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  •  Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF have carried out trial of an inexpensive heat proof vaccine that could mark a turning point in expanding resistance to the diarrhoea causing rotavirus infection across sub Saharan Africa The new vaccine known as BRV PV was tested in West African country Niger and shown to be safe and effective against rotavirus according to trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea and kills an estimated 1 300 children a day mostly in Africa It is preventable but the two existing vaccines must be refrigerated at all times making them difficult to transport and administer in hot countries where electricity is unreliable The new vaccine does not require refrigeration and costs under 2 50 dollars per treatment about half the price of others MSF medical director Micaela Serafini said in a trial involving more than 4 000 young children in Niger the vaccine had a 66 7 per cent efficacy rate against severe gastroenteritis slightly less than existing vaccines but still satisfactory This is a game changer It s a vaccine that fits much more with what we believe are the needs in Africa she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation The low cost and heat stable aspects of the vaccine should allow African countries to administer it on a larger scale than is currently possible she said Manufactured by the Serum Institute of India it is also adapted to the strains of rotavirus found in sub Saharan Africa She said that there was also a shortage of the two vaccines now in use which the new one will help fill This initiative came out of frustration We see so many vaccines that are difficult to implement in the field Serafini said She said that MSF hoped to adapt other vaccines in similar ways Serafini said the vaccine is currently under review by the World Health Organisation and could be available in a matter of months SH
    MSF carries out trial of cheap, new vaccine to treat severe diarrhoea in Africa
     Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF have carried out trial of an inexpensive heat proof vaccine that could mark a turning point in expanding resistance to the diarrhoea causing rotavirus infection across sub Saharan Africa The new vaccine known as BRV PV was tested in West African country Niger and shown to be safe and effective against rotavirus according to trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea and kills an estimated 1 300 children a day mostly in Africa It is preventable but the two existing vaccines must be refrigerated at all times making them difficult to transport and administer in hot countries where electricity is unreliable The new vaccine does not require refrigeration and costs under 2 50 dollars per treatment about half the price of others MSF medical director Micaela Serafini said in a trial involving more than 4 000 young children in Niger the vaccine had a 66 7 per cent efficacy rate against severe gastroenteritis slightly less than existing vaccines but still satisfactory This is a game changer It s a vaccine that fits much more with what we believe are the needs in Africa she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation The low cost and heat stable aspects of the vaccine should allow African countries to administer it on a larger scale than is currently possible she said Manufactured by the Serum Institute of India it is also adapted to the strains of rotavirus found in sub Saharan Africa She said that there was also a shortage of the two vaccines now in use which the new one will help fill This initiative came out of frustration We see so many vaccines that are difficult to implement in the field Serafini said She said that MSF hoped to adapt other vaccines in similar ways Serafini said the vaccine is currently under review by the World Health Organisation and could be available in a matter of months SH
    MSF carries out trial of cheap, new vaccine to treat severe diarrhoea in Africa
    Foreign6 years ago

    MSF carries out trial of cheap, new vaccine to treat severe diarrhoea in Africa

    Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) have carried out trial of an inexpensive, heat-proof vaccine that could mark a turning point in expanding resistance to the diarrhoea-causing rotavirus infection across sub-Saharan Africa.

    The new vaccine, known as BRV-PV, was tested in West African country Niger, and shown to be safe and effective against rotavirus, according to trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.

    Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea and kills an estimated 1,300 children a day, mostly in Africa.

    It is preventable, but the two existing vaccines must be refrigerated at all times, making them difficult to transport and administer in hot countries where electricity is unreliable.

    The new vaccine does not require refrigeration, and costs under 2.50 dollars per treatment, about half the price of others.

    MSF medical director Micaela Serafini said: “in a trial involving more than 4,000 young children in Niger, the vaccine had a 66.7 per cent efficacy rate against severe gastroenteritis, slightly less than existing vaccines but still satisfactory.

    “This is a game changer. It’s a vaccine that fits much more with what we believe are the needs in Africa,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

    The low-cost and heat-stable aspects of the vaccine should allow African countries to administer it on a larger scale than is currently possible, she said.

    Manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, it is also adapted to the strains of rotavirus found in sub-Saharan Africa.

    She said that there was also a shortage of the two vaccines now in use, which the new one will help fill.

    “This (initiative) came out of frustration. We see so many vaccines that are difficult to implement in the field,” Serafini said.

