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This report presents the highlights of the special session organised during the London Family Planing Summit that took place in London in July 2017.

 

 

 

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UNFPA WVARO Regional Islam, Demographic Dividend and Family Wellbeing

Islam, Demographic Dividend and Family Wellbeing was addressed during the N’Djamena regional symposium. It highlighted the fundamental role Muslim leaders play in accelerating the demographic transition, to develop their skills on such issues as family planning, maternal and infant mortality, and to promote women’s rights to sexual and reproductive health services. 

 

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From crisis to development around Lake Chad Strategy for an Integrated, Holistic and Sustainable Response UNFPA Regional Office for West and Central Africa
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Despite its high economic potential, evidenced by the existence and exploitation of abundant mineral resources in the region (oil in Cameroon, Nigeria and Chad, and uranium in Niger), the Lake Chad Basin (LCB) faces numerous environmental, socio-economic and security challenges. Further, beside the climatic changes (constant drought) aggravating the lake’s gradually dwindling waters and the resulting repercussions on poverty, this part of Africa suffers violent extremism from the acts of terror perpetrated by Boko Haram, which since 2002, continues to spearhead regular attacks against border communities. The prevailing situation across Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger and Chad, has attracted the spread of international terrorism and the growing vulnerability of local communities in the region as a whole. 

 

 

 

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The Muskoka Fund was set up in response to an urgent call for action to improve the health of mothers, newborns, children and young people.

 
The call was made at the 2010 G8 in Canada, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals of 2015, and taken on by the French Government. It pledged EURO 95 million over five years to UNFPA and other UN agencies to fund highimpact health interventions in West and Central Africa. 
 

The investment, known as the Muskoka Fund, is a unique funding mechanism which has been so successful it has been extended for a further year and now runs until October 2017.Leveraging the French Muskoka Fund to improve the lives of women and adolescents in West and Central AfricaLeveraging the French Muskoka Fund 

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Institutional analysis of the UNFPA response to Ebola Crisis
 
In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and readiness assessment of Sexual and Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal and Adolescent Health Services

 

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RESPONSE TO THE RELEASE OF 82 CHIBOK GIRLS 

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AU ROADMAP ON HARNESSINGTHE DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDENDTHROUGH INVESTMENTSIN YOUTH In response to AU Assembly Decision (Assembly/AU/Dec.601 (XXVI) on the 2017 theme of the year

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Adolescent health and development are foundations for a country’s economic development and key to achieving the demographic dividend in West and Central Africa. 
This review analyses the impact of laws and policies on young people in five countries (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone). 
 
It provides findings and recommendations to create an enabling legal and policy environment that empowers and allows young people – especially young girls – to be protected from child marriage, access health services, be educated and have decent employment.

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The 28th ordinary session of the African Union held from 22- 31 January 2017 in Addis Ababa. This event was a major opportunity to strengthen political dialogue and advocacy on the Demographic Dividend in Africa. This edition of the WCARO newsletter highlights the major activities supported by UNFPA.

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