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29 Apr 2016 description

Temerloh, Malaysia | Friday 4/29/2016 - 03:16 GMT

By Satish Cheney

Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.

28 Apr 2016 description

ZIKA VIRUS DISEASE, MICROCEPHALY AND GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME

 As of 27 April, 55 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission; for 42 countries this is their first documented Zika virus outbreak (Fig. 1).

 Mosquito-borne transmission (Table 1):

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

 13 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

21 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 20 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 66 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

  • 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.

  • 17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

21 Apr 2016 description

Highlights 1-31 March 2016

  • Bangladesh: During March, IOM provided return assistance, including food and onward transportation, to 40 Bangladeshis returning from Indonesia and Thailand. There were no minors among these returnees. To date, IOM has provided return assistance to 2,607 Bangladeshis

20 Apr 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

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

18 Apr 2016 description

Summary Report: Love Never Ceases – Tzu Chi’s relief efforts for Refugee Children in Malaysia

Nang Lian Khual , the Principal of the Teizang Zomi Education Centre for the refugee children, was moved beyond words on January 9, 2016, when volunteers of Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, Malaysia, came to offer much-needed schoolbags, uniforms, stationery, and 300 new workbooks. He felt that the volunteers were like guardian angels, sent from heaven when help was needed.

Unsanctioned Status of Refugees in Malaysia

15 Apr 2016 description
report IRIN

No happy ending for Myanmar refugees

By Jonathan Vit

When Malaysia allowed hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants abandoned by their smugglers and left adrift on the Andaman Sea to come ashore last May, it marked the end of a regional diplomatic stalemate that had left thousands of lives in the balance and garnered international headlines.

Read the full article on IRIN

14 Apr 2016 description

SUMMARY

From 1 January 2007 to 13 April 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 64 countries and territories.

Mosquito-borne transmission:

 42 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos.  17 countries have reported evidence of Zika virus transmission prior to 2015, with or without ongoing transmission or have reported an outbreak since 2015 that is now over.

Person-to-person transmission: 

11 Apr 2016 description

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | AFP | Monday 4/11/2016 - 05:21 GMT

More than 250 Malaysian schools were closed on Monday due to a heatwave brought on by the El Nino weather phenomenon which is severely affecting food production and causing chronic water shortages in many countries.

Authorities ordered schools in the states of Perlis and Pahang to shut after temperatures soared above 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over a 72-hour period, according to local reports.

06 Apr 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)

There were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in China in 2015, with the majority of cases being reported during September and October. In December, there were 62 dengue cases (with no associated deaths) reported, which was a decrease from 470 cases reported in November, and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia

29 Mar 2016 description

KUALA LUMPUR: In implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE Ambassador to Malaysia, Abdullah Matar Khamis Al Mazrouei, has launched a humanitarian aid programme provided by the Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar.

28 Mar 2016 description

Children in South East Asia face a ‘double burden’ of obesity and undernutrition, new report finds

Bangkok, 28 March 2016 – A joint report from UNICEF, WHO and ASEAN has shed new light on the nutrition situation of children across South East Asia. The report finds that several ASEAN countries are facing simultaneous crises of over and undernutrition, with some children overweight while their peers suffer from stunting and wasting. This ‘double burden of malnutrition’ is happening in middle income countries such Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

28 Mar 2016 description

The Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime

Bali, 23 March 2016

28 Mar 2016 description

BALI, INDONESIA, 23 MARCH 2016

We, the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia and Australia, had the honour to co-chair the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime in Bali, Indonesia on 23 March 2016.

I. Decisions and Recommendations for Future Activities

25 Mar 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Clashes in Shan displace more than 6,700 people in February and March

  • GoB closes 25 IDP camps in Rakhine following the resettlement of 25,000 IDPs

  • USG provides nearly $20 million to date in FY 2016

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • Humanitarian needs in Burma persist due to ongoing localized conflicts, prolonged population displacement, and continued vulnerability to natural disasters, such as drought.

24 Mar 2016 description

SUMMARY

 From 1 January 2007 to 23 March 2016, Zika virus transmission was documented in a total of 61 countries and territories. Four of these countries and territories reported a Zika virus outbreak that is now over. Argentina and New Zealand are the latest countries to report sexual transmission of Zika virus. Thus, five countries have now reported locally acquired infection in the absence of any known mosquito vectors, probably through sexual transmission (Argentina, France, Italy, New Zealand and the United States of America).

23 Mar 2016 description
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Statement by UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, at the Bali Process Ministerial Conferenc

BALI, Indonesia – In a move welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency, Ministers of Bali Process countries today pledged to take a comprehensive regional approach to managing mixed migration flows by strengthening cooperation on search and rescue at sea, predictable disembarkation, temporary protection and legal pathways for refugees and migrants.

22 Mar 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)

There were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in China in 2015, with the majority of cases being reported during September and October. In December, there were 62 dengue cases (with no associated deaths) reported, which was a decrease from 470 cases reported in November, and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia