Five years into a conflict that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, conditions confronting civilians in Syria continue to deteriorate, particularly for children and youth. Warring parties continue to violate UN Security Council resolutions and international humanitarian law by deliberately and wantonly attacking civilians and civilian infrastructure, including homes, markets, schools and hospitals leaving a deadly legacy of Unexploded Ordnance.
Since mid-April the Pakistani army is fighting Taliban strongholds in Swat valley and other areas of the Northwest Frontier Province within the framework of the operation „Rah-e-Rast". Since then more than 2,4 Mio Pakistani citizens have become displaced all over the country. Over 200.000 people live in camps and more than 2 Mio Internally Displaced People (IDPs) have found refuge in the private sector with relatives, friends or other host families.
Bonn/Harare: In view of the dramatic health situation and the cholera epidemic raging now for months the German relief organization HELP, on the occasion of World Health Day 2009 on April 7, is soliciting more donations to support their medical aid projects in Zimbabwe. This year's motto of World Health day is: "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies".
Since August 2008, a cholera epidemic is raging in Zimbabwe, and it is not yet under control. By the end of March 2009, 93,937 cases have been registered, and 4,112 people already died from the disease.
Bonn/Harare: Since August 2008 cholera ravages in Zimbabwe and the epidemic escalates more and more. According to figures of the World Health Organization 3.229 people have died, 63.000 cases have been reported. 1.700 cholera cases are added each day. And there is no end of the catastrophe in sight. Therefore, HELP has decided to intensify its aid projects furthermore.
Epidemic claims more and more victims - Government declares state of emergency
Bonn/Harare: In light of the increasingly dramatic dimensions of the cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe the German humanitarian aid organization HELP has urgently called for donations today. According to unofficial sources nearly 1,000 people have died from the disease up to now, more than 10,000 people have been infected. Yesterday the government of Zimbabwe has declared the state of emergency and called the international community for support.
After the devastating earthquake in the state of Gujarat of 26 January 2001 immediate response in the health sector was required. The tremors had partly or totally destroyed not only most of the private dwellings in hundreds of villages but also razed virtually the entire medical infrastructure to the ground. Many people had been injured, many of them seriously, and were suffering from trauma.