    She said that MSF hoped to adapt other vaccines in similar ways.

    Serafini said the vaccine is currently under review by the World Health Organisation and could be available in a matter of months.

    SH

  •  M decins Sans Fronti res MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders on Thursday urged Hungary to investigate allegations of brutality by Hungarian police against migrants intercepted at the border with Serbia Medical teams in Serbia reported an increasing number of patients reporting violence and cruel and degrading treatment by Hungarian authorities along the border MSF calls on the Hungarian authorities to investigate Also to take immediate action to stop these brutal practices it said adding a call to EU institutions to ensure full respect of the right to seek asylum and condemn ill treatment at borders Doctors stationed in Belgrade where the bulk of migrants stranded in Serbia wait for an opportunity to travel to wealthier parts of Europe reported 106 cases of physical abuse caused by beatings dog bites pepper spray and other injuries No fewer than 22 of the alleged victims were minors MSF said Report says Hungary built a fence along the 175 km stretch of border in autumn 2015 to seal off the Balkan migration route It is currently working on a second fence creating a corridor for patrols to virtually eliminate trespassing Recently the country passed a law ordering all migrants and asylum seekers to be detained in camps assembled on the border with Serbia Countries on the Balkan route Macedonia Serbia Hungary Croatia and Slovenia formally closed their borders to migrants in March 2016 drastically reducing the flow of people along it Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    MSF urges Hungary to investigate alleged police abuse of migrants
     M decins Sans Fronti res MSF also known as Doctors Without Borders on Thursday urged Hungary to investigate allegations of brutality by Hungarian police against migrants intercepted at the border with Serbia Medical teams in Serbia reported an increasing number of patients reporting violence and cruel and degrading treatment by Hungarian authorities along the border MSF calls on the Hungarian authorities to investigate Also to take immediate action to stop these brutal practices it said adding a call to EU institutions to ensure full respect of the right to seek asylum and condemn ill treatment at borders Doctors stationed in Belgrade where the bulk of migrants stranded in Serbia wait for an opportunity to travel to wealthier parts of Europe reported 106 cases of physical abuse caused by beatings dog bites pepper spray and other injuries No fewer than 22 of the alleged victims were minors MSF said Report says Hungary built a fence along the 175 km stretch of border in autumn 2015 to seal off the Balkan migration route It is currently working on a second fence creating a corridor for patrols to virtually eliminate trespassing Recently the country passed a law ordering all migrants and asylum seekers to be detained in camps assembled on the border with Serbia Countries on the Balkan route Macedonia Serbia Hungary Croatia and Slovenia formally closed their borders to migrants in March 2016 drastically reducing the flow of people along it Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Sadiya Hamza NAN
    MSF urges Hungary to investigate alleged police abuse of migrants
    Foreign6 years ago

    MSF urges Hungary to investigate alleged police abuse of migrants

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) also known as Doctors Without Borders on Thursday urged Hungary to investigate allegations of brutality by Hungarian police against migrants intercepted at the border with Serbia.

    “Medical teams in Serbia reported an increasing number of patients reporting violence and cruel and degrading treatment by Hungarian authorities along the border.

    MSF calls on the Hungarian authorities to investigate.

    “Also to take immediate action to stop these brutal practices,’’ it said, adding a call to EU institutions to ensure full respect of the right to seek asylum and condemn ill-treatment at borders.

    Doctors stationed in Belgrade, where the bulk of migrants stranded in Serbia wait for an opportunity to travel to wealthier parts of Europe, reported 106 cases of physical abuse caused by beatings, dog bites, pepper spray and other injuries.

    “No fewer than 22 of the alleged victims were minors,’’ MSF said.

    Report says Hungary built a fence along the 175-km stretch of border in autumn 2015 to seal off the Balkan migration route.

    It is currently working on a second fence, creating a corridor for patrols to virtually eliminate trespassing.

    Recently, the country passed a law ordering all migrants and asylum seekers to be detained in camps assembled on the border with Serbia.

