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20 Dec 2007 description

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is launching meningitis prevention activities in 14 countries in Africa to get ready for what could be one of the worst meningitis epidemics in a decade. The move came as a reaction to the warning given by the World Health Organization on October 9.

The first indications of an epidemic could appear as early as February-March 2008.

20 Dec 2007 description

La Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge lance une série d'activités de prévention à la méningite dans 14 pays d'Afrique afin de se préparer à ce qui pourrait être l'une des pires épidémies de méningite des dix dernières années. Ces actions répondent à la mise en garde lancée le 9 octobre dernier par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé.

Les premiers signes d'une épidémie pourraient se manifester dès février-mars 2008.

06 Dec 2007 description
report Save the Children

Today, on the day thatthe AU/EU summit opens,more than 13,000 African children under the age of five will die, most from easily preventable illnesses, Save the Children said.

Save the Childrencalled on African leaders to fulfil their promises made in Abujain 2001 to spend at least 15% of their annual budgets on health.

Martin Kirk, Save the Children's Head of Campaigns and Advocacy, said: "Almost five million children under the age of five die each year in sub-Saharan Africa.

"The majority of these deaths are caused by diarrhoea, pneumonia andmalaria - illnesses that …

04 Dec 2007 description

ROME, le 4 décembre 2007 - UPS et TNR, deux grandes entreprises de logistique, se sont unies pour aider la cause humanitaire, en mettant à disposition gratuitement des hangars pour les entrepôts de fournitures humanitaires des Nations Unies (UNHRD) situés au Ghana et au Panama et gérés par le Programme alimentaire mondial des Nations Unies (PAM).

03 Dec 2007 description

Par Noora Kero, Fédération Internationale à Dapaong, Nord-Togo

Tchari Lakani est agriculteur. Il rentre chez lui et va retrouver ses deux femmes et de ses neuf enfants dans la préfecture de Kpendjal, au Nord du Togo.

25 Sep 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Chris Niles

NEW YORK, 25 September 2007 - Four weeks of heavy flooding have taken a damaging toll on countries in West and Central Africa, with hundreds of thousands of people displaced, several hundred killed, and homes and farmland swept away.

UNICEF teams have been effective in distributing immediate emergency supplies such as water-purification tablets and essential medicines to affected areas, but the size of the disaster and its length make it an exceptionally difficult emergency to address.

In its emergency response, UNICEF is focusing in particular on northern Ghana, …

24 Sep 2007 description
report UN News Service

Les fortes pluies en Afrique de l'Ouest ont causé le déplacement massif de populations, notamment au Togo, au Burkina Faso et au Ghana, a rapporté le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

« Il faut souligner qu'au Ghana et au Togo les inondations ont frappé des régions particulièrement pauvres qui ont parmi les pires indicateurs nutritionnels et de santé pour les enfants », indique un communiqué publié à New York.

21 Sep 2007 description
report Malteser

Cologne/Bobo Dioulasso. Malteser International supports the help for the flood victims in Burkina Faso. "Since Wednesday, paramedics of the Burkinabe Association of the Order of Malta are rescuing sick and injured people from the flood areas and bringing them to health centres and hospitals. Furthermore, they have built four community tents to host the people who had to flee from the floods", Dr.

20 Sep 2007 description
report British Red Cross

The British Red Cross is sending relief experts to countries across East and West Africa as it launches its Africa Flood appeal to raise funds to help some of the most vulnerable people caught up in the severe flooding in the region.

More than one million people are affected across countries including Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Togo and Burkina Faso. The unusually heavy rains have displaced cattle and destroyed crops leaving whole communities vulnerable and extremely short of food.

25 Aug 2007 description

Le Premier Ministre Tertius Zongo a procédé le 23 août 2007 à Koupèla à une remise symbolique de dons, composés de vivres, de matériel de couchage et de produits pharmaceutiques, en faveur des victimes des inondations consécutives aux pluies diluviennes tombées dans la région le 6 juin dernier. Cette remise de dons est la troisième du genre, initiée par le gouvernement dans le but de soutenir les populations sinistrées après les importants dégâts qui ont été occasionnés par ces pluies.

