Mapping of resilience work in Asia
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 16-22 April 2017 and includes updates on influenza, cholera, poliomyelitis, measles, legionnaires' disease and yellow fever.
HÀ NỘI — From the beginning of the year, diseases such as whooping cough, measles, rubella, dengue fever and streptococcal infection have witnessed a trend of increased occurrence in the city, the Hà Nội Preventive Medicine Centre has reported.
In the first quarter of 2017, the city registered 438 cases of dengue fever, a dramatic increase of 44 per cent compared with the same period last year; however, no deaths occurred.
Greetings fellow ASEANers!
This month’s edition of The Column covers a workshop that the AHA Centre conducted for the Familiarisation of DELSA Stockpile and THE ACT, where we provided training and simulation exercises at the WFP/UNHRD warehouse in Subang, Malaysia. It is the responsibility and function of the AHA Centre to continuously strengthen and deepen the ASEAN’s thinking of disaster management, to ensure that the region has a collective response to disasters.
VGP – Viet Nam and the Netherlands were urged to convert challenges in climate change and water management into cooperative opportunities
Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung made the point while co-chairing the 6th meeting of the Viet Nam-Netherlands intergovernmental committee on climate change adaptation and water management with Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment Melanie Schultz on April 19 in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Hà Nội — Prolonged exploitation of sand and coarse gravel in rivers is changing currents and causing embankment erosion, which puts the dyke systems under risk, the Dyke Management Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Tuesday.
Overexploitation will ruin a dyke’s structure (which may not be visible to the eye) and make it weak and at the risk of collapsing during floods, warned Vũ Xuân Thành, director of Dyke Management Department.
HCM CITY — HCM City authorities are seeking funding approval from the Prime Minister for 36 flood-prevention projects worth a total of VNĐ9.96 trillion (US$438 million).
The investment would be sourced from the State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC), according to the city.
Lê Văn Khoa, vice chairman of the People’s Committee, said the city was already carrying out a number of flood-prevention projects valued at VNĐ73 trillion ($3.2 billion), which have been approved by the Prime Minister.
HÀ NỘI – Ensuring water security is becoming an urgent task for Việt Nam in the context of climate change impacting all aspects of life, heard a conference on Wednesday.
Held by Việt Nam’s Association of Foreign Invested Enterprises (VAFIE), the Việt Nam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR), Germany’s Network for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and German Agency for International Co-operation, the conference aimed to improve public awareness of the consequences of climate change on the environment, especially on water security.
Cambodian immigration officials will repatriate 26 Montagnard asylum seekers to Vietnam this weekend to comply with a request by the United Nations refugee agency, the head of the Interior Ministry’s refugee department said Tuesday.
Tan Sovichea said that the Montagnards who failed to obtain refugee status from the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) are voluntarily returning to their homeland.
“The government isn’t deporting them because they have volunteered to return with the UNHCR’s cooperation,” he told RFA’s Khmer Service.
HÀ NỘI — The El Nino phenomenon is highly likely to occur late this year, causing unpredictable storms during the second half of the rainy season in the autumn months, the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said.
Some 13-15 storms and tropical depressions will occur during the rainy season, some three to four will directly affect the central provinces’ mainland, said Hoàng Đức Cường, director of the centre.
HA NOI – Most Vietnamese cities lack the capacity to confront climate change challenges, experts say, calling for greater preparedness efforts.
Cities have to be ready to adapt to new situations and unexpected developments, ensuring essential services to residents at all times, they add.
Surveys done by the Urban Development Agency under the Construction Ministry have found cities in mountainous areas particularly vulnerable to natural calamities.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam needs to improve the quality of weather forecasting and enhance international co-operation to prepare for natural disasters, Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has said.
The PM made the statement at a meeting to review disaster prevention and control in 2016 and layout tasks for 2017.
Nguyễn Xuân Cường, head of the Central Steering Commitee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, said, 2016 saw multiple extreme weather phenomena such as droughts, extreme cold weather, floods and storms, causing losses of VNĐ39.7 trillion (US$1.75 billion).
Storm Storm hit three communes in Ky Son District, Nghe An Province, damaging 70 houses and injuring 2 people.
Flood Aceh Province was surrounded by flood. In Southeast Aceh District, flashflood has caused 2 deaths and affected nearly 3,500 people. Flood also affected 1,748 people in West Aceh District. Subsequently, flood also submerged many houses in East Aceh and Nagan Raya Districts.
520,000 # of children affected out of
2,000,000 # of people affected
600,000 # hectares of damaged crops
1,750,000 # people with lost incomes
52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of
Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016
UNICEF funds received:
- 181 Immunization and Vaccinerelated Implementation Research Advisory Committee (IVIR-AC): summary of conclusions and recommendations, 1–2 February 2017 meeting
- 188 Zika virus: an epidemiological update
- 181 Comité consultatif sur la vaccination et la recherche sur la mise en œuvre des vaccins (IVIR-AC): résumé des conclusions et recommandations, réunion du 1er et 2 février 2017
- 188 Virus Zika: le point de la situation épidémiologique
The Swiss Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs (SECO) will finance 5 million euros to help prevent floods in three Mekong Delta cities including An Giang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau in the 2017-2019 period.
In addition to this aid, in order to implement this program, the Vietnamese side must provide a counterpart fund of around 500,000 euros from the central and local budget of three provinces participating in the project. Thus, the total capital to implement the project is about 5.5 million euros.
In the period covered by this report, the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH) component of the health programme in the Asia Pacific region was based on the strategic directions set by the IFRC as follows:
i) Global Agenda Goal 2 (reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies)
ii) Global health and care policies iii) Global Water and Sanitation Initiative (GWSI)