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30 Nov 2009 description
report PlusNews

JOHANNESBURG, 30 November 2009 (PlusNews) - The theme for World AIDS Day 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights', and the efforts of the continent's developing countries to reach some of the key indicators of universal access are under closer scrutiny than ever. Will they do it?

In December 2005 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS) adopted a resolution to assist governments, civil society and NGOs in "scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, with the aim of coming as close as possible to the goal of universal access …

30 Nov 2009 description

As of November 30, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15,887 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 108 deaths.

30 Nov 2009 description

Executive Summary

This report presents the findings, conclu sions and recommendations of an evaluation of the Norwegian support to Norwegian People's Aid's mine action programmes commissioned by Norad's evaluation provides information on the results of Norwegian People's Aid's humanitarian mine activities, and provides recommendations that can be used in future identification, design, and implementation of humanitarian mine activities.

30 Nov 2009 description

Uíge - At least 333 Angolans recently expelled from the Democrat Republic of Congo, among children, men and women, in Bembe district, northern Uige province, were vaccinated over the weekend against several diseases under the Broad Vaccination Programme (PAV).

According to PAV supervisor, Segunda Damião, speaking to ANGOP, of the mentioned number, nine children under the age of five years received the BCG vaccine, 79 were got vaccinated against poliomyelitis, 70 against pentavalent and 58 against measles.

He said that 58 children received vaccine against yellow fever, while 33 women …

30 Nov 2009 description

2010 Portfolio Highlights

27 countries, territories, missions

This 13th edition of the annual Portfolio of Mine Action Projects features overviews and project outlines for 27 countries, territories or missions affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.

277 projects

There are 277 projects in the 2010 portfolio. Africa accounts for the largest number: 103.

95 appealing agencies; one in five projects from national NGOs

The 2010 portfolio continues to receive a high level of participation by an array of appealing agencies, including national authorities, …

28 Nov 2009 description

Caxito - The Angola Red Cross (CVA) has delivered two tonnes of assorted goods to Bengo province-born returnees recently expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a local CVA official disclosed today.

According to Baltazar Mateus Pedro, the donation is made up of machetes, hoes, shovels, kitchen utensils and potable water treatment products.

The goods were delivered in Kicabo commune, Bengo municipality, while the CVA official urged the civil society and local businessmen to back the efforts of the institution to lessen the hindrances of the returnees.

The CVA also …

27 Nov 2009 description

Luanda - The World Bank (WB) will grant to Angola a credit of USD 30 million aimed at supporting the farmers in the provinces of Bié, Huambo and Malanje.

This financing accord was signed last Thursday in Luanda between the World Bank and the Ministry of Planning.

The funding, to be implemented in a medium term, will benefit at least 120.000 families and it is aimed at supporting mainly small rural farmers to boost the agricultural activity, increase the family's income and reduce poverty rate in the communities.

According to the official of the World Bank, the credit comprises …

26 Nov 2009 description

Huambo - The Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) will continue to support the public heath sector of the country in the fight against the main diseases to reduce death.

According to the coordinator of FAA health programme, lieut-colonel, Bela Neto, who was speaking Wednesday at the opening of a seminar on the fight against HIV in Huambo, FAAhave a project to help face the situation.

The source said that the project follows a consultation conducted by FAA that permitted to establish the needs of the Health Ministry in the public health sector in the country.

25 Nov 2009 description

Kuito - Heavy rains hitting central Bié province since October this year, have hindered the demining process being carried out in the region, Angop learnt.

This has led to the suspension of works for safety reasons and conservation of equipments, said the head of operations of the organisation in charge, Jo=E3o Baptista.

If the situation still prevails, according to the source, the organisation will be forced to stop the activities in various localities, mainly in Kuemba district.

The source said that The Hallo Trust has cleared an area of 106,815 square metres, and reduced the …

25 Nov 2009 description

Kuito - Bié Province citizens have been urged to show solidarity with the compatriots that were repatriated from the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and that want to live in this region, ANGOP has learnt.

