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22 Dec 2006 description

From the Editor

There are two major themes running through this issue of Field Exchange. The first is a focus on Southern Africa and the programmatic challenges presented by HIV/AIDS and the second concerns infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IFE). An extended visit to South Africa over the summer by ENN co-director, Marie McGrath, offered the opportunity to visit several collaborative WFP programmes in Swaziland and Namibia and also to identify significant HIV-related research in the region.

31 Mar 2003 description

Summary of meeting

By Marie McGrath (ENN)

On November 5th, 2002 a meeting was convened by MSF Belgium on the nutritional situation in Southern Africa.

31 Mar 2003 description

Postscript

by Judith Lewis, Coordinator
United Nations Regional Inter-Agency Coordination and Support Office in Southern Africa (RIACSO)

31 Mar 2003 description

By Gaëlle Fedida

Since 1993, Gaëlle Fedida has worked in humanitarian aid in a wide variety of countries, including Croatia, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville and Afghanistan. Now based in Paris, she is in charge of the Food Aid Programme for MSF France operations. In this article, the author describes how recent experiences in Angola and Southern Africa have led her to challenge how the humanitarian community define and prioritise need in emergencies.

Since 1995, MSF France has had a food aid cell at their headquarters in Paris.

31 Aug 2002 description

Summary of Unpublished Study*

Micronutrient deficiencies have been reported in emergencies in populations who are dependent upon food aid, particularly refugees and IDPs. A review was recently carried out by a WHO intern to determine the awareness and progress in the field in detecting and/or preventing these outbreaks. Questionnaires were sent out to approximately 80 contacts, including academics, NGOs, aid agencies and individuals to gather information about activities and knowledge in the field.