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13 Apr 2004 description

The European Commission has adopted three humanitarian aid packages, totalling €7 million, in response to the crises in Chad (€4 Million), Madagascar (€2 Million) and Ethiopia (€1 Million). These funds are managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. They will help to improve access to clean water, sanitation and health-care and provide food-aid and nutritional support, shelter and protection for refugees and other victims of conflicts and natural disasters.