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31 Mar 2009 description

Editorial

On rebuilding and healing

2009 is only a few months old, but has already witnessed an array of crises across the globe. The fighting in Gaza and in Sri Lanka, bushfires in Australia, earthquake in Costa Rica and manslaughter in a Belgian kindergarten are only a few examples of current situations affecting people's psychological and social well-being, and where the Red Cross Red Crescent response involves different forms of psychosocial support.

31 Mar 2009 description

Highlights

Ethiopia - High levels of food insecurity persist

The 2008 meher harvest was inadequate in several regions, leaving 12.4 million people in need of food or cash assistance. Furthermore, the planting of this year's Belg crop has been delayed due to insufficient rains fueling fears of a second failed harvest. The situation is especially worrisome in the regions of SNNPR, Oromia, Tigray and Afar, where the Belg harvest provides for the majority of household food needs.

31 Mar 2009 description

I. HIGHLIGHTS

- NEARLY 11,500 PEOPLE IN ABIM DISTRICT HAVE RELOCATED TO NEW SETTLEMENTS IN 2009 DUE TO INCREASED SECURITY

- VIOLENT STORMS DAMAGE HOUSES, CROPS, SCHOOLS AND A HEALTH CENTRE ACROSS ACHOLI REGION AS RAINY SEASON BEGINS

- WFP TO INCREASE RATIONS SIZE IN KARAMOJA AS FOOD INSECURITY INCREASES

- FIRST ROUND OF POLIO VACCINATIONS COMPLETED, REACHING ABOVE 100% OF TARGETED POPULATION ON AVERAGE

II. SECURITY AND ACCESS

SECURITY

The security situation in northern Uganda continued to be stable throughout the reporting period.

31 Mar 2009 description

DARFUR

The first quarter of 2009 saw a steady and rapid decline in the operational environment in which humanitarian organizations had to work. January was marked by intense military confrontations in Muhajariya and Shaeria in South Darfur and in Wada'ah in North Darfur. These resulted in the displacement of tens of thousands of persons with the majority of them heading north with most people ending up in Zam Zam camp near El Fasher town.

31 Mar 2009 description
report Rotary

Partners UNICEF and WHO to conduct immediate immunization activities in high-risk areas

Evanston, Illinois (March 31, 2009) - In response to a recent outbreak of wild poliovirus that has spread from southern Sudan into parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, Rotary is providing US$500,000 in emergency grants to UNICEF and WHO for immediate polio immunization efforts in the Horn of Africa.

30 Mar 2009 description

General Context

The humanitarian concerns in the African region this week remain the same as the previous week due to ongoing flooding in the Southern Africa and outbreaks of diseases notably cholera and meningitis.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

Angola: Floods and Heavy rains continue. Several provinces are affected. In Cunene province, 14 persons have died as a direct consequence of the floods. A Rapid response CERF project has been funded. WHO supported the MoH to conduct assessment in the affected municipalities.

30 Mar 2009 description

Contexte général

Cette semaine la préoccupation humanitaire dans la Région Africaine demeure identique à celle de la semaine précédente et est liée aux inondations qui continuent en Afrique Australe et aux épidémies notamment le choléra et la méningite.

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Angola: Les inondations et les fortes pluies continuent. Plusieurs provinces sont touchées. Dans la province de Cunene, 14 personnes sont mortes des conséquences directes des inondations. Un projet CERF de réponse rapide a été financé.

29 Mar 2009 description

Highlights

- Preparation for second round of mass Polio vaccination in 29 high risk district of Uganda is ongoing.

I. General Situation

a. Political, Social and Security;

- DRC; The DRC army continues with incursion against the LRA forces in Garamba forest

- Acholi and Lango sub-region; the region is calm.

- Karamoja sub-region, Government lead disarmament process ongoing

b.

27 Mar 2009 description
report UN Security Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1856 (2008), by which the Security Council extended the mandate of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) until 31 December 2009. The report covers major developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since my report of 21 November 2008 (S/2008/728), to 24 March 2009.

II.

24 Mar 2009 description

1.37 million new TB cases in 2007 among HIV-infected people, says new global TB control report

24 MARCH 2009 | RIO DE JANEIRO -- The total number of new tuberculosis (TB) cases remained stable in 2007, and the percentage of the world's population becoming ill with TB has continued the slow decline that was first observed in 2004, according to a new report released by WHO today.

However, the 2009 global TB control report also reveals that one out of four TB deaths is HIV-related, …

23 Mar 2009 description

Highlights

First round of Mass Polio immunization campaign was successfully conducted in 29 high risk districts in Uganda. Second and third round of mass Polio vaccination is planned for 25th - 27th April and 23rd - 25th May 2009 respectively. Preparation for the campaign is progressing well.

I. General Situation

a. Political, Social and Security;

- Joint incursion on LRA base in Garamba by the armed forces from DRC, Sudan and Uganda has ended. All Uganda soldiers have withdrawn from DRC. Acholi and Lango sub-region remains calm.

23 Mar 2009 description

Contexte général

Cette semaine les préoccupations humanitaires dans la région africaine sont liées aux inondations en Afrique Australe et aux épidémies surtout le choléra et la méningite.

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Angola : Les inondations touchant les provinces du sud et du centre s'aggravent. On estime à 160 000 les personnes touchées avec 19 décès. A Cunene, la province la plus touchée, 52 646 personnes ont été déplacées et 24 000 autres vivent dans des camps d'accueil à Ongiva.

23 Mar 2009 description

General Context

The humanitarian concerns in the African region this week are due to ongoing flooding in the Southern Africa and outbreaks of diseases notably cholera and meningitis

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

Angola: The flooding affecting Southern and Central provinces is worsening with an estimated 160,000 people affected with 19 recorded deaths. In Cunene, the worst affected province 52,646 people are displaced with 24,000 people living in reception camps in Ongiva. A total of 421 cholera cases and 2 deaths (CFR is 0.48%) were reported*.

22 Mar 2009 description

SUMMARY/HIGHLIGHTS

65,000 people vaccinated against Meningitis in Budi County, Eastern Equatoria State (EES)

I. FOCUS ON SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN ACCESS

17 Mar 2009 description

NAKIVALE, Uganda, March 17 (UNHCR) - Popular entertainers Tom Cavanagh and Gavin DeGraw have visited refugee settlements in Uganda to help raise awareness about the deadly danger of malaria and to distribute hundreds of mosquito nets.

Canadian actor Cavanagh and DeGraw, an award-winning American singer and musician, toured Nakivale and Oruchinga with assistance from the UN refugee agency during a five-day visit to Uganda, which wrapped up last Friday.