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29 Dec 2003 description

(First Edition: prepared at 29/12/2003)

Dr Sassan Eshghi 1) and Dr Mehdi Zaré 2)
International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology,
Tehran, P.O.Box: 19395/3913, IRAN

17 Dec 2003 description


OVERVIEW
This report provides an interim update on the Sentinel Site Surveillance System in Sool Plateau which shows evidence of increasing malnutrition. The more detailed report will be presented in next month's Food Security Report. Surveillance of the drought affected areas is being expanded from Sool Plateau to include surrounding areas including the Haud of Togdheer.

30 Nov 2003 description


Country Stability and Relative Forceful Actions


Average number of reported events per month: 530
Indicator description see appendix

30 Nov 2003 description

Background
The National NGO Food Security Network (FOSENET) involves 24 organisations that collectively cover ALL districts of Zimbabwe, and all types of communities.

FOSENET members subscribe that food distribution in Zimbabwe must be based on a platform of ethical principles that derive from international humanitarian law, viz:

  • The right to life with dignity and the duty not to withhold or frustrate the provision of life saving assistance;
20 Nov 2003 description
Situation
Immediate support requirement
Quantity (m)
Cost estimate ($ US)
Ninh thuan provinve:
I. In the whole province:
- Num of flooded houses:23,000 houses
- Num of collapsed houses:1,200 houses
- Num of paddy field flooded:15,034 Ha
- Num of dead persons:10
- Irrigation system damaged:208,705 m3 of flushed away
20 Nov 2003 description


OVERVIEW
During October and November, all food security indicators in Sool Plateau continued to deteriorate and FSAU nutritionists followed up on reports of increasing malnutrition in areas hosting newly displaced households. The capacity of households to maintain the nutritional status of their younger members has been a subject of much discussion and the issue has prompted detailed analysis of the culture, traditions, social support mechanisms, coping mechanisms and resilience of this particular group.

19 Nov 2003 description


Joint Assessment Team members: UNICEF and CARE International in Vietnam
Sites of Assessment: Ninh Phuoc, Ninh Hai and Thap Cham Districts of Ninh Thuan province

Dates of Assessment: 16 - 17 November, 2003                               

Date of Report: 19 November 2003

BACKGROUND:

17 Nov 2003 description

Joint Assessment Team members: UNICEF and CARE International in Vietnam
Sites of Assessment: Ninh Phuoc, Ninh Hai and Thap Cham Districts of Ninh Thuan province
Dates of Assessment: 16 - 17 November, 2003

14 Nov 2003 description
report United Nations


Executive Summary
Background and Purpose

This assessment was carried out in response to information from FSAU and Horn relief concerning the deteriorating food security situation in the Sool Plateau area, resulting from four consecutive years of failed rains. The assessment primarily focussed on the current drought and food security conditions prevailing in the most affected areas of the Sool Plateau, as identified by FSAU and Horn Relief in order to:

12 Nov 2003 description


HIGHLIGHTS
Deyr Rainfall Largely Fails in Central and Northern Regions : An unfavourable start of the Deyr Season looks likely to fail in northern and central Somalia. Such a failure would have serious implications for pastoral populations. Based on the FSAU Gu 2003 analysis and accompanying scenarios, where Deyr rains fail, the number of food insecure households will increase as both livestock and crop production will reduce. In southern Somalia, rainfall has been patchy (other than in Lower and Middle Juba).

11 Nov 2003 description
report Medact

Health of Iraqi people is worse following war says new report

The war in Iraq was declared officially at an end six months ago, but the health and environmental costs of the conflict are still being felt. Drawing on sources within and outside Iraq, the international health charity Medact says that the health consequences of the 2003 war on Iraq will be felt by its people for years, maybe generations.

The report, Continuing Collateral Damage: The health and environmental costs of war on Iraq 2003, will be released on November 11 in London and 13 other countries.