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West and Central Africa Region Weekly Humanitarian Snapshot (28 April – 5 May 2015)

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BURKINA FASO

160,000 POULTRY EGGS DESTROYED TO PREVENT AVIAN FLU SPREAD

As a preventive measure against the spread of the Avian Flu epidemic, more than 160,000 eggs were seized and destroyed in Manga, South-Central region. The area had reported the majority of Avian Flu cases in February and March.

GUINEA

NEW PROTESTS IN CONAKRY LEAVE MANY INJURED

At least 14 persons were injured in Conakry on 3 May when opposition supporters, defying a government ban on demonstrations, clashed with security forces. Weeks of protests against the timing of local and presidential elections have left at least three people dead and many more injured. Opposition leaders have called for nationwide protests.

LIBERIA

400 SUSPECTED MEASLES CASES, NATIONWIDE VACCINATION

As of 1 May, the Ministry of Health reported 400 suspected measles cases in 10 Counties; 67 per cent children are under five. Health partners continue to mobilize support for the integrated nationwide measles, polio and deworming campaign scheduled for 8-14 May.

NIGER

25,000 FLEE LAKE CHAD ISLANDS

According to preliminary figures, 25,000 people have arrived in the towns of Nguigmi and Bosso in south-east Niger, fleeing their homes on small islands in Lake Chad. Most displaced families are settled outdoors and their most urgent needs include shelter, water, food and nonfood items. The authorities and humanitarian actors are scaling up their response. Niger authorities last week urged Lake Chad residents to evacuate the islands over security fears, a week after a Boko Haram assault left at least 74 dead.

252 KILLED IN MENINGITIS OUTBREAK

The toll of the 2015 Meningitis outbreak continues to worsen. Since January, a total of 3,304 cases have been registered country-wide, resulting in 252 deaths. A mass vaccination campaign is underway.

NIGERIA

INTERNAL DISPLACEMENT REACHES 1.5 MILLION

The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the six north-eastern States has risen to nearly 1.5 million, an increase of more than 300,000 since February 2015, according to the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) produced by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, now hosts half a million IDPs.

NEARLY 700 WOMEN AND GIRLS RESCUED FROM INSURGENTS

On 30 April, Nigerian military announced that about 160 hostages had been rescued from Boko Haram insurgents’ hideout in Sambisa Forest in addition to 200 girls and 93 women freed two days earlier. On 2 May, the military declared another 234 were liberated. Boko Haram has lost ground since February when Nigeria and its neighbours stepped up a counter-insurgency offensive.

TOGO CONSTITUTIONAL COURT CONFIRMS PRESIDENTIAL VOTE RESULTS

President Faure Gnassingbe has been sworn in for his third term as President of Togo. The country’s constitutional court ruled he had won 58.77 percent of the votes in the election held on 25 April. The results are contested by the opposition leader Jean Pierre Fabre.

REGIONAL / EBOLA VIRUS DISEASE CASES PLATEAUING

A total of 33 new Ebola cases were reported in the week leading up to 26 April. Forecariah in Guinea and Kambia in Sierra Leone, accounted for 25 of the cases reported. Improved community engagement in these areas is required to ensure that all remaining chains of transmission can be tracked and ultimately brought to an end. Liberia has not reported any infections for the fifth consecutive week and could be declared Ebola-free on 9 May.

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