    Countries on the Balkan route, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Croatia and Slovenia formally closed their borders to migrants in March 2016, drastically reducing the flow of people along it.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Sadiya Hamza
    (NAN)

  •  An upsurge in fighting in South Sudan s oil rich north has forced tens of thousands to flee the medical charity Doctors without Borders MSF said on Friday Most of the population of 20 500 people in Wau Shilluk town fled when government forces and rebels exchanged artillery fire across the Nile on January 25 The rest were evacuated following mortar fire at the market three days later according to a statement The army and rebels said that they were fighting for the control of strategic Malakal town and other areas in oil rich Upper Nile region Army spokesperson Santo Chol said 10 rebels had been killed over the past week while rebel spokesperson Dickson Gatluak said five government soldiers were killed South Sudan was plunged into a military conflict when a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated in December 2013 Tens of thousands have been killed three million have been displaced yet the formation of a unity government did not stop the fighting Edited by Abigael Joshua and Olisa Ifeajika NAN
    Upsurge in fighting in South Sudan forces thousands to flee
     An upsurge in fighting in South Sudan s oil rich north has forced tens of thousands to flee the medical charity Doctors without Borders MSF said on Friday Most of the population of 20 500 people in Wau Shilluk town fled when government forces and rebels exchanged artillery fire across the Nile on January 25 The rest were evacuated following mortar fire at the market three days later according to a statement The army and rebels said that they were fighting for the control of strategic Malakal town and other areas in oil rich Upper Nile region Army spokesperson Santo Chol said 10 rebels had been killed over the past week while rebel spokesperson Dickson Gatluak said five government soldiers were killed South Sudan was plunged into a military conflict when a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar escalated in December 2013 Tens of thousands have been killed three million have been displaced yet the formation of a unity government did not stop the fighting Edited by Abigael Joshua and Olisa Ifeajika NAN
    Upsurge in fighting in South Sudan forces thousands to flee
    Foreign6 years ago

    Upsurge in fighting in South Sudan forces thousands to flee

    An upsurge in fighting in South Sudan’s oil-rich north has forced tens of thousands to flee, the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

    Most of the population of 20,500 people in Wau Shilluk town fled when government forces and rebels exchanged artillery fire across the Nile on January 25.

    The rest were evacuated following mortar fire at the market three days later, according to a statement.

    The army and rebels said that they were fighting for the control of strategic Malakal town and other areas in oil-rich Upper Nile region.

    Army spokesperson, Santo Chol, said 10 rebels had been killed over the past week, while rebel spokesperson, Dickson Gatluak, said five government soldiers were killed.

    South Sudan was plunged into a military conflict when a split between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, escalated in December, 2013.

    Tens of thousands have been killed, three million have been displaced yet the formation of a unity government did not stop the fighting.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua and Olisa Ifeajika
    (NAN)

  •  U S President Donald Trump s decision to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees will cost lives medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF also known as Doctors without Borders said in a statement on Monday The Jason Cone Executive Director of MSF U S said the president s executive order would effectively keep people trapped in war zones directly endangering their lives Slamming shut the doors to the United States of America which has rigorously vetted refugees for years is an attack on the basic accepted notion that people should be able to flee for their lives Every day our teams on the ground see people desperately seeking safety at closed borders and in war zones from which they cannot flee he said The UN refugee agency UNHCR said 4 9 million Syrians are refugees in neighbouring countries while almost a million have fled to Europe and over 6 million are displaced within their own country During the election campaign Trump decried former President Barack Obama s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U S over fears that some fleeing the country s civil war might carry out attacks UNHCR said on Friday that some 25 000 refugees were resettled in the U S between October and December under UNHCR s programme for the most vulnerable Trump s administration has banned entry of refugees and people from seven Muslim majority countries drawing criticism even from some prominent Republicans and protests that drew tens of thousands in major American cities On Sunday his administration tempered the ban by saying people who hold so called green cards as lawful permanent U S residents would not be blocked Apart from Syria the affected countries are Somalia Sudan Iran Iraq Yemen and Libya UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration IOM said in a joint statement on Saturday that the U S resettlement programme was vital but they stopped short of criticising the new administration s policy However nobody at UNHCR or IOM was immediately available to comment Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Grace Yussuf NAN
    MSF says Trump’s refugee ban puts Syrian lives at risk
     U S President Donald Trump s decision to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees will cost lives medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF also known as Doctors without Borders said in a statement on Monday The Jason Cone Executive Director of MSF U S said the president s executive order would effectively keep people trapped in war zones directly endangering their lives Slamming shut the doors to the United States of America which has rigorously vetted refugees for years is an attack on the basic accepted notion that people should be able to flee for their lives Every day our teams on the ground see people desperately seeking safety at closed borders and in war zones from which they cannot flee he said The UN refugee agency UNHCR said 4 9 million Syrians are refugees in neighbouring countries while almost a million have fled to Europe and over 6 million are displaced within their own country During the election campaign Trump decried former President Barack Obama s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U S over fears that some fleeing the country s civil war might carry out attacks UNHCR said on Friday that some 25 000 refugees were resettled in the U S between October and December under UNHCR s programme for the most vulnerable Trump s administration has banned entry of refugees and people from seven Muslim majority countries drawing criticism even from some prominent Republicans and protests that drew tens of thousands in major American cities On Sunday his administration tempered the ban by saying people who hold so called green cards as lawful permanent U S residents would not be blocked Apart from Syria the affected countries are Somalia Sudan Iran Iraq Yemen and Libya UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration IOM said in a joint statement on Saturday that the U S resettlement programme was vital but they stopped short of criticising the new administration s policy However nobody at UNHCR or IOM was immediately available to comment Edited by Abiodun Oluleye Grace Yussuf NAN
    MSF says Trump’s refugee ban puts Syrian lives at risk
    Foreign6 years ago

