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30 Dec 2009 description

Foreword

At its 5th meeting in copenhagen in november 2008, the GFDrr consultative Group asked the secretariat to focus on a select group of priority countries to achieve increased impact. in GFDrr’s Track ii, Mainstreaming Disaster risk reduction in Development, this lead to a prioritization of operations in 20 core countries, including Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall islands, Mozambique, Nepal, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Solomon islands, Togo, vietnam, and Republic of Yemen.

30 Dec 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract (provisional)

Background

Little is known about the process of knowledge translation in low- and middle-income countries. We studied policymaking processes in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe to understand the factors affecting the use of research evidence in national policy development, with a particular focus on the findings from randomized control trials (RCTs).

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 …

23 Dec 2009 description

By Arao Valoi in Maputo

Mozambique - IOM is hoping that its new radio drama series in Mozambique will help people to be better prepared for natural disasters which routinely hit the southern African country - and so avoid their devastating consequences.

Entitled "Bravos do Zambeze" (Zambeze Braves), the story focuses on a village soccer team captain, Jose, and his girlfriend Suzanne. When their village is hit by a terrible flood and the community is completely unprepared for it, Jose and his team mates try to get everyone to safety.

15 Dec 2009 description

Malaria: Overview

Saving Lives

Every 30 seconds an African child dies of malaria. At least 1 million infants and children under 5 in sub-Saharan Africa die each year from the mosquito-borne disease.

A Global Leader in Fighting Malaria

USAID has been committed to saving lives and fighting malaria since the 1950s. The Agency works closely with national governments to build their capacity to prevent and treat the disease.

15 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 15 December 2009 (IRIN) - The "humanitarian nature" of the mass movement of Zimbabweans to neighbouring Southern African countries has blurred the distinction between what is a "refugee" and an "economic migrant", because such people fit neither category perfectly and fall between the cracks, a new report says.

"Official responses to Zimbabwean migration in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique are still premised on this distinction, and so are failing to protect both Zimbabweans and [their own] citizens," noted Zimbabwean …

14 Dec 2009 description

From 14 to 19 December 2009, malaria will be making the headlines thanks to the "Every penny counts" charity appeal, run by DRS 3, SF (Swiss-German radio and television respectively) and Swiss Solidarity. Switzerland has long been involved in the battle to eradicate this plague which claims the lives of close to one million children every year.

40% of the world's population at risk. One million die every year, of whom 80% are children

The Sixth Millennium Development Goal is combating malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

14 Dec 2009 description

Du 14 au 19 décembre 2009, la malaria est sous les feux de l'actualité grâce à l'opération « Jeder Rappen zählt » conduite par DRS 3, SF (radio et télévision suisses alémaniques) et la Chaîne du Bonheur. Le soutien populaire à la lutte contre cette maladie qui condamne à mort près d'un million d'enfants par année s'inscrit dans la bataille engagée par la Suisse depuis longtemps pour venir à bout de ce fléau.

10 Dec 2009 description

Watch the Press Conference

John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, said today that he and other humanitarian actors would push negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen to guarantee sufficient funding and action plans to help the world's poorest, most vulnerable people adapt to the changing weather patterns threatening their physical and economic survival.

"Our particular concern is that the focus should not just be on mitigation, that is, …

09 Dec 2009 description

For three years INGC, a government institution responsible for coordinating natural disaster response, has conducted training exercises to raise awareness, among ordinary Mozambicans, of aware of what to do in case a flood or a cyclone strikes.

Thanks to these exercises and other initiatives, Mozambique has become a regional leader in disaster preparedness.

08 Dec 2009 description

As world leaders meet in Copenhagen, an example of how planning can reduce the impact of climate change

When floods struck Mozambique two years ago, followed by a cyclone, over 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The destruction was widespread. Farmland was deluged, energy supplies and roads were cut off and there was an urgent need for food, shelter and healthcare.

Yet the scenes that unfolded contrasted sharply with the events of seven years before. In 2000, unusually heavy rains saw riverbanks burst, sweeping away homes and livelihoods, and leaving many displaced.

07 Dec 2009 description

As of December 07, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 16,031 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 109 deaths.

04 Dec 2009 description

Summary

The Desert Locust situation continued developing in western Mauritania in early to mid-November. The national locust control center (CNLA) treated close to 9,560 during this month (close to 13,770 ha since 11 September, 2009). CNLA staff and three survey specialists - two from Morocco and one from Libya continued operations in Mauritania in November.

03 Dec 2009 description

As the hunger season sets in, food security conditions remain generally stable over most of the region. This is in line with the improved regional food availability over the 2009/10 consumption period on account of better food crop production in most SADC countries. Adequate on?farm and market food availability has contributed to relatively stable food prices. Price stability has facilitated adequate access by market?dependent households.

01 Dec 2009 description
report ZimOnline

by Own correspondent

HARARE - Rigid immigration laws of neighbouring countries have discouraged Zimbabwean migrants from registering with host governments in order to access humanitarian support and legal protection, according to a new report released Monday.

The report by South Africa's Witwatersrand University said laws and regulations of most neighbouring countries did not cater for Zimbabwean migrants who it said were "forced humanitarian migrants" who fled their country to look for jobs and other means of earning an income to support themselves and their …

30 Nov 2009 description

As of November 30, 2009, 09H00 GMT, 29 countries have officially reported 15,887 laboratory confirmed human cases of pandemic (H1N1) 2009 including 108 deaths.

30 Nov 2009 description

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Agency Sends Aid for Indonesia Earthquake

USAID airlifted 45 metric tons of emergency relief supplies from its Dubai stockpile to Indonesia after a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck about 30 miles off the coast of West Sumatra Province Sept. 30. The shipment of 340 rolls of plastic sheeting, 6,720 hygiene kits, 7,200 water containers, and six generators-enough supplies to help at least 20,000 people-was provided to the Indonesian Red Cross for distribution.

The USAID airlift followed the Indonesian government's declaration of a state of emergency Oct. 1.