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However, further contributions are required especially for relief. For relief food, WFP and the Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Commission have carryovers and new contributions totaling 99,000 tonnes, which can cover only 25 percent of requirements in the 2005 Humanitarian Appeal. While confirmed contributions can only cover around half of the requirements for March, there are some additional pledges under negotiation which are expected to cover the outstanding March requirements.
Polio . . .
The mission starts its first round in the first and third week of March targeting over four million children. The second and third nationwide rounds are scheduled from the first week of April to May targeting 14.7 million children for each round. This plan will assure that children at the most risk and border areas will get three consecutive rounds of Polio vaccination. WHO & UNICEF have hired 34 consultants to support this large campaign. Funds are required to cover operational costs as well as the procurement of the vaccine which is short US$ 1.3 million.
Measles . . .
An additional 16 cases have been reported in Dupti woreda but not yet laboratory-confirmed. This region was covered by the large vaccination campaigns in late 2002 and early 2003. However, to conduct a new measles campaign more than US$ 1.2 million is required which is expected from the Joint Appeal 2005 but unfortunately remains largely un-funded.
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Families with their livestock that migrated to the neighboring highlands in search of pasture and water are returning as the farmers in those districts are about to prepare the land for crop growing. APDA says the contentious issue of selected animal feeding to save a milking and breeding herd remains unresolved. Woreda officials claimed on 21 February, 70 families arrived in Elidar woreda from Aba’a kebelle, an extremely remote area on the northwestern border of the woreda. They claimed that they have lost their entire herd. APDA also reports that market prices are critically low and goats sell for as low as ETB 10.00 and cows ETB 50.00.
World Vision . . .
The program will run for the next four months and will benefit over 11,000 beneficiaries. Most of the food resource will be distributed via Employment Generating Schemes focusing on the construction of physical conservation structures, water and road infrastructure. A targeted supplementary feeding program will also be undertaken. The program is fully funded by the European Union as part of European Commission’s/NGO relief food aid allocation.
MAC . . .
The objectives of the mission are to work with each country’s Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership to define a needs-based malaria treatment policy as well as implementation and technical support requirements for the next 36 months. The general goal of this mission is to contribute to the attainment of the Abuja targets and RBM goals for the prevention, treatment and control of malaria in sub-Sahara Africa through coordinated technical support. MAC technical support focuses on the adoption and implementation of policies for the treatment of malaria and prevention and control of malaria during pregnancy.
Mine . . .
To mark the celebration of the International Day for the Ban of Landmines on 1 March the Ethiopian Mine Action Office reported that it had cleared 16 million square meters of land in Tigray and Afar regions since operations began in 2002. An additional 5.5 million square metres of land was cleared and handed over to residents. March 1 marks the ratification of the Mine Ban Treaty in Ottawa, Canada in 1997 which Ethiopia ratified in November 2004.
News from 04 March 2005 Relief Bulletin