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30 Dec 2008 description

Uige - At least 109 families were displaced in the Ambuila district, 90 kilometres of north of Uíge city, following of destruction of their homes caused by rain that hit the region on Monday morning, Angop learnt on Tuesday from a source of the local administration.

According to the source, the rain destroyed one school, 18 residences, two churches and other social infra-structures.

03 Dec 2008 description

Luanda - The ambassador of Norway in Angola, Jon Vea, Monday signed in Luanda, an agreement with the Norway People Aid (APN) for the continuation of demining actions in Angola.

According to a communiqué issued by the Norwegian embassy, delivered to Angop, the contract is estimated at USD 3.5 million and was signed by APN's regional director, Âage Skagestad.

The note refers that Norway funds demining operation in Angola, through APN, since 1995, having granted to this non-governmental organisation about USD 35 million.

06 Nov 2008 description

Katchiungo - About 50 families of Salupembe, Vintecente and Caputa wards, 62 kilometres east of Huambo city were made homeless as a result of the windy rain that fell in the region last Tuesday.

According to a traditional authority of the district, Albino Malengue, the rain destroyed 50 residences and did not claim any human life.

Local traditional and religious entities expressed concern about the situation and appealed to the government of central Huambo province to assist the families affected by this natural disaster.

06 Nov 2008 description

Luanda - The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) will open soon a branch office in Luanda, aimed to support the Angolan Government to execute the territory planning system and housing improvement.

The purpose was expressed on Thursday, at Nanjing (China) by the executive director of the UN-Habitat, the Tanzanian Anna Tibaijuka, during a meeting she held with the Angolan Minister of Urbanism and Housing, Diekumpuna Sita José, who was at the company of the Angolan permanent representative to the UN agency, the ambassador Ambrósio Lukoki, on the sidelines of the World …

21 Oct 2008 description

Mbanza Kongo - One hundred and 53 people passed away, during the first half of this year, in the northern Zaire province, victims of malaria, out of the 35,733 cases registered in the whole region, informed this Tuesday, in Mbanza Kongo city, provincial capital, the local health director, Mariano Gaspar.

Speaking to ANGOP, the official referred that there was an increase of 59 deaths compared to the previous period in which 35,205 cases of malaria were recorded, with more impact on children below the age of five and pregnant women.

During the referred period, the sector he chairs and …

17 Oct 2008 description

Luanda - The Italian ambassador to Angola, Torquato Cardilli, guaranteed on Thursday, in Luanda, that his country will donate, as from the beginning of next year, some equipment amounted at nine million US dollars for health, agriculture and basic sanitation sectors.

The information was given during a press conference, which was used to divulge activities of the VIII Week of the Italian Language and Culture in the World, happening from 21 to 26 October, under the motto "Italian in the market".

According to the diplomat, the health sector will get equipment and instruments …

14 Oct 2008 description

Luanda - At least 1.4 million to 2 million cases of diarrhoeas are reported every year in the country, one third of that number are children under five-year old, due mainly to poor hygiene, ANGOP learnt Tuesday in Luanda.

According to a press release, issued on the occasion of the "Global Hand-washing Day" (GHD), celebrated on 15 October, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) explains that 47 percent of infantile mortality is caused by the poor hygiene related to the diseases.

The province of Luanda, according to UNICEF document, will host the event, to be …

10 Oct 2008 description

Luanda - At least Usd 32 million have been released by Angola Global Fund to fight malaria in two years time.

This is under an agreement signed by the Health minister, José Van-Dúnem, and the chairman of Angola Global Fund Coordination Mechanism, Carlos Alberto.

Speaking to journalists, the minister said that malaria continues being the main cause of death among children and pregnant women in Angola.

The minister further stated that the Government will continue working with partners to fund programmes to fight the disease.

The official thanked the technical teams for the hard …

29 Sep 2008 description

Kuito - At least 4,524 citizens, victims of landmines, were assisted in south Bié province from 2004 to the current date, with various basic goods, ANGOP learnt this Monday from the provincial co-ordinator of the Inter Sectoral Commission of Demining and Humanitarian Assistance, António Gomes.

The source revealed the fact whilst balancing activities on actions against landmines in the region, with highlighting foodstuff, social reintegration kits, crutches and wheelchairs, as part of a donation made by the Orthopaedic Centre.

António Gomes Gonçalves said that the distribution of …

07 Sep 2008 description

Lubango - At least 63,400 citizens of the Cusse commune, 60 kilometres to the east of Caconda district, (southern Huíla province), are benefiting from new systems of water and electricity since Wednesday.

Inaugurated by the province's governor, Ramos da Cruz, the systems were financed by the local government and built in nine mouths, having cost more than Akz 16 million.

According to the provincial direct of the Ministry of Energy and Water, Abel João da Costa, the undertaking is part of the government programme to improve and increase the supply of social basic services to …

29 Aug 2008 description

Matala - At least fifty two first cycle schools, with six rooms each, will start working in 2009 in Matala district, southern Huila province, to cater for 7,766 children.