18 May 2007 description

Pledges & contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of nine new contributions totalling $138,956,623.78 as of 2 May. The contributions were made by Antigua and Barbuda ($5,000), Azerbaijan ($20,000), France ($1,263,800), Liechtenstein ($123,243.78), Netherlands ($53,300,000), Portugal ($268,540), South Africa ($240,000), Sri Lanka ($10,000) and the United Kingdom ($83,726,040). Furthermore, Pakistan pledged 20,000 for 2007.

16 May 2007 description

GAVI a versé $58 millions pour prévenir cette maladie extrêmement contagieuse dans 12 pays d'Afrique de l'Ouest

16 MAI 2007 | GENÈVE -- Le lancement aujourd'hui de l'Initiative contre la fièvre jaune, pour laquelle l'Alliance mondiale pour les vaccins et la vaccination (GAVI) a versé $58 millions, réactive les efforts déployés pour endiguer cette maladie mortelle.

20 Apr 2007 description

The UAE Red Crescent Society (RCS) has provided emergency assistance to Burkina Faso in support of the latter's campaign to combat cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM) epidemic in that West African country.

According to Saleh Mohammed Al Mulla, RCS Acting Secretary General, the RCS had started taking the necessary steps to urgently provide the necessary assistance, including medicines and vaccines to combat the disease.

He said the RCS would soon transfer money to the authorities in charge of the anti-CSM campaign in Burkina Faso for the speedy implementation of the programme.

17 Apr 2007 description

From 1 January to 8 April 2007, the Ministry of Health of Burkina Faso reported 22,255 suspected cases including 1490 deaths (case-fatality rate, 7%). Thirty-four districts are currently over the epidemic threshold. Cerebrospinal fluid specimens from all affected areas have tested positive for Neisseria meningitidis serogroup A by latex test and/or culture.

To date, vaccination campaigns have been completed in 15 districts in which 100% of the targeted population of 2.7 million people have been reached. This includes one million people in the capital, Ouagadougou.

16 Apr 2007 description
report IRIN

OUAGADOUGOU, 16 avril 2007 (IRIN) - Alors que l'épidémie de méningite continue de faire des morts au Burkina Faso, la famille d'Adèle Kaboré est encore confrontée aux séquelles de la maladie qu'elle a contractée il y a cinq ans.

« Elle semble normale, mais tous ceux qui vivent avec elle savent qu'il y a parfois quelque chose qui ne va pas », a expliqué son père Alexis Kabore. « Elle est nerveuse et a des réactions imprévisibles et violentes ».

Agée aujourd'hui de 18 ans, Adèle était autrefois une bonne élève destinée à un brillant avenir.

10 Apr 2007 description

Regional Team: SWAN

Disaster Declared: 04/10/07

Brief Description: Between January and April 2007, Government of Burkina Faso (GOBF) health authorities reported more than 19,500 cases of meningitis in the country, causing 1,337 deaths as of April 4. From January to March 2007, the number of reported cases exceeded 19,000, which equaled the total number of reported cases during the last major meningitis outbreak in Burkina Faso in 1996. According to the U.N.

26 Mar 2007 description

"The vaccines are there, the logistics are in place, the vaccination is underway, but the funds are missing," explains Meinie Nicolai, MSF's Operational Director.

23 Mar 2007 description

Meningitis is highly contagious, and in view of the seriousness of the disease the health authorities have made public appeals for people to report to health centres as soon as any symptoms appear.

MSF and MSF Podcasts: Luxembourg, Ouagadougou - The meningitis epidemic that started in Burkina Faso at the end of February continues to spread.

The most recent statistics issued by the health authorities in mid-March show around 801 deaths and some 10,796 suspected cases since the beginning of the year.

23 Mar 2007 description

(Dakar and New York: 23 March 2007): A meningitis epidemic has erupted in Burkina Faso, while eight other West African countries have been affected by the highly contagious disease to varying degrees.

In total, 8,557 cases of meningitis, with 798 recorded deaths, have been reported across nine affected countries, including Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, Benin, Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Chad and Togo, since the beginning of 2007.