Madagascar

Madagascar: Cyclones/floods - Situation Report No. 9

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This inter agency report has been prepared by the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Madagascar, It is based on information provided by the National Office of Disasters and Risks Management (BNGRC) of the Government of Madagascar, UN Agencies, IFRC, NGOs, the Red Cross and media reports.

HIGHLIGHTS

1. Phase I of emergency response is over in the North West (Sofia region and Ambanja district) and in the North East.

2. In Sofia region, the Malagasy Red Cross supported by IFRC, UNICEF and WFP have finished the distribution of NFI's and FI's further to the agreed joint operations started in April.

3. Internal evaluation of how the phase I Emergencies were managed will take place in the next weeks to establish lessons learned and Emergency Preparedness Response Plan 2008.

4. Phase 2 action plans on rehabilitation and reconstruction activities in UNICEF and WFP programs are now being implemented.

5. An ECHO monitoring mission will take place from the 13th to the 27th June in the areas where ECHO funds are implemented.

6. A USAID / OFDA monitoring mission will take place from the 9th to the 17th june. The expert will meet with partners and monitor flood and drought affected areas.

7. WFP's emergency food security assessment (EFSA) has finished field data collection and analysis of results has commenced.

SECTORAL RESPONSE

Health

8. In Maroantsetra, MDM (Doctors of the World) are ending their operations in the 18th of June. The primary health care support program provided 12 000 medical consultations, enhanced the quality and capacity of 8 primary health care centres. 5 000 impregnated mosquito nets, 5 mt of soap and 3 500 blanquets were also distributed to pregnant women and children under 5 years old. MDM will maintain an epidemiological and nutritionnal monitoring from June to September 07, in the Maroantsetra district by establishing a contract with the local health district who will provide 2 medical doctors.

9. In Sofia and Ambanja, further to the distribution of 18 (Sofia) +

11 Ambanja) basic medical kits, covering the needs of 29 000 people during 1 month, monitoring databases have been set up in the 11 Ambanja health centers for nutritional, epidemiology and vaccination follow up. UNICEF also did competency reinforcement amongst 30 health centers directors and 12 District management teams for data management and monitoring.

10. Joint "health teams" have been created with the District Health Services (SSD), School district authorities and UNICEF. These teams are now starting visits in the municipalities to mobilize the communities on risks of diarrhoea and need for vaccinations. Technical and strategic assistance to four heath centers in municipalities of Ambanja, Ambodimanga Ramena, Antsakoamanondro and Ankatafa for the vaccination of 289 children < 12 months and 294 pregnant women. Further more, sensitizing meeting are held with 130 health agents, 26 school directors and 11 directors of health centres on "water, sanitation and hygiene".