The call belongs to the provincial director for welfare and social reintegration, Isabel Afonso Chaguedela, who also defended the need for the civil society to support the Angolan compatriots that were expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The official underlined that while the Angolan government is concerned about the conditions for professional …

24 Nov 2009 description

Menongue - The deputy-minister of Social Welfare, Mateus Miguel =C2ngelo, started Tuesday a two-day working visit to the south-eastern Kuando Kubango province aimed to assess the socio-productive process of demobilised and displaced of the region.

Angop learned that the vice-minister visiting agenda includes courtesy meeting with the local governor, Eusébio de Brito Teixeira, and talks with members of the provincial commission of socio-productive reintegration of demobilised and displaced.

Visits to the centres housing disabled people and delivery of goods and professional kits, at …

24 Nov 2009 description

Ndalatando - A donation comprising several foodstuff for the Angolans expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have been assembled at Damba shelter centre, shall be transported this Tuesday to northern Uije province, ANGOP has learnt.

The donation comprises rice, sugar, cooking oil, wheat and used clothes, and was made available by the Diocese Caritas of northern Kwanza Norte province.

This deed is under a campaign held over the weekend in various parishes of the province.

24 Nov 2009 description

Caxito - At least 97 families of Bengo origin returned to the province on Sunday evening, from Zaire province, after being expelled from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Among a total of 1,524 people, the group was welcomed by the deputy governor of Bengo, Farel Van-Dúnem, who promised to help them.

According to the provincial coordinator of Supporting Commission for Angolan People coming from DRC, Anastácia Vasconcelos, most of them belong to Nambuangongo district (819), Ambriz (590), Dande (106) and Dembos (09).

They will stay in the supporting centre of Lifune (Dande …

23 Nov 2009 description

A two-day joint meeting of SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and AIDS was officially opened in Mbabane, Kingdom of Swaziland on Thursday, 12 November 2009 by the Right Honourable Sibusiso Dlamini, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland.

In his address, the Prime Minister urged SADC Member States to implement SADC policy documents on HIV and AIDS, TB and Malaria.

The meeting, which will culminate in the commemoration of Malaria Week starting on Friday 13 November 2009, follows on the heels of a similar meeting held in Durban, South Africa from 15th to 16th …

23 Nov 2009 description

Kuito - About seven fields were cleared of landmines and explosive devices in central Bie, during the third quarter of this year by the British Non Government Organization, The Hallo Trust.

While assessing on Monday in Kuito city, the activities carried out by the NGO, its operation chief, João Baptista, underlined that were demined camps in the municipalities of Kunhinga, Katabola and Andulo.

He added that the clearing of about 106,815 square meters and another 282 kilometres of road is now enabling a free circulation of people and goods as well as the fomenting of farming.

João …

23 Nov 2009 description

As of November 23, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15503 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 104 deaths.

23 Nov 2009 description

Uíge - A convoy, dubbed caravan of solidarity or "caravana de solidariedade", left Sunday the capital of northern Uíge province, bound for districts of Damba and Maquela do Zombo to hand over goods to the Angolan citizens expelled from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The "caravana de solidariedade", organised by the provincial government, and which integrates members of civil society and churches, ferried over 30 tonnes of assorted products, including tends, rice, corn, dried fish, vegetal oil, soap, blankets and others.

Coordinated by the provincial director of …

20 Nov 2009 description
report Radio Okapi

La société civile du territoire de Tshela, à plus de 200 kilomètres à l'ouest de Matadi, déplore la présence de soldats angolais et l'insécurité qui règne dans certains villages du secteur de Lubolo. Selon un responsable de cette société civile, aucun habitant de ce secteur n'a le droit de circuler après 18 heures par crainte de représailles des militaires angolais.

19 Nov 2009 description

LUSAKA, Zambia, November 19 (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency, with technical support from the World Food Programme (WFP), has embarked on a school feeding programme to increase classroom attendance and reduce malnutrition at two settlements for Angolan refugees in Zambia.

The programme was launched earlier this month in Meheba and Mayukwayukwa in north-western and western Zambia. The two settlements have a combined refugee population of about 25,000.

18 Nov 2009 description