From January 2015 to July 2016: 10,852 children (under the age of five) and 12,300 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
Additionally, 2,995 children in Oecussi under the age of two have received specialized nutritious food to prevent malnutrition, between May to July.
Since January 2016, 159 mt of locally-produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities.
Southeast Asia has a complex history of migration within and outside the region, linked to uneven economic development and income disparity, demographic and social change, urbanization, transnational and civil conflict, and persecution. Migration flows within the region are often driven by mixed motivations, and many such movements are unregulated or unauthorized.
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
By Jesper Fridolf, IFRC
Coming back to Timor-Leste to work with the Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste – CVTL (Timor Leste Red Cross) after 4 years was a great feeling. Progress in this young country has been dramatic but the reason for my being here wasn’t a celebratory one. Over the past six months a slow-onset drought had caused hardship for 120,000 people across the country. Thanks largely to El Niño, the lack of rainfall has meant failed crops, lost incomes and food and water scarcity for many.
The El Niño weather event has been in a neutral phase since May. Nevertheless, it continues to have a devastating impact on vulnerable people in parts of Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the Dry Corridor in Central America, and Haiti in the Caribbean. This event will also cause long term consequences for public health, nutrition, livelihoods, water and sanitation.
By Kenny Hamilton | British Red Cross Society - UK
In East Timor, drought is devastating small farmers, but preparing and building resilience could help
Arriving at the compact Nicolau Lobato Airport in Dili, it’s tempting to ask the question: why should anyone care about East Timor? Certainly most people at home would struggle to pinpoint the small Southeast Asian nation on a map, let alone tell you anything about it.
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While the 2015-2016 El Niño weather event is now over, humanitarian needs continue to grow, and are not expected to peak until early 2017 as food security continues to deteriorate in many regions. WFP, working closely with partners on the ground, is rapidly scaling up life-saving operations for communities reeling from the catastrophic effects of El Niño.
Colombo, 9 September 2016 - In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.
Prospects for global cereal production in 2016 continued to improve in recent months with significant upward revisions for maize and wheat, reflecting particularly favourable weather conditions in some of the large producing countries.
COUNTRIES IN NEED OF EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE: FAO estimates that 36 countries, including 28 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food. Persisting conflicts and drought induced production declines are the main causes that have stressed food security in 2016.
DILI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has partnered with two non-governmental organizations, the Alola Foundation and World Vision, to screen thousands of households for malnutrition in three municipalities of Timor-Leste.
Since December 2015, WFP’s partners have gone house-to-house to check children and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers for malnutrition, visiting a total of 16,931 households in Dili, Oecusse and Covalima. The project is made possible thanks to funding from the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).
Colombo, 8 September 2016 – One in seven people globally is a migrant, refugee or an internally displaced person. With countries across South-East Asia Region host to large migrant populations, WHO today called for focused attention to address their health needs.
Twenty-four countries* will participate in a large scale tsunami simulation exercise organized under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO on 7 and 8 September.
Colombo, 7 September 2016 - The World Health Organization today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across South-East Asia Region, particularly women and girls.
In the aftermath of the 2015 to 2016 El Niño-induced drought, 120,000 people remain severely affected in Lautém, Viqueue, Baucau and Covalima municipalities and Oe-Cusse Special Economic Zone.
Food, water and sanitation, health, nutrition, livelihood and education support are priority needs.
By Brigitte Leoni
PORT VICTORIA, Seychelles, 5 September 2016 - Memories of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami which claimed some 230,000 lives, will be revived this week as 24 countries take part in one of the largest tsunami simulations ever staged.
In the wake of El Niño
We are living in the most unusually warm period in history and this is taking a huge toll on the world’s most vulnerable. 2015 was the hottest year on record and 2016 looks set to be even hotter.
As this year’s El Niño in the Pacific lurches towards becoming a La Nina1 , the run of record temperatures looks set to be broken again. But in some ways, this year is not unique. It has become widely acknowledged among the development community that weather-related disasters are the ‘new normal’.
From January 2015 to June 2016: 10,319 children (under the age of five) and 11,480 pregnant or nursing mothers were enrolled in the nutrition programme.
Since January 2016, 149 mt of locally produced Timor Vita, a specialised nutritious food for women, was distributed to all health facilities. As a result, the number of women who have enrolled in the programme has risen dramatically.
The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.