Posted by: africanpressorganization | 4 April 2009

Darfur / Humanitarian assessment mission




Darfur / Humanitarian assessment mission


EL FASHER (DARFUR), Sudan, April 4, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Daily press briefing by the office of the spokesperson for the UN secretary-general


In addition to what I just read on Sudan, I have some other information about the situation in Darfur.  A humanitarian assessment mission to the so-called Three Areas of Sudan has been sent to assess the impact of the decision by the Government of Sudan in March to revoke the permits of 13 international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and ban three national NGOs.


The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says the assessment started in Blue Nile State yesterday.  Assessment teams will review data and information on programmes run by the expelled NGOs and assess gaps.


Some of the expelled NGOs had humanitarian activities in addition to significant recovery and development operations benefiting populations in the Three Areas of Abyei, Southern Kordofan State, and Southern Blue Nile State.  UN agencies and the remaining NGOs are, meanwhile, still grappling with the impact of the expulsions.


The mission consists of representatives from the Sudanese Government of National Unity, the Three Areas Committee and the United Nations.


Meanwhile in Darfur, in a bid to fill gaps created by the expulsion and ban of NGOs, UNICEF has in the past week provided six primary health centre kits containing essential drugs and equipment for outpatient treatment programmes in El Fasher as part of its short-term support to the State Ministry of Health in North Darfur.


UNICEF has also stepped in to fill gaps in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Zam Zam camp, where new displaced people have continued to arrive.


In West Darfur, sanitation, hygiene promotion and solid waste management have not resumed in any of the camps, according to UNICEF.


Meanwhile, the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur arrived in El Fasher, North Darfur, today to meet with the leadership of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) and senior Government officials in the region.


UNAMID reports that the panel is led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.


SOURCE : United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General


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