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Bang Saphan Medical Update: October 2014

Report
Jungle Aid

After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.

It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.

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DDPM handing out blankets to risk groups as mercury falls

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.

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ISOC orders implementation of Thung Yang Daeng model in 162 southern communities

BANGKOK, 29 October 2014 (NNT) - Colonel Banphot Poonpien, Spokesperson of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) revealed that ISOC, in its latest meeting, resolved to apply the Thung Yang Daeng model of peace-building in priority villages in the restive South before expanding it to all of the 162 villages under the Army’s security enhancement plan.

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World + 26 others
The Market Monitor - Trends and impacts of staple food prices in vulnerable countries, Issue 25 - October 2014

Global Highlights

  • During the third quarter of 2014, the global cereal price index decreased by 13% year-on-year, down by 11% compared to the previous quarter.

  • Real prices of maize have fallen by almost a third since last year. They are down 18% from Q2-2014, reaching levels seen in early 2010.

  • Real prices of wheat dropped by 18% from Q2 to Q3-2014, falling to mid-2010 levels.

  • Real prices of rice are up 7% since Q2-2014.

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Indonesia + 1 other
ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 20 - 26 October 2014

REGIONAL SUMMARY

Affected People 81,925 (est.)

Displaced People 1,500 (est.)

INDONESIA

Drought

http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/729 Prolonged dry season has caused drought in 55 villages in South Kalimantan. Over 78,000 people have been affected by the drought.

Wind

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Philippines + 3 others
Asia and the Pacific: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot (21 - 27 October 2014)

Alert Level 3 is in effect since 15 September, indicating that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest and that a hazardous eruption is possible. More than 58,000 people evacuated.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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'Red zone' villages renamed

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Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Army softens war-like tone on southern front

Writer: Wassana Nanuam

The army has given new, softer-sounding names to groups of villages most prone to violence in the far South to create a less hostile atmosphere, though it can't guarantee the name changes will keep residents any safer.

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Storms slam Yala, Uthai Thani deals with drought

YALA, 26 October 2014 (NNT) – The southern province of Yala has been hit by storms which caused damage to many households. In the central region, drought has affected people in Uthai Thani, prompting the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation to urgently distribute water to them.

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Thailand + 1 other
ADB, Japan to Help Cut Flood Risks in Chao Phraya River Basin

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help communities in the flood-prone Chao Phraya River Basin draw up grassroots flood risk management plans to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters.

Asian Development Bank:

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As insurgency burns, revival of Thai south script points way to peace

10/24/2014 - 05:30 GMT

by Aidan JONES

A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand's insurgency-battered south, as girls in crisp, white hijabs read aloud the curls and flourishes of a homegrown script virtually erased from public life.

Thailand annexed the Muslim-majority south more than a century ago and ever since has sought to railroad the distinctive local culture into accepting rule from Bangkok.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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Philippines + 6 others
ASEAN Monthly Disaster Outlook Vol. 10 October 2014

General Overview

Natural disaster reports were regularly recorded in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet) www.adinet.ahacentre.org

Only significant disasters that satisfy the following criteria will be recorded in ADInet: 1. More than 100 people affected, and 2. Involving more than 1 subdistrict,

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Flood hits Lampang province’s Thoen District

LAMPANG, 22 October 2014 (NNT) - Floodwaters have inundated the homes of villagers living in Thoen District in Lampang Province this morning.

As the Lam Huai Mae Wa River has overflowed its banks, more than 200 households across five villages have been severely affected. Fortunately, there were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

Meanwhile, the head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) center in Thoen, Mr. Chakorn Na Lampang, along with national park rangers and administrative officers have gone down to the affected areas.

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Deep South residents will be part of peace process

PATTANI, 21 October 2014 (NNT)-Deep South residents have been encouraged to help authorities restore peace under Toong Yang Deang Model, which is a strategy said to be more comprehensive in dealing with various issues in the areas.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and the Internal Security Council have been working together under the model to assure safety. Residents will also be asked to report to the authorities and look out for one another.

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Thailand + 2 others
How Changing Behaviour is Beating Malaria in Thailand

By Angela Carreño and Alison Crawshaw

IOM Thailand, with the support of the Global Fund, is implementing a malaria Behaviour Change Communication campaign to reach migrants and their host communities with malaria and personal protection messages. This includes multilingual comic books, posters, flip charts, board games and radio broadcasts which together have reached almost 170,000 beneficiaries over the first two years of the campaign.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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World + 4 others
Asia and the Pacific region celebrates World Food Day with a focus on small holder and family farmers towards the eradication of hunger

Bangkok, Thailand, 15 Oct 2014 -- This year’s World Food Day (16 October) is celebrated across Asia and the Pacific with increasing optimism that the region could achieve the Millennium Development Goal on reducing hunger by 2015.

This was among the key messages delivered on the eve of World Food Day at a regional event in Bangkok to mark WFD 2014, convened by the Asia-Pacific regional office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.’

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UN Body Requires Rights Commitment

Revoke Military Law, Restore Democratic Civilian Rule

(New York) – Thailand’s credibility as a potential member of the United Nations Human Rights Council depends on the government’s addressing urgent human rights concerns at home, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, on October 18, 2014.

Human Rights Watch:



© Copyright, Human Rights Watch 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 USA

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Indonesia + 2 others
ASEAN Weekly Disaster Update, 06 - 19 October 2014

Please visit ASEAN Disaster Information Network (http://adinet.ahacentre.org) for Details of Information:

INDONESIA

1009 houses were submerged in 5 sub-districts in South Aceh. (http://adinet.ahacentre.org/reports/view/726)

THAILAND

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Address human rights concerns in order to be a credible and legitimate UNHRC member

Paris, Bangkok, 20 October 2014: Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), must urgently address serious human rights concerns if the country wants to be a credible and legitimate member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), FIDH and its member organization Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) urged today.

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Flood projects run aground

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Bangkok Post

Republished with permission. © Post Publishing PCL. www.bangkokpost.com

Writer: Patsara Jikkham and Apinya Wipatayotin

Little tangible progress has been made on the water management projects started by the previous government after the devastating floods of 2011.

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World + 10 others
Humanitarian Assistance in Review - East Asia and the Pacific | Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 – 2014

Recurrent floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and seasonal typhoons present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Some countries also face civil unrest and associated humanitarian impacts, as well as limited government capacity to respond to disasters. Between FY 2005 and FY 2014, USAID’s Office of U.S.