    MSF says Trump’s refugee ban puts Syrian lives at risk

    U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to stop resettlement of Syrian refugees will cost lives, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), also known as Doctors without Borders, said in a statement on Monday.

    The Jason Cone, Executive Director of MSF-U.S., said the president’s executive order would effectively keep people trapped in war zones, directly endangering their lives.

    “Slamming shut the doors to the United States of America, which has rigorously vetted refugees for years, is an attack on the basic accepted notion that people should be able to flee for their lives.

    “Every day our teams on the ground see people desperately seeking safety at closed borders and in war zones from which they cannot flee,” he said.

    The UN refugee agency UNHCR said 4.9 million Syrians are refugees in neighbouring countries, while almost a million have fled to Europe, and over 6 million are displaced within their own country.

    During the election campaign, Trump decried former President Barack Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. over fears that some fleeing the country’s civil war might carry out attacks.

    UNHCR said on Friday that some 25,000 refugees were resettled in the U.S. between October and December under UNHCR’s programme for the most vulnerable.

    Trump’s administration has banned entry of refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries, drawing criticism even from some prominent Republicans and protests that drew tens of thousands in major American cities.

    On Sunday, his administration tempered the ban by saying people who hold so-called green cards as lawful permanent U.S. residents would not be blocked.

    Apart from Syria, the affected countries are Somalia, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya.

    UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said in a joint statement on Saturday that the U.S. resettlement programme was vital, but they stopped short of criticising the new administration’s policy.

    However, nobody at UNHCR or IOM was immediately available to comment.

    Edited by: Abiodun Oluleye/Grace Yussuf
    (NAN)

  •  Doctors Without Borders MSF on Monday said thousands of migrants in Greece and in the Balkan are suffering under the current freezing temperatures They said that the local authorities failed to prepare emergency measures On Greek islands thousands of migrants live in simple tents in the freezing rain while waiting for authorities to process their asylum claims This situation creates various health risks the medical aid group said in Geneva Most of the migrants who have sought out MSF psychologists in recent months on the Greek islands have said that poor living conditions have caused mental problems or have made them worse MSF said that more than 7 500 migrants are currently stranded in overcrowded camps or informal shelters according to the aid group Some 2 000 young people sleep in abandoned unheated buildings in central Belgrade We are witnessing the most cruel and inhumane consequences of European policies used as a tool to deter and victimise those who are only seeking safety and protection in Europe said Stefano Argenziano MSF s migration coordinator Edited by Abigael Joshua Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    Thousands of migrants freeze along Balkan route, aid group says
     Doctors Without Borders MSF on Monday said thousands of migrants in Greece and in the Balkan are suffering under the current freezing temperatures They said that the local authorities failed to prepare emergency measures On Greek islands thousands of migrants live in simple tents in the freezing rain while waiting for authorities to process their asylum claims This situation creates various health risks the medical aid group said in Geneva Most of the migrants who have sought out MSF psychologists in recent months on the Greek islands have said that poor living conditions have caused mental problems or have made them worse MSF said that more than 7 500 migrants are currently stranded in overcrowded camps or informal shelters according to the aid group Some 2 000 young people sleep in abandoned unheated buildings in central Belgrade We are witnessing the most cruel and inhumane consequences of European policies used as a tool to deter and victimise those who are only seeking safety and protection in Europe said Stefano Argenziano MSF s migration coordinator Edited by Abigael Joshua Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    Thousands of migrants freeze along Balkan route, aid group says
    Foreign6 years ago

    Thousands of migrants freeze along Balkan route, aid group says

    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday said thousands of migrants in Greece and in the Balkan are suffering under the current freezing temperatures.

