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January 17, 2012

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Violence Forces ICRC to Suspend Distribution

UNIFIL Critically Important Says Secretary General Ban On January 14, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to the men and women helping to bring peace to southern Lebanon, while stressing the importance of the safety of United Nations personnel serving in one of the most dangerous missions in the world. “Peacekeeping is always dangerous but it is especially deadly in Lebanon,” Ban said during a visit to the headquarters in Naqoura of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has lost 293 personnel since the mission began in 1978. “More personnel have lost their

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lives serving in UNIFIL than in any other United Nations peacekeeping operation. This weighs heavily on my heart,” he stated. Just last month, five French peacekeepers were wounded in a roadside bomb near the port city of Tyre, in what the secretary-general said was not a random act. In his address, Ban stressed that the safety of UNIFIL personnel was “critically important” and that he had called on Lebanese government officials durContinued on Page 2

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has decided to temporarily suspend its distributions intended for 1.1 million people in urgent need after having its food and seed relief commodities blocked in parts of central and southern Somalia. “The suspension will continue until we receive assurances from the authorities controlling those areas that distributions can take place unimpeded and reach all those in need, as previously agreed,” said Patrick Vial, the head of the ICRC delegation for Somalia. The ICRC is one of the few organizations that have been providing humanitarian aid in those parts of Somalia. The distributions, which started in October of last year, have already Continued on Page 4

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UNIFIL’s Critical Importance Continued on Page 2 ing his meetings to strengthen protection for the mission. The secretary-general was received by UNIFIL force commander Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas. He also undertook a brief tour by helicopter of the line of withdrawal—the so-called Blue Line—that separates Lebanon and Israel. “UNIFIL is one of the oldest United Nations peacekeeping missions,” noted Ban. “It is one of the most prominent in terms of strength and resources. Most importantly, UNIFIL is playing a major role in bringing peace to this troubled region and our world.” He noted the strong partnership with the Lebanese Armed Forces to maintain peace and stability and said UNIFIL’s confidence-building role is “creating space in which the parties can seek a long-term solution to the conflict.” The secretary-general inspected a guard of honor representing various contingents from UNIFIL’s 35 troop-contributing countries, and laid a wreath and observed a minute of silence in memory of the 293 peacekeepers who gave their lives in the service of peace. This was Ban’s third visit to the

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with Najib Mikati, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lebanon, in Mikati’s office in Beirut. [UN Photo] mission, which currently has about 12,100 soldiers. UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force, the first in a UN peacekeeping mission, currently comprises nine ships patrolling Lebanese waters. In addition, UNIFIL has about 700 national and 300 international civilian staff members. The secretary-general met separately with several Lebanese political leaders who had asked to meet him, including former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, former President Amine Gemayel, and member of Parliament Walid Jumblatt. They discussed UN support to Lebanon, the implementation of relevant Security Council resolutions and Lebanon’s important contributions to the organization, as well as regional issues, in particular the situation in Syria and its impact on Lebanon.

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ICRC Suspend Distributions

Continued from Page 1 benefited more than 1.1 million people despite major logistical constraints. Since mid-December, however, local authorities in central and southern Somalia have blocked the delivery of food intended for 240,000 people in the Middle Shabelle and Galgaduud

regions. “We are actively seeking the cooperation of the local authorities to restore conditions that will allow the resumption of the suspended activities as soon as possible,” said Vial. The food and seed were to be distributed to the people most affected by the combined effects of two decades of

Islamic Relief Continues Earthquake Relief to Turkey As cold winter weather brings misery for the survivors of Turkey’s October and November earthquakes, Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)—a relief and development organization based in the Washington, DC, USA, metro area—is supporting 615 children between the ages of 6 and 16 in Van province. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near the city of Van, killing 601 people and injuring 4,152. According to the Disasters and Emergency Situations Directorate of Turkey, at least 11,232 buildings were damaged, and 6,017 were found to be uninhabitable. An aftershock measuring 5.6 rocked the city of Van on November 9, 2011, and caused the collapse of more than 25 buildings, including apartments, two hotels and a children’s hospital. This project is providing the 615 children and their families with winter clothing, food and hygiene kits. Children will receive daily food baskets for 40 days containing milk, fruit juice, sandwiches, sweet tahini bars and seasonal fruits. Islamic Relief also is providing hygiene kits containing two months worth of needs for 398 households, including hand soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, detergent for clothes and dishwashing, shavers, diapers and other items.

