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31 Dec 2007 description



Recurrent drought following several poor rainy seasons has led to food insecurity and widespread malnutrition in the countries of the Horn of Africa region (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan). The public health and food security situation is poor. Poor nutrition, a rising number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and increasing incidence of other infectious diseases all contribute to high levels of morbidity and mortality in the subregion.

21 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 6,060,912 (USD 5,421,209 or EUR 3,673,280) to fund programmes to be implemented in 2008 and 2009.

Current context

The eastern Africa region continues to experience major disasters, which claim many lives, destroy property and erode the already weak livelihoods of the affected communities. Among the disasters that have been experienced in the recent past within this region, the most common are floods, heavy rains and land slides as well as drought. Similarly, epidemics including RVF, cholera, meningitis, avian flu and malaria are frequent across the divide.

05 Dec 2007 description

FEWS NET will publish a dekadal Rain Watch for the GHA region through the end of the October-December rainy season, with a special focus on the ongoing crises in Somalia and southern Ethiopia. Its purpose is to assess the progress of the current season and its potential impact on food insecurity, which is currently at high or extreme levels in several areas of the region.

Rains intensify in Kenya, southern Somalia; areas of concern remain

15 Aug 2007 description

This report covers the period of 01/01/2007 to 31/05/2007 for 2006-2007 Appeal.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Programme Summary: Due to the sudden demise of the then Head of the Horn of Africa sub-regional office early in the year, the activities …

24 Jul 2007 description

GENEVA, 24 July (UNHCR) - The UN refugee agency has launched an appeal for US$48 million to provide badly needed assistance for victims of the renewed conflict inside Somalia.

UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told journalists the estimated number of Somalis who will receive assistance from UNHCR under the appeal - newly arrived Somali refugees in neighbouring countries and people displaced inside Somalia - will rise to 478,000 by end 2008 from 312,000 currently.

28 Jun 2007 description

Paul Bartel and Jordan Muller

Executive Summary

The Horn of Africa (HOA), composed of Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, suffers frequent natural disasters that commonly result in losses of life, destruction of infrastructure, and reduction of agricultural production. Formulating effective contingencies to respond to such emergencies is constrained by a limited understanding of the likelihood of a natural hazard occurring within a particular region and risks associated with that hazard.

31 May 2007 description

Dereje Wordofa, Regional Director for Africa,

Pretoria, South Africa [May 31] -The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker peace and social justice organization, continues to build on its 90-year history of humanitarian work by sending a needs assessment team to the Horn of Africa to evaluate the growing humanitarian crisis that affects Somalia and surrounding countries. The delegation will visit the border countries of Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Eritrea - areas critically touched by the refugee crisis.

The UN has reports about one million people have been displaced …

30 May 2007 description
report IRIN

ENTEBBE, 30 May 2007 (IRIN) - Intermittent efforts to disarm, sometimes forcibly, up to 20 million pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, who are believed to possess five million firearms, have failed and a better approach has to be found to persuade them to give up their weapons, participants at a conference said.

"All disarmament programmes are full of challenges and forcible disarmament has not worked.