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19 Dec 2005 description

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.

12 Dec 2005 description

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.

10 Nov 2005 description

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.

21 Apr 2005 description

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.

07 Jan 2005 description

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.

06 Jan 2005 description

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 …

05 Jan 2005 description

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 …