Last week disease specialists warned that polio could reestablish itself in west and central Africa as they confirmed that a five-year-old child in the Darfur region of western Sudan is infected. The paralyzing virus can spread as long as there is a case anywhere, health officials said.
The Melbourne Ethiopian Community has asked CARE Australia to help them deliver medical supplies to drought-stricken Ethiopia.
Written by Lesly Hallman, Staff Writer, RedCross.org
(extract) - Spokesperson: Niurka Piñeiro
The European Commission has adopted two humanitarian aid decisions worth a total of €8.1 million to assist victims of the ongoing and largely forgotten crisis in Burma/Myanmar. The decisions will provide much-needed assistance to vulnerable people facing extreme hardship. Support will include access to primary health care and clean water and sanitation, assistance to mine victims and child protection. The humanitarian aid will be targeting Burmese refugees in Thailand as well as vulnerable populations inside Burma/Myanmar.
(Note: All figures are approximate.)
(Note: All figures are approximate.)
On June 29 (Tue), the Government of Japan additionally decided on the following projects totaling approximately $290 million (31,900 million yen) allocated from the FY2003 supplementary budget.
(1) The Project for Rehabilitation of Taji Gas Power Station (Ministry of Electricity)
$66 million (7,278 million yen); to replace gas turbine generators No.
The Federation's mission is to improve
the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It
is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers
are active in over 181 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Period covered: January to May, 2004;
Appeal No. 01.11/2004; Programme Update no. 1; Period covered: January to June 2004; Appeal coverage: 12.7%; Outstanding needs: CHF 2,414,811 (USD 1,909,700 or EUR 1,579,350).
Location of operation: SOUTH EAST ASIA
Amount of decision: 1,750,000 euro
Decision reference number: ECHO/-XA/BUD/2004/01000
1 - Rationale, needs and target population:
1.1. - Rationale:
The drought in the eastern part of Indonesia and Timor-Leste
A two year drought affected the eastern provinces of Indonesia and Timor-Leste from 2001 to 2003 leading to crop failure and subsequent malnutrition among the population of the worst affected areas.
Amount of decision: 1,250,000 euro
par Jennifer Bakody/MONUC
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), in partnership with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society (SRCS), has considerably reinforced its set-up and operations in Sudan in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region. This has enabled the organization to launch significant activities on behalf of the victims of the conflict, especially displaced, sick and wounded persons. The ICRC has now opened operational bases in Geneina and Zalingei in Western Darfur, in addition to El Fasher, Kutum and Kabkabiya in Northern Darfur and Nyala in Southern Darfur.
NAIROBI, 28 June 2004 - The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) has given a grant of nearly US$8.9 million to Somalia to prevent and control malaria, one of the main killers of children in the country.
DARFUR, 28 June 2004 - In the past year, 1.2 million people - half of them children - have been violently uprooted from their homes in Darfur. Until February this year, humanitarian access was greatly restricted and the conflict has since mushroomed into what the United Nations calls "today's worst humanitarian disaster."
The British Red Cross Sudan Crisis Appeal has raised more than =A3400,000. The money will pay for shelter and other essential household items for up to 20,000 families in Darfur in western Sudan.
Ramallah/Gaza City, 28 June 2004 - UNICEF launched a major measles immunization campaign in the West Bank and Gaza Strip today, aimed at providing more than 540,000 children aged 9 - 59 months with a safe injection of measles vaccine and a doses of Vitamin A. The three-week long campaign is led by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Palestinian Authority, UNICEF and UNRWA - with financial support from the Japanese Government, USAID and a contribution from the Micronutrient Initiative.