National Humanitarian Coordination no. 13


13th Co-ordination Meeting
18th October 2001


  1. General overview
  2. Problems

Mr. Boge Cadinovski was sorry that representatives from the Ministries and Governmental Crisis Management Body were not able to attend this meeting. He emphasized that Ministry of Labour and Social Policy's view is that this meeting should continue, as it is a bridge between the local and international non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and government. Though Ministry of Labour does have a representative on each sector meeting, yet information should be shared with the local NGOs on this meeting, too. For the next meeting he will try to have a representative of Governmental Crisis Management Body. It seems that except the regular food distributions of ICRC and MRC, noting else is happening. There are lots of plans, but no implementation. Though he is aware of the donors' problems yet he appealed for implementation of concrete activities that will enhance IDPs' return and easy their life in the CCs and host families. The chairman informed the meeting for the surprising high percentage of host families, 71%, claming that have not received any humanitarian assistance at all.

Flora Latifi, President's Cabinet- expressed the high opinion of the President's Cabinet for this meeting as such, emphasizing that this initiative should continue.


Sami Bislimi, Ministry of Trade, thought that IDPs' problems are many, but most important are: shelter, food and freedom of movement. Ministry of Trade received a request form the villages of Cosince, Malino, Brest and Tanuvseci for humanitarian assistance, damage assessment and organization of convoy, as these IDPs have not been there for this past 6 months. On the meting that was organized in the Ministry the following recommendations were reached: immediate organization of convoy, damage assessment to be organized, provision of shelter and food, organization of IDPs' return.

He hopes that these recommendation will be also presented to the Governmental Crisis Management Body.

Ministry of Finance was asked to take into consideration, within the existing legal framework, possibility of WAT exclusion of the NGOs.

Marija Kostova, Ministry of Finance, explained that such information was already given to this forum and it is still eligible.

Fransoa Stern, ICRC, emphasized that villages of Cosince, Malino, Brest and Tanuvseci, were not forgotten by them. There is a mine treat in this area and access is not secure, but as soon as the access is possible they will be visited.

ICRC continues with their humanitarian activities. Last week they visited the villages from Nikustak up to Lojane. Yesterday they visited Matejce and the security situation there was satisfactory.

The limited freedom of movement is still a great concern. Despite this limitation spontaneous return of IDPs was reported. The newly established UNHCR's shuttle bus on the route Kumanovo-Lipkovo probably contributed to it.

As to the total number of IDPs , ICRC emphasized that they have never considered it as official ones, but only as a reflection of the number of persons that asked for the IDP status in some of the MRC's branches . Momentarily, there are two on-going simultaneous process. One of de-registration of the places where there is almost 100% confirmed spontaneous return, and the other of the re-registration of people eligible for humanitarian assistance under some of the forth ICRC's criteria.

They are expectations are that at the end of November, beginning of December to have a more precise number of IDPs.

Suzana Paunovska, MRC, was surprised by the information from the UNICEF's Host family Survey that 71 % of the host families have received no humanitarian assistance at all. It is strange that this question was included in the questionnaire in the first place, as in the time when the survey was conducted there were no programs for assistance of the families that hosted IDPs available.

In September MRC started the distribution of the hygiene parcels for the hosting families, and in November SDR will start with the implementation of the cash for shelter project.

Zola Dowell, UN OCHA, invited everybody on the Friday's Host family meeting on which table of planed and on- going winterization activities of the UN Agencies and NGOs will be presented.

The reported 71% of host families that have not received any humanitarian assistance surprised her, too and emphasized that a solution should be found how to reach this people and inform them what is available and how to access it. ITF's two de-mine teams (10 people each) has arrived and they will de-mine the Tetovo area.

UNHCR has a resources for rehabilitation of 1,500 houses, while the reconstruction will be primarily done by the European Commission.

Monique Thorman, UNICEF, said that UNICEF continuous with the distribution of school kits and textbooks for IDP children, hoping to complete it next week. With this distribution a total of 159 schools will be covered. The official results from the Host Family Survey were already presented and will be shared with this forum. The results from the IDPs' survey will be available next week. She emphasized that this survey was conducted in collaboration with the National Institutions as well as with NGOs.

More NGOs, (Goal, Alisei and AAH) are expressing their interest for WES activities. As soon as the access is available planned activities will be started. A hygiene campaign (cleaning operations, garbage, dumping sites, de-watering wells, and regular chlorination) is also planned. In order to support WES activities, UNICEF announced its Small-scale Funding Support Agreement, SFSA, for projects up to US$10,000.

UNICEF will provide winter clothing for all IDP children (0-18) in collective centers, IDP children in host families, and for refugee children in refugee collective centers and children living in institutions.

Cristina Profili, WHO, informed the meeting that assessment of the health facilities in the conflict areas: Skopje, Kumanovo and Tetovo was completed. Official results will be announced next week. She thanked UNICEF, ICRC and other local and international partners for their assistance in the implementation of the assessment. WHO in collaboration with UNICEF, continues its psychosocial support to IDPs trough the 4 mobile teams, each consisted of 10 professionals trained two years ago by WHO, on a one year stress and trauma prevention course.

WHO also continues to support the pharmacies in Kumanovo and Skopje with essential drugs, as well as provision of the primary health care, through it's implementing partner IRC, for IDPs and returnees in Kumanovo and Aracinovo, until November ( looking for possibility to extend it).

Dragi Zmijanac, The First Children's Embassy-Megjasi, NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination, said that he was informed that distribution of school kits and textbooks in schools in Skopje was not completed yet. He emphasized that IDP high school students need textbooks, too. Though UNICEF will provide winter clothing, still provision of a winter clothing for the adults is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Dilbera Kamberovka, Daire, NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination, raised the question for organization of transport for 3 students and 2 high school students from Kumanovo.
She was informed that UNICEF did assessment regarding the winter clothing only in CCs. She asked UNICEF to include in winter clothing distribution IDP children in host families, too.


Follow up activities for issues from the previous meeting

The chairman informed the meeting that no positive answer has been given from IOM regarding the organization of transport for IDPs on the route Kumanovo-Skopje-Kumanovo, Skopje-Tetovo, Tetovo -Skopje, as well as for the local transport in Skopje.

The chairman reminded everybody that, winter is closing in and asked for winter clothing for IDPs. Also winterization of the CCs should began as soon as possible.

The chairman asked Ministry of Finance to distribute the information regarding the VAT exemption, only this time to be signed by the Ministry

New Issues

  • The Chairman asked UNICEF to provide him with the total number of IDP children that received school kits and textbooks
  • The Chairman asked the meeting to provide him the total number of returnees
  • UNICEF was asked to consider the possibility for provision of school kits and free textbooks for high school students.

Previous Coordination Reports

  • 11th Coordinative meeting [26 Sep 2001]
  • 10th Coordinative meeting [20 Sep 2001]
  • 9th Coordinative meeting [13 Sep 2001]
  • 8th Coordinative meeting [6 Sep 2001]
  • 7th Coordinative meeting [30 Aug 2001]
  • 5th Coordinative meeting [16 Aug 2001]
  • 4th Coordinative meeting [8 Aug 2001]
  • 3rd Coordinative meeting [26 Jul 2001]
  • 2nd Coordinative meeting [19 Jul 2001]
  • 1st Coordinative meeting [11 Jul 2001]
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