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Fight against yellow fever: Institut Pasteur Foundation in Dakar to set up new vaccine production unit

For the Senegalese foundation, the only vaccine producer pre-qualified by WHO based in Africa, AFD’s contribution, via a EUR 6.5m subsidized loan, will sustainably strengthen the fight against this disease, for which there is no treatment.

30,000 deaths caused by yellow fever

WHO estimates that there are 200,000 cases of yellow fever every year and that 30,000 people die from this disease around the world. Yellow fever is a viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitos and is found throughout intertropical Africa, South America and on certain Caribbean islands. But Africa is particularly affected (90% of cases) and WHO estimates that 610 million people in 32 countries are at risk from this disease on the continent.

Vaccination only way to fight against yellow fever

According to WHO, 32 African countries are considered “at risk” of yellow fever, with an exposed population of 610 million people, including 219 million in urban areas. There is no treatment and vaccination is the only way to combat yellow fever.

Yet the number of vaccines produced today is insufficient to complete all the vaccination actions required in endemic countries.

Only production unit based in Africa

FIPD is one of the four producers in the world pre-qualified by WHO for the manufacturing of this vaccine. This project should therefore sustainably strengthen the fight against this disease. FIPD is also the only production unit for this vaccine based in Africa.

The EUR 6.5m loan allocated by AFD to FIPD is part of the AfricAmaril project, with a total cost of EUR 23m, cofinanced by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Government of Senegal. The new unit will be installed on an area covering 2 ha, allocated by President Macky Sall, on the Diamniadio site to the east of Dakar. The future building, with a surface area of some 3,000 m², will comprise a part for production, a quality control laboratory, an administrative part and annex buildings.

The reduction in the interest rate (covered by the French Government) – or concessionality – for AFD’s financing will allow FIPD to develop its activities for the surveillance of arboviruses and hemorrhagic fever viruses and for responses to epidemics. It will also allow it to continue and scale up its training actions.

The works will begin in late 2016 and the building is expected to be delivered in March 2019.

The agreement was signed by Laurence Hart, AFD’s Director in Senegal, and Professor André Spiegel, Director of the Institut Pasteur Foundation in Dakar (FIPD), in the presence of Jean Félix Paganon, French Ambassador to Senegal.


Reviving decentralization: key to economic development

The Rural Development Support Project in Mali aims to develop rural areas by strengthening agro-pastoral sectors in the Ségou and Timbuktu regions. AFD is providing further and dual support for a decentralization that is key to the recently signed peace process. 
Priority for Mali’s Government
Decentralization is today a priority for Mali’s Government. The recently signed peace agreement is partly based on reviving a process to make regions the main drivers of economic and social development in their territories. In line with this, the Government has launched a new phase by transferring contracting authority for investments and funds to the Ségou and Timbuktu regions. Local actors have also been strengthened. 
The Rural Development Support Project (PADER) is part of this process via two components:
• Financing for productive investments at regional level to promote the development of activities for agricultural and pastoral production, livestock raising, fishing, as well as downstream processing and marketing activities (EUR 27m loan). 
• Support for the development and implementation of public policies, capacity building for regional actors and program coordination (EUR 6m grant). 
The two regions of Ségou and Timbuktu will be the contracting authorities for the first component, while the Ministry of Decentralization and State Reform and Ministry of Rural Development will be the contracting authorities for the second component. 

Youth in Rural Africa - Call for Papers For a special issue of the quarterly journal Afrique Contemporaine


This special issue of Afrique Contemporaine will focus exclusively on rural African youth. Interested authors will submit an article proposal composed of a one-page summary, describing the topic, argument outline (in brief), and the relevant data or fieldwork by 30 October at latest.



This special issue of Afrique Contemporaine will analyze the living conditions of rural African youth – family life, economic situation, and path to adulthood and independence. Among all young rural Africans, this edition will pay particular attention to young farmers: their means of land and knowledge acquisition, and the new agricultural practices they pursue, among other subjects. Increasingly educated and connected rural African youth use all available resources – familial, cooperative, governmental – to build their future in agriculture or in other sectors.



Articles must be 35,000 characters in length at time of publication, including spaces, footnotes and bibliography. Submissions must include an abstract of 800 total characters, key words, and a 150-character author(s) biography.

We especially welcome articles that feature maps, drawings, chronologies and photos.
Each article will be blind peer-reviewed by two anonymous referees, the Afrique Contemporaine editorial board, and the special issue editors.

Please submit your response to this call for papers via our online Editorial Manager:

For questions or clarifications, contact Bénédicte Gastineau , Valérie Golaz and Isabelle Fortuit


  • Submit article proposal by 30 October 2015 at latest.
  • The editors will select article topics and notify authors by 15 November 2015 at latest.
  • Selected authors must submit a first draft of their articles by 15 March 2016.
  • The special issue will be published in the 4th quarter of 2016.

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