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31 Dec 2006 description

Preface

The purpose of this technical document is to provide health professionals in United Nations agencies, nongovernmental organizations, donor agencies and local authorities with up-to-date technical guidance on the major communicable disease threats faced by flood-affected populations.

The endemic and epidemic-prone diseases outlined have been selected on the basis of the burden of morbidity and mortality in the region, as previously documented by WHO.

27 Dec 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected 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.

19 Dec 2006 description
report UN News Service

Flood waters in East Africa are rising much faster than funding for United Nations efforts to feed some 1.5 million people whose lives are threatened by the disaster.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today voiced deep concern about growing food shortages in Somalia, yet the UN has so far received only $5 million of the $18 million it requested two weeks ago to help the victims of the worst flooding in the impoverished Horn of Africa country's recent history.

Farmers had already been fleeing the Bay region due to armed conflict there, but the floods …

19 Dec 2006 description

After the drought in the first half of 2006, the same most vulnerable areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are now witnessing a combination of natural and man-made factors that are resulting in three sets of humanitarian concerns:

- Immediate enhanced threat of outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, measles and malaria;

- Enhanced vulnerability and risks due to population movement, gatherings in camps, etc;

- Interruption of programmes which are critical for global health goods such as polio eradication.

By and large, and with all due caution at this early stage, WHO is looking at …

14 Dec 2006 description
report Islamic Relief

BUENA PARK, CA (December 14, 2006) - The White House will convene an important summit on malaria on Thursday, December 14. The deadly disease is killing over one million people every year. In the global fight to eradicate malaria, Islamic Relief has implemented projects in three African countries to reduce mortality and protect vulnerable populations.

Long eradicated in developed countries such as the United States, malaria still kills 1.2 million people each year.

14 Dec 2006 description
report Tearfund

After the drought come the floods. Torrential rain is pounding parts of Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia.

At least 150 people have been killed already, with more than a million others forced from their homes. Cows and goats have drowned and entire harvests have been ruined.

Swift church response

Southern Ethiopia has been experiencing floods since August. Wollaita Kale Heywot Church (WKHC) - a Tearfund partner in Ethiopia - responded immediately.

And they continue to offer practical support to those in desperate need.

11 Dec 2006 description

(2006-42)

Ottawa - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, today announced that Canada is allocating $2.67 million to assist flood-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

"This support will help victims of the flooding by providing trusted humanitarian aid partners with the resources they need to respond quickly and effectively," said Minister Verner.

11 Dec 2006 description

(2006-42)

Ottawa - The Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, today announced that Canada is allocating $2.67 million to assist flood-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

"This support will help victims of the flooding by providing trusted humanitarian aid partners with the resources they need to respond quickly and effectively," said Minister Verner.

05 Dec 2006 description

Excessive rains in October and November in the Horn of Africa have resulted in the worst flooding in many years in parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. The floods have severely damaged infrastructure and housing and caused crop, livestock and asset losses. By early December, heavy rains persisted in several areas, particularly in Kenya, and weather forecasts predict continued precipitation until the end of the year. Overall, preliminary estimates indicate that 150 people have died, 350 000 have been displaced and up to 1.8 million have been adversely affected in the region.

01 Dec 2006 description
report Xinhua

NAIROBI, Dec 1, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Catastrophic floods which struck East Africa in recent weeks have killed more than 250 people and the death toll could rise further as torrential rains continued to batter the region, according to aid workers.

The worst floods in decades have uprooted tens of thousands of people in the Horn of Africa.

30 Nov 2006 description
report ActionAid

ActionAid is responding to the floods hitting the Horn of Africa prioritising Garissa and Ijara districts in north eastern Kenya as heavy rains continue. Tarpaulins, blankets, jerry cans, water treatment tablets, utensils and transport are being provided to some of the 300,000 people who have been displaced from their homes.

24 Nov 2006 description

The recent floods in the Horn of Africa have affected more than 1.8 million people for the second time since last August where heavy rains and drought forced the same people to flee their homes. Scientists have predicted that events like these will become more common in the future.

"What is happening in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia is a call for more concerted action to better prepare populations to the negative impacts of climate changes. The world is facing a new responsibility to protect the most vulnerable populations to floods and other weather-related disasters.

23 Nov 2006 description
report Welthungerhilfe

Bonn/Matuu, 23rd November 2006. Deutsche Welthungerhilfe has mobilized 200,000 euros for immediate relief in the Horn of Africa. The funds will be used primarily for the restoration of drinking water supplies and later on for the distribution of seed.

The River Shebelle on the Ethiopian border to Somalia burst its banks and flooded an area of 15 kilometres on either side. 24 villages in this area are being assisted in the sterilisation or re-digging of their wells. Following this, seed will be distributed since floods have washed away crops.

29 Oct 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected 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.

27 Oct 2006 description

As the short rains season brings the most destructive floods in several years to parts of northern Kenya, rural communities continue to feel the severe impact of the drought.

CAFOD's partners are responding to the immediate needs of those whose homes have been hit by the floods.

18 Oct 2006 description
report AllAfrica

by Jeff Otieno

Nairobi, Oct 18, 2006 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --Kenya has ordered an emergency polio immunisation campaign at all refugee camps.

The action follows the detection of the first case of the disease in Kenya in 22 years at Daadab camp.

Immunisation will also be carried out in Garissa, Wajir, Ijara, Mandera and Moyale districts, among other places.

03 Oct 2006 description
report CARE

NAIROBI (October 3, 2006) - More than 120 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are permanently living on the edge of a humanitarian emergency, according to a new report released today by CARE International UK.