2014 Annual Narrative Report of IASC Gender Standby Capacity Project
Countries and territories reporting mosquito-borne Zika virus infections for the first time in the past week:
Countries and territories reporting microcephaly and other central nervous system (CNS) malformations potentially associated with Zika virus infection for the first time in the past week:
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Haiti
Brigitte Rohwerder, July 2016
What have been the different approaches/strategies to transitional shelter in post-natural disaster contexts in developing countries and what lessons have been learned (with a focus on the non-technical aspects of transitional shelter)?
Literature on approaches to transitional shelter in post-natural disaster contexts reflects the variety of different approaches and definitions, which complicate understandings of transitional shelter and lessons learned.
A La Niña will likely start in August or September 20161 and will continue into the last quarter of 20162, causing wetter than normal weather conditions.
The Indonesia Weather and Meteorology Bureau (BMKG) predicts unusually high rainfall will continue until September 2016 in most of the country. Rainfall levels in Java, the eastern areas of Sulawesi, central Papua and southern Kalimantan and Sumatra may increase significantly by up to 200 percent.
Three asylum seekers died after setting out on a makeshift raft from a sinking asylum seeker boat in 2013 in a desperate bid to get help, an inquest in the Perth Coroner's Court has heard.
The plight of the men, Mohammad Hassan, 21, Mohammad Noor, 20 and a man known as Mr Sabibullah, had come to the court's attention because the administrator of the island wanted to nominate them for a bravery award.
Following the massive earthquake in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, in 2006, the city and surrounding areas were faced with having to build or rehabilitate about 300-thousand homes.
The government had the option of hiring 1,000 contractors to build 300 houses each. Or we could have 300 thousand people working to build one house each - their own homes.
With the Government of Indonesia in the lead, we took the latter approach in supporting Indonesia’s efforts to rebuild communities. This is the REKOMPAK way.
The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.
General inflation in the region in June was estimated at 3.9 percent, and food inflation was 4.9 percent.
Sri Lanka recorded the highest monthly food price increase in the Asia-Pacific region in June, with a rise of 4.3 percent compared to May.
Afghanistan reported higher prices for wheat flour (high and low quality) and rice (low quality) compared to a month and a year ago.
UNHCR report notes fall in refugee child detention in focus countries
Two reports issued today show that 12 countries taking part in a UNHCR strategy to end detention of asylum seekers and refugees have made important progress towards ending detention of children over the past two years.
The President and First Lady of Indonesia launched the School Children Nutrition Programme (PROGAS).
Through the new Country Programme (CP), WFP will contribute to the Government’s plans to reduce food insecurity for 11 million Indonesians, improve nutrition and strengthen emergency preparedness.
The ﬁrst six months of 2016 in Sudan witnessed a varie-ty of interconnected, intricate, and parallel population movements, inﬂuenced by numerous factors; highlight-ing the complexity of the drivers of migration in, through and out of Sudan. Migrants in Sudan (internal and external) are experiencing vulnerabilities and are in need of critical life-saving services.
The Operations and Movement Management Unit was established for effective implementation of refugee resettlement and migrants’ assisted voluntary return and reintegration in line with IOM’s global principle of providing dignified, orderly and cost effective services to:
• Refugees hosted in Sudan and selected for resettlement in third countries
• Migration health processing for travel abroad
• Vulnerable migrants willing to voluntarily return to Sudan
• Humanitarian evacuation
What is La Niña?
La Niña is the cooling of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every three to five years, lasting from six to 24 months. On average, half of El Niño events are followed by a La Niña, which typically affects global climate patterns in the opposite way El Niño does. The intensity of the La Niña climatic phenomenon generally peaks between October and January
Purpose of this report
Strong wind damaged 27 houses in Bintan, Riau archipelago. Another incident also happened in South Lampung, Lampung Province where 42 houses were reportedly damaged.
Mt. Dukono has erupted and affected many people in North Maluku. The local authority reported that 14,000 people were affected by the ash fall.
Flood inundated houses in Ciamis, West Java Provinces. 250 houses were (estimated) inundated.
Indonesian Red Cross Society shares its Safer Access experience
After a tragic incident in 2013, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has stepped up efforts to boost the National Society's acceptance, security and access in Papua. As part of the Safer Access Selected Experiences series, the PMI describes the measures it has taken in the intervening years to be better prepared to work in sensitive and insecure situations.
Once strictly confined as an Indonesian domestic issue, advances in telecommunications and Pacific regionalism have internationalised the plight of West Papuans.
Read the full story here.
Globally, millions of vulnerable people are experiencing increased hunger and poverty due to droughts, floods, storms and extreme temperature fluctuations as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño.
The 2015/2016 occurrence is one of the most severe in a half-century and the strongest El Niño since 1997/1998. The negative consequences of El Niño are foreseen to continue through 2017, particularly in Southern Africa where this event has followed multiple droughts compounding the already fragile situation.
Highlights 1-31 July 2016
Bangladesh: A total of 16 Bangla-deshi returnees contacted a local NGO ‘Thengamara Mohila Sabuj Sang-ha (TMSS)’ for skills development training. IOM cooperated with the TMSS and the returnees so that they can avail themselves of this oppor-tunity and develop their skills. In July, there were no Bangladeshi returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,679 Bangladeshis.