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31 Aug 2008 description


The Special Humanitarian Envoy for the Secretary General, Mr. Abdul Aziz Arrukban, concluded a five-day mission to Somalia with a brief visit to Dubai in order to raise awareness in the Gulf region about the scale of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia.

Across the region, there have been several attacks on civilian targets resulting in dozens of deaths, including an ambush on an NGO road mission in Central Afghanistan that killed four humanitarian aid workers, and bomb attacks in Algeria and Lebanon.

31 Aug 2008 description
report ACTED

ACTED Afghanistan : Northern Afghanistan struggles against severe drought

Assessment conducted by ACTED's AME Team in Baghlan Province.

After several years of consecutive drought, Northern Afghanistan is once more hit by below-normal precipitations and extreme heat. This year, the shock is particularly worrying since it comes after a harsh winter and a significant increase of the food prices all over Asia. The cumulative effect of this situation has a direct bearing on most of the households which rely on agriculture and livestock for their income and food needs.

31 Aug 2008 description

Funding Trends and Their Impact on Operations

Analysis of the 2008 Programme of Work

29 Aug 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief


This programme update focuses on the work of the team in the new Asia Pacific zone office to provide leadership and guidance to International Federation …

28 Aug 2008 description

This report covers the period 1 January 2008 to 30 June

In brief

Programme purpose:

- The health status of vulnerable people in targeted areas is improved.

- The preparedness capacity of communities and institutions to provide quality response to common disasters in the country is strengthened.

- The service delivery capacity of Afghanistan Red Cross Society (ARCS)is enhanced at all levels.

- Raising awareness of humanitarian values and the Red Cross Red Crescent FundamentalPrinciples in the ARCS and targeted communities and reducing discrimination.

Programme(s) …

27 Aug 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/08 to 30/06/08.

In brief

Programme purpose: As outlined in the 2008-09 Plan, the aim of the International Federation South Asia regional delegation (SARD) is to increase the capacity of South Asian national societies to provide services that improve the lives of vulnerable people.

Programme(s) summary: The key areas of support in the first half of 2008 were conducting a midterm evaluation of the regional HIV/AIDS programme and final evaluation of the disaster risk reduction (DRR) DFID II programme; and constant promotion of a regional initiative …

21 Aug 2008 description


Rome, 21 August 2008 - Facts, figures and the lastest updates from WFP's high profile emergencies.


The CO is facing critical shortfalls, where total 95,000 mt of mixed commodities are required until the end of 2008. Of which, 25,000 mt are urgently required for prepositioning for winter.


In early August, WFP released about 79 mt of food commodities to assist some 880 HIV/AIDS affected people in Moundou. The assistance targeted patients under ARV treatment covering their food needs for 30 days.

14 Aug 2008 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only.

The South Asia region has witnessed heavy annual monsoon rains over the past several weeks, leading to flooding and landslides. While India and Pakistan have been heavily affected, Nepal and Bangladesh have been less so. Although Afghanistan has not experienced a monsoon, the country witnessed flash floods a few days prior to the report being made. The flooding and landslides across South Asia has resulted in a large loss of lives and property affecting millions of people.

14 Aug 2008 description

Dear colleagues,

Please find below the report from my visit to Afghanistan with the Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) from 26 to 30 June 2008.

13 Aug 2008 description

By Holly Bridges

For the families of soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan, the announcement that Canada is sending helicopters and beefed up unmanned aerial vehicles into theatre must surely have brought a huge sigh of relief. That aspect of the announcement was front and centre when the Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay spoke to reporters and Air Force members inside the hangar at 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in St. Hubert, Quebec on August 7.

"This equipment will improve the safety and effectiveness of our troops," said Minister MacKay.

08 Aug 2008 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2008 to 30/06/2008

In brief

Programme purpose: To contribute towards minimizing human morbidity and mortality, massive social disruption and related suffering caused by an avian and human influenza pandemic.

Programme(s) summary:

The global avian and human influenza preparedness, mitigation and response programme supported the following activities:

- Red Cross and Red Crescent community-based activities in avian influenza prevention and preparedness (AI) focusing on health and hygiene education, and prioritizing remote regions with …

05 Aug 2008 description

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Zabul provincial governor ended months of waiting when his government obtained two armoured sport utility vehicles, 3 August

ISAF's Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) delivered the new vehicles to Governor Delbar Jan Arman and the Zabul Provincial Development Committee. The vehicles reduce the government's reliance on military forces to transport provincial officials to different locations within the province.

'These vehicles will help to ensure your security so you can go out and see the people more frequently,' said U.S.