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31 May 2009 description

Executive Summary

THE YEAR 2008 witnessed a polio outbreak in Nigeria, with new international spread to bordering countries, persistent importations in south-central Africa and Sudan and the largest outbreak of polio in eight years in Pakistan. Elsewhere, western Uttar Pradesh in India - historically the world's most entrenched reservoir of polio but free of indigenous poliovirus type 1 for more than a year - was re-infected by a virus from a neighbouring state. By the end of the year, the number of children paralysed by polio in 2008 had returned to 1999 levels.

28 May 2009 description

Assemblée générale
Soixante-quatrième session
Point 71 a) de la liste préliminaire*
Renforcement de la coordination de l'aide
humanitaire et des secours en cas de catastrophe
fournis par les organismes des Nations Unies,
y compris l'assistance économique spéciale :
renforcement de la coordination de l'aide humanitaire
d'urgence fournie par les organismes des Nations Unies

Conseil économique et social
Session de fond de 2009
Genève, 6-31 juillet 2009
Point 5 de l'ordre du jour provisoire**

28 May 2009 description

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session Item 71 (a) of the preliminary list*
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations

Economic and Social Council
Substantive session of 2009
Geneva, 6-31 July 2009
Item 5 of the provisional agenda**

28 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG , 28 May 2009 (IRIN) - In Angola, new demining technologies for unearthing difficult-to-detect plastic anti-tank mines and clear the road network are being tried.

Angola is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world, the legacy of decades of conflict.

28 May 2009 description

Luena - The head of delegation comprising deputies with the fourth commission of the National Assembly that paid a 24-hour visit to Moxico province, João Baptista Domingos, Thursday, in Luena, said that there are still people affected by rain facing dramatic situation.

The consideration was made during an assessment trip to check the consequences and causes of floods that displaced more than 7,000 citizens in the municipalities of Upper-Zambeze and Bundas.

The Members of Parliament congratulated the work carried out by the Provincial Government and Civil Protection Commission linked …

27 May 2009 description

Huambo - The governor of the central Huambo province, Albino Malungo, said Wednesday that the government will provide housing and farming assistance to cater for the former guerrillas of the ruling MPLA party, for a proper reintegration of those who contributed to the struggle for the conquest of the National Independence".

The governor made this pledge during a meeting with National managing board of the Association of Former Guerrillas of MPLA.

He urged for registration, in the first phase, of all the ex-combatants living in the province, for better intervention of the …

27 May 2009 description

Luanda- The parliamentarians from Fourth Commission of National Assembly are since Wednesday in eastern Moxico province to assess the flood consequences, which have displaced hundred families during the rainy season.

The head of parliamentary delegation, João Baptista Domingos, revealed at the local airport, that the deputies intend to visit the districts of Upper Zambeze and Bundas, to assess the situation of the affected population.

Before their return to Luanda, the MPs from fourth commission are expected to meet with local parliamentarians of provincial circles.

The visit to …

27 May 2009 description

ICRC News Release No. 09/109

Geneva (ICRC) - Millions of people affected by armed conflict have become more vulnerable because of the combined effects of war, natural disasters and continued high food prices, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today.

26 May 2009 description

Luanda - An agreement on technical and financial cooperation estimated at USD one million to support the second phase of demining and development project in Bengo province, was signed this Monday, in Luanda.

The signing was carried out by the ambassador of Japan to Angola, Kazuhiko Koshikawa and the director of the Non-Government Organization Japanese Mine Action Service (JMAS) Yoshinao Dói.

The accord marks the beginning of the second phase of the project named "demining and development of local areas in Bengo province" to be conducted by JMAS, partner of the …

25 May 2009 description

Contexte général

Les activités de préparation et de surveillance contre la grippe A (H1N1) continuent dans tous les pays AFRO. Pas de cas confirmés depuis le début de l'épidémie. Sept cas suspects sont en cours d'investigation dans deux pays. D'autres préoccupations majeures sont les épidémies en cours notamment la méningite dans la ceinture méningitique.

