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31 Dec 2007 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Since June 2000, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has supported the Nutrition Surveillance component of the FSAU to provide comprehensive understanding of the impact of the food security situation on nutritional status of the population of the country. FSAU has been conducting nutrition assessments in Somalia for the last seven years. During this time consistently high levels of acute malnutrition and under 5 mortality rates (U5MR) have been reported in many parts of South and Central Somalia.

31 Dec 2007 description

General Overview

FSAU and partners conducted five nutrition surveys(1) in South Central Somalia in the last two weeks of November 2007. Results indicate sustained Critical levels of acute malnutrition in most areas, without any significant change from previous surveys conducted in the same areas. Quality checks using Nutrisurvey indicated the findings of all surveys were of an appropriate standard to publish.

31 Dec 2007 description

Pledges and contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a new contribution (as of 30 November) made by Chile ($30,000). Meanwhile, Italy pledged an additional $1,393,592 for 2007. OCHA encourages all Member States to turn their pledges into contributions as soon as possible.

Training workshops

During 2007, the CERF Secretariat organized several training workshops in Bangkok, Dakar, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Panama City, and Rome to improve the use of the Fund.

31 Dec 2007 description

Highlights

Somalia - Displacement continues amid ongoing hostilities

Intensified fighting broke out in Mogadishu on October 27th, aggravating an already precarious humanitarian situation.

31 Dec 2007 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Since June 2000, the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has supported the Nutrition Surveillance component of the FSAU to provide comprehensive understanding of the impact of the food security situation on nutritional status of the population of the country. FSAU has been conducting nutrition assessments in Somalia for the last seven years. During this time consistently high levels of acute malnutrition and under 5 mortality rates (U5MR) have been reported in many parts of South and Central Somalia.

31 Dec 2007 description

WHO/CDS/NTD/DCE/2007.1

INTRODUCTION

Recurrent drought following several poor rainy seasons has led to food insecurity and widespread malnutrition in the countries of the Horn of Africa region (Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia and Sudan). The public health and food security situation is poor. Poor nutrition, a rising number of people living with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) and increasing incidence of other infectious diseases all contribute to high levels of morbidity and mortality in the subregion.

21 Dec 2007 description

The FSAU and partner Post Deyr 2007/08 Seasonal Assessment for the north was conducted in November and is currently ongoing in southern and central Somalia.

21 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 9,986,001 (USD 8,932,022 or EUR 6,052,121) to fund programmes to be implemented in 2008 and 2009.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies. A young mother attending to her child's vaccination at the SRCS clinic in Burao, Somaliland.

21 Dec 2007 description

This appeal seeks CHF 6,060,912 (USD 5,421,209 or EUR 3,673,280) to fund programmes to be implemented in 2008 and 2009.

Current context

The eastern Africa region continues to experience major disasters, which claim many lives, destroy property and erode the already weak livelihoods of the affected communities. Among the disasters that have been experienced in the recent past within this region, the most common are floods, heavy rains and land slides as well as drought. Similarly, epidemics including RVF, cholera, meningitis, avian flu and malaria are frequent across the divide.

20 Dec 2007 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

20 Dec 2007 description

The countries and contexts highlighted by MSF on this year's list accounted for just 18 minutes of coverage on the three major U.S.

19 Dec 2007 description

In its biggest collective response as an alliance, ACT International's members are marking three years of response to the tsunami that struck southeast Asia and parts of the east coast of Africa on December 26, 2004.

From those first moments of horror and disbelief, and shock and chaos, followed by despair and grief, the journey to recovery for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the catastrophic events of that day has been a long and difficult one.

18 Dec 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Misbah M. Sheikh

AFGOYE, Somalia, 18 December 2007 - Hawa Ali, a mother of two, fled fighting in the Somali capital of Mogadishu last month and found refuge in the makeshift Eelasha Biyasha settlement here. This camp and others like it, along a 30-km stretch between Mogadishu and Afgoye, are now home to some 200,000 children, women and men displaced by conflict.

"I came to this settlement because we couldn't live in Mogadishu anymore," said Hawa. "Some of my relatives were here so I decided to be close to them.

18 Dec 2007 description
report UN Children's Fund


Overall financial picture of tsunami programmes

US$695.2 million was received for tsunami programmes, slightly lower than what was reported last year, due to finalization of some contributions. Three-quarters of all funding came from UNICEF National Committees (Fig. 1). Unearmarked, thematic funds account for 53% of all funds received.

16 Dec 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

14 Dec 2007 description

The International Federation's Global Agenda (2006-2010)

Over the next five years, the collective focus of the Federation will be on achieving the following goals and priorities:

Our goals

Goal 1: Reduce the number of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

Goal 2: Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

Goal 3: Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Goal 4: Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce …

14 Dec 2007 description

Main Developments

The 2008 Consolidated Appeal for Somalia, which projects humanitarian needs of US$406 million next year, was launched on 11 December by the United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator for Somalia Eric Laroche in Nairobi.