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22 Dec 2014 description

But more needs to be done to further enhance resilience

22 December 2014, Bangkok/Rome - Ten years after the world's worst natural disaster in living memory roared across the shorelines of South and Southeast Asia, countries in the region are better prepared to deal with tragedies like the Indian Ocean Tsunami, but there is still room for improvement, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

22 Dec 2014 description

Context

Despite reasonable growth rates, the Asia Pacific region is home to 743 milliion people living on less than $1.25 per day, and 1.6 billion on less than $2 per day (40% of the population) (UNESCAP 2013). The core countries of the Asia Regional Programme are among those with the worst poverty rates in Asia (e.g. 76%, 60% 53% on less than $2 per day in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal respectively). The development challenges are complex and multidimensional – with significant economic, political, social and environmental drivers.

22 Dec 2014 description

Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

The program launch and the first national introductory course of the Public Health and Emergency Management Program in Asia and the Pacific (PHEMAP) was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The introductory course was conducted on 8–12 December 2014 under the guidance of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) with funding support from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

21 Dec 2014 description

Ban Nam Khem, Thailand | AFP | Sunday 12/21/2014 - 03:34 GMT

by Preeti JHA

A decade after towering waves wrenched her newborn baby from her arms, Mi Htay remains haunted by memories of the children she lost in the tsunami whose bodies, like hundreds of other Myanmar migrants in Thailand, were never identified.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Burmese migrants and NGOs supporting migrants in Thailand have called on the Thai government to reform its social security system so that legally registered Burmese, Laotian and Cambodia workers in the country can gain long-term benefits from the system.

19 Dec 2014 description
report Mizzima News

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The clinic will have the capacity to treat a total 10,000 HIv/AIDS patients and about 45 people with DR-TB who are co-infected with HIV/AIDS, says MSF, or about 150 patients a day.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar authorities and armed ethnic groups will resume negotiations over a nationwide cease-fire agreement following deadly clashes between the military and ethnic insurgents that have threatened to disrupt the peace process.

The government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) and the rebels’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), an umbrella group that represents several ethnic groups, have agreed to meet on Dec. 22 to discuss a cease-fire deal, Hla Maung Shwe from the Myanmar Peace Center, which coordinates all peace initiatives, told RFA’s Myanmar Service.

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

18 Dec 2014 description
report UN Population Fund

On International Human Rights Day UNFPA joined diplomats, representatives from the United Nations Agencies, local and international non-government organisations and donor countries, to celebrate more than ten years of tireless effort in HIV awareness raising amongst key affected populations in Myanmar. The event took place on the 10 December 2014 at a Targeted Outreach Programme (TOP) run Drop-in Center in Yangon.

18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description

In 2013-14, our projects continued to help working men and women in developing countries learn income-generating skills, strengthen their human rights and workplace rights, and provide a better standard of living and greater hope for their children.

View 2013-14 project reports

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG / THE IRRAWADDY

RANGOON — As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without necessary assistance such as blankets and clothes, according to the United Nations.

In a monthly aid bulletin, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that the “volatile security situation and bureaucratic delays” have prevented UN convoys from being authorized to travel into rebel territory, where they regularly deliver aid to IDPs.

17 Dec 2014 description

The MIMU 3W gathers inputs from participating agencies on Who is doing What, Where across Myanmar. It is currently conducted every 6 months.

189 agencies participated in the October 2014 3W, providing information on their activities in 19 sectors and 142 sub-sectors which have been defined by technical/sector working groups. There is still likely to be under-reporting of the specific activities of field-based local NGOs and CBOs.

17 Dec 2014 description

The MIMU 3W gathers inputs from participating agencies on Who is doing What, Where in Myanmar. It is currently conducted every 6 months.

189 agencies participated in the Oct 14 3W, providing information on their activities in 19 sectors and 142 sub-sectors which have been defined by technical/sector working groups. There is still likely to be under-reporting of the specific activities of field-based local NGOs and CBOs.

16 Dec 2014 description

Villages in Kachin State have been cut off from their local town, Hpakant, amid rising tensions between the Burmese government military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

Dashi Laseng, the Hpakant township chairman of the National League for Democracy, said residents from Jar Yar Yang village about eight miles southeast of the town have been unable to reach Hpakant or other local villages since 14 December.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.