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armed conflict and the severe drought that has gripped Somalia since October 2010. When the humanitarian situation dramatically worsened in the central and southern parts of the country in the first half of 2011, the ICRC decided to launch an emergency drought response operation. Since then, on the basis of needs assessments carried out by its staff on the ground, the ICRC has distributed food rations to more than a million people and has provided agricultural support for over 100,000 farmers. The current emergency response includes not only the food and seed distributions but also the treatment of severely malnourished children, more than 170,000 of whom have benefited so far, and an expansion in the availability of health care in remote areas. In addition to carrying out this emergency operation, the ICRC has maintained its long-term activities with the aim of helping people regain self-sufficiency by providing them with improved access to clean water, health care and other essentials of daily life.

Rescue Rats Pulling Their Weight Apopo is a Belgian-registered social enterprise, headquartered in Tanzania, that researches, develops and disseminates detection rats technology for humanitarian purpose. “This year, we continued transforming ordinary African giant pouched rats into extraordinary mine-detecting and TB-sniffing heroes,” said a company representative. “As of the end of 2011, we currently have 223 rats in various stages of landmine detection training and accreditation. In June, 20 rats were flown to the minefields of Mozambique to fulfill their destinies as life-saving mine detection rats.” New, preliminary research into a CameRAT application has been conducted and involves training six young rats to search for humans and to respond to a command to return to the site where they were released.

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SADC Climate Services Centre Issues Regional Weather Outlook The Southern Africa Development Community’s Climate Services Centre’s current forecast for the regional weather forecast calls for a change in the weather patterns from the previous few months. There has been largely belownormal rains over most of the region. The diminished rainfall performance has resulted in deficits in many areas of the region. Localized heavy rains were, however, recorded over some parts in the subregion since the commencement of the season. Meanwhile, the outlook for January to March 2012 is for mostly normal to above-normal rains over the greater parts of the region. This is consistent with SAR-COF-15. However, the intensity will be largely less pronounced in contiguous SADC but improved in DRC. In the last week of December 2011, seasonal wind converged in the Congo basin region, and the interaction between eastward propagated mid-latitude and tropical systems across southern and southeastern Africa and enhanced rainfall across conterminous SADC. Thus there is increased chance

for heavy rainfall over southern DRC, northeastern Angola, half eastern Namibia, Botswana, South Africa central parts of Tanzania and Zimbabwe for this period. Zone 1: (Most of DRC and northernmost Angola) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall Zone 2: (Northeastern half of Tanzania) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall Zone 3: (Central South Africa, southwestern half of Lesotho, western half of Botswana) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall Zone 4: (Central parts of Mozambique, northern half of Zimbabwe, central parts of Zambia, extreme south of DRC, and southern half of Malawi) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall

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Zone 6: (Extreme south coastal of South Africa, western coastal areas of Namibia and extreme south-eastern parts of Angola) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall Zone 7: (Most of Madagascar) Increased chances of above-normal to normal rainfall Zone 8: (Southernmost Madagascar) Increased chances of normal to abovenormal rainfall Zone 9: (Mauritius) Increased chances of normal to abovenormal rainfall The SADC Climate Services Centre releases regional weather updates quarterly. The center recommends that users contact their NMHSs and SADC Climate Services Centre for interpretation of the updatesutlook, finer details, updates and additional guidance.

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northeastern parts of South Africa, Swaziland, eastern half of Botswana, southern half of Zimbabwe and southern Mozambique) Increased chances of normal to above normal rainfall

DefenCell is a lightweight perimeter and force protection defence system that offers an easily deployable solution for expeditionary operations, which can be filled using locally available material, (sand, dirt, rocks). Being up to ten times lighter and five times more compact than gabions, it uses less supply

chain resources and therefore is more effectively deployed. As all components are lightweight, man portable, and with modular packaging, it also offers considerable savings to storage and transportation costs. DefenCell can be easily removed and disposed of and is environmentally neutral. It does not rust or rot and being totally non metallic causes no RF interference and does not affect IED detection equipment. A single 20 foot military container of DefenCell can be used to construct one 100 man forward operating base with walls over 2.50 m high and 600 m perimeter (150 m long x 150 m wide). A recent project for 650 m of 2.2 m high perimeter wall that had to be airfreighted to a remote location needed just 11 pallets weighing 3,700 kgs—the same size wall using gabions weighed over 21,000 kgs.

