Emergency Humanitarian aid for Kenya and Madagascar

The Principality of Monaco has just released emergency aid for Kenya which is going through a serious political crisis and Sainte Marie Island, severely affected by Cyclone Ivan last February.

In his introductory speech at the opening of the UNEP Governing Council’s special session in Monaco on 20th February 2008, H.S.H. Prince Albert II showed his particular concern for the situation in Kenya:

The results of the presidential elections on 27th December 2007 provoked a wave of public contestation.

In March, the Red Cross recorded over 1.000 deaths and the displacement of 600.000 people, particularly in the western part of the country and the Rift Valley region. 300 refugee camps were identified in the country, as were many refugees in Uganda.

The priority needs of the displaced population are access to food, drinking water and medical care.

To address this emergency situation, H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince has asked his Government to allocate 50 000€ to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The Kenyan Red Cross has been nominated by the country’s Authorities to co-ordinate emergency humanitarian aid on site.

In Madagascar, Sainte Marie Island and its 20 000 inhabitants were the worst hit by Cyclone Ivan with winds of up to 230 km/hour and ranking 4 out of 5 on the Saffir Simpson scale.

The island was completely cut off from the world for 3 days and the first reports by the BNGRC revealed an extremely worrying situation: flooded and cut off roads, lack of supplies, water and electricity, 75% of the houses damaged, hotel infrastructures destroyed, the aerodrome severely hit, port and vessels destroyed, villages threatened by the rising water levels…

In partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health, Monaco has had close ties with Sainte Marie Island since 2004 via a Support Programme for the Island’s District Health Service, a key project to combat malaria and intestinal parasitosis. This partnership has resulted in a 90% drop in the prevalence of malaria in Sainte Marie.

To address this crisis situation, the Monaco Government has decided to allocate 75.000 euros to WHO in order to contribute towards the rehabilitation and reconstruction work on 6 community healthcare centres on Sainte Marie Island.

Contact :
Department of External Relations
The Office of International Cooperation and Development (DCI)
2 , rue de la Lüjerneta
98000 Monaco
Tel: +377 98 98 44 88

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