Over 35 participants from 26 countries will be trained at the IAEA laboratories this month in the use of a nuclear-derived technique to quickly and accurately detect the Zika virus. The effort is part of the IAEA’s assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean in response to the Zika outbreak, which includes strengthening countries’ capacity to detect the virus and to control the mosquitos spreading the disease.
This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 2,380,409 Swiss francs (CHF) to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the National Societies in the Americas region to deliver assistance and support to 200,000 people through direct intervention and 1 million people through indirect community engagement, with a focus on health, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion and preparedness. This regional Emergency Appeal is launched on a preliminary basis pending further assessment and revision in the coming weeks.
13 million people were affected by disasters during 2015.
A study conducted by UNHCR points to violence and lack of protection by the authorities as reasons of why women are fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
El Niño in 2015 has been considered among the strongest since 1950 and several countries and regional institutions implement measures to address its negative effects.
PARAGUAY: Four people have died and 130,000 have been evacuated due to the heavy rains and flooding in recent days.
ARGENTINA: Two people died and 20,000 people were evacuated in three northeastern provinces of Argentina, due to the rising of the Parana and Uruguay rivers.
URUGUAY: 11,357 people have been displaced due to heavy rains and river flooding.
BRAZIL: The strong flow of the Uruguay River killed two people and forced about 9,000 people to evacuate in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
VOLCANIC ACTIVITY: Up to 500,000 people could be affected by an eruption of the Cotopaxi volcano. The Government of Ecuador declared a state of exception for its heightened activity.
FLOODS: Heavy rains caused rivers to over-flow affecting 2,326 people in Uruguay.
COLD WEATHER: More than 70,000 people are affected by cold weather in Bolivia.
EL NIÑO: The Government of Panama declared a 60-day state of emergency for effects of El Niño.
Latin America and the Caribbean: World's first region to reach both international hunger goals
With the percentage of undernourishment falling to 5.5% and the total number to 34.3 million, LAC achieved the goal of the Millennium Development Goals and the World Food Summit.
33 Chagas disease in Latin America: an epidemiological update based on 2010 estimates
43 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January– November 2014
33 Maladie de Chagas en Amérique latine: le point épidémiologique basé sur les estimations de 2010
43 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-novembre 2014
HEAVY RAINS: Yellow alert in Uruguay for heavy storms. At least four deaths in the USA after a tornado hit Mississippi and Louisiana.
EARTHQUAKE: A 5.5 degree (Richter) earthquake occurred on Friday, December 26, in Panama causing no damage.
10 YEARS AFTER THE TSUNAMI IN INDONESIA: On the 10th anniversary of the tsunami that devastated Indonesia, the United Nations highlights the importance of disaster preparedness activities.
Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal
Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger
10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.
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The year 2014 will mark the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Cartagena Declaration on Refugees (Cartagena Declaration). Over the past 30 years, regional cooperation and solidarity, exemplified in the Declaration, have proved to be effective in addressing long-standing and new situations of forced displacement throughout the Americas.
By Marianela Jarroud
SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.