Due to Ebola Impact West African Economies Set to Lose US$3.6 Billion Annually

first_imgThe countries of the West Africa region that experienced low or zero incidence of Ebola have still been affected by the Ebola crisis because of their deep connections with the three hardest hit countries, according to a new United Nations report released yesterday.Spreading from Guinea in December 2013, the Ebola hemorrhagic fever has already killed 10,000 people, mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.“The consequences of Ebola are vast,” said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa. “Stigma, risk aversion and shutting down of borders have caused considerable amounts of damage, affecting economies and communities in a large number of countries across the sub-region.”According to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), West Africa as a whole may lose an average of at least US$3.6 billion per year from 2014 to 2017, due to a decrease in trade, closing of borders, flight cancellations and reduced foreign direct investment and tourism activity, fuelled by stigma.This has also had an important impact on human development. The region’s per capita income is expected to fall by US$18.00 per year between 2015 and 2017. In Côte d’Ivoire, the poverty rate has risen by at least 0.5 percentage points because of Ebola, while in Senegal the proportion of people living below the national poverty line increased by up to 1.8 percent in 2014. In addition, food insecurity in countries such as Mali and Guinea-Bissau is expected to increase.According to the UN report, the poverty rate (the proportion of people living on less than US$ 1.25 a day) may increase by 22 percent in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea in 2016.Citing the African Union’s efforts to send doctors from Nigeria and Ethiopia, Mr. Dieye said coordinated efforts by the Mano River Union and the ECOWAS Regional Solidarity Fund, the report calls for increased involvement of West African governments and regional institutions to stop the epidemic and help the affected countries to recover.In addition, the report says, preventing future outbreaks must involve a combination of regional and national interventions that include strengthening health sectors across the region, the immediate creation of a regional Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, coordinated border control and establishment of early warning and disaster management systems in these countries.He added that such prevention efforts would draw on the experiences of countries such as Nigeria and Senegal, whose decentralized health systems played a key role in slowing down and eradicating transmission of the disease.Reading from the UN report, the UNDP Regional Bureau Director also calls for an integrated recovery package, which includes re-opening borders, creating effective social safety nets for affected and vulnerable populations.Moreover, he said there should be an improved regional and international cooperation that would be required to ensure recovery efforts gain momentum in the three most-affected countries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorist sought in dog killings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As a witnesses tried to get the dogs off the road, the pickup made another pass, narrowly missing the person, Sedgwick said. The owner of the dogs is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with more information was asked to call sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Duffy at the Hemet Station at (951) 791-3400. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. VALLE VISTA – Authorities sought the public’s help today in finding the driver of a gray or silver Ford pickup who intentionally ran over two dogs in Valle Vista, killing them. The driver of the jacked-up, diesel-powered pickup ran over the dogs about 9 p.m. Saturday in the 44000 block of Highway 74, also known as Florida Avenue, according to Sgt. Mark Sedgwick of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Witnesses told deputies two big dogs were running along the road, and the pickup driver intentionally swerved into one of them, Sedgwick said. Moments later, the driver turned around and ran down the second dog, he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSister Sara’s has a sensational line-up in-store for its loyal customers by having not ONE Halloween party but TWO!! The Halloween party extravaganza kicks-off tonight in Letterkenny’s No.1 super-pub.DJ Paddy Mac will be playing all your favourite tunes to get you in the party ‘SPIRIT’!! There will be prizes for the best dressed, and there are also great drink promotions on offer throughout the night, and over the course of the weekend.On Saturday night, another Halloween party will be hosted by Sister Sara’s and again the same rules apply.There will be loads of prizes on offer for the best dressed on the night.While resident House DJ Marty Curran will be spinning the decks and getting you pumped up for the night. After two nights of Halloween Partying at Sister Sara’s you might feel like a ‘ZOMBIE’ in the morning, but it promises to be a cracking weekend of entertainment.For more info check out their Facebook page now.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sister-Saras/154934577880211SISTER SARA’S ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ HALLOWEEN PARTY KICKS-OFF TONIGHT was last modified: October 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more