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Cablegate: Recommendation: Prm Fy 2008 Ambassadors Fund for Refugees

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PP RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #0508 1610956
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 090956Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8099
INFO RUEHXR/RWANDA COLLECTIVE
RUCNSAD/SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHDC
RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
RUZEJAA/JAC MOLESWORTH RAF MOLESWORTH UK

UNCLAS KINSHASA 000508

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR PRM/AFR

E.O. 12958; NA
TAGS: PREF CG
SUBJECT: RECOMMENDATION: PRM FY 2008 AMBASSADORS FUND FOR REFUGEES

REF: STATE 6779

1. Embassy Kinshasa requests $20,000 from the Ambassador's Fund for
Refugees for rehabilitation of Moba Hospital in Moba, Katanga
province. This project will improve the health facilities for the
only hospital in an area of high refugee return. It has the
potential to reach a large number of the local population as well
and have a long-lasting impact in a region where 30 percent of the
population are returnees.

2. Moba Hospital serves a population of 450,000, of which 160,000
are returned refugees. It is in dire need of structural and
electrical wiring repair caused by the years of war and looting.
These repairs will address critical structural and electrical gaps
that will help improve conditions for patients and staff alike,
prevent disease, and reduce infant mortality.

3. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR)
estimates that an additional 22,000 -- of a total of 200,000 --
Congolese refugees are expected to return to the Moba area this year
from Zambia and Tanzania. According to UNHCR, having access to
health services is a major factor in repatriation decisions.

4. The work will be implemented by an international NGO overseen by
UNHCR's Moba Sub-Office. The three candidates currently work in
partnership with UNHCR on various projects. Africa Humanitarian
Action (AHA) is a Pan-African NGO that specializes in health care,
housing, and rehabilitation in the Great Lakes region and West
Africa. GTZ is a German NGO that specializes in sustainable
development. EURIKIN is a European humanitarian NGO that works
closely with UNHCR on many rehabilitation and development projects.


5. An agreement between UNHCR and the implementing organization
will be signed before the proposed work begins. The implementing
partner will be required to adopt UNHCR's code of conduct.

6. Post would be able to award a grant to the implementing partner
(AHA, GTZ or EURIKIN) prior to the end of fiscal year 2008 and hopes
for favorable consideration by PRM of this proposal.

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