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    • The Chief of Staff at the Ministry of Health, Mr Emmanuel SORGHO, receiving one of the emergency kits from WHO Representative in Burkina Faso, Dr. Alimata J. DIARRA-NAMA
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World Health Organization (WHO) scales up activities in Burkina Faso in response to worsening humanitarian situation

WHO is mobilizing experts to strengthen interventions, including preventative and responsive vaccination campaigns and strategies for provision of health services

The World Health Organization (WHO) is scaling up operations in Burkina Faso in response to a growing humanitarian crisis, which has seen over 200,000 displaced. WHO is mobilizing experts to strengthen interventions, including preventative and responsive vaccination campaigns and strategies for provision of health services, as well as increasing supplies of medicines…

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    • Secretary-General António Guterres visits a Training Centre in Kamakunji, Kenya, and talked to youth about countering violent extremism, and preventing radicalization
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Terrorism ‘spreading and destabilizing’ entire regions, Guterres warns States, at key Kenya conference

The UN Secretary-General highlighted the “inspirational” role of women in prevention efforts

“Trauma from terrorism” hurts families, communities and destabilizes entire regions, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, as he expressed solidarity with victims of extremist attacks in Africa. Speaking in Nairobi at the opening of a conference on counter-terrorism, Mr. Guterres recalled how attackers had laid siege to a hotel…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Remarks to African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism

Africa is increasingly the new frontline in the global struggle against terrorism and violent extremism

By The Secretary-General Your Excellency, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank the Government of Kenya for helping the United Nations organize this landmark conference. To begin, I would like to honour the tens of thousands of African victims of terrorism and…

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Rugby Africa Helps Drive Record Breaking Year for Global Growth of Rugby

A record number of people are playing rugby worldwide as the sport continues to grow and prosper in Africa and across the globe

9.6 million players globally, including a 28 per cent rise in registered female players; More than one million registered players in Africa – up 26 per cent since 2017; Over 2.2 million girls and boys participated in Get Into Rugby around the world in 2018; South Africa tops global table…

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    • In South Sudan, the number of severely food insecure people was estimated at almost 7 million, 60 percent of the population, as of May-July 2019. Women weeding a field in Torit, South Sudan
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Protracted conflicts and adverse weather conditions exacerbate food needs

41 countries in need of food assistance – African Swine Fever threatening food security of a large number of people

Ongoing conflicts and dry weather conditions remain the primary causes of high levels of severe food insecurity, hampering food availability and access for millions of people, according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report issued today. The report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that 41…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Technology set to improve data quality, timeliness & dissemination of census results, says Chinganya

Adding timely dissemination of good quality census data was crucial for national and international development goals

A five-day experts group meeting on supporting electronic data collection and dissemination in censuses-making opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Monday with Economic Commission for Africa’s (ECA) African Centre for Statistics Director, Oliver Chinganya, emphasizing the importance of population and housing censuses for the continent. Mr. Chinganya said censuses were a…

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Humanitarian emergency at unprecedented level in Sahel

In Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger displacement has increased five-fold, and the Lake Chad Basin is witnessing a new spike in displacement and attacks

UN aid agencies and NGOs warned today that surging armed violence in the Sahel has propelled forced displacement and humanitarian emergency to unprecedented levels. They called for stepped-up support and greater efforts to address the causes of the region’s crises. In the past year, around 1 million people had to…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Living in the open: a shelter crisis - Urgent call to provide shelters to the displaced

The number of people forced from their homes has tripled now reaching 170,000

PRESSING NEEDS OF UNPARALLELED SCALE AND SCOPE Armed violence and insecurity have sharply risen in many areas of Burkina Faso, propelling humanitarian needs to unprecedented levels. Around 1.2 million people now require relief assistance to survive. But insecurity and attacks persist, increasing population displacement and needs. Since the start of…

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Alone in Libya : Children Returning to Burkina Faso Assisted by IOM

IOM organized events and activities on 16 June bringing together 300 host community children and those of returned migrants

Since the 2017 launch of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration, IOM Burkina Faso has assisted with the voluntary return of 60 migrant children under 18 years of age from among 1,681 Burkinabe returnees, the clear majority of whom returned from Libya. The effort is funded by…

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Central Africa could be the continent’s rising star, thanks to the African Continental Free Trade Area

Central Africa’s real income could increase by as much as 7% in one of the scenarios that researchers describe in the 2019 African Economic Outlook

Central Africa stands to benefit the most from the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), data from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) shows. Hanan Morsy, Director of Research at the Bank, revealed the findings at the launch of one of the Bank’s flagship reports in Malabo, where the African Development…