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31 Dec 2009 description

For decades SOS Children’s Villages has been preparing young people to lead independent lives when they leave their SOS families. The organisation has spent much time and resources on building expertise in guiding young people through the process of leaving care and preparing for challenges to come.

31 Dec 2009 description

In a fast-changing world, and against a backdrop of increasingly complex humanitarian challenges, the Red Cross Red Crescent remains a beacon of hope for vulnerable people in crisis across the world. Because we work at the grass-roots level, using the skills and dedication of tens of millions of volunteers who are present before, during and after disasters, our approach is holistic, sustainable and cost effective.

31 Dec 2009 description

The Food Security Monitoring System (FSMS) provides a seasonal snapshot of food security in rural Tajikistan by analyzing data from 665 households and 475 key informants every three months. The FSMS can alert stakeholders to incidents of critical food insecurity requiring short-term interventions. The exact methodology is contained in annexes.

Highlights

30 Dec 2009 description

The MICS4 in Mombasa Informal Settlements in Kenya was carried out by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). Financial and technical support was provided by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme purpose:

The International Federation's role in Nepal is to provide support to the Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in the form of funds and technical input to build the national society's capacity to achieve the goals defined under the fifth NRCS development plan (2008-2010). These goals are aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda goals and areas follows:

1.

30 Dec 2009 description
report Palestine Monitor

Shaare Zedek Medical Centre is in a suburb of Jerusalem and one of three Israeli hospitals where Palestinians are permitted to go for treatment. The lobby is filled with a presentation on the history of Israeli medicine, the cafes full of visitors and patients. On the fifth floor in a small waiting room in the pediatric dialysis department sit seven Palestinian families.

30 Dec 2009 description

The headline that dominated the year was easily the H1N1 pandemic. On 11 June, 2009, WHO declared the start of the first influenza pandemic since 1968. In this episode we listen to WHO's Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, discuss the successes and challenges of 2009.

Listen to this episode - duration 00:06:17 [mp3 3.6Mb]

Transcript of the podcast

Veronica Riemer: You're listening to the final WHO podcast of year. My name is Veronica Riemer.

30 Dec 2009 description

A pioneering new vaccine that provides more effective protection against the two remaining strains of polio is being used for the first time in the world in southern Afghanistan, International Development Minister Mike Foster announced today.

The new 'Bivalent' OPV vaccine (bOPV) has been developed over the last 12 months by the World Health Organisation, with the support of funding from the UK's Department for International Development.

A clinical trial that compared bOPV with the traditional oral poliovirus vaccine found that for both types 1 and 3 polio, bOPV was at …

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 1 July 2009 to 31 December 2009

In brief

Programme summary:

The last six months have been marked by a number of small and large scale disasters in the Pacific region. The Red Cross Societies of Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Fiji have responded to the needs of communities affected by a devastating earthquake and tsunami, a sunken Ferry, a triple epidemic (cholera, dysentery and influenza), a volcano eruption, floods and a cyclone.

30 Dec 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract (provisional)

Background

Little is known about the process of knowledge translation in low- and middle-income countries. We studied policymaking processes in Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe to understand the factors affecting the use of research evidence in national policy development, with a particular focus on the findings from randomized control trials (RCTs).

30 Dec 2009 description

Dr S.M. Amin Fatemie Minister of Public Health met Mr. Najib Awzai Awztok chief of TIKA (Turkey International Corporation Agency) in Kabul. During this meeting Mr. Awztok pledged to donate $ 5 million for construction and rehabilitation of some health institutions in Afghanistan.

Chief of TIKA explained that in 2010 Turkey constructs one health facility plus three buildings for health workers' accommodation, one building for health institute at Behsood, Chak and Dai Mir Daad districts of Maidan Wardak province. Meanwhile Turkey expands Maidan Wardak Provincial Hospital as well.

30 Dec 2009 description
report BioMed Central

Abstract (provisional)

Background

Preventing malaria by controlling mosquitoes in their larval stages requires regular sensitive monitoring of vector populations and intervention coverage.

30 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period from 1 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

This programme update covers all programmes supported by the International Federation in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), with a focus on the integration of the different programme components, namely health and care (including water and sanitation), disaster management and organizational development.

30 Dec 2009 description

As of 27 December 2009, worldwide more than 208 countries and overseas territories or communities have reported laboratory confirmed cases of pandemic influenza H1N1 2009, including at least 12220 deaths.

WHO is actively monitoring the progress of the pandemic through frequent consultations with the WHO Regional Offices and member states and through monitoring of multiple sources of data.

Situation update:

The most active areas of pandemic influenza transmission currently are in central and eastern Europe.

30 Dec 2009 description

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Session I: Enhancing Agricultural Productivity

Presentation: Trends and Determinants of Ag Productivity: Alemayehu Seyoum Taffesse & Alejandro Nin-Pratt (IFPRI)

FINDINGS:

- Sample means from the CSA Agric Sample Survey (AgSS) data show:
- Only about half of farmers use fertilizer (teff, wheat and maize)
- Farmers using both seed and fertilizer have moderately higher yields (this does not correct for agro-ecology, other inputs and many other factors)

30 Dec 2009 description
report Save the Children

One year after Operation Cast Lead began, the children of Gaza continue to face enormous challenges as their families struggle to rebuild their lives.

Half of Gaza's population is under 18 years of age, and the 750,000 children living there comprise the majority of those most affected by last year's hostilities.

- Thousands of children are still displaced from their homes and living in cramped conditions in makeshift structures or the homes of relatives.

30 Dec 2009 description

The Government has taken action to provide more facilities to the Kilinochchi hospital under the Uthuru Wasanthaya programme by providing more doctors and medical equipments.

Five more doctors would be assigned to the hospital while five ambulances will also be provided.

The Kilinochchi District Hospital which was badly damaged by terroristsm was re-opened for the public by the Northern Provincial Council recently.

The hospital was reequipped and renovated under the Vaddikin Vasantham rehabilitation and resettlement programme of the North, implemented by the Presidential Special …