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Plan and Global Fund have launched a US$50m project to fight diseases in three West African countries.
The distribution of materials and medicines to prevent malaria, reduce guinea worm infections and river blindness begins later this month across Togo.
In Niger, the Red Cross is concerned that floods and cholera epidemic might get worse.
Over three million people in the country are already suffering from food insecurity.
In some countries, there are just over two health workers for every thousand people.A new report released by Save the Children shows that children in such countries are five times more likely to die, than in other countries at the top of the index.
Cameroonian Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, has launched an anti-malaria campaign, promising to distribute nine million free mosquito nets across the country.
Friday 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, set aside to celebrate humanitarian aid workers, who help millions of people around the world every day.
Cameroon has been grappling with a cholera epidemic that is ravaging the country for some eight months now, but the death toll and the number of cases continue to rise.
A sub-regional meeting on Lassa fever and other emerging infectious diseases ended in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown at the weekend, with a Nigerian physician calling for urgent efforts to stop the spread of Lassa fever in West Africa.
After the regions of Timbucktu and Mopti, a third Malian region, Segou has been hit by cholera, with five deaths reported but medical officials have confirmed only two deaths in the area.
Niger’s authorities have arrested and detained a former official, who served in the military junta government of General Saliou Djibo, for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars from the health ministry.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for an end to violence against health workers and health-care facilities in areas of armed conflict around the world.
In a new report, the Red Cross described it as “one of the most urgent yet overlooked humanitarian tragedies.”