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31 Jul 2015 description

In this issue:

  • Nigeria: One Year Without Wild Poliovirus

  • Pakistan: Getting Back on Track

  • Afghanistan: Intensifying Eradication Activities

30 Jul 2015 description

Data collection and monitoring have improved at the World Food Programme (WFP) Sri Lanka, as the country office joins several others in adopting Android tablets equipped with specially designed software.

Software package improves response to malnutrition

30 Jul 2015 description

Highlights

· FAO’s global cereal price index continued to fall in Q2-2015, down 19 percent year-on-year.

· The real price of wheat dropped a further 9 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 33 percent lower than in Q2-2014, thanks to increased global supply and lower consumption.

· The real price of maize has fallen by 3 percent since Q1-2015 and is 21 percent lower than inQ2-2014. However, global production for 2015/16 is set to be lower and thus prices are likely to rise.

28 Jul 2015 description

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has completed two housing projects in Mannar District, northern Sri Lanka, for families displaced by local armed conflicts.

The two projects cost QR 3.1 million ($849,315), totally donated by two Qatari sisters who opted for anonymity in pursuit of the great reward of The first project involved building 70 family housing units for 460 people of the poorest families in Kondachi, Musali Division.

22 Jul 2015 description

The First National Refresher Training Course on Health Emergency Management was held on 13-14 July at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The World Health Organization in collaboration with the Disaster Preparedness and Response Division of the Ministry of Health organized the course. The objectives of the training were to update participants on the latest trends on health emergency management and to update their skills on health emergency management that would be relevant to Sri Lanka.

22 Jul 2015 description

The WHO Country Office conducted a review of its emergency preparedness and response capacity on 10 July at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

All staff members of the WHO Country Office participated in the one-day meeting. It started with presentations on recent emergencies in Sri Lanka and the region. This was then followed by discussions on the office procedures for emergencies. Participants looked into 2 scenarios and the contingency plans for response to a tsunami and an influenza outbreak.

22 Jul 2015 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) The Salesian-run New Beginnings program, operating out of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, recently celebrated 840 Sri Lankan refugees in a graduation ceremony on July 5 at the Don Bosco Secondary School in the city of Thanjavur. The New Beginnings program offers technical and vocational courses and skills training as well as job placement services to aid refugees in finding employment in their new countries.

21 Jul 2015 description

The Human Footprint

Human influence on the earth’s land surface is a global driver of ecological processes on the planet, en par with climatic trends, geological forces and astronomical variations. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University joined together to systematically map and measure the human influence on the earth’s land surface today.