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31 Dec 2007 description

MAG has been a partner of the Luanda International School for over twelve months and has worked on a number of fundraising and mine awareness campaigns. The MAG-Luanda International School Landmine Awareness Week (detailed overleaf) is just one example of the ongoing cooperation between the two organisations. Earlier in the year, the School hosted a "night of a thousand dinners" which is part of an annual international initiative to raise funds to clear landmines and assist landmine survivors. In May, MAG and the School launched its first joint Golf Day.

31 Dec 2007 description
report UN Security Council

I am writing with reference to the letter from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General dated 31 May 2006 (S/2006/354), in which the Security Council informed your predecessor about the establishment of an ad hoc committee on mandate review to conduct the review of Security Council mandates called for by the Heads of State and Government in the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document (A/60/1) and to continue consideration of the recommendations contained in the report of the Secretary-General entitled "Mandating and delivering: analysis and recommendations …

31 Dec 2007 description

2007 a été une année de profonds changements pour le Comité d'Aide Médicale. Néanmoins, nous avons, une fois de plus, relevé le défi d'implanter des programmes malgré des situations souvent difficiles et dans des conditions de plus en plus dangereuses. Dans un contexte toujours plus délicat et complexe, l'équipe du CAM, tant au siège à Montreuil, que sur le terrain, a souvent du trouver des solutions innovantes pour faire face aux nombreuses contraintes qui ont affecté l'implantation du programme.

31 Dec 2007 description

Earthquake Intensity Zones in Africa

This map shows earthquake intensity zones in accordance with the 1956 version of the Modified Mercalli Scale (MM), describing the effects of an earthquake on the surface of the earth and integrating numerous parameters such as ground acceleration, duration of an earthquake, and subsoil effects. It also includes historical earthquake reports.

27 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/27 - A tuberculosis expert in Cazenga district, Luanda province, has advised local residents to take care of their diet with a view to reducing cases of tuberculosis.

André Lopes said so on Thursday during an awareness campaign addressed to those infected with the disease, currently undergoing treatment in that health unit.

The lung specialist mentioned the lack of proper food, coupled with high poverty rate within many families as well as the exaggerated consumption of alcohol and poor health education programmes as the main causes of the disease.

26 Dec 2007 description

Huambo, 12/26 - About 320 water treatment posts will be set up in the coming year, in various localities of the central Huambo Province, in the ambit of the programme of social and sanitary development of this region, which is aimed at putting an end to the frequent epidemics that appear due to the consumption of unsuitable water.

ANGOP learnt this Wednesday from a source with the firm "Saema", in charge of the works, that the project is estimated at 18.3 million US dollars.

The Spanish "Fortis Bank" is to finance part of the project with just over USD 4.8 …

24 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/24 - Forty new primary schools will be built as from 2008, in Luanda and Benguela provinces, under a project funded by the Japanese government, to be officially delivered Thursday, 27 December, to the Angolan authorities.

The project, reads a UNICEF note that reached ANGOP Monday, is estimated at USD 8.95 million, an amount to be handed over by that Asian country's ambassador to Angola, Susumu Shibata.

The protocol signing ceremony will be presided over by the vice minister of Education, Alexandra Sime=E3o, in the presence of UNICEF representative to Angola, =C2ngela …

24 Dec 2007 description

Ndalatando, 12/24 - A project intended to fight malaria, aimed at reducing death rate in the country, is underway since December 20 this year in northern Kwanza Norte province, under the initiative of the NGO "World Vision International".

For the implementation of the one-year long project, estimated at US 500,000, the World Vision International counts on partnership of the provincial Delegation of the Angola Red Cross (CVA) and government organisations competing for the normalisation of the health situation in Kwanza Norte.

The project is part of a complement …

21 Dec 2007 description

Kuito 12/21 - Health officials in central Bié province Thursday enforced cholera combat measures, through the awareness lectures focussed on the danger and consequences of the refereed disease, with a view to preventing it from spreading within the population.

The official of the Department of Public Health and Combat of Endemics, Celeste Pataca, underlined that the measure was taken due to the emergence of five new cases of cholera, over the last 24 hours on the outskirts of Kuito city.

