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Switzerland takes part in EU border control mission EUBAM Libya

Posted by African Press International on July 5, 2014

BERN, Switzerland, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Switzerland and the European Union (EU) have today signed an agreement on Switzerland’s participation in the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya (EUBAM Libya). This agreement provides the basis for deploying a Swiss civilian border control specialist to Libya on a one-year mission.

With this deployment, Switzerland will round up its peace promotion activities in Libya and lend its support to European efforts to help stabilise the Maghreb and the Sahel.

EUBAM Libya aims to strengthen border control in the country and support the Libyan government in developing an integrated border management strategy (IBM). These measures are intended to contribute to stabilising the country, developing the Libyan economy, and combating organised crime and terrorism.

Switzerland’s involvement in Libya is part of the Federal Council’s special programme for North Africa in 2011-2016. It also takes part in UN and EU peace missions in the context of its multilateral engagement in civilian peace promotion.

Switzerland has a long tradition of deploying civilian experts as part of its peace, human rights and humanitarian policy. These experts are deployed on a needs basis for fixed-term civilian peace projects as election observers, police advisers, or specialists in constitutional law, customs and border control issues, mediation, rule of law, human rights and humanitarian law.

 

SOURCE

Switzerland – Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Communication in health crisis emergencies in Kenya

Posted by African Press International on July 5, 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland, July 4, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As Kenya is becoming prone to emergency crisis – drought, malnutrition, food insecurity, disease outbreaks and inter-communal conflicts – there is no clear communication mechanism concerning health risk management, especially for displaced people.

“Evidence from past disasters, both man-made and natural, in Kenya has revealed various effects on the health system, such as breakdown in the continuum of care,” said Ashraf El Nour, IOM Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa to participants at a two-day workshop (3-4 July) by the Ministry of Health on communication during a health crisis emergency. “Mass displacement of people has also impacted the delivery of critical services, like HIB and TB care, by health workers.”

“Effective communication plays a vital role in the planning, response and recovery of humanitarian emergency activities,” he added.

IOM has developed Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials for disaster affected communities and host communities to promote health and to control communicable diseases.

For instance, through the Japan funded programme in Kakuma and Daadab, IOM has developed and distributed IEC materials in local languages on diarrhoea and cholera prevention and control. IOM has also assisted the government through the District Health Management Team (DHMT) in Kamukunji to translate various existing IEC materials into Somali, Swahili, Oromo and Amharic which are the languages popularly spoken by migrants in the Kamukunji district of Nairobi.

The two-day workshop is aimed at establishing a common understanding of the important role of communication in health humanitarian emergencies, at reaching a consensus on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges of communicating in emergencies, and to agree on actions, mechanisms and structures needed to enhance emergency communication in Kenya.

The long-term goal of IOM health strategy in Kenya is to decrease the health vulnerability, affected by migration, among populations affected. IOM’s approach in emergencies is guided by the principle that health actions in emergencies call for rapid assessment of needs and the identification of the gaps in the provision of health services in order to quickly reach early recovery and to strengthen the health system.

 

SOURCE

International Office of Migration (IOM)

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