Growing out of the world wide collaborative efforts of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its Ottawa Treaty, Landmine Impact Surveys are executed to meet the overlapping needs of international donors, national authorities in landmine-and unexploded ordnance (UXO)-impacted countries, as well as Humanitarian Mine Action planners and implementers.
The overall vision of Landmine Impact Surveys as articulated by the Survey Working Group (SWG) is to "facilitate the prioritizing of human, material and financial resources supporting humanitarian mine action at …
iMMAP Enters LebanonCrisis
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) will soon be deploying a specialist to Lebanon to provide emergency relief services as conflict surmounts. The United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have asked for iMMAPs immediate assistance in emergency information management services overseas as the agency plans relief operations.
iMMAP to Deploy Security Information System in Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. -- The Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) of VVAF received a substantial grant this week from the U.S.
Iraq Landmine Survey Suspended Due to Near-Death Explosion
Iraq. Sudan. The Democratic Republic of Congo. Afghanistan. In 2006 VVAF's Information Management and Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) staff are active in some of the most dangerous places in the world, overcoming setbacks to carry out their critical humanitarian work.
As the violence continues, political instability increases, and the risks of working in these environments heighten. Nevertheless, iMMAP continues involvement in dangerous areas.
Two Others Killed, One Inured in Roadside Bombing
A VVAF Iraq Landmine Impact Survey Team Leader suffered second-degree burns from an explosion Sunday in northern Iraq. While traveling in a taxi, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated nearby, severely injuring this VVAF team member and one of his medical colleagues.
Washington, DC - VVAF is currently renovating the recently-built Bahir Dar Rehabilitation Center in Ethiopia, constructing an extensive addition to the single building which, when complete, will comprise of a new gait training area, dormitory, kitchen, guard house, and an external fence.
Washington, D.C -- The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) has been approached by the United Nations Joint Logistics Center (UNJLC) this week to urgently provide humanitarian assistance (through the deployment of technical personnel) for several months in both south Sudan and the Horn of Africa to support emergency operations.
VVAF's Information Management and Mine Action Program (iMMAP) has a standby partnership agreement with the World Food Programme (WFP) and is presently providing support for vulnerability analysis and mapping services as part of the WFP's Regional …
Washington, D.C., May 2, 2006 -- The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation's (VVAF) Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) will begin providing humanitarian technical assistance to the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) this month, in Kabul, Afghanistan. This project is funded by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
UNMACA centrally manages and coordinates funding, field staff, mine detecting dog training, technical assistance, and quality assurance activities in support of all mine action activities in Afghanistan.
As a result of the ongoing war, more than 3.4 million young Iraqis are unable to attend formal schools. Assisting them is becoming more critical each day. Just this week reports are out of insurgent-implanted explosive devices in candy boxes aimed at school children. Today fewer children can safely attend schools and major international relief organizations are ceasing operations in the country.
Operations Begin in Gbadolite, Along Northern Border with Central African Republic
Washington, D.C., April 6, 2006 - The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) began Phase Two of the Abandoned Ordnance (AO)/Hazardous Ordnance (HO) Survey this week in the Equateur Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), along the Central African Republic (CAR) border.
Imagine waking up one morning to help your family get ready for the day, and winding up in a hospital miles and miles away without your right leg.
This is only the beginning of the story of Clementina Caj, 44, from the province of Lunda Sul in Angola as well as that of thousands of landmine survivors in Africa and around the world.
While she and her husband were asleep one night six years ago, one of the warring factions in the country's 27-year civil war, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), planted landmines near their home.
Washington, D.C., March 10, 2006 -- The Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) will begin phase 2 of the Abandoned Ordnance (AO)/Hazardous Ordnance (HO) Survey toward the end of March in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), funded by the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and partnering with Mines Advisory Group (MAG). VVAF's iMMAP and MAG developed site survey methodology for Abandoned Ordnance (AO) and Hazardous Ordnance (HO) in Pweto Province of DRC in 2005.
Onset of Harsh Winter Heightens Call for Additional Funds to Assist Humanitarian Efforts for Millions of Homeless Earthquake Victims
Washington, December 19 - Non-governmental organizations have heightened the call for additional funds to help an estimated three million earthquake victims in Pakistan through a harsh Himalayan winter.
VVAF Provides Critical Relief Assistance But Unexpected Weather Concerns Call for Extension of Service, Additional Funds
Washington, December 12 -- An estimated 3 million earthquake victims in Pakistan are bracing themselves for the onset of a harsh Himalayan winter forecast in the Kashmir region this week.
Iraq Veteran Officially Launches Program To Assist Iraq's Most Innocent Victims of War: Children Powers' Orphans and Street Kids Project Has New Identity: War Kids Relief
The war in Iraq is leaving thousands of children either orphaned or abandoned, with their numbers increasing as conditions in the country remain unstable and uncertain. According to UNICEF, children under 18 constitute nearly 50 percent of Iraq's population of 24 million people.
Ethiopia is on the verge of a new era in the care and treatment of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the Amhara Region. Under the leadership of VVAF Country Representative Gebremedhin Bekele and with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Leahy War Victims Fund, VVAF is building a new rehabilitation center in the regional capital of Bahir Dar under the auspices of the Omega Initiative. The Bahir Dar Rehabilitation Center will bring a full range of prosthetic and orthotic services to this large and under-served region of Ethiopia.
As reported in today's Washington Post, Ronald Waldman, the World Health Organization's chief consultant in Banda Aech stated, "the biggest need we have in the health sector is data."
"What we need is a systematic analysis of the situation to see what the needs are now," he told the Post.
With thousands of survivors along the Indonesian coast that have yet to be reached, health workers are struggling to determine the critical needs of tsunami victims.
Washington, DC - January 6, 2005 - Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) will be sending a team of experts to Indonesia to help address the tremendous need for amputations that have become necessary as a result of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
As reported this week, surgeons treating victims in the Aceh province of Indonesia have been overwhelmed by the large number of people requiring the amputation of gangrenous limbs that have been left untreated for over a week.
Hundreds of amputations have already been performed, and foreign medical teams estimate …
Washington, DC - January 5, 2005 - In the wake of the devastating tsunamis that destroyed much of South Asia, VVAF's Information Management & Mine Action Programs (iMMAP) has been activated to participate in the global response to one of the world's worst modern natural disasters.
Using standing emergency resources generously provided by the International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), iMMAP will immediately deploy three Information Management (IM)/Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists to assist the …