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Bang Saphan Medical Update: October 2014

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Jungle Aid

After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.

It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.

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DDPM handing out blankets to risk groups as mercury falls

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.

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ISOC orders implementation of Thung Yang Daeng model in 162 southern communities

BANGKOK, 29 October 2014 (NNT) - Colonel Banphot Poonpien, Spokesperson of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) revealed that ISOC, in its latest meeting, resolved to apply the Thung Yang Daeng model of peace-building in priority villages in the restive South before expanding it to all of the 162 villages under the Army’s security enhancement plan.

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'Red zone' villages renamed

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Bangkok Post

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Army softens war-like tone on southern front

Writer: Wassana Nanuam

The army has given new, softer-sounding names to groups of villages most prone to violence in the far South to create a less hostile atmosphere, though it can't guarantee the name changes will keep residents any safer.

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Storms slam Yala, Uthai Thani deals with drought

YALA, 26 October 2014 (NNT) – The southern province of Yala has been hit by storms which caused damage to many households. In the central region, drought has affected people in Uthai Thani, prompting the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation to urgently distribute water to them.

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ADB, Japan to Help Cut Flood Risks in Chao Phraya River Basin

BANGKOK, THAILAND – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Japan are to help communities in the flood-prone Chao Phraya River Basin draw up grassroots flood risk management plans to reduce their vulnerability to natural disasters.

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As insurgency burns, revival of Thai south script points way to peace

10/24/2014 - 05:30 GMT

by Aidan JONES

A high-pitched chorus pours out from a Muslim nursery school in Thailand's insurgency-battered south, as girls in crisp, white hijabs read aloud the curls and flourishes of a homegrown script virtually erased from public life.

Thailand annexed the Muslim-majority south more than a century ago and ever since has sought to railroad the distinctive local culture into accepting rule from Bangkok.

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Flood hits Lampang province’s Thoen District

LAMPANG, 22 October 2014 (NNT) - Floodwaters have inundated the homes of villagers living in Thoen District in Lampang Province this morning.

As the Lam Huai Mae Wa River has overflowed its banks, more than 200 households across five villages have been severely affected. Fortunately, there were no reports of any deaths or injuries.

Meanwhile, the head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) center in Thoen, Mr. Chakorn Na Lampang, along with national park rangers and administrative officers have gone down to the affected areas.

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Deep South residents will be part of peace process

PATTANI, 21 October 2014 (NNT)-Deep South residents have been encouraged to help authorities restore peace under Toong Yang Deang Model, which is a strategy said to be more comprehensive in dealing with various issues in the areas.

The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) and the Internal Security Council have been working together under the model to assure safety. Residents will also be asked to report to the authorities and look out for one another.

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How Changing Behaviour is Beating Malaria in Thailand

By Angela Carreño and Alison Crawshaw

IOM Thailand, with the support of the Global Fund, is implementing a malaria Behaviour Change Communication campaign to reach migrants and their host communities with malaria and personal protection messages. This includes multilingual comic books, posters, flip charts, board games and radio broadcasts which together have reached almost 170,000 beneficiaries over the first two years of the campaign.

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UN Body Requires Rights Commitment

Revoke Military Law, Restore Democratic Civilian Rule

(New York) – Thailand’s credibility as a potential member of the United Nations Human Rights Council depends on the government’s addressing urgent human rights concerns at home, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, on October 18, 2014.

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Address human rights concerns in order to be a credible and legitimate UNHRC member

Paris, Bangkok, 20 October 2014: Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), must urgently address serious human rights concerns if the country wants to be a credible and legitimate member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), FIDH and its member organization Union for Civil Liberty (UCL) urged today.

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Flood projects run aground

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Bangkok Post

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Writer: Patsara Jikkham and Apinya Wipatayotin

Little tangible progress has been made on the water management projects started by the previous government after the devastating floods of 2011.

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8 provinces no longer in flood crisis

BANGKOK, 13 October 2014 (NNT)-Three provinces in Thailand are still struggling with floods while the situations in 8 other provinces have now improved.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, hundreds of homes and nearly a thousand of rai of farmlands in Surat Thani, Petchaburi and Trang remain inundated due to heavy rains. Their situations, however, are expected to return to normal in a few days provided that there are no rains in between.

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Thailand/Europe: Urge End to Military Rule at Summit

Asia-Europe Meeting Should Send Clear Message on Rights

(New York) – Leaders at the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit should press Thailand’s junta leader to improve human rights and restore democratic civilian rule, Human Rights Watch said today in lettersto ASEM foreign ministers. ASEM is an informal process that brings together the 28 European Union member states and 2 other European countries with 20 Asian countries.

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Pa La U Medical Update – 27th Sep 2014

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On 27th September we visited two villages to provide medical assistance and conduct other community development work. Whilst we took twelve volunteers to Bang Saphan, we were able to take a further eight to Baan Pa La U, including a doctor and supporting medical staff.

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53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

By LAWI WENG

RANGOON — Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation just north of Phuket in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.

The 53 men were found by police in an early morning raid on Saturday. Two male Thai nationals have been arrested on charges of human trafficking.

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PM to chair sufficiency economy meeting while calling for security in southern provinces

BANGKOK, 13 October 2014 (NNT) - The Prime Minister is set to meet on strategic plans for the implementation of the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy while urging the Army Commander to prevent a repeat of school arson from occurring.

Prime Minister and head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) General Prayuth Chan-O-cha will chair a meeting on the strategic plan to implement economic developments in accordance with His Majesty's Sufficiency Economy Philosophy in a four year road map from 2014-2017.

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Flooding remains in four provinces, says DDPM

BANGKOK, 12 October 2014 (NNT) - Mr. Chatchai Phromlert, Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said that due to the torrential rain in many parts of the country since 4 October, there has been flooding in 11 provinces, affecting people in 359 villages of 29 districts.

However, the situation has returned to normal in 7 provinces, namely Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Satun, Kanchanaburi, Krabi, Nokhon Sawan and Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Update on Surat Thani's flood

SURAT THANI, 10 October 2014 (NNT) -- Flooding has eased in many areas of Surat Thani. The province expects the situation will be back to normal in a few days, if there is no more rain.

According to the Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation office, water in four villages has receded; however, two lowland districts are still flooded. More than 10,000 rai of arable land is inundated.

The province has sent out 18 barges carrying drinking water, medicine and other necessities to be distributed to villagers who were trapped in high-level floods.