An Emergency Committee was convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) on 1 February 2016. Following the advice of the Committee, the Director-General announced the recent cluster of microcephaly and other neurologic disorders reported in Brazil to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
A regional tsunami warning exercise involving sixteen* countries of the Pacific is currently taking place from 1 to 5 February to provide participants with the opportunity to test and give feedback on the Northwest Pacific Tsunami Advisory Center (NWPTAC) enhanced forecasting products.
BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the governments of Thailand and Japan today launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.
In many developing countries, over half of all fruits and vegetables are never eaten. Instead, they are lost to damage or spoilage after harvest. The potential for these losses leads farmers to sell their fresh produce immediately at whatever price they can get, before they lose the crops that represent investments of labor, water and agricultural inputs. Improving how fruits and vegetables are handled after harvest can significantly prolong freshness—and cooling is key.
The month saw an intensification of Yemen’s war, amid heightened regional rivalries between Saudi Arabia and Iran complicating prospects for peace. Political tensions increased in Haiti, Guinea-Bissau and Moldova, where protests over endemic corruption and a lack of confidence in the government could escalate. In Africa, Boko Haram’s deadly attacks increased in northern Cameroon, and Burkina Faso was hit by an unprecedented terror attack.
This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.
• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.
The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)—led by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha—took power in a coup in May 2014.Despite initial promises to restore democracy within one year, the junta in 2015 exercised increasingly dictatorial power and continued to systematically repress fundamental rights and freedoms.
The Government held a press briefing on “Public-Private Alliance on Combating of Drought”, and called on all sectors to conserve water as much as possible. Although drought situation in 2016 has not been critical, the Government continues to undertake measures in preventing and tackling drought in a bid to ensure sufficient water supply throughout the dry season. The Government also urged people to consume water wisely, and called on farmers to cooperate with the Government.
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Enough water remains for consumption this dry season, but distributing it to non-irrigated areas will be difficult, government authorities said on Friday.
At a news conference at Government House, Supoj Tovichakchaikul, director-general of the Department of Water Resources, said that from January to April, usable water reserves are calculated at 20.7 billion cubic metres, comprised of 19.3 billion cu/min irrigated areas and 1.4 cu/m in non-irrigated areas.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 24-30 January 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Ebola virus disease and MERS.
The following syndromes have been flagged: - Acute Fever and Rash: French Polynesia, Palau - Diarrhoea: Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tonga - Influenza-like illness: Solomon Islands - Prolonged fever: Solomon Islands
Zika virus - Tonga: There has been an increase in the number of suspected zika cases reported in the week ending 17 and 24 January 2016. Two out of nine samples sent to the LabPlus NZ, were RT-PCR positive for Zika virus.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
2016 Requirements: US$4,209,600
BANGKOK, 27 January 2016 (NNT) - The Prime Minister has told farmers and the general public to conserve water ahead of the dry season this year.
The Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said that even though there are contingency plans, no one should remain complacent. Many farmers have continued to grow rice against the government's recommendations. However, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority has insisted there will be enough water for household consumption.
Nakhon Ratchasima, 26 January 2016 (NNT) – The drought situation in the northeastern region has increased in severity with 10 districts of Nakhon Ratchasima now in dire need of water.
Vietnam will be one of the eight Asian countries in collaboration with Japan's Hokkaido and Tohoku Universities to launch a group of miniature satellites which will monitor weather patterns and storms across Asia.
• Zika virus is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes. It causes mild fever and rash. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, headache, pain behind the eyes and conjunctivitis.
• Zika virus disease is usually mild, with symptoms lasting only a few days. The disease has similar clinical signs to dengue, and may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
UBON RATCHATHANI, 22 January 2016 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister ACM Prajin Juntong has instructed related officials to urgently reach out to troubled residents in drought-affected areas during his visit to the Northeast.
While visiting Si Suk subdistrict, Khueang Nai district, Ubon Ratchathani province, ACM Prajin observed the dredging operation at the Nong Loeng Phai Reservoir which was intended to increase water storage for agriculture and tap water production. Drought has caused a severe shortage of water in the area, affecting over a thousand families.