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Angola: IDP implementing agreements signed

Briefing notes

Angola: IDP implementing agreements signed

4 July 2000

UNHCR's office in Angola has signed implementing agreements with partner agencies to accelerate the provision of assistance to some 150,000 internally displaced people in the Uige and Negage area. CIC, a Portuguese-based NGO for international and cultural cooperation, will be responsible for the rehabilitation of eight health-clinics and health posts in the Uige province. An Italian NGO, CUAMM, also working in the health sector, will be refurbishing the maternity ward as well as the water system of the hospital. Denmark-based Save the Children will provide Education and Community Services, while Handicap International is due to support amputees and mine victims in Uige province. Further discussions are underway for the implementation of water and sanitation programmes.

UNHCR is hopeful that these efforts will at least provide some relief to immediately reachable people within a 2-km radius around Uige. Access and transport have been difficult due to the security situation around the town. Despite these adverse conditions, the UNHCR team of five international staff and local staff have continued work in the limited area around the town.