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Burundi: Japan, IOM Ramp Up Disease Prevention, Disaster Response and Reintegration Efforts

Enhancing Integrated Capacity and Assistance to Crisis Affected Populations on Disease Outbreaks, Natural Disasters and Returns in Burundi

In poor countries like Burundi, seasonal rains often lead to displacement—due to floods and landslides that impact subsistence farmers and small-scale traders, many of whom are vulnerable are vulnerable to losing farmland and their livelihoods in a matter of minutes. When such misfortune is accompanied by an epidemic, outbreak of…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

IOM Assists Survivors of Shipwreck Tragedy Off Tunisia’s Coast

The survivors told IOM staff that the inflatable boat carrying 86 people including four women and two children left Zwara around 6:00am on 1 July

More than 80 migrants, among them women and children are believed to have drowned when a vessel capsized off Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast this week. On Thursday (04/07) the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisted four male survivors who said they sailed from Zwara, Libya, early Monday. One of the men,…

U.S. Embassy in The Gambia
Source: U.S. Embassy in The Gambia |

Embassy Banjul hosts #July4OnTheMoo

It was the largest ever July 4th reception in Banjul with well over 150 government representatives, members of civil society and press, and even popular Gambian recording artists

The U.S. Embassy hosted the annual Independence Day Official reception on Tuesday, July 2.  It was the largest ever July 4th reception in Banjul with well over 150 government representatives, members of civil society and press, and even popular Gambian recording artists in attendance.  The theme of the evening was…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Gambia: Women Accuse Ex-President of Sexual Violence

Investigate Yahya Jammeh for Rape, Sexual Assault

Three women have accused Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, of rape and sexual assault while he was in office, Human Rights Watch and TRIAL International said today. Former Gambian officials said that presidential aides regularly pressured women to visit or work for Jammeh, who then sexually abused many of them.…

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

UNHCR Somalia stands in solidarity with millions forced to flee

The campaign invites people to step in solidarity with refugees by either walking, running, dancing, swimming or cycling

On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Somalia pays tribute to the millions of people forcibly displaced all over the world. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year to highlight the courage and resilience of…

Source: Greenpeace |

Greenpeace: Fishmeal industry stealing regional food and livelihoods in West Africa

All three species of fish used for fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) are essential for food security, and already overexploited

Greenpeace (www.Greenpeace.org/Africa) is calling on West African governments to immediately phase out the wasteful fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry, to stop the threat to regional fish stocks essential for the food security and livelihoods of local people, outlined in a new Greenpeace report released today. The report, entitled A…

Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

West and Central Africa: Young women more affected than young men

The difference observed in HIV prevalence between men and women in the 20−29 age group is greater than that observed in the Eastern and some Southern African countries

In Western and Central Africa (WCA), survey data suggest that HIV prevalence among women aged 20−29 years old is higher than men of the same age in all countries and between 5 and 9 times higher in some countries such as Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. By ages 40−49, men…

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Merck Foundation together with First Lady of Burundi release “Plus Qu’une Mere” an empowering French Song as courtesy to all infertile women in Burundi and Africa

The song has been created by Merck More than a Mother Song Award Winners

The song has been created by Merck More than a Mother Song Award Winners, a talented band from Burundi under the leadership of First Lady of Burundi; Merck Foundation continues its commitment to raises awareness on infertility with aim to create a cultural shift through art. Merck Foundation (Merck-Foundation.com) , the philanthropic…

Deutsche Post DHL
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DHL rolls out e-commerce platform to more African markets following initial success

Platform has been rolled out to nine more countries across Sub Saharan Africa

DHL Africa eShop sees impressive growth in first seven weeks; Platform has been rolled out to nine more countries across Sub Saharan Africa; Growing demand for online retail service fuels further growth. Following the success of the DHL Africa eShop (www.Africa-eShop.DHL) app in 11 countries across Sub Saharan Africa, DHL…

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Psychosocial reintegration of Gambian returnees strengthened through Mobile Health Caravans

This initiative came as a result of an analysis of conflict drivers in The Gambia conducted by the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office

In an effort to strengthen the psychosocial reintegration of returnees and promote universal access to healthcare in their communities, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched a mobile health caravan initiative in The Gambia. IOM staff, community health volunteers and doctors provide free medical consultations, psychosocial support and complimentary…