Recurrent earthquakes, floods, typhoons, and volcanoes 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 2006 and FY 2015, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
Millions of vulnerable households globally could face increased hunger and poverty due to droughts and floods as a result of a climatic occurrence: El Niño. This phenomenon is not an individual weather event but a climate pattern which occurs every two to seven years and lasts 9 to 12 months. Typically, this climatic condition develops during April-June and reaches maximum strength during December-February; this event could be the most powerful on record (Earth Institute 2015).
A few good rains have been received in the central highlands with some localised rains occurring over a few days in the west and around Baucau. In some places, farmers report dark clouds and spitting rain but then it passes over. On the Baucau plateau, heavy rains were experienced around Triloka but around 7 kilometres away there was no rain.
Summary of WFP assistance
Poverty, food insecurity and under-nutrition remain widespread in Timor-Leste, with 41 percent of the population living below the national poverty line 1 and over half food insecure. The Mother and Child Health and Nutrition – Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) aims to treat moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers, while building the capacity of the Ministry of Health.
Un rapport publié par l’OMS, l’UNICEF, l’UNFPA, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale et la Division de la population des Nations Unies rend compte des progrès accomplis.
Communiqué de presse conjoint
12 NOVEMBRE 2015 ¦ GENÈVE/NEW YORK - Selon un rapport publié aujourd’hui par plusieurs organismes des Nations Unies et par le Groupe de la Banque mondiale, la mortalité maternelle a baissé de 44 % par rapport à 1990.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined second and third periodic report of Timor-Leste on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Maternal deaths fell 44% since 1990 – UN
Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress
GENEVA/NEW YORK, 12 November 2015 – Maternal mortality has fallen by 44% since 1990, United Nations agencies and the World Bank Group reported today.
By CARE Australia
Financial aid from the Australian Government to help some of our closest neighbours mitigate the effects of El Nino has been welcomed. $9 million has been pledged to Pacific countries facing food and water shortages including Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. However, continued assistance will be needed.
El Niño Crop Monitoring
16/10/2015 – 31/10/2015
This survey was conducted after the holiday period of All Saints, All Souls day which is very important throughout Timor-Leste. This meant many people were out in the districts visiting family but it was difficult to engage MAF in conducting the work.
Suva, Fiji – National Disaster Management officers from 15 Pacific Island countries gather in Fiji today to review their successes and challenges in preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters in the region, suchas tropical cyclone Pam.
The European Union-supported Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific (BSRP) project is bringing the disaster managers together for the project’s annual Regional Steering Committee implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to review the challenges, progress and best way forward into 2016.
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 26 October 2015 – More than 45,000 children have benefited from early childhood development (ECD) and education programmes during the first year of the UNICEF/H&M Conscious Foundation partnership.
This publication is an effort to capture some of the aspects of the work of UNFPA’s partnerships with inter-faith groups and religious leaders.
The extent to which religion often serves as a critical broker of human and even government existence is one of the many changes in the development landscape which is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore, especially for secular development organisations.
(MissionNewswire) The Maria Auxiliadora Medical Clinic located in the town of Venilale, East Timor, has been serving poor residents of Venilale and 13 surrounding villages for many years. In 2014, the clinic cared for more than 7,300 patients in need of health services. Placing special emphasis on caring for mothers and babies, employees of the clinic frequently deliver boxes containing essential baby care products to local families in need. In addition, the clinic provides free community education that focuses on first aid, health issues and family planning.
Lima - Finance Ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20), representing close to 700 million people threatened by climate change and spanning world regions, held their inaugural meeting on 8 October 2015 in Lima, Peru. They announced a series of actions to foster greater investment in climate resiliency and low emissions development at home and internationally.
Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.
NEW YORK, 28 September 2015 - An estimated 500,000 newborn lives have been saved and 100 million women and their newborns protected from the deadly disease, maternal and newborn tetanus, thanks to a ten-year long partnership between Pampers® and UNICEF that helped achieve this milestone.
The partners marked the tenth anniversary of their work today by celebrating the contributions of their joint effort that has helped in the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus in 17 countries, with the success of the ‘1 Pack = 1 Vaccine’ initiative.
New Zealand’s aid programme aims to make a positive difference in people’s lives‚ demonstrated through tangible‚ measurable results. To do this‚ we need a plan that outlines our ambition and focus.
Timor-Leste turns 13 this year. The young nation’s independence was restored in 2002 after years of occupation and colonial rule and, with such recent change, many Timorese don’t have a clear understanding about how their government and justice systems work.
Enter Counterpart’s Ba Distrito project, which is educating government leaders about their roles and responsibilities and reaching out to some of Timor-Leste’s most vulnerable populations to teach them about their legal rights.
Summary of WFP assistance
Poverty, food insecurity and under-nutrition remain widespread in Timor-Leste, with 41 percent of the population living below the national poverty line 1 and over half food insecure. The Mother and Child Health and Nutrition – Targeted Supplementary Feeding Programme (TSFP) aims to treat Moderate Acute Malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and malnourished pregnant women and nursing mothers, while building the capacity of the Ministry of Health.
August 18 2015: Freya examines how the Early Warning Early Response system, a capacity building tool set up in 2008-2009, is considered a vector of stability in Timor-Leste by identifying some of the main conflict drivers.