Celeste Pataca assured that conditions are created to attend to cases of cholera across Kuito …

20 Dec 2007 description

Susanne Jaspars, Sorcha O'Callaghan and Elizabeth Stites

HPG Working Paper

Chapter 1: Introduction

This project is the first research study specifically to analyse the linkages between livelihoods and protection in conflict, and to examine whether greater linkages in analysis and action can contribute to making people safer. This Working Paper is the first phase of a comprehensive collaborative research project between the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute and the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University.

20 Dec 2007 description

Uige, 12/20 - Seventy six people infected with trypanosomiasis were diagnosed, in 2007, during an active test conducted by technicians of the sector, based in the districts of Uíge, Songo, Quitexe and Quimbele, northern Uíge province.

According to the head of the provincial department of the institute of control and combat to the disease in Uíge, Tito Bange, eight out of this number are currently hospitalised at the centre of treatment and combat to sleeping sickness in Uige city, and the remainder are receiving mobile treatment.

20 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/20 - The representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Angola, Fatoumata Diallo Thursday handed over to the Angolan Health minister, Ruben Sicato, computer equipments, hospital protection material and kits for the treatment of cholera and other endemic diseases, estimated at USD 300,000.

19 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/19 - The chairman of the National Inter-Sectoral Commission of Demining and Humanitarian Assistance (CNIDAH), Santana André Pitra "Petroff" Wednesday here said that landmines clearance in the country has been enabling the implementation of the national reconstruction programme.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of CNIDAH's 9th Ordinary Session, Santana André Pitra "Petroff revealed that, in 2007, about 1,471 anti-personnel landmines, five anti-tanks and 1,408 non-detonated explosive devices were destroyed.

He referred that 453 kilometres of power supply …

18 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/18 - The minister of Health, R=FAben Sicato Tuesday expressed satisfaction with the functioning of the Paediatric Hospital of Luanda, especially due to the force of will and services provided by the staffs.

The official, who was speaking in the light of an evaluation visit to the institution during this rainy season in which some disease tend to increase, namely severe diarrhoea and malaria, added that everything is under control.

Accompanied by the hospital's director general, Luís Bernardino, from whom he received information Ruben Sicato visited the hospitalisation, …

18 Dec 2007 description

Le rapport établi par l'ONU en 1996 et intitulé « Impact des con.its armés sur les enfants », largement connu sous le nom d'Étude Machel, a été le premier à appeler l'attention de la communauté internationale sur les problèmes auxquels sont confrontés les enfants en période de con.it armé. Dix ans après, il a été décidé de procéder à un examen stratégique pour évaluer les progrès réalisés et dé.nir les principales tâches restant à accomplir, et priorités à respecter, dans le programme pour les enfants et les con.its armés.

18 Dec 2007 description

Huambo, 12/18 - At least 717 rural women, selected from various districts and communes of the central Huambo prvince, benefited from micro-credits granted by the provincial department of Family and Women Promotion, in the framework of the government's strategy to fight against hunger and poverty within the communities.

According to the provincial director of Family and Women Promotion, Maria do Rosário Amadeu, for the implementation of the project, the sector made available 1.7 million Angolan Kwanzas and the current reimbursement tax is estimated at 470,500 Kwanzas, an amount that, …

18 Dec 2007 description

Preface

The 1996 UN report "The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children", widely known as the Machel study, for the first time brought the issues faced by children in armed conflict to international attention. Ten years later, a strategic review has now been convened to assess progress and look forward to identify key challenges and priorities for the future of the Children and Armed Conflict Agenda.

17 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 25,489,509 (USD 22,799,203 or EUR 15,448,187) to fund the planned programmes that are to be implemented in 2008-2009.

Current context

The Southern Africa region faces enormous humanitarian challenges, which have eroded livelihood the coping mechanisms for most people in the region. The human and social cost of these disasters in terms of life and property loss as well as the disruption of communities and livelihood has placed a considerable strain on the social fabric of the affected areas and the ability to recover and further develop.