By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the largest public health campaigns to de-worm 270 million people in the age group of one to 19 years, on a single day across the country. The scale of the campaign is unprecedented and reflects the country’s resolve to address health issues related to parasitic intestinal worms (soil-transmitted helminthes).
Jose Manuel Rodriguez‐Llanes, Shishir Ranjan‐Dash, Alok Mukhopadhyay and Debarati Guha‐Sapir
Between January and December 2015, open sources reported 29 times on administrative decisions by states (26) or non-state actors (3) that affected aid agencies’ abilities to deliver aid. Seven reports referred to newly introduced bills, laws or regulations and 22 described specific measures using existing laws or regulations that affected the work of humanitarian organisations or their local partners.
Summary of WFP assistance:
In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.
TNN | Jan 29, 2016, 08.37 AM IST
Aurangabad: Ramesh Kekan (name changed), a resident of the parched Osmanabad district and a student of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University (BAMU), is a relieved person for he will no longer depend on his single tiffin for lunch and dinner.
Kekan, along with nearly 600 students, will get a free meal twice a day to tide over the strained financial conditions back home, thanks to the initiative taken by the Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) of India.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
Chennai, Jan. 29, 2016: Caritas India, a network of an international NGO based in New Delhi has decided to end its four-phased floods response program by rebuilding and renovating 738 flood hit houses in Tamil Nadu. The on-going housing scheme is investing around Rs. 1.32 crore for renovation and supply of non-food commodities for a new beginning. This is 51 percent of the total 2.6 crore that the organization has invested so far in bringing the needed relief since early floods that paralyzed the state.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.
After the deep depression in Bay of Bengal shifted towards Andhra Pradesh on 18th November, unprecedented heavy rainfall has been received after a long years. The major affected districts are Nellore, Kadappa, Chittor and East Prakasam where the incessant rains led to inundation of low-lying areas in towns and villages.
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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced three new awards to support the Government of India’s efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) in India.
New Delhi, India | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 05:32 GMT
Suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police convoy in a remote part of eastern India, killing five officers and two civilians, police said Thursday.
The attackers set off a powerful landmine blast before opening fire on the convoy, which was on an anti-Maoist operation in the forests of Jharkhand state on Wednesday.
"Seven people died in yesterday's landmine blast," police officer Nav Kumar Singh told AFP by phone from Palamu district, 190 kilometres (120 miles) from the state capital Ranchi.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
World Report 2016: ‘Politics of Fear’ Threatens Rights
Terror Attacks, Refugee Crisis, and Broad Global Crackdown
(Istanbul, January 27, 2016) – The politics of fear led governments around the globe to roll back human rights during 2015, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016.
Regional Office 2016 Requirements: US$5,700,000
Divya Chandrababu | TNN | Jan 27, 2016, 04.51 PM IST
HENNAI: International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care (PCVC), a Chennai-based NGO, will study communities that have been affected by floods to ensure that gender- based violence does not increase in families, most of whom are being displaced to the outlying areas.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in Chennai on Wednesday announced a Rs 13.6 lakh grant for this project that aims at raising awareness on domestic and sexual violence among women and children.