DISPLACED LACK WASH SERVICES
Some 2,200 people who have sought refuge in Burkina Faso’s southern Noumbiel Province following recent farmer-herder clashes in neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire are in dire need of sanitation services and access to potable water, according to an April interagency assessment. Health services on the other hand are available, but at a cost. Malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea are the most common ailments. Just a handful of the over 460 school-age children are enrolled in schools in the two main settlement sites. The Government and the Red Cross have provided food assistance.
STATE OF EMERGENCY EXTENDED
The parliament on 26 April extended for six months the state of emergency in the western Lac region. The measure, which has been in place since November 2015, allows the authorities to ban human and vehicle movement and order house searches for weapons in the wake of recurrent attacks attributed to Boko Haram gunmen. The initial state of emergency expired on 22 March.
RISK REDUCTION ASSESSMENT VALIDATED
Guinean officials and disaster management experts on 26 April validated the country’s risk reduction assessment conducted in March during which more than 80 national and regional institutions were assessed. Findings show significant institutional, coordination and operational challenges, but also encouraging initiatives to strengthen disaster management at the local level. Validation of the key recommendations and a national disaster management programme is due in mid-June.
TEN KILLED IN INTERCOMMUNITY CLASHES
Recent intercommunity clashes in the central Mopti region have claimed at least 10 lives, according to media reports. The clashes were sparked by tensions between Peul and Bambara communities in the region. A delegation from the Mopti governor’s office is set to visit the localities hit by conflict to try and ease the tensions.
EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE (EVD)
LIBERIA DISCHARGES LAST EBOLA PATIENT The last Ebola patient in Liberia was discharged on 2 May. The two-year old boy was released from a treatment unit a week after his five-year old brother also recovered from the virus. Liberia began a 42-day increased surveillance period on 29 April.
Guinea’s final Ebola patient, a 70-year-old man, tested negative for the virus a second time on 19 April and returned to his village in the southern prefecture of Macenta. Guinea began its 42-day countdown on that day and will be able to declare the flare-up over on 31 May if there are no more cases.
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