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31 Dec 2007 description

The Estonian Foreign Ministry is supporting the needy in Myanmar with 500,000 kroons, donated through the World Food Program (WFP).

According to Foreign Minister Urmas Paet, the humanitarian crisis and the blatant violation of human rights in Myranmar are very alarming. "According to UN data, one third of the nation's residents live below the poverty line," said Paet. "We hope that our small contribution, made through the WFP, can help to alleviate the situation for those in need," he added.

31 Dec 2007 description


- DPPA and Organizations under its Umbrella Celebrated the Millennium

- Nutrition Assessment Conducted in Regions and Refugee Camps

- Major Disasters and Responses


Over 162,000 Quintals of Food Aid Dispatched to Somali Region

31 Dec 2007 description


Winter Aid for 200 IDP families in Northern Iraq

Implementing partner for the IOM IDP programme, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), has utilized 72,000USD to deliver winter supplies to around 200 IDP families in the northern part of Iraq.

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


When forced to flee - the struggle of externally and internally displaced Irqais and other populations

30 Dec 2007 description

Nilab Mobarez, UNAMA (translated from Dari): Good morning to everyone. I am Nilab Mobarez, from UNAMA Spokesman's office. I would like to welcome you to our press conference. Our press conference today is special because Mr. Tom Koenigs the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan will share his farewell remarks with you and through you to the people of Afghanistan. Now I would like to give the floor to his Excellency Mr. Tom Koenigs to share with us all his remarks.

30 Dec 2007 description

PR# 2007-746

KABUL, Afghanistan - ISAF and Afghan National Army forces provided medical and veterinarian assistance to the people and animals in Yousef Khel and Kushamond villages, Paktika Province recently.

ISAF's Sharana PRT, the Polish Battle Group, ANA, 203rd ANA Corps and non-governmental organization providers, provided medical supplies, clothing and medical treatment for more than 800 Afghans.

The combined effort gave local doctors and the ANA an opportunity to learn a higher level of medical care and establish a better patient rapport.

29 Dec 2007 description

The Ministry of Health wishes to update the general public on the Ebola situation in the country. The cumulative total is 144 patients with 37 deaths.

In Bundibugyo District, 9 people are currently admitted, 4 in Kikyo Health Centre and 5 in Bundibugyo Hospital. Of these, 4 new cases have been registered in the last 24 hours, 3 in Bundibugyo Hospital and 1 in Kikyo Health Centre.

The Ministry of Health urges the public to avoid unnecessary movements and gatherings especially in the districts around Bundibugyo i.e.

29 Dec 2007 description

Acción contra el Hambre inicia un proyecto de nutrición y salud en los dos países con mayor incidencia de sida del mundo

La organización ha comenzado a formar a personal del ministerio de salud para diagnosticar la desnutrición aguda en niños menores de 5 años, muchos de ellos seropositivos. Además, está elaborando una nueva encuesta nutricional a nivel nacional.

28 Dec 2007 description

The ICRC has begun a distribution of essential items - clothing, blankets, mats, soap and kitchen sets - to over 500 displaced families who have taken refuge in South Kivuafter fleeing the fighting in the neighbouring provinceof North Kivu. The distribution is being carried out together with the Red Cross Society of the Democratic Republic of the Congoin the towns of Chebumba and Kitembo, some 50 km north of Bukavu, the capital of South Kivu. It will be supplemented by food parcels delivered by the World Food Programme.

28 Dec 2007 description

Le CICR a commencé à distribuer des biens de première nécessité à plus de 500 familles déplacées qui, fuyant les combats au Nord-Kivu, ont trouvé refuge dans la province voisine du Sud-Kivu.

La distribution dans les localités de Tchebumba et Kitembo (à environ 50 km au nord de Bukavu, capitale du Sud-Kivu) est menée en collaboration avec la Croix-Rouge de la République démocratique du Congo et consiste en vêtements, couvertures, nattes, savon et assortiments d'articles de cuisine. Le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) va la compléter en fournissant des vivres.

28 Dec 2007 description
  • La tendencia del desplazamiento sigue cayendo

    - Este año se han desplazado 150.176 colombianos. En el 2006 se desplazaron 223.310.

27 Dec 2007 description
report Muslim Aid

On the third anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami, landslides and floods triggered by torrential rains hit the central island of Java.

At least 120 people have been reported dead or missing, with thousands left homeless after their houses were submerged by floods or buried by landslides. Villages near the Bengawan Solo River in Java suffered the brunt of the floods, with the overflowing river sweeping away houses, bridges and possessions.

27 Dec 2007 description

Luanda, 12/27 - A tuberculosis expert in Cazenga district, Luanda province, has advised local residents to take care of their diet with a view to reducing cases of tuberculosis.

André Lopes said so on Thursday during an awareness campaign addressed to those infected with the disease, currently undergoing treatment in that health unit.

The lung specialist mentioned the lack of proper food, coupled with high poverty rate within many families as well as the exaggerated consumption of alcohol and poor health education programmes as the main causes of the disease.

26 Dec 2007 description

Financial Accountability

The anticipated overall spending through fiscal year 2009 to provide emergency and long-term reconstruction assistance in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India is $205 million. This level of response is possible largely because of the unprecedented support of the American public. Catholic Relief Services expects to spend more than $176 million in private revenues to help survivors. To meet our long-term commitment to help communities rebuild, CRS has also been awarded approximately $29 million from the U.S.

26 Dec 2007 description
report Project HOPE

It was no surprise when, Nur, a mother of a toddler, expressed hesitance about bringing her child to the revived health posts - called posyandu - in her community in Nagan Raya. Nagan Raya had been isolated both geographically and due to 30 years of civil war and had a health care system notoriously dilapidated even before the tsunami.

But slowly, residents in the community have begun to see changes.

26 Dec 2007 description
report Government of Japan

On December 17th the Government of Japan extended assistance in the amount of USD $3,160,000 to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to support its: General Fund, organizational development reform efforts, and a special project to expand implementation of the "Mother and Child Health Handbook."

Details are as follows:

(1) UNRWA's General Fund: $2,810,000

The General Fund provides essential services in the areas of education, health, relief and social services, microfinance and micro-enterprise to Palestine …

26 Dec 2007 description
report HOPE worldwide

On the same day exactly three years after the South Asia Tsunami, Indonesia experience another water-related disaster. Heavy rain that pours on Karanganyar & Wonogiri Districts, Central Java from Christmas Day until the next morning has brought major landslide to several villages in both districts.

25 Dec 2007 description
report Medair

Medair Serves the Most Vulnerable -- In the second part of this feature article, we examine the disasters and other crises that contribute to the vulnerability of our beneficiaries.


In the past 50 years, there has been a sharp increase in the number of natural disasters worldwide, and indications suggest that this trend will continue.(1) Climate change is the most prominently mentioned contributing factor, along with intensified concentrations of people living in vulnerable habitats.(2)

Many deadly natural disasters occur suddenly, such as earthquakes, windstorms, …

24 Dec 2007 description

The Commander of the Security Forces, Jaffna , Major General G.A.Chandrasiri organized and conducted a medical clinic consisting of an Army Medical Corps team for civilians in the 511 Brigade area on Sunday (23) December 2007.These civilians were residents from the villages of Neerveli, Karandan and Kopay, in Jaffna.

The Medical clinic held in the Neerveli Athiyar Hindu Vidyalaya was well attended with over 300 patients seeking medical attention. Army doctors and staff not only attended on the patients but also provided the required drugs and other medical requirements.