de l’IPC) menace le centre et le sud du pays

MESSAGES CLÉS

• Les effets cumulés de l’échec des cultures de décrue, de la médiocrité des pâturages, du faible niveau des revenus tirés de la cueillette et de l’exode prolongent la pression sur le cheptel et accentuent la dégradation des conditions d’accès alimentaire dans l’ouest de la zone agropastorale. De nombreux ménages pauvres y sont déjà en situation de Crise (Phase 3 de l’IPC).

23 Dec 2017 description

Le 22 décembre 2017 - New York, New York - Affaires mondiales Canada

Le Canada apporte son aide pour répondre aux besoins essentiels de millions de personnes vulnérables en Afrique subsaharienne, y compris des femmes et des enfants qui n'ont pas accès à une quantité suffisante d'aliments sains et nutritifs pour combler leurs besoins quotidiens, en raison des graves sécheresses et des conflits.

23 Dec 2017 description

December 22, 2017 - New York City, New York - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is providing assistance to address the critical needs of millions of vulnerable people across sub-Saharan Africa, including women and children suffering from a lack of access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their daily needs —the result of severe drought and conflict.

23 Dec 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 2,010,476 to enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to complement and support the country-level emergency operations related to food crises in Africa, mainly those Emergency Appeals focusing on drought and food insecurity. This regional appeal will ensure that the response to the food crises in Africa is effectively managed and coordinated beyond the country level, focusing on five key objectives:

22 Dec 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of two million Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to complement and support the country-level emergency operations related to food crises in Africa, mainly those Emergency Appeals and DREF funded operations focusing on drought and food insecurity. This regional appeal will ensure that the response to the food crises in Africa is effectively managed and coordinated beyond the country level, focusing on five key objectives: