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More military, more medics and more money needed to prevent definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation

October 18th, 2014 Posted in ebola, English, Liberia, Sierra Leone | No Comments »

More troops, funding and medical staff are urgently needed if we have a hope of stopping Ebola spiralling out of control, international agency Oxfam warns today.

In a battle against the clock, with less than two months left in the window to curb the spread of the virus ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, there is still a crippling shortfall in military staff to provide the logistical support that is desperately needed. This includes building treatment centres, providing flights and both engineering and logistical support.

More doctors and nurses are needed to staff the treatment centres. There is also a significant shortfall in funding must be filled to support the emergency humanitarian response. Continue »

Journée mondiale de l’alimentation : le parcours atypique d’une héroïne du quotidien en Éthiopie

October 16th, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Copy of day_4_frBirtukan Dagnachew Tegegn a la conviction que l’on peut contribuer à un monde meilleur en cultivant la terre. « Quand tu récoltes, tu as l’impression d’être témoin des merveilles de la nature, dit-elle. Tu prends soin de ce qu’il y a de plus précieux : la nourriture que nous mangeons. » Continue »

Dakar abrite la 7e édition du Forum social africain à partir de mercredi

October 15th, 2014 Posted in Accaparement des Terres, Agriculture, Senegal | No Comments »

Dakar, 13 oct (APS) - La 7e édition du Forum social africain (FSA) aura lieu à Dakar, du mercredi 15 au dimanche 19 d’octobre, a-t-on appris des organisateurs.

L’évènement débutera par une marche, mercredi à partir de 16 heures, devant la RTS.

Le FSA 2014 ”se tient à un moment où le continent africain se trouve à la croisée des chemins”, soulignent les organisateurs, relevant que l’Afrique ”est aujourd’hui au centre de toutes les attentions, à cause surtout de ses immenses ressources naturelles mais aussi de sa position géostratégique (…)”.
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In October … Let’s celebrate the grow week 2014 !

October 7th, 2014 Posted in Burkina Faso, Campaigns, GROW Campaign, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal | No Comments »

MDG : Sierra Leone : Small-scale farming : woman  in her potato field in Masiaka,From Vietnam to Guatemala through Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Dakar, members of the GROW Campaign will make the most of the International Day of Rural Women (October15th), the World Food Day  (October16th), the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October17th) to celebrate the GROW campaign and defend the right to food. The GROW Week 2014 will be again this year around World Food Day, on October16th and West Africa will be present with lobbying, media activities and of course on social mobilization(public facing) ! Continue »

En Octobre… Celebrons la semaine Cultivons 2014 !

October 7th, 2014 Posted in Burkina Faso, Campagne CULTIVONS, Campagnes, Niger, Sénégal | No Comments »

armer works in her potato field in Masiaka, Sierra Leone. Women smallholders have not seen many benefits of Caadp. Photograph: Jake Lyell/Alamy

Du Vietnam au Guatemala en passant par le Nigeria, le Niger, le Burkina, le Ghana, et Dakar, les membres de la Campagne CULTIVONS vont profiter de la journée de la femme rurale (15 octobre), de la Journée internationale de  l’alimentation (16 Octobre), de la journée du refus de la misère (le 17 octobre) pour célébrer la campagne CULTIVONS et défendre le droit à l’alimentation! La Semaine CULTIVONS 2014  sera cette année encore autour de la journée mondiale pour l’alimentation, le 16 octobre, et l’Afrique de l’Ouest sera au rendez vous avec des activités de lobbying, médias et bien sur de la mobilisation populaire! Continue »

Face à l’explosion de l’épidémie, Oxfam triple son aide aux pays frappés par la fièvre Ebola

October 2nd, 2014 Posted in Français | No Comments »
Formation sur la promotion de la prevention d' Ebola  destinee aux groupes de volontaires communautaires de la  sante .

Formation sur la promotion de la prévention d’Ebola destinée aux groupes de volontaires communautaires de la santé.