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Orbis Efforts in Haiti Gained Additional Support Committment

World Food Program, United Nations Children’s Fund and the Organisation for Food and Agriculture Receive Emergency UN Funding for Chad The UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated $6 million to three UN agencies so that they may begin emergency interventions in response to the food crisis in Chad. “This will finally enable a quick response in support of vulnerable populations affected by a period of drought that promises to be particularly early and difficult this year,” said Alice Martin-Dahirou, the UN’s interim humanitarian coordinator for Chad. This sum, split among the World Food Program (WFP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), will enable the organizations to aid approximately 127,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition as well as 4.5 million people battling food insecurity in 10 regions in the Sahel in Chad. In these regions, the rate of global acute malnutrition (GAM) is above the critical threshold of 15 percent. The WFP will receive $3 million dollars to distribute food in the Sahel; UNICEF will obtain $2.2 million to fight malnutrition in children under five years of age, and the FAO will have

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approximately $817,000 to support farmers. According to the government of Chad, the country recorded a decrease of approximately 455,000 tons of cereal or 50 percent compared to the 20102011 season. This situation was caused by light and poorly distributed rain as well as locusts, caterpillars and granivorous birds. Faced with this crisis, on December 21, 2011, the government issued an appeal for aid to the international community. CERF, which is managed by the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, was created in 2005 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. From 2006 until today it has allocated more than $75 million to Chad pour humanitarian emergencies, of which more than $25 million was in 2011, putting the country at the top of CERF’s list of beneficiaries in west Africa and in the middle of the list for the year. This budget was used to assist populations faced with serious epidemics, Chadian refugees from Libya as well as those affected by the food and nutritional crisis.

Aircastle Limited is partnering with Orbis International to provide eye care services to Haiti to further the country’s reconstruction following the 2010 earthquake. Orbis prevents and treats blindness by providing quality eye care to transform lives. Aircastle CEO, Ron Wainshal, commented, “As part of our efforts to provide relief aid to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010, we are partnering with Orbis International, an organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of avoidable blindness. Orbis will be delivering medical treatment to those suffering from blindness in Haiti and helping to rebuild its infrastructure in ophthalmology, and we are proud to offer our assistance for this important cause.” Dr. Barbara DeBuono, president and CEO of ORBIS, stated, “Aircastle’s commitment will help alleviate the burden of preventable blindness in post-earthquake Haiti. We commend its on-going support of Haiti and its people.” Aircastle donated to this effort in late 2011, and will contribute again in 2012.

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Portion of Global Fund Grant to Fund 32 Mobile HIV/AIDS Clinics The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) has received a grant from the Global Fund toward the cost of the HIV and AIDS Cross Border Initiative Program and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of the grant to make payments under the contract for supply, delivery and commissioning of 32 mobile clinics to be installed in different districts of SADC member states with a staggered delivery period of between 90 to 270 days after contract signing date. There is a pre-bid meeting scheduled for January 20 at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana. Sealed Bids are due by February 10. The mobile clinic will comprise a truck chassis-cab, mounting a purpose-built clinic unit. The vehicle willl operate on tar and secondary (gravel) road types, operate in hot and dusty conditions, and be subjected to excessive stopstart daily conditions.

• Warranty support in all 15 SADC member countries • 24 month warranty is required CLINIC UNIT Must be purpose-built for operation in remote areas, and, as such, is totally self-sufficient; having its own electricity and water supply. Construction • Three-section body made of GRP panel with minimum 50 mm thick insulations for temperature protection