Situation dans les pays

Crises Aiguës

Ethiopie: L'augmentation des cas de malnutrition a continué à être notifiée pendant la semaine dans plusieurs districts de SNNPR et des zones de Hararghe Est et Ouest.

25 May 2009 description

General Context

Preparedness and Surveillance activities against the Influenza A H1N1 is still ongoing in all the AFRO countries. No confirmed case reported since the beginning of the outbreak. Seven suspected cases are currently under investigation in two countries. Other major concerns are the ongoing outbreaks of diseases notably meningitis in the meningitis belt.

22 May 2009 description

Luanda - The British Petroleum (BP) Angola Friday in Luanda, donated USD 150,000 to the Non Government Organisation (NGO) World Vision with the purpose to sponsor a project directed at assisting flood victims in the provinces of Huambo, Moxico, Bié, Benguela and Kuando Kubango.

The act was attended by World Vision's representative in Angola, John Yale, the chairperson of the oil company in Angola, José Patrício and the director of the National Civil Protection Commission, Eugenio Laborinho.

During the event, Eugénio Laborinho expressed his gratitude to BP Angola, highlighting …

21 May 2009 description

SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 21st May 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa, Honourable Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, hosted the meeting. A 3-day meeting of Senior Officials preceded the meeting of the Ministers.

20 May 2009 description

Africa Day, held on May 25 every year, is an annual celebration of African unity.

20 May 2009 description

Uíge - At least 7,661 people were displaced from January to May this year, following heavy rains that hit the northern Uije province, an official source has told Angop.

According to a source with the civil protection unit, the rains also destroyed 858 residences in the districts of Negage, Somgo, Milunga, Sanza Pombo, Bembe and Quitexe as well as a bridge and a social house in Ambuila.

These people were supported by several products granted by a national non-governmental organisation named AJAPA and the provincial managing board of the civil protection commission.

20 May 2009 description

Ten years of the Mine Ban Treaty: A Success Story

On 1 March 2009, the Mine Ban Treaty celebrated the tenth anniversary of its entry into force as international law. The treaty bans all Anti Personnel mines, requires that States destroy stockpiles within four years of becoming a party, requires clearance of Anti Personnel mines already in the ground within 10 years, and urges support to the victims of mines.

By Stuart Maslen, NPA

The treaty has proved a major success in stigmatising Anti Personnel mines.

19 May 2009 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children hails progress on children's rights but warns of challenges ahead.

(May 19, 2009) - Save the Children, founder of children's rights, today celebrates 90 years of work achieving change for children around the world. In 2009, the aid organisation faces challenges of conflict and economic crisis similar to its beginnings in the aftermath of the First World War.

Today in Ethiopia 4 out of 10 children suffer from hunger.

19 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBOURG, 19 mai 2009 (IRIN) - Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, virologue, dirige le service de séquençage de la Cellule d'études moléculaires sur les poliovirus, à l'Institut national des maladies transmissibles (NICD), en Afrique du Sud ; comme un agent du FBI, elle piste son « criminel », en l'occurrence un virus, en étudiant les variations des « génotypes », au lieu des empreintes.

Le service de séquençage sud-africain est un des sept centres du monde o=F9 des scientifiques s'attachent à déterminer l'origine des épidémies de polio.

18 May 2009 description

Ondjiva - The governor of the southern Cunene Province, António Didalelwa, guaranteed last Saturday, in Ondjiva City, that the flood situation is under control, as the level of water lowered substantially.

The official said so when he was addressing an act of solidarity to the victims of floods, which was promoted by the Civil Protection Commission in Cunene Province.

António Didalelwa said that the current framework is calm due to the prompt involvement of the Angolan government and its social partners, in providing the necessary support to all affected people who are accommodated …

18 May 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 18 May 2009 (IRIN) - Like a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, Nicksy Gumede-Moeletsi, a virologist who heads the sequencing section at the Polio Molecular Unit of South Africa's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), tracks her "criminal", in this case a virus, by studying variations in the "genotypes" instead of fingerprints.

The sequencing unit in South Africa is one of seven centres in the world that trace the origin of polio outbreaks. Gumede-Moeletsi traced the origins of the 2005 outbreak in Angola - which had remained …