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31 Dec 2000 description


From Health in Emergencies Issue 8
The establishment of high quality, functioning acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance - a critical step to polio elimination - is possible in countries affected by emergencies, as shown in the examples of Afghanistan, Angola and Somalia.

31 Dec 2000 description


SECTION ONE: OVERVIEW
1. SUMMARY

The conclusion of the Somalia National Peace Conference (SNPC) and the election of a Transitional National Assembly and President in August 2000 have dramatically changed the political map of Somalia. Whilst the peace process is ongoing, such change will require substantial support from the UN Agencies to underpin peace and good governance in Somalia during the transitional period and to expand humanitarian and development programmes in line with the peaceful developments.

29 Dec 2000 description

29 December - Sanctions-monitoring committees of the United Nations Security Council have reiterated their calls to all UN Member States - and particularly neighbouring countries - to comply with the embargo on deliveries of weapons and military equipment to Liberia and Somalia, according to reports released today at UN Headquarters in New York.

28 Dec 2000 description

Nairobi, Kenya - The Somali Aid Co-ordination Body (SACB), which groups UN agencies, NGOs, and donors, is working with local health authorities to prevent illnesses and deaths associated with seasonal cholera outbreaks in the country.

27 Dec 2000 description
report CARE

DEBRE TABOR, Ethiopia - Barefooted, her baby strapped on her back, Efenshe Aweke walked three hours or so to reach this northern Ethiopian town. In her tattered dress, she stands in a food-assistance line.

27 Dec 2000 description

The Africa Food Security Initiative (AFSI) is part of a broad collaboration between African governments and the United States to promote agriculture and food security as a means to improve childhood nutrition, generate income for rural families and combat hunger. The Africa Food Security Initiative is an important complement to the President's Greater Horn of Africa Initiative that is working to promote regional cooperation and prevent crises and conflict in the Greater Horn.

22 Dec 2000 description

Welcoming the recent political change in Somalia, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for international support to consolidate the country's peace process, according to his latest report to the Security Council, released today.

21 Dec 2000 description

Rome, 21 December 2000 - Some 28 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are facing severe food shortages as serious food supply problems persist in a number of countries, mainly because of prolonged drought and civil strife, according to a report released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The situation is most critical in eastern Africa, where 20 million people face serious food shortages that will require continued food aid well into 2001.

20 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

20 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

MOGADISHU, 20 December (IRIN) - No car, no bus, no heavily armed jeep can make its way through this Mogadishu roadblock: only goats and pedestrians attempt to climb the huge mound of rubbish - a solid mass tinted pink and blue with discarded plastic bags, empty tins, disintegrating packaging and debris.

20 Dec 2000 description


Rainfall
Meteosat rainfall estimates for Somalia are usually less reliable than for other countries due to the limited ground data necessary to calibrate the rainfall model.

19 Dec 2000 description
report UN Security Council


S/2000/1211
I. Introduction

1. Members of the Security Council, in their statement of 27 May 1999 (S/PRST/1999/16), requested me to submit periodic reports on the situation in Somalia. The present report is submitted pursuant to that request and covers events since my last report, submitted on 16 August 1999 (S/1999/882).

II. Political developments

A. Peacemaking efforts

18 Dec 2000 description

From August to November, Mercy-USA for Aid and Development (MUSA) mobile vaccination teams, with the support of UNICEF, inoculated 5,200 children under five and 6,750 pregnant women in the Jilib District. These women and children were inoculated against measles, diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio and tuberculosis. When needed, they also received vitamin A, iron tablets and oral rehydration salt (ORS).

18 Dec 2000 description
report IRIN

UNITED NATIONS
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Integrated Regional Information Network
for Central and Eastern Africa
Tel: +254 2 622147
Fax: +254 2 622129

15 Dec 2000 description


This FOCUS is a more detailed follow-up to a recent FLASH issued by FSAU, intended to draw attention to an anticipated deterioration in food security conditions in early 2001, if the livestock export market remains inaccessible and as the Jilaal season extends. The consequences of the ban on food household food security are expected to be more serious than the previous ban for reasons explained below.
Background:

15 Dec 2000 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokeswoman Delphine Marie (to whom quoted text may be attributed) at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

13 Dec 2000 description

The UN intervention and successive reconciliation attempts have done little to fill the civil vacuum in Somalia. Ali A. Jama argues that the international community should now let Somalia resolve its own problems

BIO

Ali A. Jama is a Somali-Canadian chemical engineer who works for a fertilizer company. He is also founder and manager of the website www.somaliawatch.org, which addresses Somali issues.

Somalia has experienced the longest period of statelessness in the contemporary world.