Several parts of India have been reeling under intense heat wave conditions for the past few days. Temperatures are increasing by a few notches every day. The extreme heat wave has killed more than 160 people across the country. Every single day a new heat record is set.
April is likely to end on a much hotter note. Most affected regions are parts of Central and Interior Peninsular Region. Temperatures have gone beyond the normal levels in several other areas as well.
Following two consecutive below-average monsoon seasons, 330 million people are affected by drought across 10 of India’s 29 states, according to the government. Water shortages are severe. People are facing food shortages and livelihoods have been severely damaged.
21 AVRIL 2016 | GENÈVE – Lors de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination 2016, organisée du 24 au 30 avril, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) met en lumière certaines avancées récentes dans la couverture vaccinale et décrit de nouvelles mesures que les pays peuvent prendre pour _« Combler les lacunes en matière de vaccination »_ et atteindre les cibles mondiales fixées pour 2020.
21 APRIL 2016 | GENEVA – During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.
The 17th edition of Sphere India monthly newsletter contains various news update from our member organization like ADRA, OXFAM India on emergency response in India, Voice from Community by IGSSS and update from Inter Agency Groups- Manipur and a brief of Sphere India program news including the inauguration of South Asia Together for Humanitarian Imperative (SATHI).
The Indian state of Assam is highly prone to disaster and climate risks. A burgeoning population and haphazard planning further drive up the vulnerability of Assam's cities to such risks.
Assessment of Impact of Drought on Men, Women and Children
An Inter-Agency Initiative
Banda, Chitakoot, Siddharth Nagar, Sonbhadra & Mahoba Districts, Uttar Pradesh
From 4 to 8 April, a series of tropical depressions and the passage of Tropical Cyclone Zena near the island of Viti Levu caused widespread flooding, further compounding the impact of Cyclone Winston which struck the Fijian islands in February. Three fatalities were reported and more than 12,000 people sheltered in evacuation centres. The floods washed away seeds planted after Cyclone Winston, increasing the country’s vulnerability to food insecurity in the coming months.
In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.
This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.
MSF urges Indian Prime Minister not to cave into pressure from EU to accept trade deal that could harm access to medicines for millions of people
By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia
As the WHO South-East Asia Region prepares to celebrate the second anniversary of polio-free certification on 27 March WHO congratulates India for making further progress in securing children’s health by introducing a rotavirus vaccine into its Universal Immunization Programme.
What is resilience?
Christian Aid’s goal is to empower people to live with dignity, able to respond successfully to disasters, risks and opportunities. There are different types of risk, and building resilience supports individuals’ and communities’ capacity to anticipate, organise for and adapt to change.
Presque tous les jours, l’eau fait les gros titres quelque part dans le monde. Sécheresses, inondations et pollution sont en manchette à mesure que l’eau devient la ressource essentielle la plus précieuse et la plus âprement contestée.
Water: At What Cost? Our latest report reveals the state of the world's water
Our new report, launched to mark World Water Day 2016, reveals that the poorest people in the world are paying the highest price for safe water – and calls on governments to act now for universal access.
Women make up 70% of people living in poverty in rural areas. Although they play a key role for sustainable development and fighting hunger.
Gender equality is a recognised human right. However, millions of women are still disadvantaged and suffer discrimination and poverty. They are often being under-estimated or even suppressed. Welthungerhilfe gives women strength and supports them in demanding their rights themselves. Goals can only be reached together – both men and women benefit from Welthungerhilfe's work.
This report lays out by country significant pieces of work that contribute to ending child marriage in eight countries of South Asia.
It starts with an overview of major regional initiatives, and then it covers government, UN and civil society/NGO initiatives by country. A final matrix identifies key strategies per initiative. A number of policies, key studies, and national plans are included as well for a better understanding of the legal foundation of child marriage and adolescent empowerment work.
• Out of the 901 primary and secondary schools at least 103 schools (11%) are being used as evacuation centres.
• 38% of all healthcare facilities have been damaged.
• 26,125 people in the most affected areas, (7.5% of the estimated population in these areas), have been provided with WASH supplies to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation.
• The Emergency Coordinator Osnat Lubrani joined Fiji's Ambassador for Climate Change Amena Yauvoli in visiting the cyclonehit islands of Koro in the Lomaiviti Group.
Government priorities for immediate relief are shelter, water, health and food, as well as restoration of schools and delivery of seeds.
Access to fresh water remains a particular concern. Most of the 67,000 Fijians who had been targeted with water deliveries by end of January due to the El Niño-related drought, live in the corridor most affected by the cyclone.
40,000 affected people (53% male, 46% female) live on small islands, largely in the Eastern Division, where damage is extensive and access is limited.