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30 Sep 2004 description

DISCLAIMER: The following is a non-exhaustive selection of health-related events For a list of acronyms, please see the last page of this and WHO actions undertaken during the stated period in specific countries in update. which populations are experiencing crisis conditions. This has been compiled by WHO/Health Action in Crises (HAC/HQ), in consultation with relevant Country and Regional Offices.

30 Sep 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund


TOWARD ADVANCEMENT OF AFGHAN CHILD'S AND WOMAN'S RIGHTS

A drought Flash Appeal issued by Government and UN to mitigate water shortage

Efforts continue to stop polio transmission among Afghan children

Education being brought to Afghan girls in communities without schools

Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration progressing for 5,000 former child soldiers

1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND CURRENT SITUATION

30 Sep 2004 description

Program Description

USAID/OTI is increasing citizen awareness of and confidence in the process of recovery, rehabilitation and democratic political development in post-conflict Afghanistan. This is being accomplished by:

  • Increasing the Afghan government's responsiveness to citizens' needs;

  • Increasing citizen awareness of and participation in democratic processes; and,

30 Sep 2004 description
report Xinhua

KABUL, Sept 30, 2004 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The living conditions of children and women in post-war Afghanistan have greatly improved, but more efforts are needed in order to further promote the wellbeing, a survey shows.

In its first comprehensive study on the prospects on children and women in the Central Asian country, the Afghanistan Central Statistical Office found that since the last report was published in 1996, some indicators have improved in terms of infant mortality and primary school enrollment.

30 Sep 2004 description
report UN News Service

The people of Afghanistan will vote on 9 October in the first presidential election in their history with the help of more than 115,000 polling officials, 100,000 voting screens and 300 donkeys, the United Nations mission to the country said today as it unveiled details of the final preparations taking place.

UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told reporters in Kabul that the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) - …

30 Sep 2004 description

TALKING POINTS

Ghéhenno Briefs Security Council

I will begin with something that your colleagues, working out of New York covered but that I'd like to put on record here in Kabul, and that is the briefing to the Security Council by the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Keeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno. That briefing took place on the 28th of September in New York. Those of you who are used to cover the UN part of this Afghan process know that every month the Secretariat briefs the members of the Security Council on the situation in Afghanistan.

30 Sep 2004 description


HIGHLIGHTS

- According to the inter-ministerial assessment in 14-provinces, an estimated 17,293 households were displaced in the last three months across the 70 districts surveyed.

- Poor access to drinking water caused 50% of the displacement, 37% was due to lack of irrigation water and 13% was due to food shortages.

- An average drop of 4.3 meters was recorded in shallow wells since previous year.

- About 75 percent of the surveyed communities reported crop losses of greater than 50% this past season.

29 Sep 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

TOWARD ADVANCEMENT OF AFGHAN CHILD'S AND WOMAN'S RIGHTS

A drought Flash Appeal issued by Government and UN to mitigate water shortage

Efforts continue to stop polio transmission among Afghan children

Education being brought to Afghan girls in communities without schools

Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration progressing for 5,000 former child soldiers

29 Sep 2004 description


I. SITUATION UPDATE

In the south, a former Afghan army commander was shot dead in Qalat district of Zabul province on 27 September. In Helmand, three police check posts on Hirat – Helmand highway came under attack on 25 September. Nine policemen were killed and three of them injured.

The security situation remained volatile throughout other areas of the country.

II. PROGRAMME UPDATE

During the reporting period, 597,826 beneficiaries received 2,845 MT of food, as indicated below1:

29 Sep 2004 description

Geneva (ICRC) - As the final quarter of 2004 approaches, the ICRC still requires 132 million Swiss francs (Sfr) to cover its planned operations.

29 Sep 2004 description

The government is taking steps to build a single unified national army through the disarmament of the militias, but it's been an uphill battle in the north.

29 Sep 2004 description

This evening at approximately 9:00 p.m. two 107-mm rockets were fired on the ISAF Provincial Reconstruction Team's headquarters in Kunduz injuring four ISAF personnel. One soldier, who was seriously injured, is undergoing surgery at the Kunduz medical facility.

The names of the injured will not be released until the soldiers' families have been notified.

Elements of the Kunduz PRT, the ANA and ANP have located the launch site, approximately 750 metres North of the camp, and are investigating the incident.

There are no further details available at this time.

29 Sep 2004 description

STRENGTHENING THE GOVERNMENT

Program Goals:

  • Support the Bonn process: the Constitutional, Human Rights and Judicial Commissions; the 2004 elections; and a free and independent media.
  • Strengthen government budgeting, revenue generation (e.g., customs), monetary management, private-sector related legal and regulatory frameworks, and promote private enterprises.
  • Build capacity to carry out other legitimate-government functions and support reconstruction of health, judicial, education, economic, agricultural and transportation infrastructure.
29 Sep 2004 description

QUETTA, Pakistan, Sept 29 (AFP) - An election campaigner for Afghan President Hamid Karzai Wednesday urged refugees in Pakistan to cast their votes in favour of peace, stability and progress in their homeland.

29 Sep 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Kabul, September 29, 2004) - In the run-up to the October 9 presidential election in Afghanistan, warlord factions continue to threaten voters, candidates and political organizers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

29 Sep 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

ANKARA, 29 September (IRIN) - With just 10 days to go to polling, preparations to give hundreds of thousands of refugees living in Iran the chance to vote in Afghanistan's presidential elections next month are proceeding well.

"Most of the eligible voters here, most Afghan refugees here, will have the opportunity to cast a ballot," Craig Jenness, head of the International Organisation for Migration's (IOM) Out of Country Registration and Voting Programme (OCRV), told IRIN on …

29 Sep 2004 description
report IRIN

[This report does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations]

PESHAWAR, 29 September (IRIN) - As the time approaches for Afghans to vote on 9 October to chose their first-ever elected president, the voter education campaign being run by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) for Afghan refugees in Pakistan is in full swing.

"Our voter educational strategy includes community meetings, radio and TV broadcasts and the distribution of voter educational material," Maurizio Giuliano, the regional reporting officer of the IOM's Out of …

29 Sep 2004 description

CHAMAN, Pakistan, Sept 29 (UNHCR) - If Afghan refugees are reluctant to go home, then bring home to the refugees.

That was the philosophy at work this month when a delegation from Afghanistan arrived in Pakistan's Balochistan province to seek out refugees who had fled Badghis province and have so far not joined the millions of other Afghans returning home.

"This is a good initiative on behalf of the Afghan government and UNHCR," said Zabi-Ullah, the director of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Programme in the province located in the far north-west of …

28 Sep 2004 description
report Human Rights Watch


I. Summary
In politics here today whatever the gunmen want ultimately happens. We don’t know what kind of democracy this is.
—Political organizer, Jalalabad, May 31, 2004