NEW YORK, USA, 30 December 2010 - For UNICEF and the world's children, the past 12 months have been marked by unprecedented difficulties and extraordinary opportunities. As 2010 draws to a close, it's worth highlighting some of the moments that made this a year like no other.
The year began, tragically and ominously, with the devastating earthquake in Haiti on 12 January.
After the violence, shattered lives
I ncreasing social discontent in Kyrgyzstan led to demonstrations that resulted in the resignation of the country's president on April 7 and the establishment of an interim government.
The following two months were marked by protests and violent clashes as various elements struggled for influence in the fragile political environment. The south of the country, traditionally the power base of the deposed president, experienced escalating violence between ethnic Kyrgyz and Uzbek populations.
- Construction of transitional shelters has been successfully completed before arrival of winter.
- A possibility for escalation of tension remains, as shooting and blasting in Osh and Bishkek proved.
A shoot-out in city of Osh on 29th November and a blast in central Bishkek on 30th November have rattled nerves throughout Kyrgyzstan. Authorities offered conflicting reports about suspects for the latest violence. While the security situation in Osh has been improving- the general tension is always there, and panic is easy to grow.
Summary: CHF 81,579 (USD 70,936 or EUR 58,611) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate support for the vaccination of some 227,000 children aged under 5 in Bishkek city and in Jalalabad region.
In order to prevent transmission of polio infection into Kyrgyzstan following the polio outbreak in neighbouring Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health decided to conduct National Immunization Days (NID) against poliomyelitis in July and August, 2010.
The immunization campaign …
In 2011, tens of millions of people will need emergency aid to survive. Conflicts and natural disasters have cut them off from their homes, their livelihoods, and access to essentials like drinking water and health care. They already suffer or are imminently threatened by malnourishment, disease, or violence. Most are poor people who have few if any means to cope with these traumas.
29-11-2010 Interview The ICRC has been invited to a summit organized in Astana, Kazakhstan on 1-2 December 2010, by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). On the eve of the summit, Pascale Meige Wagner, ICRC head of operations for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, discusses the humanitarian challenges in the region.
What are the main humanitarian issues in the Caucasus and in Central Asia?There are two kinds of issues.
Key Points h
- Kyrgyzstan Extended and Revised Flash Appeal was launched on 24 November 2011 seeking US $42 m. h
Point 33 de l'ordre du jour
Prévention des conflits armés
Conseil de sécurité
Agenda item 33
Prevention of armed conflict
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Five months on since a major outbreak of interethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan in June 2010, the humanitarian needs of the affected population still require a coordinated response by the international community. Urgent humanitarian needs directly resulting from mass violence and displacement, arson and other grave human rights violations have also had an indirect impact on the social and economic situation across the country.
WHO and the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan are rolling out a series of new projects to support health services, particularly emergency services and mental health care.
3 November, 2010 =A6 Geneva -- Continued health challenges in the Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan require further attention, particularly in delivering emergency health services and supporting mental health care.
UNICEF requires US$ 5.2 million to continue meeting the humanitarian and recovery needs of children and communities affected by the recent crisis and ensure sustainability of its response through the cold winter
An estimated 400,000 children were directly or indirectly affected by the civil unrest in June 2010, causing a severe impact on children's wellbeing The winter, with temperatures below - 30 =B0 Celsius, is likely to contribute to increased rates of Acute Respiratory Infections and pneumonia among vulnerable children Micronutrient powder for home fortification is needed to …
ACTED Newsletter n=B067 November 2010
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Keeping out the cold: temporary shelter construction in Kyrgyzstan
Providing drinking water to the IDPs and refugees of Zemio: a challenge and a necessity (CAR)
Amid instability, ACTED helps Iraqi children realize their rights through Child …
GLIDE n° OT-2010-000113-KGZ
Period covered by this Ops Update: 15 August to 10 October 2010.
The Europe region is diverse in political and socio-economic terms, in its geography, demography and culture, as well as its public health trends and vulnerability to natural disasters. Membership services and programme support to National Societies therefore need to be adapted to the respective needs and the national context of individual national societies, and country-level plans describe the proposed activities in some 20 countries.
Following independence, Kyrgyzstan embarked on a transition to a democratic system of governance and market economy. The socalled Tulip Revolution of 2005 brought a new leadership, but frequent public demonstrations and equally frequent changes of state officials contributed towards concerns over stability. Violent unrest in early April 2010 ousted the president and an interim government comprising former opposition figures is currently in power.
Mahmuda is the family doctor in an Uzbek neighbourhood of Kyrgyzstan's second largest city, Osh, which was badly damaged in the ethnic clashes in June.
When Mahmuda returned from holiday two weeks after the clashes, her main task was to change the bandages of the wounded who had received only first aid at a nearby oncology unit.
Mahmuda looks tired. She points with her head to the empty chair next to her desk. "I used to work together with a nurse but she left after the events in June. I asked her to come back but she did not want to.