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18 Nov 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 Oct 2007 description

"The number of people threatened by natural disasters had increased by three times over the last 30 years and the number of people affected by natural disasters doubled every 10 years. Tens of millions of people had been affected this year by floods in countries all over the world. The link between the increase in disasters and climate change, which had been predicted by scientists, was unmistakable. Also, more people were now living in exposed areas. Some of the biggest cities in the world were built in disaster zones.

24 Oct 2007 description

Louis Michel, the European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid and Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) jointly warned that "climate change is an increasing threat to development and humanitarian relief efforts" during WFP's Executive Board meeting today.

Mr. Michel, who is in Rome to address WFP's Executive Board, said: "The recent spate of weather-related disasters across the globe sets the alarm bells ringing.

15 Oct 2007 description

Part I: Operational Requirements and Shortfalls

Overview of the 2007 Programme of Work

As the end of 2007 nears, the number of people the World Food Programme is seeking to support has risen to 83 million. The amount of food assistance required to assist these people is valued at US$3.4 billion. Considering resources mobilized thus far in 2007, the current level of funding falls short by some US$653 million.

Additional resources amounting to approximately US$800 million are required before the end of 2007 to ensure uninterrupted food aid deliveries for ongoing activities.

14 Oct 2007 description

WEST AFRICA FLOODS

The UN has allocated US $ 3.5 mn emergency response humanitarian assistance to Mali ( $ 1 mn), Ghana ( $ 2.5 mn) and Togo ( $1.4 mn). The grants are from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) created in 2006 by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

In Ghana, the Flash Appeal requests a total amount of US$9,913,136.

11 Oct 2007 description
report UN General Assembly

I. Introduction

1. A significant increase in the numbers of persons of concern to UNHCR brought new challenges in 2006. While there was a 14 per cent increase in refugee numbers from the previous year, the Office's involvement, together with other humanitarian partners, in protecting and assisting internally displaced persons (IDPs) under the inter-agency cluster approach, resulted in a doubling of IDP figures. Thanks to better data capturing, many more stateless people have been identified, also swelling numbers.

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25 Jul 2007 description
  • Dryness throughout much of western Burkina Faso is leading to poor agricultural conditions and low water levels in Lake Volta, though recent rainfall has increased moisture throughout much of the region.

    - Flooding has been reported in parts of eastern Sudan due to localized heavy rainfall during the past two weeks. Rains may be locally heavy during the next week.

    1) Severe drought remains over eastern Kenya as a result of the failure of the March - May wet season.

05 Jul 2007 description
  • Dry conditions continue to spread in the Sahel. Additional rainfall is needed soon in the region for a near normal season.

    - Good growing conditions benefit southern Ethiopia and Sudan. Soil moisture is also above normal in portions of the eastern Sahel, however the past two weeks have been dry, possibly reversing that trend.

    1) Severe drought remains over eastern Kenya as a result of the failure of the March - May wet season. Precipitation normally returns to the area in October.

    2) Dryness continues to spread in Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Guinea.

27 Jun 2007 description

Dry conditions continue to impact the greater Afar region of Ethiopia, and eastern Kenya. Meanwhile dryness is spreading in sections of the Sahel.

Good growing conditions benefit southern Ethiopia and Sudan. Soil moisture is also above normal in portions of the eastern Sahel, however the past two weeks have been dry, possibly reversing that trend.

1) The failure of the Long Rains in Eastern Kenya has resulted in a severe drought. Crops and pastures have both suffered due to the poor rainfall.

20 Jun 2007 description

West Africa has been drying out during the past few weeks. This includes a wide area from Burkina Faso to Chad that had experienced a good start to the season. Further to the west from Burkina Faso to Guinea the area has been slightly drier than normal since the beginning of the season.

Kenya remains in a severe drought after the failure of the Long Season rains. Meanwhile southern Somalia, during the same period saw erratic rainfall that wilted crops in the region.

11 Jun 2007 description

High Profile Operations

Many high profile operations also face critical pipeline breaks in the next three months.

Afghanistan

PRRO 10427.0 - Post Conflict Relief and Rehabilitation in Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

January 06 - December 08

Shortfalls over next 6 months (mt)(1)

Cereals
Pulses
Blended Food
Oil
Other
06 Feb 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 6 February 2007 - In spite of a global commitment following the 2002 UN Special Session on Children to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) by 2010, the practice is still widespread, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

Every year, an estimated three million girls in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East undergo FGM/C, and more than 130 million women and girls have been subjected to the painful practice, the potential consequences of which include prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.

29 Jan 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

FOREWORD

Emergencies, in the form of natural disasters and new or protracted conflict, continued to extract a toll on the lives of children and women around the world. Massive flooding in the Horn of Africa and the multiple typhoons in South Asia were typical of the ever more frequent occurrence of floods, typhoons and earthquakes that have affected thousands of families in 2006. While in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the occupied Palestinian territory, Sri Lanka and the Sudan, women and children continue to be impacted by the reverberating crossfire of conflict.