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31 Mar 2005 description
report World Bank
  1. This report provides an update of activities carried out under the Multi-Country Demobilization and Reintegration Program (MDRP) since the time of the previous quarterly progress report (October to December 2004). The report is organized by the four main components of the MDRP, namely: (i) national demobilization and reintegration programs; (ii) special projects; (iii) regional activities; and (iv) overall program management. The box below provides a snapshot of the quarter's main activities under the program.
31 Mar 2005 description


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The end of March signals the end of the marketing year in most of Southern Africa. It also marks the end of the hunger season, and is characterized by the appearance of green maize and other seasonal food crops that become available at the household level as well as on rural markets. Although overall food security is improving as many households begin to access new seasonal crops, the situation is expected to remain worrisome in some parts of the countries that have been adversely affected by the poor crop growing conditions this season.

31 Mar 2005 description

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

31 Mar 2005 description

As of 30 March, 132 cases have been reported. These cases include 12 health care workers. Of the 132 cases, 127 have been fatal. This is the largest number of fatalities ever recorded during an outbreak of this rare, but extremely severe disease.

Mobile surveillance teams have been established and are investigating rumours of additional cases in Uige Province, which remains the epicentre of the outbreak. A mobile field laboratory provided by the Canadian National Microbiology Laboratory arrived yesterday, was set up in Uige today, and will become operational tomorrow.

30 Mar 2005 description


Decline in maize prices reflects optimistic harvest prospects and a good marketing year ahead in Huambo

30 Mar 2005 description

By Zoe Eisenstein

LUANDA, March 30 (Reuters) - Amid fears the deadly Marburg virus may reach Angola's capital, staff at state hospitals in tatters after a ruinous civil war said on Wednesday the government must do more to protect them.

"Of course we're all panicking. Everyone's scared, there's no cure for Marburg," said a male nurse at one government hospital in Luanda who requested anonymity.

The viral hemorrhagic fever -- characterised by headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea accompanied by blood -- is spread through bodily fluids including saliva …

30 Mar 2005 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

INDONESIA: FOREIGN NGOS TO STAY IN ACEH FOR AS LONG AS NEEDED

The Indonesian Ministry of People's Welfare issued a statement on 8 March welcoming foreign humanitarian assistance in Aceh for as long as necessary and stated that they had no intention of causing difficulties for foreign humanitarian organisations.

This statement comes after much speculation that the Indonesian Government wanted all foreign organisations out of Aceh within 3 months of the tsunami disaster, by 26 March 2005.

30 Mar 2005 description

Madrid, 30 de marzo de 2005 - Ante el brote de Fiebre Marburg (variante del virus del ébola) diagnosticado en la provincia de Uige (Angola) la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI), a través de la Embajada de España en Luanda, ha ofrecido a las autoridades locales ayuda para su control.

En estos momentos el principal riesgo es su posible propagación. Para evitarloa, la aportación española consistirá en material de protección individual (bioseguridad) desechable, cuya descripción y n=FAmero se determinará en breve por las autoridades sanitarias.

30 Mar 2005 description

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

KINSHASA, 30 March (IRIN) - In response to fears that a recent outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Angola could spread across the 1,750-km border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Congolese Health Minister Emile Bongeli told IRIN on Tuesday that the government had set up a quarantine zone along the frontier.

"Though so far there are no signs of any cases in the DRC, we live with the threat of another outbreak, so we are taking the precautions," he said.

30 Mar 2005 description

Luanda, 03/30 - The ambassador of the USA, Cynthia Effird, Italy, Alfredo Bastianeli, Brazil, Jorge Taunay, and China, Zhang Beisan, on Wednesday, here, expressed their disposition to support the Angolan Government on its fight against the Marburg virus.

29 Mar 2005 description

Luanda, 03/29 - The head of the Public Health Department of Luanda Province, Isilda Neves, said today, here, that so far no case of marburg virus infection case was recorded in people residing in this city.

29 Mar 2005 description

Luanda, Mar 29 - The National Civil Protection Commission met Monday in Luanda to launch a plan of action meant to arrest the spread of the Marburg virus, responsible for the hemorrhage fever that has killed 112 people since February in Angola's northern Uije province, threatening to spread into other regions of the country.

29 Mar 2005 description

Luanda, 03/29 - The Angolan Ministry of Health (MINSA) has issued a note in which it recommends the all people infected with the Marburg virus and who had been in Uige province to, in the last two weeks and feeling high sudden high fever, vomits or diarrhoea, to seek immediate medical assistance and avoid moving to other provinces or abroad.

29 Mar 2005 description

Cabinda, 03/29 - Angola's northern Cabinda province emergency commission against Marburg today called on the Angolan Government to supply means for individual protection for health staff.

According to the director of Cabinda main hospital, Alberto Paca, the situation in the province is stationery, after the death on Saturday of a citizen that came from Uije province.

He said that the relatives of those that died and another 11 people who have had direct contact with them are under medical control, at Cabassango hospital.

29 Mar 2005 description

The European Commission has allocated €500,000 for emergency measures aimed at preventing the spread of the Marburg virus in Angola. The province of Uige in the north of the country has been struck by a serious outbreak of the deadly haemorrhagic disease which has a mortality rate of more than 90%. The aid is being provided through ECHO, the Commission's Humanitarian Aid department, which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Louis Michel.

29 Mar 2005 description

As of 29 March 2005, the Ministry of Health has reported a total of 124 cases and 117 deaths in Cabinda, Luanda and Uige. All these cases had originated in Uige Province.

28 Mar 2005 description

Luanda, 03/28 - The Angolan Health Minister, Sebastiao Veloso, said in Luanda on Monday that the number of deaths from haemorrhage fever hitting the Northern Uige province has reached 112 out of the 118 cases registered.

28 Mar 2005 description

Uige, 03/28 - A health official in Ambuila municipality, Uige province, over the weekend explained the local population the appearance of the haemorrhage fever caused by the Marburg virus, advising the about 100 attendants not no eat animals found dead, including monkey and mouse.
Mr Carlitos Alfredo was speaking during the presentation of the new local State Administrator, Carlitos Gabriel Candendequessa.

28 Mar 2005 description
report UN Children's Fund

LUANDA, 28 March 2005 - UNICEF is supporting WHO and the Angolan Ministry of Health in its efforts to prevent the spread of an epidemic caused by the Marburg virus that has killed 111 people, including 92 children under 15 years of age. While the outbreak is mainly concentrated in the northern province of Uige, 5 cases - 2 resulting in deaths- have already been reported in Angola's capital, Luanda.

27 Mar 2005 description

Cabinda, 03/27 - A team to aid in the fight against the Marburg haemorrhagic fever, after a case has also been recorded in the Northern Cabinda Province Hospital, was created through a despacth signed by the Provincial Director of Health, Luis Kitembo.