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Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Disaster relief and emergency fund enables dengue outbreak response

Over 90 per cent of disasters around the world go unnoticed – in silence. These are too small, too inconvenient or too easily overshadowed by other events. But for the millions of people they affect, these disasters are not silent. Often, the people whose lives are changed by these recurrent disasters are already in vulnerable situations.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Maldives

New York, 25 March 2014

The Secretary-General welcomes the timely holding of the parliamentary election in the Maldives, which international observers have assessed as peaceful, orderly, and well administered.

The Secretary-General encourages the governing coalition to reach out to the opposition and to lead the country in the interest of all its citizens. He underlines the need for political leaders to work together and reach agreement on strengthening democratic institutions and enhancing the rule of law.

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Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs farewells Australian Volunteers for International Development

Senator the Hon Brett Mason farewelled 116 volunteers soon to depart to developing countries, during a reception at Old Parliament House this week.

The group was in Canberra to undergo training and make final preparations for their volunteering assignments.

The volunteers will be placed with host organisations for a period of 12 months to 2 years, and will assist with projects ranging from surf lifesaving training to providing advice in the use of Geographic Information Systems.

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Maldives' election chief sacked after vote chaos

03/10/2014 09:10 GMT

MALÉ, March 10, 2014 (AFP) - The Supreme Court in the Maldives has sacked the country's elections chief and handed him a suspended jail term after he criticised judges during last year's chaotic contest to choose a president.

Less than a fortnight before parliamentary elections are due, Chief Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek and his deputy Ahmed Fayaz were dismissed for "disobeying and challenging" orders issued by the court in its role as "guardian of the constitution".

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Green Economy Transition Promises Multiple Benefits for Small Island States, UN Studies Confirm

On the International Day of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Nairobi, 24 February 2014 –Creating the enabling conditions for a Green Economy transition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)—from improved public investment to reliable market instruments and better governance—will help the estimated 50 million SIDS residents build climate resilience, achieve economic growth and enjoy better standards of living.

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Bangladesh + 6 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review South Asia | Fiscal Year (FY) 2004 – 2013

Chronic conflict, earthquakes, recurrent seasonal storms, floods, droughts, and severe winter weather, as well as limited government response capacity, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2004 and FY 2013, USAID’s Office of U.S.

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Afghanistan + 15 others
Asia Pacific zone office: Development Operational Plan 2014

1. Executive Summary

Recognizing the important and positive issues on considerable developments in Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction made by national societies in Asia Pacific during the last decade, the level of risks and vulnerabilities remains important especially in the following aspects:

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Tsunami survivors still without permanent housing

Report
Minivan News

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has said 427 families who survived the devastating 2004 tsunami still require permanent housing.

During a speech on the occasion of the National Unity Day – commemorating the impact of the tsunami – Yameen pledged to provide all families with housing in the next year.

“This government will provide housing for all those who were deprived of it with the tsunami, we will do it in 2014 according to the government’s manifesto” Yameen said.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Maldives 16-December-2013

The entire land area of the country is only 300 sq km of which some 9 000 hectares are covered with permanent crops dominated by coconuts; only 3 990 hectares are considered arable. Practically no cereals are produced, therefore the population, estimated at 329 000 (FAOSTAT, 2013), is heavily dependent on imported food.

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The European Union gives EUR 4 million to Maldives to address climate change

Report
European Union

The European Union approved a contribution of EUR 4 million towards climate change on 03rd December 2013. The EU has supported development activities in Maldives for more than a decade which is highlighted by its total contribution to date of approximately EUR 38 million.

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Indonesia + 2 others
Asia: Earthquake and Tsunamis - Emergency appeal n° M04EA028 Final report

Period covered by this final report: 26 December 2004 to 31 December 2012.

Appeal target (current): CHF 670,671,010.

Appeal coverage: 101 per cent.

Appeal history:

  • Tsunami Emergency and Recovery Revised Plan and Budget 2005-2010 was launched on 13 March 2009 with a budget of CHF 135,493,049 for the period of 2009-2010, with a total budget of CHF 706.4 million for the six-year period.

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Stronger together: The global Red Cross Red Crescent response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami

Executive summary

The 9.1-magnitude earthquake that struck off the northern coast of Sumatra on 26 December 2004 triggered the tsunami that raced across the Indian Ocean, killing over 226,000 people and destroying livelihoods in 14 countries. While local communities were the first to respond and support their neighbours, national and international resources of an unprecedented scale had to be mobilized to support relief and recovery activities.

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Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Maldives

The Secretary-General welcomes the conclusion of the run-off of the presidential election in the Maldives. Once again, the people of the Maldives have turned out to vote in impressive numbers, showing their determination to choose their next president, despite the many obstacles and delays. The close contest highlights the need for the new administration to engage the opposition in a constructive manner and to lead the country in the interest of all Maldivians.

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Yameen to be sworn in as Maldives leader after shock win

11/16/2013 21:04 GMT

MALÉ, November 16, 2013 (AFP) - Abdulla Yameen was to be sworn in as the Maldives new president Sunday after his shock win over former leader Mohamed Nasheed, drawing a line under a bout of turmoil on the paradise islands.

Yameen secured 51.3 percent of the popular vote compared to 48.6 percent for ex-president Nasheed in Saturday's run-off vote after a contest wracked by lengthy delays that were viewed as politically motivated, Elections Commission results showed.

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