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30 Apr 2010 description

In brief

Programme purpose: This programme is designed to improve the capacities of the National Societies of the Indian Ocean Islands (IOI) namely Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in Organisational Development and Disaster Management.

30 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 01 January 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: To enhance capacities of the 141 National Societies (NS) in East Africa region in responding to the humanitarian challenges.

- Disaster Management (DM) programme: To build well-prepared, stronger and more efficient NS able to predict, prevent and reduce risks and respond to emergencies, mitigate their impact as well as cope with their consequences in an appropriate manner.

- Health and Social Services (HSS) programme: To build and strengthen capacities of the NS in responding to public …

11 Dec 2009 description

On 25 November the UN Country Team in Madagascar has appealed for $6 million in donations to stockpile emergency supplies, including tarpaulins, medicines and water purification tablets against the imminent cyclone season that annually devastates the island ..

The cyclone season usually starts in December and runs through April and coincides with the main growing season for rice, the main staple food crop in the country.

30 Oct 2009 description

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies.

09 Sep 2009 description


Intervention post-cyclonique

La CRM redonne le sourire aux sinistrés de Menabe et Sofia

Il est 6h du matin, Donald, un jeune volontaire de la CRM Menabe se prépare á se rendre á l'endroit o=F9 va se tenir la distribution des dons pour les sinistrés de Morondava, région Menabe. D'autres volontaires étaient déjá sur place en train de constituer les kits á distribuer.

27 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 30 June 2009

In brief

Programme purpose: To increase the capacity of the International Federation to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters through the provision of timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

Programme summary:

During the first six months of the year, the DREF allocated a total of CHF 7,484,779 in 49 different allocations to 32 Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies.

26 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/2009.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Eastern Africa Zone continues to prioritise enhancing the capacities of the 14 National Societies (NS) as one of the core focal areas in order for them to respond to the humanitarian challenges that plague the region.

26 Aug 2009 description

This report covers the period 01/01/2009 to 30/06/09.

In brief

Programme purpose: The Indian Ocean Sub Zone provides support through capacity building of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies of Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in Organisational Development (OD) and Disaster Management (DM), in order to reduce the impact of emergencies on the lives of vulnerable communities in the region.

Programme summary: The DM delegate in Madagascar facilitated the completion of the cyclone Ivan operation, which included the pre-positioning of emergency stock for the next …

24 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

General Assembly
Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

27 Jul 2009 description
report UN News Service

Le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) a décidé de réviser à la baisse son appel de fonds pour Madagascar (en anglais) mais a prévenu que la population de ce pays restait toujours très vulnérable à l'impact des cyclones, de la sécheresse et des tensions politiques persistantes.

OCHA affirme avoir besoin de 22,3 millions de dollars pour Madagascar, alors qu'il réclamait 35,7 millions de dollars en avril.

15 Jun 2009 description


The situation in Madagascar remains unstable and unresolved, if relatively calm. The resulting climate of on­going uncertainty is exacerbating an already fragile economy, which has been suffering from the impact of the global economic situation, against a background of chronic poverty.

In the drought-affected south of the country, intermittent rain during the months of April and May has enabled planting of counter-season crops in certain areas.

02 Jun 2009 description
report UN News Service

Face à l'augmentation de l'insécurité alimentaire à Madagascar, le Bureau de la coordination des affaires humanitaires (OCHA) des Nations Unies a décidé d'octroyer 6,45 millions de dollars pour aider plus de 190.000 personnes dans les régions rurales du sud de l'île qui souffrent des effets combinés de la sécheresse, des ouragans et de l'instabilité politique.

L'argent sera réparti entre des projets du Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM), du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF), de l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'alimentation et …

02 Jun 2009 description
report UN News Service

The United Nations humanitarian arm said today it has allocated $6.45 million to help 190,000 people in the rural southern regions of Madagascar who are suffering from the combined effects of drought, cyclones, and political instability.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the money would be shared by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for emergency work in the island nation.

Madagascar has suffered the effects of multiple crises this year, …

20 May 2009 description

NAIROBI, 20 May 2009 (IRIN) - Several large African cities are at risk from rising sea levels and intense storms, experts warn.

Poor neighbourhoods and slums in Bugama and Okrika in Nigeria, Freetown in Sierra Leone, Bathurst in the Gambia and Tanga in Tanzania, are especially vulnerable.

In such low-income urban centres, infrastructure is often non-existent or ill-maintained, according to a World Bank report, Sea level Rise and Storm Surges, while storm-water drainage infrastructure is often outdated and inadequate.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change …

12 May 2009 description

"The great majority of Malagasies struggle daily to survive: to find work, a plate of rice, medical treatment and to send their children to school.

08 May 2009 description

"La grande majorité des Malgaches lutte pour sa survie quotidienne. Cela signifie retrouver un emploi, manger un plat de riz, se soigner et envoyer les enfants à l'école. Après trois années consécutives de sécheresse dans le sud du pays, deux récents cyclones qui ont inondé les rizicultures et des années de choix politiques erronés, la situation humanitaire est aggravée par les derniers développements politiques dans notre pays et les réactions internationales au changement.

07 May 2009 description

NAIROBI, 7 May 2009 (IRIN) - World Bank researchers have crunched population, economic, and elevation maps to analyse which countries are most at risk from storm surges, assuming a one metre rise in sea level (due to climate change).

An April 2009 report, Sea-Level Rise and Storm Surges - A Comparative Analysis of Impacts in Developing Countries, reveals "very heavy potential losses.

06 May 2009 description


1. Since January 2009, Madagascar has been experiencing serious political unrest, characterized by sporadic demonstrations and violence in the capital city of Antananarivo and other main urban centres. As of 5 May, some 1,332 casualties, including 191 fatalities, have been recorded in hospitals by WHO. The situation has provoked a climate of fear and uncertainty, leading to a rise in unemployment in key sectors, as well as disruptions in social services.