Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including droughts, earthquakes, forest fires, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. Between FY 2006 and FY 2015, USAID provided nearly $777 million to assist disaster-affected populations in the LAC region, including nearly $509 million from USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and approximately $268 million from USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP).
Millions of vulnerable households globally could face increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9 to 12 months. Typically, this climatic condition develops during April-June and reaches maximum strength during December-February; this event could be the most powerful on record (Earth Institute 2015).
As the international community marks the seventh World Pneumonia Day, Gavi pneumococcal and pentavalent vaccines are reaching children at an accelerated pace
Geneva, 12 November 2015 – More of the world’s poorest children than ever before are now receiving protection against the leading causes of bacterial pneumonia, thanks to two key Gavi-supported vaccines. As the international community marks the seventh World Pneumonia Day, the world’s most vulnerable children now have unprecedented and accelerated access to pneumococcal and pentavalent vaccine.
Summary of changes made to the emergency plan of action and revised budget:
El presente documento entrega un panorama mensual sobre la situación de los precios de alimentos en América Latina y el Caribe. Mediante el monitoreo de la información oficial de los países de la región, se busca entregar una alerta sobre los potenciales impactos que un alza de los precios de los alimentos puede generar sobre el bienestar de los hogares más pobres y vulnerables de la región, dado que son quienes destinan una proporción importante de sus ingresos al consumo de alimentos.
As part of its International Day of Disaster Reduction observance, held under the theme “Knowledge for life”, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) launched its disaster risk management project in Orealla/ Siparuta on Tuesday.
This project saw youths from the two communities in Region Six being trained in various areas of disaster management.
Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup, Director General for the CDC, in a recent interview, indicated that his organisation is in the process of boosting its institutional capacity.
“We are looking at re-organising…we are getting the support from the new government and we’re hoping that by year - end, we will see some strengthening of the CDC…in the meantime, we are promoting the Volunteer Corps in the CDC,” Ramsarup indicated.
Georgetown, GINA, October 14, 2015 Residents of Imbotero and Smith’s Creek in the Barima River, Region 1, Kaiburi and Friendship in the Pomeroon River, Region 2,
Crane and the Met-en-meer-zorg on the West Coast Demerara (WCD), Region 3, Albouystown, Lodge and Ruimveldt in Region 4 and Moraikobai in Region 5 will at the end of October be better prepared to respond to future local or national disasters.
Since August 1, most of the communities have been benefitting from community based disaster response training.
Georgetown, GINA, September 29, 2015
The Ministry of Social Protection today partnered with the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to test and update the Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan (EPRP), which will enhance functional capacity in the event there is a national disaster.
Georgetown, Guyana – (September 14, 2015)
A shipment of 75 tons of rice will leave the shores of Guyana early Tuesday morning for the Island of Dominica, which was severely hit by Tropical Storm Erika a few weeks ago. Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, was present at the Guyana National Industrial Company Incorporated (GNIC) Wharf earlier today, along with representatives of Fairfield Rice Incorporated, Tecnomills Guyana Incorporated and Sagrice Groups Incorporated, to witness the loading of the containers.
Bridgetown, 7 September 2015 -- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD, or FIDA by its Spanish acronym) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have joined forces to tackle the growing level of youth unemployment in the Caribbean.
Bridgetown, 07 de septiembre de 2015 - El Fondo Internacional de Desarrollo Agrícola (FIDA) y la Organización para la Agricultura y la Alimentación de las Naciones Unidas (FAO) han unido sus fuerzas para hacer frente al creciente nivel de desempleo de los jóvenes del Caribe.
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Georgetown, GINA, August 14, 2015 The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) in pursuing their mandate to ensure vulnerable communities become resilient to disasters, conducted training sessions at Orealla and Siparuta earlier this month.
Major Kester Craig, Training and Operations Officer of the CDC indicated that work is currently ongoing in those communities, with the intention of making them model communities for Community Based Disaster Risk Management
La Federación Internacional de Sociedades de la Cruz Roja y de la Media Luna Roja (FICR) ha aprobado fondos de emergencia DREF para la operación de Cruz Roja Guyanesa como respuesta a las inundaciones ocurridas durante las lluvias que han afectado a ese país en el último mes. Los fondos serán destinados a la ayuda de 500 familias que han sido afectadas por estas inundaciones.
Inflación alimentaria en ALC ha mantenido una tendencia a la baja desde abril
En junio de 2015, la inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 0,7%.
06 de agosto, Santiago de Chile – En junio la inflación alimentaria mensual en América Latina y el Caribe fue de 0,7 %, disminuyendo 0,1 puntos porcentuales respecto a mayo, manteniendo una tendencia a la baja en los últimos tres meses.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Heavy rainfall along Guyana’s coastal regions during the period of Wednesday, 15 July and Thursday, 16 July 2015 has resulted in increased water levels in rivers and canals. Regions #3 and #4 are the most affected regions with flooding in several communities, in yards and homes in some instances.
In continuing their relief efforts, the NEOC continues to work around the clock to monitor and assess both the affected and vulnerable communities along with the conservancies. Additionally, the following relief efforts were coordinated by the NEOC, as at 17:00hrs on Saturday July 18th, 2015
Distribution of cleaning and sanitation items to Homestead of St. Vincent De Paul and the Chase’s Indigent Home for Senior citizens