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09 Feb 2016 description
  • There are ten weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

05 Feb 2016 description

A cold wave affected mountainous areas of Lao PDR and of the North and Central parts of Vietnam, between 24 and 26 January, killing thousands of cattle. Assessments are on-going to determine the extent of the damage on crops and its humanitarian impact on vulnerable farmers in the most affected areas.

02 Feb 2016 description

On this Edition

  • AHA Centre Emergency Response Organisation Exercise
  • Annual Disaster Report
  • INSIGHT
  • Steps for Continuous Improvement in
  • Emergency Operations at AHA Centre
01 Feb 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 69 countries in the fourth quarter of 2015 (October to December). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

• During Q4-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell by a further 15.2 percent year-on-year because of abundant supplies and sluggish demand. The index returned to the level seen before the food price crisis of 2007-08.

28 Jan 2016 description

There are eleven weeks to go until the globally synchronized switch from the trivalent to bivalent oral polio vaccine, an important milestone in achieving a polio-free world. Read more here.

The WHO Executive Board is meeting this week, reviewing the report on polio eradication.

On 21 January, Syria passed two years without a reported case of polio despite the conflict which has affected the delivery of health services, including childhood vaccinations.

28 Jan 2016 description

Update on the Dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region Northern Hemisphere

China (no updates)
As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

18 Jan 2016 description

PHILIPPINES

The number of displaced families in North Cotabato province temporarily increased from 186 families to about 600 families (2,800 people) following armed conflict over land between two clans associated with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on 7 Jan. About 60 per cent of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) returned home by 12 Jan. Remaining IDPs are staying with friends or relatives. Initial assistance was provided by municipal authorities.

2,800 people displaced

15 Jan 2016 description
  • This week India marks five years without reporting a single case of wild polio, a remarkable achievement. Today, lessons learned in India and Nigeria are being used to drive progress in the last two polio-endemic countries: Pakistan and Afghanistan. Read more here.

14 Jan 2016 description

Northern Hemisphere

China

As of 31 December, there were 3,884 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 31 December 2015, 62 dengue cases were reported with no associated deaths. The number of cases in the month of December decreased sevenfold compared to the number reported in the previous month (n=470) and lower than the number of cases reported in December 2014 (n=180) (Figure 1).

Malaysia (no update)

06 Jan 2016 description

Two climate change projects aim to encourage climate change adaptation in water resources and small scale rural infrastructure and disaster risk management.

04 Jan 2016 description

People in rural Laos still risk their lives to fetch water for themselves and their crops. The ICRC is working hard to improve the situation.

30 Dec 2015 description
  • Looking back at 2015, the programme has seen remarkable steps forward towards polio eradication. A wrap-up of the year shows fewer cases in fewer places than ever before. The report on the status of polio eradication to WHO's Executive Board also summarizes the progress on the Polio Endgame Plan, and on Resolution WHA68.3, adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2015. The year to come will need strengthened momentum to build on these gains and deliver a polio-free world.

29 Dec 2015 description

Northern Hemisphere

China (no update)

As of 30 November, there were 3,822 cases of dengue reported in 2015 for China, with majority of the cases being reported during September and October. From 1 to 30 November 2015, 470 dengue cases were reported. The number of cases in the month of November in 2015 has decreased threefold compared to case numbers reported in the previous month and considerably lower than the number of cases reported in 2014, for the same reporting period. (Figure 1)

Malaysia (no update)

28 Dec 2015 description
report World Vision

Mark Nonkes
World Vision East Asia Communication Officer

If you follow the news regularly, you’ll likely note that 2015 was a year of natural disasters, elections and refugees. But many stories didn’t make international headlines.

We wanted to shine a light on 7 news stories that we think you need to know about.

7. Child marriage debate in Bangladesh

24 Dec 2015 description