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27 May 2016 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has been supporting local partner projects in Laos since the 1980s. Laotian agriculture and cattle breeding are extremely sensitive to natural disasters and disaster management is crucial to sustainable livelihoods.

In December 2014, along with three other partner organisations, Oxfam began implementing a project to help strengthen disaster and risk reduction strategies in Vientiane province. We aimed to increase the capacity of schools, villages, and districts to reduce risks and respond to disasters as well as to help build a culture of safety and resilience.

25 May 2016 description

Food Security Snapshot - Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season - Cereal production decreased in 2015 due to dry weather - Cereal exports in 2016 forecast to increase from last year’s high level

Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season

25 May 2016 description

By Denis McClean

ISTANBUL, Turkey, 25 May 2016 - The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction has peppered the speeches of government representatives making commitments at the World Humanitarian Summit which closed yesterday.

In particular, the ten ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries which have been at the centre of some of the world’s worst recent disasters led a debate yesterday on how building resilience to disasters can help reduce the humanitarian burden.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • A delegation from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited WFP-supported schools in the Northern Province of Oudomxay.
    The mission reviewed the progress made through the WFP school meals programme, funded by the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program.
24 May 2016 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

By the end of 2015, strong progress continued towards each of the Endgame Plan’s four objectives. The world has never been closer to eradicating polio, with fewer cases in fewer areas of fewer countries than at any time in the past. The virus is now more geographically constrained than at any point in history. As the GPEI enters 2016, it is more important than ever to redouble efforts to eradicate poliovirus in every corner of the globe.

19 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia (No updates)

13 May 2016 description

2015 at a glance: A year of milestones

2015 marked the beginning of a new era in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. ADPC embraced the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction while continuing to build resilience side by side with the Asia-Pacific countries.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 69/325.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2015

Summary

10 May 2016 description
  • From the 17 April to the 1 May, 155 countries and territories participated in the historic trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine switch, withdrawing the type two component of the vaccine to protect future generations against circulating vaccine derived polioviruses. Track the switch live.

05 May 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 71 countries in the first quarter of 2016 (January to March).1 The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

•During Q1-2016, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by 14 percent year-on-year thanks to ample supplies and stock positions. The index is now at levels last seen in early 2007. The FAO global food price index is 15 percent lower than in Q1-2015.

04 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (No updates)

As of 31 March, there were 91 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016 (28 in January, 45 in February, 18 in March). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2015), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2016 (Figure 1).

Malaysia

02 May 2016 description

Editorial

The situation is paradoxical: despite repeated emphasis on the importance of civil society for conflict resolution and peacebuilding, its space for action and freedom to act are becoming increasingly restricted. What are the external and internal factors that have sparked these restrictions? And what measures can be taken to address them?

29 Apr 2016 description

Vientiane, 29 April 2016– The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic signed an agreement yesterday to finance and implement a project that will reduce extreme poverty and malnutrition for 34,000 poor rural households in northern Laos.

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • In March, WFP Laos provided meals to 146,969 schoolchildren, and assisted 18,896 women and children with supplementary feeding.

  • WFP Laos facilitated an assessment mission from the WFP Brazil Centre of Excellence against hunger to identify potential needs to provide technical assistance to the national school meals programme.

WFP Assistance

27 Apr 2016 description
report CARE

At a glance:

  • We directly assisted 2.3 million people across 23 countries.

  • 89 cents of every dollar we spent went straight to our programs overseas.

  • We responded to 11 emergencies.

  • 94 per cent of our staff are nationals of the country they work in.

CARE Australia 2010-2015

26 Apr 2016 description

WHO report highlights health impacts of climate change

The health sector has a vital role to play in order to respond and minimize the threats that climate change poses to human health

MANILA, 26 APRIL - The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Western Pacific has released a new report with scientific evidence of climate change affecting health and recommended actions for countries in the Region.

25 Apr 2016 description

Background and purpose

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughts, floods and extreme hot and cold weather. While the El Niño itself has passed its peak and is now declining, its impact is still growing. Harvests in several parts of the world have already failed and are forecast to fail in other areas.