Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO).
Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – About 100 activists from civil society organisations, the government and development partners on Wednesday launched a food bank in Mauritania.
“The objective of the setting up of the food bank is to ensure food supply for the most needy all year long and exclusively through the intervention of recognised charity organizations and transparency of the network of donors," said Isselmou Ould Hanefi, deputy governor of the food bank, who is also chairman of the Alliance Against Hunger in Mauritania (ACFM).
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Health authorities in Tanzania have started grappling with counterfeit anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) that find their way into the official medical supplies chain on which most of the country’s HIV/AIDS patients depend.
Demonstrating the government’s seriousness about the issue, Health and Social Welfare Minister Hussein Mwinyi has announced suspension of the Medical Stores Department (MSD) boss and two senior quality control officers.
Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The people of Senegal have come together in solidarity with the victims of the massive flooding in the country, which left at least nine dead and caused extensive damage.
In response to a call by President Macky Sall, many Senegalese have been donating funds in support of the state efforts to ameliorate the effect of the tragedy.
The Caliph General of the Murids (one of the major Muslim brotherhoods of Senegal), Cheikh Sidy Makhtar Mbacké, has donated FCFA 1 billion (US$2,000,000) as a contribution to the state’s effort in the field of sanitation.
Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The terrorist attacks by Nigeria's violent Islamic sect Boko Haram may constitute crimes against humanity, according to the new Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Ms. Fatou Bensouda.
Speaking after a meeting with Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan in the capital city of Abuja on Tuesday, Ms. Bensouda said while the court had not launched any investigation into the attacks, it had carried out preliminary investigations on them.
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The spokesman of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI), Sylvie van den Wildenberg, declared on Thursday that the security situation in western Côte d'Ivoire is gradually returning to normal.
Speaking in a weekly news briefing of the UN mission, Mrs. van den Wildenberg said no major incident was reported last week.
She said the ONUCI force had been increasing its numbers as well as their land and air patrols with a view to strengthening the civilian protection set up.
Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed an agreement, worth US$ 1.45 million, with the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to implement quick-impact agricultural and livelihood projects in South Kordufan and Blue Nile, recently the scenes of clashes and conflicts between Sudan and Southern Sudan-backed rebels.
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Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold an extra-ordinary summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, on 26 April to deliberate on developments in two of its member states where soldiers have seized power within the past month, PANA reported Thursday.
In Guinea Bissau, soldiers have truncated the electoral process by seizing power and arresting key political officials, including Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior, the front runner in the presidential runoff that had been scheduled for 29 April.
Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - An innovative pump, in which water is drawn when children play on a merry-go-round, has recently been installed by UNAMID in Abu Shouk village, near Al Fasher, North Darfur.
A press release by the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said the mission’s initiative provides an easy and fast way to extract water in a manner that is eco-friendly and entertaining.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Monday that it will soon launch a mediation process in Mali, where Tuareg rebels have launched a rebellion against the government since January, leaving many dead and sending thousands fleeing to neighbouring countries.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Women empowerment in Africa has received a boost, with the approval by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Spanish Fund for African Women Empowerment of 8.20 million euros to support 31 projects in Sub-Saharan African countries.
A statement from the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, made available to PANA here Friday, said the funding support came on the heels of the celebration of the 2012 International Women’s Day, marked across the world 8 March.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Burning of schools, the latest strategy to be employed by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, has forced an estimated 10,000 pupils out of schools after their institutions were burnt in the past two weeks in Maiduguri, capital of Nigeria's northern Borno state.
According to local media reports Monday, a total of 12 public and private schools have been burnt since the sect, whose name translates to ''Western education is sin'' in English, started attacking the academic institutions.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Living true to its name, Boko Haram (Western Education is Sin) has embarked on a new campaign of burning schools in its home base of Maiduguri, capital of northern Borno state.
At least five primary schools have been burnt in the city in the past week by suspected Islamist members.
In the latest of such cases, the Gomari Costain Primary School was razed overnight Tuesday. The fire is believed to have been set by sect members.
WAM Mogadishu, Feb 09th, 2012 (WAM)--Emirates Humanitarian Mobile Hospital has concluded its 6-month long medical mission at the Somali - Kenyan Borders.
The services of hospital come within the world humanitarian initiative to treat one million child and elderly worldwide. The programme was launched under the patronage of H. H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Supreme Chairperson of the General Women's Union, and of the Family Development Foundation, and under supervision of Emirati medical team to provide humanitarian assistance to the refugees at the camps in Horn of Africa.
Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday assured the West African state of Niger that development partners would help it fight food insecurity threatening five million citizens.
"The community of silent partners, particularly the partners for the national system, have vowed to help the country face the difficult situation," Hans Peter Schadeck, UNDP resident coordinator, said during a meeting for donor countries on the food crisis.
Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – Nearly US$ 50 million was raised by the African Union (AU) to assist the countries in the Horn of Africa, threatened by famine, the AU Commissioner for the rural economy and agriculture, Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, announced Thursday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) - Authorities in Malawi have despatched Marines from the Malawi Defence Force in military helicopters to rescue thousands of villagers marooned in flooded villages and hills in the southern part of the Lower Shire Valley district of Nsanje.
Nsanje District Commissioner Rodney Simwaka told PANA Wednesday the district had been receiving heavy rains since mid last week, resulting in the rivers Ruo and Shire, the southern African country's biggest and longest river, to break their banks and flood several villages.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's National Assembly is to strengthen the country's Anti-Terrorism Act so it can be more effectively used to checkmate the activities of the rampaging Islamic sect Boko Haram, according to Senate President David Mark.
Mr. Mark announced the plan on Monday when he led a group of MPs on a visit to the northern city of Kano, where the sect's attacks claimed about 200 lives on Friday.
Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is to leverage the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations starting on Saturday to pep up the fight against HIV/AIDS on the continent.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe said in a statement obtained by PANA here Friday that the 16-nation tournament, to be hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 21 Jan-12 Feb., ''provides an exceptional opportunity to mobilize and re-energize Africans against AIDS as millions tune in and turn up to support their teams''.
Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria is to introduce compulsory testing for expectant mothers in an effort to eliminate mother-to-child HIV transmission, according to the head of the country's National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA), Prof. John Idoko.
The private Nation newspaper Tuesday quoted Prof. Idoko as saying, at a press conference ahead of the 2011 World AIDS Day in the capital city of Abuja on Monday, that 700,000 children born in Nigeria annually were HIV positive.