Electrical equipment • Minimum 6,5 kva diesel-driven generator with automatic start and automatic voltage control to protect electronic equipment. with sound, noise level inside the vehicle body. Supplies energy for lightening, autonomous heater, air-conditioner, battery charger and other electronics devices. • Deep cycle rechargeable auxiliary battery system and upgrading of truck alternator for 12/24 V power supply • The batteries in the clinic unit must be able to supply electrical requirements to the clinic unit (eg fridge, computer, interior lights) when the truck engine is TRUCK CHASSIS-CAB switched off and the clinic generator is also switched Engine and gearbox off. The truck batteries will not be required to carry out • 4x2 commercial diesel truck with day cab this function. It is critical that the additional batteries are • Minimum 125 kW power output capable of supporting such electrical components • Cooling system to cope with hot and dusty conditions outputs. • 28V 90A Alternator - vehicle alternator will need to cope • The diesel generator situated in a special compartment with auxiliary equipment in the clinic unit will be switched on to supply electrical requirement to • Fully automatic, automatic manual shift, or a standard the air conditioner and any other heavy electrical manual gearboxs will be considered equipment, e.g. floodlights, special night time performance, etc. Dimensions • The set up is to be such that whilst the generator is in • The chassis behind the cab must accommodate the clinic operation, it will charge the clinic unit batteries, but not unit: 8,000 mm L x 2,400 mm W x 2,200 mm H the truck batteries • Whilst the truck is in motion and no-one is in the clinic Suspension unit, the truck alternator will keep its own • A compliant suspension (e.g. air suspension) is preferred, batteries charged and also keep the batteries in the clinic due to the stress the clinic unit will be subjected to unit charged. Apart from charging the clinic unit when on rough secondary roads batteries, it will not provide any electrical power to the • The clinic unit will require four outriggers to stabilize the clinic unit, at any time unit while parked and being utilized as a clinic for the • Three switch positions: Switching power supply from target population generator, or the voltage converter, or neutral position. • Invertor for stabilizing equipment Payload • Six fluorescent lights in interior; (two in each room) • The payload of clinic unit is unlikely to exceed four tons • Two flood lights on one side and rear of van body for night time operation Additional features • Lighting should be energy efficient LED where practical • Two spare wheels, attached to chassis and lockable • Power points x 3 per room (220 V/12V) in interior for • Fuel Tank: 200 liters, with lockable cap electrical equipment • Radio/CD in driver day cab • One refrigerator 110L to keep medication and specimens • Minimum tyre size: 11R 22.5 (tar and gravel use within temperature range for up to 12 hours after vehicle • Wheel type: Single piece steel type is switched off • One electrical cooler (60 liters ) box to store staff food Maintenance Plan/Warranty • Water boiler not less than 20L, not less than 600W, 220V • Five year or 100,000 km motor plan is required • Retractable 30M extension cords

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Air Conditioning • Minimum 220V air conditioning unit of 24,000 BTU • Heating and cooling split unit, ducted to all rooms • Operated from generator or external power source, only while truck is stationery • Autonomous air heating. Additional air blower in air ducts to maintain flow • Autonomous coolant heater, programmable Clinic Unit Compartments Education Room • Dimensions: 3,000 mm L, 2,400 mm W, 2,200 mm H • 12 x rick stacker chairs (steel) • LCDVCR, DVD and one wall mounted 32-inch flat screen TV with speakers • Retractable/pull out steps for gaining entrance and exit • One sliding window on the side of van body– stripe frosted with burglar bars and mosquito screen • Door at left side with retractable/pull out steps • Wall-mounted lockable storage cabinets • Two wall-mounted brochure display units • Four aluminium A4 size poster clip frames • Attachment points for tie down/strapping of chairs and other equipment Clinical Examination and Treatment Room • Dimensions: 3,000 mm L, 2,400 mm W, 2,200 mm H • Sink with running water supply and under-counter storage cabinets • Door at middle of van body with retractable/pull out steps for gaining entrance and exit • Rooms with a fold down table/desk, three portable chairs • Lockable cabinets, drawers and shelving for storage • Examination bed with under-counter storage • Sharps bin basin

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• Ultraviolet sterilizing autoclave unit • Small fridge (110L) located under the examination bed for specimens and medication • Lockable drugs cabinet • Compartments will be fitted with a single roof light with two fluorescent tubes, one sliding window on the side of van body–stripe frosted with burglar bars and mosquito screen and a single door on the left hand side. The door handles shall be of the robust container lock type on the treatment rooms and a slam type on the VCT room and education room • The treatment room must have one entrance/exit door and be separated from the VCT room by a lockable sliding door with opening doors • Air curtains on entry exit point to help keep dust and insects out VCT room • Dimensions: 2,000 mm L, 2,400 mm W, 2,200 mm H • Sink with running water supply and under-counter storage cabinets • One chemical toilet with privacy screen, waste tank under chassis • One door at left side and one rear door at rear to allow for confidentiality. Door handles to be slam lock type • Retractable/pull out steps to gain entrance and exit • One fold-up desk/table and three portable chairs • Fitted with lockable storage and drug cabinet • One sliding window on the side of van body, stripe frosted with burglar bars and mosquito screen • One electrical cooler box stored securely Awning • Fitted retractable awning (8M x 3M) on left side of body with fold out telescopic poles with securing guide ropes