02 octobre 2014 - L’organisation internationale Oxfam prévoit de tripler son programme de prévention contre l’Ebola en Sierra Leone et a besoin d’au moins 10 millions de livres sterling pour venir en aide à 2,5 millions de personnes qui risquent de contracter la maladie, a-t-elle déclaré aujourd’hui à la conférence des bailleurs de fonds à Londres.

L’organisation va considérablement intensifier ses approvisionnements en eau et ses services d’assainissement aux centres de traitement de l’Ebola et aux centres de santé communautaires, ses distributions de matériel d’hygiène et sa campagne d’information auprès du grand public.
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Oxfam is tripling its aid in Ebola hit countries as the disease spirals out of control

October 2nd, 2014 Posted in ebola, English, Liberia, Sierra Leone | No Comments »
Ebola prevention promotion training for group of Ebola prevention promotion training for group of community health volunteers

Ebola prevention promotion training for group of community health volunteers

International agency Oxfam is planning to triple its Ebola prevention programme in Sierra Leone and needs at least £10 million to help 2.5 million people at risk of catching the disease, it said today at the donor conference in London.

It will be significantly stepping up its water and sanitation supply to Ebola treatment centres and community care centres, supply of hygiene materials and boosting its mass public information campaign. Continue »

Message to heroes in Sierra Leone and Liberia

October 1st, 2014 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Living with the Ebola Scare in Sierra Leone

September 22nd, 2014 Posted in ebola, Sierra Leone | No Comments »
Oxfam’s donation of water tanks to the proposed Lakka Ebola Centre

Oxfam’s donation of water tanks to the proposed Lakka Ebola Centre

Since the Ebola outbreak in my country, Sierra Leone, in early May, I have seen and heard it all.  I have learnt a lot about personal hygiene and social interaction.  I have seen sick family members abandoned by their loved ones. I have seen health workers die. I have seen homes quarantined and cut off from the public. I have seen public centers and entertainment places close down. I have seen nurses strike for better conditions of service. I have seen people buried in body bags and their families unable to partake in the burial rites because of the highly contagious nature of Ebola.  I have seen burial teams attacked by community people who, mostly for lack of awareness and the lack of opportunity to accord their last respects to their dead kin, vented their anger on the burial teams.

I have seen market women increase the prices of basic food stuffs as supplies become more and more difficult to access because of increase in prices  of commodities as  most of them  come from Guinea. I have seen the lovely beach in Freetown deserted by many. I have seen chlorine being widely used by many for the right and wrong reasons. I have seen diplomacy at work in fighting the Ebola. I have seen both the positive and negative media reports on the Ebola in my country.  I have seen the culture of helping the sick in Sierra Leone die because of fear. Fear of contracting Ebola.  I have seen people bath with water and salt in honest, sincere belief that it will protect them from the deadly virus. I have visited the Ebola isolation centers under construction. I have seen other colleagues fly out of the country, again in fear, as their families out there panic. I have seen ambulances carrying corpses daily. Yes, I have seen it all. And after all what I have seen, read and heard, the more I know about the disease, the more I become afraid.

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Vivre avec la peur de la fièvre Ebola en Sierra Leone

September 22nd, 2014 Posted in ebola, Français, Sierra Leone | No Comments »

Depuis l’épidémie de la fièvre Ebola dans mon pays, la Sierra Leone, au début du mois de mai, j’en ai beaucoup vu et entendu. J’ai appris beaucoup de choses sur l’hygiène personnelle et l’interaction sociale. J’ai vu des membres de certaines familles malades abandonnés par leurs proches. J’ai vu des agents de santé mourir. J’ai vu des maisons en quarantaine et coupées du public. J’ai vu des centres publics et lieux de divertissement fermés. J’ai vu des infirmières en grève pour de meilleures conditions de service. J’ai vu des personnes enterrées dans des sacs mortuaires et leurs familles dans l’impossibilité de participer aux funérailles en raison de la nature hautement contagieuse du virus Ebola.J’ai vu des équipes chargées de l’ensevelissement des corps se faire attaquer par les populations qui, le plus souvent faute de prise de conscience et absence de possibilité d’accorder un dernier hommage à leurs proches, déversaient leur colère sur les équipes. Continue »