National Humanitarian Coordination no. 15


15th Co-ordination Meeting
1st November 2001


  1. General overview
  2. Problems

Mr. Boge Cadinovski was sorry that again representatives from the Ministries, Governmental Crisis Management Body and NGOs were not able to attend this meeting.

Mr. Cadinovski informed the meeting that together with Zola Dowell, OCHA, they have visited the CC Olimpisko Selo where there is a heating problem. He reminded the present organisations that the heating issue is really important one as only in some parts of Skopje there is central heating, which means that fire wood and heating oil for IDPs hosted in families and in CCs should be obtained as soon as possible.

So far no answer was given by IOM with regard to the organisation of transport for IDPs, students, and high school students on the routes Skopje-Tetovo-Skopje and Kumanovo-Skopje, though the request for organised transport was submitted to IOM almost two months ago.

Zola Dowell, OCHA, emphasised that the heating issue is a problem that needs to be followed up and together with Mr. Cadinovski they will look at it again. Nevertheless one should bear on mind that maybe the expectations are to high then the possibilities (e.g. upgrading the heating system for 120 IDP in CCs Olimpsko Selo would cost around 90,000 DEM)

Vasilka Dimovska, WHO, informed the meeting that the results from the joint assessment, with Ministry of Health, of health facilities in the conflicts areas are sent to the Ministry for comments and the final version will be published on Macedonian and English. On the next National Humanitarian Co-ordination meeting the final document will be distributed to all interested parties.

Monique Thormann, UNICEF, said that the first phase of textbook distribution was finished and the second phase will be completed in the next two weeks. UNICEF presented Dr. Kos's, UNICEF's consultant, psychosocial analyses of IDP survey:

  • 33.3% of families have no income at all
  • 77% of families have been directly exposed to armed conflicts
  • 85% spend their time in thinking, grieving, worrying
  • 59% of the families considered material help as most important
  • 55% have health problems

All organisations that are working in the psychosocial field should find appropriate tool for comprehensive response of IDPs' needs emphasised in this report.

Natasa Ljubeckij, FAO, informed the meeting that the distribution of fertilisers has started in Sv. Nikole and Tetovo. The distribution is going as planned, with no problems reported so far.
An animal feed need assessment is on -going and next week the first results are expected. With regards to the beneficiaries' list, FAO explained that this list was prepared according the criteria given by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Sami Beslimi, Ministry of Trade, informed the meeting about the request received from an Albanian gynecologist that has a private ordination. This doctor according to the Hippocratic oath was treating IDP patients without any payment. Due to the economic problems that he is facing with, now he is asking only material cost to be subsidised.
Mr. Cadinovski suggested this request be forwarded to the Ministry of Health.

Zore Gjorgova, Women Alliance of R. Macedonia, NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination, informed the meeting that the regular NGO Humanitarian Co-ordination meeting was held on 30/10/01. At the meeting on-going activities and problems were discussed. The Women Alliance of R. Macedonia is running projects in two CCs in Skopje, Olipmisko Selo and Pelagonija.

IDPs hosted in CC Olimpisko Selo do not have hot water every day; only two days in the week. Also IDPs from the Gornorekanska area requested organisation of convoy so they can visit their homes.

New Issues

  • Provision of fire wood for IDPs in host families and heating oil for CCs
  • Provision of winter clothing for IDPS in host families
  • Medical Centre Kumanovo refused some IDPs, though they were registered by the MRC. WHO was asked to follow up this in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

Previous Coordination Reports

  • 14th Coordinative meeting [25 Oct 2001]
  • 13th Coordinative meeting [18 Oct 2001]
  • 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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