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Two Years On, Walden University Offers Aid Still Needed Emergency Management Program Two years after the devastating Haiti earthquake, AmeriCares has delivered $54 million in aid, including medicines and supplies to fight the recent cholera epidemic. To date, they have completed 950 aid shipments to more than 100 hospitals and health clinics throughout Haiti. On the second anniversary of the disaster, AmeriCares published a “Haiti Earthquake Two-Year Special Report” on its efforts in Haiti—the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. “Two years after one of the worst urban disasters in history, more than 500,000 Haitians are still living under tarps and plywood, with dismal sanitation and limited access to clean water,” said Curt Welling, AmeriCares president. “With so many survivors crowded together in squalid conditions, Haiti’s health crisis today deserves as much attention as the initial disaster. Nearly 7,000 lives have already been lost to the cholera epidemic and thousands more are at stake.” AmeriCares has been delivering aid to Haiti since 1984 and opened an office and warehouse in Port-auPrince after a massive outpouring of support from donors following the January 12, 2010 earthquake. They send over 300 aid shipments a year to Haiti—an average of one shipment a day—to health care facilities throughout the country. As the organization enters its third year of relief operations, much of the focus is on supplying cholera treatment centers that offer the only chance for survival for those infected. Contracting the deadly disease is almost inevitable for families still living in temporary settlements because cholera spreads rapidly through contaminated water. Pre-positioning treatment supplies, including IV fluids, is a top priority for AmeriCares’ Haiti relief workers since the most seriously ill patients can die of dehydration in as little as 10 to 12 hours.

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Today’s emergency management professionals must be ready to respond to anything—from earthquakes and train derailments to cybercrimes and terrorist acts. Walden University’s (USA) new online M.S. in emergency management program helps prepare these professionals with the advanced skills they need to lead emergency response efforts, improve public policy and protect communities from natural disasters and other hazardous events. This new online master’s degree program emphasizes key skills related to creating and implementing disaster prevention and response plans. The program’s coursework highlights principles and systems that can benefit students seeking to earn certificates from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute. Students can choose from a general program as well as four specializations: criminal justice, homeland security, public management and leadership and terrorism and emergency management. “In times of disaster, the public often sees only the response efforts of emergency management teams. However, that is just a small part of what these professionals do in the field. There is also a core focus on risk analysis, mitigation planning and policy development,” said Dr. Mark Gordon, associate dean of Walden ‘s School of Public Policy and Administration. “The M.S. in emergency management helps prepare students to lead the types of initiatives that are critical for both disaster prevention and response.” According to U.S. News & World Report, demand for emergency management specialists is anticipated to increase over the next decade. This online degree program can prepare Walden students to serve in a variety of emergency management leadership roles that include collaborating with first-responder and critical incident management teams, working with government leaders to improve public policy and developing and delivering training to response teams and communities.

UN Secretary General Makes Key Appointments to Vacant Slots United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently announced the appointment to two key positions. First, Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe has been appointed as Deputy Special Representative (Political) in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. With over 28 years of United Nations, government and diplomatic service, including more than 10 at the management level in complex peacekeeping operations, Zenenga has a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation, proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations, significant experience in working with government and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings, and 19 years of experience with the organization in the field and at head-

quarters. Also announced was the appointment of Derek Plumbly of the United Kingdom as his Special Coordinator for Lebanon. He will succeed Michael Williams, also of the United Kingdom, who served in Lebanon from August 2008 to September 2011. One of the United Kingdom’s most senior diplomats, Plumbly has had a distinguished career in international affairs spanning more than 35 years. He has held important posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office dealing with the Middle East. Most recently he served from 2008 to 2011 as Chairman of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission charged with monitoring implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan.

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