Jerusalem, November 26th 2009
Yesterday saw the Blue Balloon take its final flight after a two month-campaign throughout the West Bank to share the commemoratation of UNRWA's 60th anniversary with young camp residents. For two months, the Blue Balloon Mobile vehicle has wound its way around the West Bank, packed with music, a slide show, games, posters, drinks, volunteers, scores of good will and, of course, hundreds of blue balloons. Despite rain, the specially decorated vehicle was greeted enthusiastically on its farewell jaunt by the young residents of Ar Ramadin.
The show …
Epidemiological weeks 32-35 of 2009 N. of Reporting Units 17/17 Population under surveillance 869 375
− The number of people under surveillance for this reporting period is 869,375 out of 1,073,303 (81%) Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA in the Gaza Strip.
Preparation for 2004/05 Agricultural Season: Main Challenges and Constraints
A few weeks before the start of the 2004/05 season, the availability of agricultural inputs is still uncertain. Prospects of a good season are dampened by the difficulty to access agricultural inputs by most farmers.
Agricultural Inputs for the 2004/05 Agricultural Season
According to the 2004/05 cropping plan devised by the Government of Zimbabwe, 4 million hectares of maize will be planted. This translates to approximately 100,000 MT of maize seed. Current estimates indicate that approximately 55,000MT of maize seed is available locally. The government has issued a request to local seed companies for 75,000MT of maize seed, 300 MT of Groundnuts, 30,000 MT of Soya Beans and 200 MT of Sorghum.
GMB Expected to Play Pivotal role in Mobilising Surplus Grain for Re–distribution
Low Sanitation Coverage a Cause for Concern in Kariba District
Health officials now fear that cholera may be endemic in Nyaminyami area of Kariba District. Nyaminyami, located in the North Western part of Mashonaland West province in Kariba District is still reporting sporadic cases of cholera with seven suspected cases treated at Mola clinic between April and May 2004.
Crop Production Figures Essential For Planning
The United Nations Humanitarian Co-ordinator has underscored the need for well-researched crop production figures for proper planning of programmes. In normal circumstances a joint FAO/WFP and Government of Zimbabwe Crop and Food Supply Assessment is the basis for estimating the size of the harvest. The CFSAM is only conducted with the agreement and participation of the Government.
More Needed To Fight Malaria
UN Team and Ambassadors Visit Matebeleland South Province
This Food Security Brief is a joint effort of FAO, WFP, UNDP, FEWSNET and the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator's office/RRU in consultation with government and partners. Its purpose is to contribute to the co-ordination and planning of humanitarian activities and encourage dialogue.
UN launches Consolidated Appeal for Zimbabwe
Malaria Cases Increasing Countrywide
UN/GoZ Humanitarian Retreat: Strengthening Partnership in Humanitarian Work
The United Nations agencies in Zimbabwe and the Government of Zimbabwe underscored the need for cooperation and coordination in humanitarian organisations involved in relief work.
The call was made at Victoria Falls where the UN and government had a two-day humanitarian retreat which, among other objectives, was aimed at exploring the humanitarian challenges facing the country in 2004 as well as to strengthen partnership.
This Food Security Brief is a joint effort of FAO, WFP, UNDP, FEWSNET and the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator’s office/RRU in consultation with government and partners. It is intended to contribute to the co-ordination and planning of humanitarian activities and encourage dialogue.
Government of Zimbabwe-United Nations Humanitarian Retreat
This Food Security Brief is a joint effort of FAO, WFP, UNDP and the UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator's office/RRU in consultation with government and partners. It is intended to contribute to the co-ordination and planning of humanitarian activities and encourage dialogue.
European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office Funding to Boost Humanitarian Information Management
Collection and publication of timely and accurate humanitarian information is a prerequisite for effective emergency preparedness and response. The prevailing humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe requires these measures to facilitate informed emergency programming.
Water Treatment Chemicals for Harare City
Residents of Harare and the surrounding satellite towns of Norton, Ruwa and Chitungwiza are now getting a constant supply of clean water after having experienced irregular supplies from late November to mid December 2003.
This has been made possible by a grant of US$200,000 (ZW$1.3 billion at market rate) from the United States government through USAID for the purchase of water treatment chemicals.
Planning the 2004 humanitarian interventions
Planning to adapt the 2004 humanitarian programme to the current situation is well underway. A mid-year review of the Consolidated Appeal was held on the 4th of December. This followed a humanitarian-planning meeting held in October, at which time critical priorities were reviewed. The major causal factors of the crisis were agreed to be:
- The macro economic policy environment;