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21 Nov 2014 description

The global breeding programme for taro (Colocasia esculenta) and cocoyam (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) is gathering pace. The International Network for Edible Aroids (INEA) is part of the five-year project Adapting clonally propagated crops to climatic and commercial changes funded by the European Union (EU).

17 Nov 2014 description

The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is among the highest in the world, prompting Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a response to reach the most-affected communities.

Assessing the Needs

After analyzing where the greatest needs are, MSF decided to focus on the Gulf Province. This region, which includes many remote communities with limited access to health care, is estimated to have very high rates of TB and possibly a worrisome rise in drug-resistant TB.

10 Nov 2014 description

SRI LANKA

As of 5 Nov 2014, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) reported that search and rescue teams have recovered 10 bodies at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla estate. The DMC reported 1,875 people affected, five people injured and 28 people still missing.

05 Nov 2014 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Papua New Guinea will start making final decisions on the refugee status of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and prepare them for resettlement in PNG.

PNG's cabinet yesterday asked immigration minister Rimbink Pato to finalise refugee status determinations.

Those deemed refugees will be moved out of detention and given training and help in finding jobs in PNG.

05 Nov 2014 description

Prime Minister
Minister for Health

The Commonwealth Government will increase Australia’s $18 million contribution to the response to Ebola in West Africa and strengthen preparations to detect and respond to a possible Ebola case in Australia.

A health service provider will be contracted to manage and run a 100-bed Ebola treatment facility in Sierra Leone, as part of the United Kingdom-led international efforts in that country. Discussions are underway with Aspen Medical, an Australian company, in this regard.

04 Nov 2014 description

By Papua New Guinea correspondent Liam Cochrane

Australian soldiers have cleared more than six tonnes of unexploded hand grenades and mortars from a World War II battle site on the island of Bougainville, east of Papua New Guinea.

The huge haul of munitions came in just the first week of Operation Render Safe 2014.

The Australian-led international mission is clearing potentially deadly munitions from the villages and food gardens around Torokina, on the west coast of Bougainville.

31 Oct 2014 description
South East Asia and the Pacific version 1
Technical Annex - version 2

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000

AMOUNT: EUR 18 000 000

1. CONTEXT

This HIP covers the response to natural and man-made disasters as well as disaster preparedness, disaster risk reduction and resilience activities in South East Asia and the Pacific.

14 Oct 2014 description

The last devastating El Niño experienced in PNG in 1997 and 1998 caused a severe reduction in crop yields due to below average rainfall, with up to 80 per cent in many areas. An increased occurrence of frosts were experienced as low as 1,450m above sea level but with most affected areas above 2,200m in the Western Highlands, Southern Highlands and Central Provinces (Allen, 2000). Surveys (Barr, 1999) conducted throughout 1997 found virtually everyone in rural PNG was affected to some extent and an estimated 40 per cent were seriously affected.

10 Oct 2014 description
report Caritas

About this report

This report draws from interviews carried out with Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand partners and networks between March and August 2014. We approached groups with these key questions:

What are the environmental issues you are experiencing in your work and community?

What responses are people making?

What solutions do you think should be made?

What else do you want to tell us about environmental impacts affecting people in your community?

29 Sep 2014 description
report Roll Back Malaria

(29 September, Yangon, Myanmar) More than 100 leaders from the health, development and corporate sectors have gathered in Yangon to participate in the seminal regional forum on Opportunities for Corporate Sector Engagement in Malaria Control in the Asia-Pacific. In advance of the 2015 enactment of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement and broader ASEAN economic integration, this one-day meeting seeks to identify tangible opportunities for strengthened public-private partnerships to support regional malaria control strategies and drive progress toward country-specific development targets.

24 Sep 2014 description

Participants from around southeast Asia are meeting in Canberra to be trained in state of the art earthquake modelling techniques to better understand the potential impacts on their communities.

Representatives from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Singapore will spend two weeks in a capacity building exercise at Geoscience Australia working with software - called OpenQuake - designed to create earthquake models and scenarios of real events.

19 Sep 2014 description

Key messages

  • The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.

  • Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.

11 Sep 2014 description

Contents

  • Natural Disasters and Conflicts in Asia-Pacific
  • Funding Trends
  • Preparedness Activities in Asia-Pacific
  • WHS Regional Consultation for N&SE Asia
  • Philippines
  • Myanmar
  • El Niño in Asia-Pacific
  • Communications with Communities
  • Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CONFLICTS IN ASIA-PACIFIC

RISING NUMBER OF STORMS

10 Sep 2014 description

The provincial government in Papua New Guinea's Gulf Province has been blamed for a lack of response to flooding in Kikori.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

09 Sep 2014 description

Papua New Guinea's government has allocated 405,000 US dollars to help people affected by Friday's volcanic eruption in East New Britain province.

Read the full article on Radio New Zealand International

07 Sep 2014 description

The Australian Government will provide $1.85 million to a two-year pilot program promoting economic and community development and disease prevention in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province.

The program is the product of a new partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Cairns-based Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC).

04 Sep 2014 description

4 September, 2014 Apia, Samoa - Today the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) signed a historic partnership agreement that aims to improve the way in which weather and climate information is delivered, understood and acted on, by communities living with the everyday impacts of climate change. The three-year Letter of Agreement was signed at the SPREP headquarters in Apia by Jagan Chapagain, Director of the IFRC’s regional office for Asia Pacific and David Sheppard, Director …

01 Sep 2014 description

BANGLADESH

More than one million people in 17 districts are affected by floods. The Joint Needs Assessment reports that communities across nine of these districts identified the priority sectors as food, sanitation and livelihoods. Humanitarian organizations are complementing relief efforts of the Government. The Directorate general of Health Services deployed over 500 medical teams to tackle a variety of flood related health problems in the affected areas.

1 million people affected

17 flooded districts

SRI LANKA