    They said that the local authorities failed to prepare emergency measures.

    On Greek islands, thousands of migrants live in simple tents in the freezing rain, while waiting for authorities to process their asylum claims.

    This situation creates various health risks, the medical aid group said in Geneva.

    Most of the migrants who have sought out MSF psychologists in recent months on the Greek islands have said that poor living conditions have caused mental problems or have made them worse.

    MSF said that more than 7,500 migrants are currently stranded in overcrowded camps or informal shelters, according to the aid group.

    Some 2,000 young people sleep in abandoned, unheated buildings in central Belgrade.

    “We are witnessing the most cruel and inhumane consequences of European policies, used as a tool to deter and victimise those who are only seeking safety and protection in Europe,’’ said Stefano Argenziano, MSF’s migration coordinator.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Abdullahi Yusuf
    (NAN)

  •  A spate of attacks by Boko Haram in southeastern Niger in recent months is hindering the delivery of aid to over 200 000 people forced from their homes aid agencies said on Thursday According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA Niger s Diffa region is hosting around 220 000 displaced people split almost evenly between uprooted Nigeriens and Nigerian refugees The region has been targeted around 15 times since September in attacks blamed on Boko Haram causing thousands more to flee and restricting access to those in need of aid Boko Haram militants have killed about 15 000 people and displaced some 2 6 million in Cameroon Chad Niger and Nigeria during a seven year campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate The Islamist group still launches deadly attacks in spite of having been driven out of much of the territory it held in 2014 Geoffrey Denye a spokesman for aid group World Vision said on phone from Chad that the humanitarian situation is really dire and deteriorating The displaced are getting harder to reach and humanitarians are required to take more risks to provide aid due to the insecurity Denye lamented Several aid agencies said the military had restricted humanitarian access to areas around the town of Bosso where 32 soldiers were killed in June by Boko Haram in the militant group deadliest attack in Niger since April 2015 Along with Chad Cameroon Nigeria and Benin Niger has contributed troops to 9 000 strong regional task force dedicated to fighting the group Among the recent attacks in Diffa supplies and essential medicines have been looted from health facilities According to medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF Niger programme manager for MSF Mari Carmen Vi oles this could scare local health workers and deter from working in the region On the whole the aid response is not as effective as it should be There is a problem around coordination while different responsibilities of various humanitarian actors are not clear Vi oles added Some of the displaced are in refugee camps others live in makeshift huts along Niger s main highway but most are dotted across than 100 villages and informal sites It is a challenge for humanitarian organisations he added Edited by Oluleye Abiodun Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    Boko Haram attacks hinder aid delivery in southeastern Niger – agencies
     A spate of attacks by Boko Haram in southeastern Niger in recent months is hindering the delivery of aid to over 200 000 people forced from their homes aid agencies said on Thursday According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs OCHA Niger s Diffa region is hosting around 220 000 displaced people split almost evenly between uprooted Nigeriens and Nigerian refugees The region has been targeted around 15 times since September in attacks blamed on Boko Haram causing thousands more to flee and restricting access to those in need of aid Boko Haram militants have killed about 15 000 people and displaced some 2 6 million in Cameroon Chad Niger and Nigeria during a seven year campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate The Islamist group still launches deadly attacks in spite of having been driven out of much of the territory it held in 2014 Geoffrey Denye a spokesman for aid group World Vision said on phone from Chad that the humanitarian situation is really dire and deteriorating The displaced are getting harder to reach and humanitarians are required to take more risks to provide aid due to the insecurity Denye lamented Several aid agencies said the military had restricted humanitarian access to areas around the town of Bosso where 32 soldiers were killed in June by Boko Haram in the militant group deadliest attack in Niger since April 2015 Along with Chad Cameroon Nigeria and Benin Niger has contributed troops to 9 000 strong regional task force dedicated to fighting the group Among the recent attacks in Diffa supplies and essential medicines have been looted from health facilities According to medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF Niger programme manager for MSF Mari Carmen Vi oles this could scare local health workers and deter from working in the region On the whole the aid response is not as effective as it should be There is a problem around coordination while different responsibilities of various humanitarian actors are not clear Vi oles added Some of the displaced are in refugee camps others live in makeshift huts along Niger s main highway but most are dotted across than 100 villages and informal sites It is a challenge for humanitarian organisations he added Edited by Oluleye Abiodun Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    Boko Haram attacks hinder aid delivery in southeastern Niger – agencies
    Foreign6 years ago

