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29 Dec 2009 description

Bednets delivered by UKaid have prevented more than 80,000 child deaths in the developing world, Douglas Alexander announced today.

In all, 14.6 million bednets have been provided so far and another 2.7 million are currently on their way some of the world's poorest countries.

With just one year to go, today's announcement means the UK is on track to meet the pledge the Prime Minister made in 2008 to deliver over 20 million bed nets by the end of 2010 to help prevent 110,000 child deaths.

Every year 250 million people become severely ill with malaria and around one million …

18 Dec 2009 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.

25 Nov 2009 description
report UN Mission in Sudan

Opening Remarks

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.

I have just returned from Eastern Sudan which, as you know, is the centre of one of the longest standing refugee situations in Africa. The East epitomizes this country's long history of hosting refugees. It is a tribute to both the Government of Sudan and the people of the Eastern region, who share land and natural resources with refugees who have nowhere else to go.

I visited Wad Sharifey, Shagarab and Kilo 26 refugee camps.

24 Nov 2009 description

JOHANNESBURG - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a generous donation of R3 million (US$400,000) from the Government of South Africa, which will help the agency to feed thousands of hungry families in the Horn of Africa region.

The donation will be split equally with R1.5 million supporting WFP's emergency activities in Ethiopia and the other R1.5 million boosting WFP's lifesaving operations in Somalia.

"WFP is extremely grateful to the South …

16 Oct 2009 description

As we mark World Food Day, we see no respite from the challenge the world faces to address urgent hunger needs. Natural disasters, wars, economic fluctuations, and the continuing impact of high food prices all make hunger an issue for a significant proportion of the global population.

WFP's mission of putting food in the hands of the hungry depends on the support of more than 100 nations. Consistently, the U.S.

14 Oct 2009 description

Des Moines, Iowa-Twenty-nine countries around the world have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger, and thirteen countries have actually seen increases in their hunger levels since 1990, according to the 2009 Global Hunger Index report. The Democratic Republic of Congo scored the worst, followed by Burundi, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Chad, and Ethiopia.

14 Oct 2009 description
  • Slow progress on reducing world hunger

    - Ranking of countries closely watched by governments

    - Report does not yet capture impact of food price spike

    - S Asia scores worse than Africa due to child malnutrition

    - Democratic Republic of Congo has worst hunger score

    By Roberta Rampton

    DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct 14 (Reuters) - The world has made little progress in reducing hunger since 1990, a new report said on Wednesday, pointing to 29 countries with alarming levels of malnutrition, mainly in Africa and South Asia.

    Those countries also are most vulnerable to the impact …

05 Oct 2009 description

This map shows CEA countries with H1N1 cases as at 5 Oct 2009. Out of a total of 12,580 cases reported in the Africa region. East Africa has reported 607. **Note that cases are under-reported due to lack of laboratories in many countries. 1 death has been reported so far in Tanzania

01 Oct 2009 description

Addis Ababa, 01 October, 2009 ( ECA) - The Director of Food and Sustainable Development Division at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Dr. Josue Dione said today in Addis Ababa that the Commission's work, especially in land policy, agriculture and climate change, were in line with the most serious development challenges faced by Africa.

Briefing the Bureau of the fifth session of the Africa Committee on Sustainable Development, Dr.

30 Sep 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

10 Sep 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 10 September 2009 - UNICEF today released new figures that show the rate of deaths of children under five years of age continued to decline in 2008.

The data shows a 28 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate, from 90 deaths per 1000 live births in 1990, to 65 deaths per 1000 live births in 2008.

10 Sep 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 10 septembre 2009 - L'UNICEF a publié aujourd'hui de nouveaux chiffres qui montrent que le taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans a continué de baisser en 2008.

Les données indiquent une chute de 28% du taux de mortalité des enfants de moins de cinq ans, passé de 90 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 1990 à 65 décès pour 1 000 naissances vivantes en 2008.

24 Jul 2009 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.

17 Jul 2009 description

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REFUGEE NEWS BRIEFINGS

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO: KIVU CRISIS WORSENS WITH 100,000 MORE DISPLACED

On 9 July, the International Crisis Group (ICG) called for the suspension of joint UN-Congolese military action against the Rwandan rebel group, the FDLR.

26 Jun 2009 description
report AlertNet

Written by: Emma Batha

African countries are set to adopt a ground-breaking convention providing rights to millions of people forced to flee their homes because of conflict.

Africa has some 12 million internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been uprooted within their own country. Unlike refugees - people who have fled to another country - IDPs benefit from little or no protection.

The convention, the brainchild of the African Union, will for the first time provide them with similar rights to refugees, according to a draft seen by AlertNet.

U.N.

18 Jun 2009 description

WFP is currently feeding more than 14.5 million refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and returnees in some of the most dangerous and hard-to-reach parts of the globe.

In Pakistan, more than 2 million people have been displaced by fighting in the North West Frontier Province. In Sri Lanka, recent conflict has made more than 270,000 people homeless. And in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 130,000 people have fled fighting in recent months.

In Darfur, about 2.5 million people were displaced by the conflict since 2003.

10 Jun 2009 description
report AllAfrica

Cape Town - The annual report of the Africa Progress Report says that despite authoritarian and corrupt leaders, wars and coups, the overall trend in Africa is towards less conflict, more democracy and greater development.

Selected highlights from its 2009 report:

Progress in the areas of governance and education are mixed, with more democracy and access to education on the one hand, but coups d'etat and low school enrolment still …

08 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

Paris, le 8 juin 2009 - L'assemblée générale annuelle de l'UNICEF France qui s'est déroulée les 5 et 6 juin 2009 à Paris était placée sous l'égide des vingt ans de la Convention internationale des droits de l'enfant (CIDE). Comme chaque année, pour revenir sur l'année écoulée et les avancées réalisées en matière de droits des enfants, plusieurs intervenants travaillant sur le terrain étaient présents.

La parole a été donnée à Jean-Claude Legrand, conseiller régional Protection de l'Enfance pour l'Europe Centrale et orientale de l'UNICEF.

02 Jun 2009 description

Minorities in Africa are at greater risk than ever before from the war against terrorism as well as from repressive governments, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says as it launches its annual 'Peoples under Threat' ranking.

Half of the top 20 countries in Peoples under Threat 2009 are African states, reveals MRG in its internationally acclaimed global survey released today.

28 May 2009 description

BACKGROUND

Chronic conflict, cyclical drought, floods, disease outbreaks, environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and limited government capacity present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in east and central Africa (ECA). The ECA region encompasses the Horn of Africa, as well as the Great Lakes region, including Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda, in addition to Sudan, Chad, and Egypt. The U.S.