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31 Dec 2009 description


The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009, signed by President Obama on March 11, 2009, provided $75 million in agriculture funds targeted to food security. These funds provide essential continuity to programs begun in 2008 and allow new investments to build a foundation for the launch in 2010 of a broader long-term strategy to sustainably reduce hunger and malnutrition.

A larger food security strategy is currently being developed under the leadership of the Department of State.

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
report UN Children's Fund

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 December 2009 - South Africa held its second 'Africa Water Week' in November to boost the continent's response to safe water and access to sanitation. Organised by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) with support from UN agencies and partners, Africa Water Week is a direct response to the 'Sharm El Sheikh' Commitments on water and sanitation that were made by the African Union Heads of state and Government in 2008.

"We have many countries where the vast majority of the population is still practicing open …

18 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

LUSAKA, 18 December 2009 (IRIN) - As the rainy season in Zambia picks up, so does the threat of Cholera; around 60 cases have been recorded since mid-November, but the authorities and aid agencies hope education and improved infrastructure will help keep the waterborne disease at bay.

Most of the recent cases were reported in the southern province of Sinanzogwe, but the disease has also resurfaced in the capital, Lusaka, where two-thirds of the 7,000 cases in 2008 were recorded.

17 Dec 2009 description
report Radio Okapi

Quatre-vingt-quinze (95) Congolais réfugiés en Zambie depuis près de 11 ans, sont retournés ce jeudi à Lubumbashi, leur milieu d'origine. Ils ont été accueillis par le représentant du HCR ainsi que par les autorités locales en RDC. Après une courte cérémonie, ces familles ont été acheminées directement dans leurs quartiers respectifs, rapporte radiookapi.net

« Soyez le bienvenu chez vous, nous sommes contents de vous accueillir et de vous revoir... ».

16 Dec 2009 description

La Commission européenne décide d'allouer 30 millions d'EUR pour amortir l'impact de la crise économique en Haïti

La Commission européenne a approuvé les premières décisions de financement en faveur d'onze pays d'Afrique et de deux pays des Caraïbes, dont Haïti, pour 230 millions d'EUR au total, dont 215 millions au titre du «mécanisme FLEX relatif à la vulnérabilité (V­FLEX)». Il s'agit de la première série de décisions de financement dans le cadre du mécanisme V­FLEX, doté de 500 millions d'EUR, qui a été adoptée en août 2009 en réponse à la crise …

16 Dec 2009 description

One of the major effects of climate change is unpredictable weather patterns. Over the past years Zambia has been frequently hit by drought and floods and this has posed serious challenges on agriculture, which is a major source of livelihood for most people.

In 2001/02 a severe drought showed how devastating the impact of climate change can be on national and household food security.

15 Dec 2009 description

Significant progress has been made in delivering life saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Malaria Report 2009 found that the increase in international funding commitments (US$ 1.7 …

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


Brussels, 15 December 2009 - The European Commission approved the first financing decisions in favour of eleven African and two Caribbean countries for a total of € 230 million, including € 215 million under the so-called Vulnerability FLEX mechanism (V-FLEX).

15 Dec 2009 description

Report shows dramatic scale-up of malaria control interventions in several countries, along with measurable reductions in malaria burden

15 DECEMBER 2009 | GENEVA - Significant progress has been made in delivering life-saving malaria nets and treatments over the last few years, but the coverage of malaria programmes needs to be stepped up drastically in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a report released today by WHO.

The World malaria report 2009 found that the …

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 …

15 Dec 2009 description

Dans plusieurs pays la lutte antipaludique a progressé notablement, réduisant le fardeau de cette maladie.

15 DÉCEMBRE 2009 | GENÈVE -- Un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) révèle que, ces dernières années, il y a eu des progrès sensibles dans la distribution des moustiquaires et des traitements antipaludiques indispensables, mais que les programmes doivent étendre considérablement leur couverture pour atteindre les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD).

Le Rapport mondial sur le paludisme 2009 constate que …

12 Dec 2009 description
report Government of Japan
  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend general project grant aid to contribute to the implementation of the Project for the Improvement of the Medical Equipment of the University Teaching Hospital totaling a maximum of 324 million JPY to the Republic of Zambia. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 11 (Fri) (local time: same day) in Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia, between Mr. Hideto Mitamura, Japanese Ambassador to Zambia, and the Honourable Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, MP Minister of Finance and National Planning of Zambia.


08 Dec 2009 description

Press Release No.869

Geneva, 8 December 2009 (WMO) - The year 2009 is likely to rank in the top 10 warmest on record since the beginning of instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The global combined sea surface and land surface air temperature for 2009 (January-October) is currently estimated at 0.44°C ± 0.11°C (0.79°F ± 0.20°F) above the 1961-1990 annual average of 14.00°C/57.2°F.

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.

07 Dec 2009 description
report Logistics Cluster

Focus on

The Government of Zambia Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU, Office of the Vice President) invited 40 representatives from government departments, local authorities, the Centre for Disease Control, WFP and OCHA to participate in a three-day simulation exercise for responding to a situation of severe pandemic.

The exercise from 16-19 November 2009 in Lusaka aimed at strengthening pandemic response and coordination capacities among the government, commercial operational partners and humanitarian agencies.

WFP was invited to provide logistical expertise and …

06 Dec 2009 description
report IRIN

JOHANNESBURG, 6 December 2009 (IRIN) - Money to help the world's 49 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) - the poorest and most vulnerable - cope with the impact of climate change will be in the spotlight when the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen (COP15) kicks off on 7 December.

The Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) was set up in 2001 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to help them address their "urgent and immediate" adaptation needs.

The fund is managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the financial mechanism of the UNFCCC, …

04 Dec 2009 description


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.

04 Dec 2009 description

Handicap International welcomes Cartagena Action Plan and funding pledges for victim assistance but will watch implementation closely

Cartagena and Brussels, 4 December 2009. -Yesterday and today, leaders from all over the world gather in Colombia to renew their commitment and adopt an action plan for the next five years. Handicap International welcomes the adoption of the Cartagena Action Plan but calls on all states to focus now on the implementation of this plan. "Enough words and speeches," said Stan Brabant from Handicap International. "Time has now come for action.