    Boko Haram attacks hinder aid delivery in southeastern Niger – agencies

    A spate of attacks by Boko Haram in southeastern Niger in recent months is hindering the delivery of aid to over 200,000 people forced from their homes, aid agencies said on Thursday.

    According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Niger’s Diffa region is hosting around 220,000 displaced people split almost evenly between uprooted Nigeriens and Nigerian refugees.

    The region has been targeted around 15 times since September in attacks blamed on Boko Haram, causing thousands more to flee and restricting access to those in need of aid.

    Boko Haram militants have killed about 15,000 people and displaced some 2.6 million in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria during a seven-year campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate.

    The Islamist group still launches deadly attacks in spite of having been driven out of much of the territory it held in 2014.

    Geoffrey Denye, a spokesman for aid group World Vision, said on phone from Chad that the humanitarian situation is really dire and deteriorating.

    “The displaced are getting harder to reach and humanitarians are required to take more risks to provide aid due to the insecurity,’’ Denye lamented.

    Several aid agencies said the military had restricted humanitarian access to areas around the town of Bosso, where 32 soldiers were killed in June by Boko Haram in the militant group’ deadliest attack in Niger since April 2015.

    Along with Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria and Benin, Niger has contributed troops to 9,000-strong regional task force dedicated to fighting the group.

    Among the recent attacks in Diffa, supplies and essential medicines have been looted from health facilities.

    According to medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Niger programme manager for MSF, Mari Carmen Viñoles, this could scare local health workers and deter from working in the region.

    “On the whole, the aid response is not as effective as it should be.

    “There is a problem around coordination, while different responsibilities of various humanitarian actors are not clear,’’ Viñoles added.

    Some of the displaced are in refugee camps, others live in makeshift huts along Niger’s main highway, but most are dotted across than 100 villages and informal sites.

    “It is a challenge for humanitarian organisations,’’ he added.

    (Edited by: Oluleye Abiodun/Julius Enehikhuere)
    (NAN)

  •  The UN refugee agency ond Wednesday described this year as the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe with at least 3 800 people having drowned William Spindler Spokesman for UN refugee agency announced the grim milestone in Berlin Meanwhile the Doctors Without Borders MSF charity said more migrant deaths were reported off the Libyan shore on Wednesday It said this happened shortly after the European Union s border and coastguard agency Frontex warned that rescue missions near the troubled North African nation were getting ever more dangerous The MSF charity said one of its rescue vessels early Wednesday picked up 25 bodies and 107 survivors from an overcrowded rubber boat some 26 nautical miles off the coast of Libya The charity said that a further 139 survivors were on a nearby rubber raft Edited by Hawa Lawal Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    2016 deadliest year for migrants in Mediterranean, UN agency says
     The UN refugee agency ond Wednesday described this year as the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe with at least 3 800 people having drowned William Spindler Spokesman for UN refugee agency announced the grim milestone in Berlin Meanwhile the Doctors Without Borders MSF charity said more migrant deaths were reported off the Libyan shore on Wednesday It said this happened shortly after the European Union s border and coastguard agency Frontex warned that rescue missions near the troubled North African nation were getting ever more dangerous The MSF charity said one of its rescue vessels early Wednesday picked up 25 bodies and 107 survivors from an overcrowded rubber boat some 26 nautical miles off the coast of Libya The charity said that a further 139 survivors were on a nearby rubber raft Edited by Hawa Lawal Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    2016 deadliest year for migrants in Mediterranean, UN agency says
    Foreign6 years ago

    2016 deadliest year for migrants in Mediterranean, UN agency says

    The UN refugee agency ond Wednesday described this year as the deadliest ever for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, with at least 3,800 people having drowned.

    William Spindler, Spokesman for UN refugee agency, announced the grim milestone in Berlin.

