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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.

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

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according to a World Bank report, Sea level Rise and Storm Surges, while storm-water drainage infrastructure is often outdated and inadequate.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 …

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.

21 Apr 2009 description

Principales conclusions

Les preuves scientifiques s'accumulent qui démontrent qu'en combinant la distribution de moustiquaires avec des campagnes de suivi menées au sein des populations par des volontaires formés, il est possible de réduire de manière significative l'incidence du paludisme. Associer aux programmes de distribution de moustiquaires des activités de soutien et de formation est essentiel pour venir en aide aux groupes les plus vulnérables (notamment les personnes qui vivent dans des endroits reculés, les réfugiés, les personnes victimes d'opprobre et de …

21 Apr 2009 description

Main Findings

There is growing scientific evidence to demonstrate that combining mosquito net distribution with follow-on "hang up" campaigns carried out by trained volunteers in the community significantly reduces incidences of malaria. Combining distribution with follow on support and training is especially crucial to reach the most vulnerable groups (such as those living in remote areas, refugees, people affected by stigma and discrimination) who cannot be otherwise reached by mass education campaigns.

21 Apr 2009 description

Le paludisme (encore appelé malaria) ne pourra être éradiqué que si la distribution de moustiquaires s'accompagne d'efforts intensifs et prolongés en matière d'éducation des populations, estime un nouveau rapport publié aujourd'hui par la Fédération internationale des Sociétés de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge (FICR).

21 Apr 2009 description

Malaria will not be eradicated unless the distribution of mosquito nets is accompanied by extensive and prolonged community education and empowerment efforts, according to a new report issued today by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

"Since 2002, the distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets has increased ten-fold in sub-Saharan Africa", begins "The Winning Formula to Beat Malaria", a report issued to coincide with World …

02 Feb 2009 description

Contexte général

Poursuite des opérations militaires conjointes (RDC et Rwanda) pour pacifier l'est de la RDC. L'épidémie de choléra au Zimbabwe a atteint le pire scénario. L'OMS a lancé un appel pour une mobilisation globale afin de combattre la maladie.

02 Feb 2009 description

General Context

On-going joint military operations (DRC and Rwanda) to bring peace in eastern DRC. Cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has reached the worst case scenario, WHO is appealing for global mobilization to fight the killing disease. WHO continues to support information sharing from affected countries, coordination through the cluster approach, identifying and filling gaps and appealing for resources to support health actions in emergencies in the African Region.

Countries Situations

Acute Crises

- Angola: The cholera outbreak is still ongoing.