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23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

23 Jun 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific visited Lao PDR to attend the stakeholder consultation for the independent, country-wide Strategic Review on Food and Nutrition Security.

  • A feedback mechanism (hotline) is being rolled out in all provinces where WFP works, to improve accountability to the populations we serve through our programmes.

Operational Updates

22 Jun 2016 description

WFP works with a wide range of national and local first responders, including community based organizations, NGOs, Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies. 75 percent of WFP’s food assistance is delivered together with NGOs. Around 800 of WFP’s more than 1,000 NGO partners are national and local NGOs. These organizations are often the first to respond to crises and remain in the communities they serve before, after and during emergencies.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Voice of America

By Daniel De Carteret

XIENG KHOUANG, LAOS— The lush green landscape of Laos’ northeastern Xieng Khouang province masks what almost a decade of conflict left behind. Millions of cluster munitions, known in Laos as “bombies,” are scattered among the rice fields and mountains, many buried deep below the surface.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

20 Jun 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • In the 18 most affected provinces, the ongoing El Niño-induced drought and saline intrusion emergency has adversely impacted the lives of two million people, including 520,000 children and one million women.

  • The Government-One UN multi-sectoral Joint Emergency Response Plan (ERP) is seeking US$48.5 million. So far 31% of this appeal has been mobilized from various sources.

17 Jun 2016 description
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17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

15 Jun 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 13 June 2016, there were 154 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)

Malaysia (No updates)

14 Jun 2016 description

What is the CBDRR Manual?

The CBDRR Manual is a practical ‘how-to’ guide on community-based disaster risk reduction for government and non-government agencies in Lao PDR. It is a commonly agreed document to be referred to by agencies working on CBDRR in Lao PDR. It provides guidance and support for systematic implementation of CBDRR programs by explaining each of the steps as well as tools used.

09 Jun 2016 description

 As of 8 June 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

09 Jun 2016 description

Why a regional focus model?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

06 Jun 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged to speed up the investigation of human trafficking cases, most of which involve government officials.

"Although the number of cases has increased since 2014, the investigation needs to be sped up so the problem can be addressed. Authorities have to solve related cases soon," he said. According to the.

02 Jun 2016 description
Polio this week as of 1 June 2016
  • Last week, health ministers from around the world met in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates reviewed and discussed the latest global polio epidemiology and reaffirmed commitment to ending transmission in the remaining polio reservoirs. Read more

02 Jun 2016 description
  • As of 1 June 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

  • 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

  • 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

31 May 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 30 April 2016, there were 121 cases of dengue reported in China in 2016. This number is higher than the number of cases reported in same period of the previous four years (2012-2015)

Malaysia (No updates)

30 May 2016 description

This week, health ministers from around the world are convening in Geneva for the annual World Health Assembly (WHA). Among other public health topics, delegates will review and discuss the latest global polio epidemiology. The GPEI has set up a WHA-specific polio website, with the key documents that are guiding discussions.

27 May 2016 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam has been supporting local partner projects in Laos since the 1980s. Laotian agriculture and cattle breeding are extremely sensitive to natural disasters and disaster management is crucial to sustainable livelihoods.

In December 2014, along with three other partner organisations, Oxfam began implementing a project to help strengthen disaster and risk reduction strategies in Vientiane province. We aimed to increase the capacity of schools, villages, and districts to reduce risks and respond to disasters as well as to help build a culture of safety and resilience.

25 May 2016 description

Food Security Snapshot - Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season - Cereal production decreased in 2015 due to dry weather - Cereal exports in 2016 forecast to increase from last year’s high level

Dry weather affects start of 2016 main rice season