Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation.Food aid and distribution of essential household items, support for farming and livestock breeding, and community workGao areadistributed over 1,400 tonnes of rice, beans, cooking oil and iodized salt to 80,000 people in the urban community of Gao and in the communities of Bourem, Bourra, Ouatagouna, Ansongo and Gounzourey;distributed 10,000 tonnes of sorghum seed to 500 farm households in Soni Aliber;supplied motor pumps and accessories for irrigation to four cooperatives (two in the Gao administrative subdivision and two in the Ansongo subdivision) grouping together 200 households;paid 600 youths taking part in a cash-for-work scheme by clearing ditches and carrying out maintenance work on dykes at farm sites in Ouatagouna, Tacharane, Soni Ali Ber and Boulgoundje.Mopti areadistributed almost five tonnes of rice, beans, cooking oil and iodized salt, and also household essentials, to 330 residents facing food insecurity in Konna;distributed seven tonnes of rice seed to more than 1,000 farmers in KobokirÃ©, and 660 kg of sorghum seed to 200 people in Koubwell Koundia;paid 350 people in the community of Koubwell Koundia (Douentza administrative subdivision) and in two villages of Youwarou subdivision for community work carried out in a cash-for-work scheme.Timbuktu areadistributed almost nine tonnes of rice, beans, cooking oil and iodized salt, and also household essentials, to 600 returnees in Gossi;distributed 15 tonnes of animal feed to 900 herders in Bourem Inaly;paid 480 people in Hariboro and Kabara for their participation in a cash-for-work scheme involving upgrades to dykes and to irrigation systems.All areas of the northlaunched a campaign that will eventually result in the vaccination and treatment of a million head of livestock;began the "de-stocking" of 6,500 head of livestock. De-stocking consists in purchasing weak animals at reasonable prices, which enables the stockbreeders to maintain the rest of the herd while having money available to meet their basic needs. The purchased animals were slaughtered, and the meat that was fit for human consumption was distributed for free to almost 40,000 needy people in the Mopti, Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu areas.Health careGao hospitalmaintained its support for the hospital by providing medicines and medical supplies;supplied medicines to the hospital's external pharmacy to boost outpatient care;provided care for 240 inpatients, two of whom had been transferred from Kidal with weapon-related injuries, and performed 27 operations;delivered 95 children, including 11 by caesarean section, and saw more than 2,200 outpatients.Kidal referral health centrean ICRC surgeon treated 27 injured patients, two of whom had suffered serious injuries and were subsequently transferred to the hospital in Gao.Primary health caremade a vehicle and fuel available for one week to the Bourem referral health-care centre (Gao area) for a vaccination campaign against polio and distribution of vitamin A and albendazole;provided 600 litres of diesel for use in the generator at the Bourem referral health-care centre;distributed child-delivery supplies to the seven ICRC-supported community health-care centres in northern Mali.Water, energy, sanitation and habitatmade clean drinking water and electricity available to over 120,000 people living in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal by providing 216,000 litres of fuel (120,000 in Gao, 60,000 in Timbuktu and 36,000 in Kidal) to the electricity and water boards;continued to provide 100 litres of fuel per day for the ICRC-supplied generator used at the regional hospital in Gao in order to build up the hospital's energy independence and to ensure that care would be available to sick patients without interruption;provided regular maintenance for the Gao hospital generator;disposed of liquid and solid waste, emptied the biomedical-waste incinerator, and continued drilling to install a pump and upgrade the hospital water tank;upgraded three water points with hand pumps in Konna (Mopti area).Restoring contact between family membersattempted to trace the families of 27 minors allegedly associated with armed forces or groups. The families were found in 21 cases. The possibility of organizing reunifications is currently being examined;reunited an unaccompanied child with his family in the Timbuktu area;arranged for 45 Red Cross messages (containing news of a strictly personal nature) to be exchanged, and made possible 133 telephone calls between members of families dispersed by the conflict;opened new tracing requests for nine people missing in connection with the conflict in northern Mali, and found two persons sought by their families.Visits to people held in connection with the conflictcontinued to monitor individual cases of people arrested and detained in connection with the conflict;continued visits to people in places of detention to assess the conditions in which they were being held and the treatment they received;continued confidential dialogue with the authorities concerned on detention-related issues;was present at the handover to the Malian authorities of persons arrested by forces involved in Operation Serval with a view to registering those being transferred and to monitoring their cases in their places of detention.International humanitarian lawraised awareness of the basic rules of international humanitarian law among over 100 Malian armed forces personnel in the Gao area;informed the Malian public by means of the national media about the ICRC's activities and the humanitarian situation in the country.Cooperation with the Mali Red Crossworked in close cooperation with the Mopti, Gao, Kidal, Timbuktu and Bamako chapters of the Mali Red Cross, in particular in all assistance operations and in distributing Red Cross messages;trained Mali Red Cross volunteers and staff in tracing activities and other services for members of dispersed families;provided support in connection with the Mali Red Cross contingency plan which was in effect throughout the country on 28 July, during the first round of the presidential elections, and involved hundreds of volunteers;helped the Mali Red Cross prepare for emergencies by pre-positioning supplies and emergency response funds in northern branches.
- Posted: 29 November 2013 | Deadline: 16 December 2013 | Job type: Permanent | Salary: TBD | Location: United Kingdom