This was announced on Thursday, by the head of municipal division of Education, Domingos Manuel, who underlined that the construction works have already been in progress, in the light of the Programme of district intervention, estimated at USD 5 million.

According to him, the works of the project, to be executed in partnership with the Non-governmental Organization, Care International, are in charge of a national …

26 Aug 2008 description

Luanda, 08/26 - The voluntary and organised repatriation is one of the priorities of the Angolan government, after achieving peace, foreseeing the safe and proper return of refugees, as well as the securing and reintegration of the population directly affected by the armed conflict.

For the purpose, over 400,000 Angolans returned to the country since the start of the process, according statistics data presented by the Ministry of Assistance and Social Welfare (MINARS).

Started on 20 June 2003, the Operation of Voluntary and Organised Repatriation of Angolan Refugees brought to the …

25 Aug 2008 description

Cabinda - The governor of the northern Cabinda Province, Anibal Rocha, on Sunday laid the first stone for the building of a water extraction, treatment and supply system in the surroundings of the province, ANGOP has learnt.

The works are worth about USD 900.000 and are to last six months, divided into three stages.

According to the provincial director of Energy and Waters, Jo=E3o Baptista Franque, the works are to start on September 01.

The system will produce 35,000 cubic metres of water per hour for 16,000 inhabitants.

25 Aug 2008 description

Huambo - At least 2,627 new classrooms have been built and equipped since 2002 by the Government of central Huambo province, to the benefit of about 3.5 million students attending lessons in two shifts.

According to a note from the provincial Government that reached Angop on Monday, another 841 classrooms were rebuilt and furnished over the last six years.

According to the note, the construction of the new classrooms has led to the expansion of the school network into all localities of the province.

It adds that since 2002 now, the province's health network has grown a lot …

25 Aug 2008 description

Mukolongondjo, 08/25 - At least two cooperatives of peasants based in Cuvelai district, southern Cunene province, benefited Sunday from four tractors and other farming equipments, in order to boost the agriculture production, during 2008/2009 campaign in the region.

The equipments were handed over by the ruling MPLA party's first provincial secretary, Pedro Mutindi, during a rally that marked the party's electoral campaign, held at the weekend in the region.

According to Pedro Mutinde, the farming tools, delivered to the peasants, living in Mukolongondjo and Mupa …

25 Aug 2008 description

Lubango - Over 100 fishermen from Huila Province started to receive fishing tools, this Monday, granted by the provincial board of agriculture, fishing and environment, ANGOP has learnt.

According to the head of the Institute of Development of Deep-Sea Fisheries, Silvano Levi, among the means are nets, fishing lines, life-buoys, knifes, boots and anchors.

This move is part of a programme of development of rivers of the region, through fluvial fishing and boost the Angolan government's programme of fight against poverty and famine.

21 Aug 2008 description

Sumbe - The German NGO (Santa Barbara foundation) cleared 38,405 square metres from landmines in Wako Kungo locality, Cela district, coastal Kwanza Sul province.

ANGOP learnt that this humanitarian activity enabled the removal of 394 anti-personnel landmines placed during the armed conflicts in the country.

Santa Barbara operates in Cela since 2007, and has already demined an area estimated at 130,088 square metres, as well as deactivated 1,216 explosive devices.

Landmines clearance in Kwanza Sul province has been contributing, not only, in the recovery of roads, but, mainly, in …

20 Aug 2008 description

Luanda - The relations of cooperation between Angola and China in the sector of agriculture, particularly in rice production, were analysed Wednesday in Luanda, during a meeting between the local prime minister, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and the Asian nation's ambassador, Zhang Bolun.

According to Zhang Bolun, at the end of the audience with the Angolan Premier, the meeting served to inform that China is studying the best ways to carry out rice plantation and guarantee self-sufficiency of food in the Southern African country.

The Chinese diplomat stressed the …

31 Jul 2008 description

Katchiungo, 07/31 - About 22,716 children, below the age of five, were immunised against poliomyelitis in Katchiungo district, 64 kilometres from Huambo city, during the broad vaccination campaign, held from July 25 to 27, countrywide.

This number corresponds to more than 2,492 children in comparison to the initial estimate, ANGOP learnt this Thursday from the head of the municipal health division, Paulino Kulivela.

The official considered positive the involvement of chieftains, religious and administrative entities that contributed to the success of the referred campaign, which …

31 Jul 2008 description

Namibe, 07/31 - The third national campaign against poliomyelitis that took place on 25-27 July countrywide, resulted in the vaccination, in the south-western Namibe Province, of 67,135 children aged between zero to five, ANGOP got the information from the head of the provincial public health department, Franco Mufinda.

The campaign had as target the vaccination of 61, 172 children, but it surpassed the expectations thanks to the vaccinators teams and the parents who collaborated with the campaign.

The campaign in this province counted on the work of 138 teams, totalling 68 …