KEY ISSUES OF CONCERN
Darfur ceasefire reached
The GoS, SLM and JEM have signed a ceasefire that has come into effect on 12 April 2004. The agreement follows direct negotiations held in N'Djamena under the auspices of Chadian President Idriss Deby and the African Union Commission in the presence of international observers.
The IRC has flown 15 tons of emergency supplies into North Darfur, western Sudan, to improve water supply for tens of thousands of uprooted people fleeing ongoing violence in a conflict between government and opposition forces.
April 14, 2004, Baltimore, MD - In countries where HIV/AIDS has ravaged family roots and community development, 56,700 orphans and vulnerable children will receive support from a $7 million grant awarded to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Dushanbe, 14 April, 2004 - Queen Noor of Jordan, an anti-landmine advocate and champion of women's rights in the Middle East, will visit Tajikistan 15-19 April to participate in a regional conference on landmines in Dushanbe. The conference-co-chaired by the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)--seeks to promote acceptance of the Ottawa Convention by Central Asian states. During her visit, the Queen will also focus on several of the country's major challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, access to water, and the situation of women.
The European Commission has approved €15 million in humanitarian aid for vulnerable groups in Zimbabwe. This decision will enable the continuation of emergency food aid, agricultural rehabilitation, water, sanitation and health programmes. It will also provide assistance to internally displaced people and support humanitarian coordination efforts. The funds are managed by the Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), which comes under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson.
The violence in the Iraqi town of Falluja has claimed at least 600 lives and injured around 1200 people so far. Thousands of families have fled the town during a temporary ceasefire.
Huambo, 04/14 - The health authorities in the Central Huambo Province are concerned over the increasing in the number of patients suffering of HIV/AIDS and lack of medicines to treat them at the local hospitals, an official source announced.
The Provincial Coordinator of the Programme for the Fight Against the Sickness, Silvandria Laurinda, said it at the end of the programme "Cafe de Ideas", which gathered journalists working in matter of HIV/AIDS.
Without mentioning the number of patients, she added that the cases have been increasing worrying thus the health authorities, …
WHO: Representatives of 9 East African countries will convene for a workshop on scaling up and strengthening national responses to the region's Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (OVC) crisis. The workshop has been organized by the Government of Uganda, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), USAID and Family Health International.
Benguela, 04/14 - Two youth centres to fight HIV/AIDS will be inaugurated on Friday in Benguela and Lobito cities by the UNICEF.
According to the press note sent to Angop, the initiative represents the contribution of that UN organisation to solve youth problems, aiming to educate the population in an efficient manner.
The centres, which are also intended to evaluate the obtained results in the provinces where the programme is being implemented, will lay the basis to prevent dissemination of the illness.
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Updates - April 14, 2004
14 APRIL 2004, GENEVA - A case of paralytic poliomyelitis due to an imported type 1 poliovirus has been reported in Botswana, a country which had been polio-free since 1991. The virus has been closely linked genetically to poliovirus endemic to northern Nigeria. The case - a seven year old boy from the Ngami district of north-western Botswana - had onset of paralysis on 8 February 2004.
This fact sheet highlights overall accomplishments and some weekly activities from USAID's reconstruction efforts in Iraq. For more information on USAID's programs in Iraq please see: www.usaid.gov/iraq
USAID assists Iraqis in reconstructing their country by working within the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). USAID programs are implemented in coordination with the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Coalition country partners, nongovernmental …
Amount of decision: EURO 15,000,000
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
April 13, 2004
by Till Mayer in Bam
The European Commission has adopted three humanitarian aid packages, totalling €7 million, in response to the crises in Chad (€4 Million), Madagascar (€2 Million) and Ethiopia (€1 Million). These funds are managed by the Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) under the responsibility of Commissioner Poul Nielson. They will help to improve access to clean water, sanitation and health-care and provide food-aid and nutritional support, shelter and protection for refugees and other victims of conflicts and natural disasters.