    Meanwhile, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charity, said more migrant deaths were reported off the Libyan shore on Wednesday.

    It said this happened shortly after the European Union’s border and coastguard agency Frontex warned that rescue missions near the troubled North African nation were getting ever more dangerous.

    The MSF charity said one of its rescue vessels early Wednesday picked up 25 bodies and 107 survivors from an overcrowded rubber boat some 26 nautical miles off the coast of Libya.

    The charity said that a further 139 survivors were on a nearby rubber raft.

    Edited by: Hawa Lawal/Julius Enehikhuere
    (NAN)

  •  World leaders attending the UN General Assembly have vowed to fight the spread of drug resistant infections The leaders made the pledge on Wednesday in New York at a high level meeting they held on the sidelines of the General Assembly They pledged to regulate and study antimicrobial medicines used to combat bacteria viruses and parasites in humans animals and agriculture The leaders said they were committed to a global approach to address the root causes of the phenomenon known as antimicrobial resistance which leads to the deaths of an estimated 700 000 people annually In his remarks at the meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon said that bacteria viruses parasites and fungi could develop resistance to drugs or vaccines He said that over use and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in humans animals and crops could lead to resistance If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively antimicrobial resistance will make it difficult if not impossible to provide high quality universal health coverage It will also undermine sustainable food production the UN scribe said A source at the meeting said that in the political declaration adopted at the meeting the leaders committed themselves to developing national action plans to combat antimicrobial resistance They also pledged to monitor and regulate the use of antimicrobial medicines Joanne Liu International President Doctors without Borders also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF welcomed the declaration He called on governments to implement nationally tailored plans to fight drug resistant infections Edited by Hawa Lawal and controlled by Archibong Asuquo NAN
    World leaders pledge to fight spread of drug-resistant infections
     World leaders attending the UN General Assembly have vowed to fight the spread of drug resistant infections The leaders made the pledge on Wednesday in New York at a high level meeting they held on the sidelines of the General Assembly They pledged to regulate and study antimicrobial medicines used to combat bacteria viruses and parasites in humans animals and agriculture The leaders said they were committed to a global approach to address the root causes of the phenomenon known as antimicrobial resistance which leads to the deaths of an estimated 700 000 people annually In his remarks at the meeting UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon said that bacteria viruses parasites and fungi could develop resistance to drugs or vaccines He said that over use and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in humans animals and crops could lead to resistance If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively antimicrobial resistance will make it difficult if not impossible to provide high quality universal health coverage It will also undermine sustainable food production the UN scribe said A source at the meeting said that in the political declaration adopted at the meeting the leaders committed themselves to developing national action plans to combat antimicrobial resistance They also pledged to monitor and regulate the use of antimicrobial medicines Joanne Liu International President Doctors without Borders also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres MSF welcomed the declaration He called on governments to implement nationally tailored plans to fight drug resistant infections Edited by Hawa Lawal and controlled by Archibong Asuquo NAN
    World leaders pledge to fight spread of drug-resistant infections
    Foreign6 years ago

    World leaders pledge to fight spread of drug-resistant infections

    World leaders attending the UN General Assembly, have vowed to fight the spread of drug-resistant infections.

    The leaders made the pledge on Wednesday in New York at a high-level meeting they held on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

    They pledged to regulate and study antimicrobial medicines used to combat bacteria, viruses and parasites in humans, animals and agriculture.

    The leaders said they were committed to a global approach to address the root causes of the phenomenon known as antimicrobial resistance, which leads to the deaths of an estimated 700,000 people annually.

    In his remarks at the meeting, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, said that bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi could develop resistance to drugs or vaccines.

    He said that over use and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs in humans, animals and crops, could lead to resistance

    “If we fail to address this problem quickly and comprehensively, antimicrobial resistance will make it difficult, if not impossible to provide high quality universal health coverage.

    “It will also undermine sustainable food production,’’ the UN scribe said.

    A source at the meeting, said that in the political declaration adopted at the meeting, the leaders committed themselves to developing national action plans to combat antimicrobial resistance.

    They also pledged to monitor and regulate the use of antimicrobial medicines.

    Joanne Liu, International President, Doctors without Borders, also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), welcomed the declaration.

    He called on governments to implement “nationally-tailored plans” to fight drug-resistant infections.

    Edited by: Hawa Lawal and controlled by Archibong Asuquo
    (NAN)

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