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IFRC launches urgent appeal

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an urgent appeal for support for its programmes in West Africa. In a press release received by IRIN today, the Federation noted that ongoing armed conflict in the region, notably in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea Bissau, had resulted in hundreds of thousands of displaced people and refugees. Mortality rates from cholera, meningitis, yellow fever and hepatitis-A remained high, while HIV/AIDS cases were growing at an alarming rate. The Federation appealed for 3,082,000 Swiss francs for its ongoing programmes and a further 13,279,000 Swiss francs for its emergency programmes in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire.

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