Germany continues to be a reliable partner for Malawi and will provide continued support in the priority areas of education, health, and decentralization. This is the outcome of the Malawian-German government negotiations, which were concluded in Lilongwe today.
The two countries' program of cooperation focuses on improved teacher training and alternative education programs. In this way, an even larger number of children is given access to good primary education. Malawian-German cooperation is also aimed at improving basic health services for the people.
On 26 September Tropical Storm Ondoy struck the Philippines and left a trail of destruction in its wake. The Federal Foreign Office is providing half a million euro to fund medical care for the population and to supply the storm victims with basic necessities.
In the capital Manila torrential rains left the streets up to six metres under water. Entire villages were flooded and there were landslides, power cuts and severe damage to infrastructure.
More than 200 people lost their lives, while more than 2.5 million have been affected by the aftermath of the storm.
Germany and Norway are jointly funding the modernization of Faisabad Provincial Hospital. The hospital, which is responsible for providing medical care to more than 800,000 people, is in urgent need of repair and modernization.
In the presence of Werner Hans Lauk, Germany's ambassador to Afghanistan, the foundation stone was laid today (30 May) for a new hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif to serve Balkh Province. The construction costs in the order of 10.5 million euro are being funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
The Federal Foreign Office has pledged one million euro for relief measures for civilians in need in Somalia.
Over the last few days, heavy fighting between government forces and opposition groups has been reported in this country in the Horn of Africa.
Joint Press Release of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Health:
The German government is providing 7.5 million euros (or about 10 million US dollars) for preventive measures to halt the spread of influenza A/H1N1; the funding is to be provided within the framework of its cooperation with developing countries.
The pledge was announced by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Federal Ministry of Health.
The German government is responding to an appeal made by the WHO to the donor community …
One year ago today (12 May 2008) a magnitude 8 earthquake occurred in the Chinese Province of Sichuan, leaving over 90,000 people dead or missing.
In the immediate aftermath Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier launched a campaign to raise some 3.6 million euro to rebuild eight schools destroyed in the earthquake.
Germany is continuing its successful development cooperation with Tanzania. The goal pursued through Germany's development policy is to stabilize the progress made in Tanzania, which is a politically stable country. Such progress includes, for example, the reduction of child mortality and of HIV/AIDS infection rates. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Large sections of the Sudanese population continue to depend on humanitarian aid. Even after the expulsion of so far thirteen international aid organizations, the organizations commissioned by the Federal Foreign Office have been able to continue their work.
During today's donor conference in Tokyo the international community pledged around $5.3 billion in financial aid for Pakistan, designed to augment the loans already granted by the IMF and to help Pakistan cope with the economic and financial crisis over the next two years (2009-2010).
During the conference Ambassador Bernd M=FCtzelburg, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and head of the German delegation, announced on behalf of the Federal Government that Germany would provide project-tied aid to the tune of 115 million euro for the coming two years.
Almost half a million people have now fled their homes in North-West Pakistan due to the hostilities between the Pakistan Government and armed groups. The Swat Valley and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on the border with Afghanistan have been particularly hard hit.
The Federal Foreign Office is making available an additional one million euro from its humanitarian aid budget to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to fund assistance and protection measures for these displaced persons.
The ICRC has the greatest access to the population affected.
2008 was a year of major humanitarian challenges. Natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, the devastating earthquake in China, flooding in India and Brazil or the hurricanes in the Caribbean once again highlighted the dangers of the unbridled forces of nature. In the complex political crises in Africa, as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq, unresolved conflicts made it impossible to improve the precarious humanitarian situation of people living there.
In the light of the prolonged cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe, Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has decided to make available a further one million euro to German aid agencies for emergency operations.
Since the outbreak of cholera in this southern African country last autumn some 2872 people have died and over 53,300 have contracted the disease, according to the latest UN figures. Although international aid has been stepped up, people are still dramatically short of food, drinking water and medical care.
The additional money will be used, for example, to fund a German …
Israel has begun to withdraw its troops from Gaza. "Now it is important to make sure that the ceasefire holds," emphasised Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Together with European Union colleagues, Angela Merkel promised practical support for the agreed ceasefire in Gaza. Germany, France and the United Kingdom aim to help prevent the smuggling of weapons into Gaza in particular, the Chancellor reported after the meeting.
The Chancellor offered the Egyptian government technical and logistical support for border controls.