World Vision Laos
Nine-year-old Yaok and his brother Vangsith huddled around the fire. It was winter, where temperatures dropped to single digits, and the boys and their friends clamored around the flames for a little warmth.
Sak – another one of their friends was sitting beside with hands holding a rusty ball. Or what looked like it anyway.
“He was the one who brought the bomb,” Yaok remembers.
This is the final article in our month-long series highlighting gender issues and women in leadership that began on International Women's Day, March 8. In this case study, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) illustrates the context and conditions in which female mine deactivation teams work, and the challenges they face in the most bombed country in the world, Laos.
China (No update)
As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China has increased in 2015 (Figure 1)
In China, New Year festivities contributed to price increases above 10 percent for vegetables but pork prices fell slightly on ample supplies.
Wheat prices in Afghanistan’s Kabul markets fell sharply in February in response to the lower demand from domestic millers and abundant supply from neighbouring countries.
The Philippines has set a target of procuring 190 000 MT of rice from January to June 2015.
On 8 December 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared that the 4th of April of each year shall be observed as the **International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action*in order to bring special attention to the millions of people still living under the threat of landmines and other explosive remnants of war (ERW). This year's theme 'More than Mines' reflects the use of a wide range of explosives that after the conflicts are over still pose a threat to communities living in the ex-battle zones.*
WFP’s vision for Lao PDR is a country free from undernutrition and its debilitating impact on human potential and national development. WFP’s development programme tackles the intergenerational problem of stunting, which affects nearly every second child, and aims to prevent wasting and address micronutrient deficiencies.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
As of March 24, there were 41 cases of dengue reported in China for 2015 (19 cases in January and 22 cases in February). Compared with the same period of the previous three years (2012 to 2014), the number of dengue cases reported in China for the months of January and February 2015 has increased (Figure 1).
Welcome to the first trend report for ACLED Asia. In these periodic publications, the ACLED Asia team will discuss and analyze the real-time conflict event trends that are occurring throughout South and South-East Asia. ACLED Asia will release real-time data for eleven states with various conflict profiles. These states include India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam,
Thailand and Myanmar. See Figure 1. Data for January and February 2015 are now available from the CEPSA website and the ACLED website.
Drones are becoming more and more commonplace and today many companies are developing innovative applications of the technology, not only in name of commercial aims, but with social and humanitarian objectives.
Ryan Baker, CEO of drone maker Arch Aerial based in Austin, Texas, speaking over the weekend at the SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Festival, said his company hopes to use its drones to identify locations that are likely to be riddled with landmines and unexploded bombs from past wars.
China (No Update)
The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012
Phonsavan, 9 March, 2015 – Multi-hazard, community based Village Disaster Management Plans that reduce risks and prepare for disasters have been launched this week in villages across Kham and Khoun Districts in Xiang Khouang Province, in a joint effort by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Lao PDR and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Women are a vital piece of the planning process for disaster risk mitigation and response, enhancing disaster planning with different perspectives that often focus on community needs and vulnerable groups.
Update on the dengue situation in the Western Pacific Region
The cumulative number of reported dengue cases in 2014 was 47,331. This is about ten times and eighty times higher compared with the number in 2013 and 2012 respectively due to the dengue outbreak in Guangdong in end of 2014. In January 2015, 19 dengue cases were reported. This number is one-tenth of the previous month (December 2015), and almost the same as the same period in 2013 and 2012 (Figure 1).
Lower Mekong Economies Risk Losing $34 Billion Per Year from Climate Change: USAID Report
Vientiane, 22 January 2015 – The Government of Norway today renews its support to assist the UXO Sector in Lao PDR with a contribution of 6,000,000 NOK (approximately US$886,132) in support of UXO Lao’s operational capacity to clear Confirmed Hazardous Areas (CHA). These funds will be received through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and covers the period 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015.
By Terri O'Quinn
The first batch of USDA food contribution for 2015-2017 to WFP School Meals Programme has arrived in Vientiane. The SuperCereal and vitamin-enriched vegetable oil will be transported to over 1,500 village schools, including the remotest areas of Laos, for community cooks to prepare a daily mid-morning snack for pre-primary and primary students. The nutritious snack encourages students to come to school, reduces hunger and helps the students concentrate in classes.
Contents: 45 Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination: validation surveys in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, December 2013
45 Élimination du tétanos maternel et néonatal: enquêtes de validation en République démocratique populaire lao, décembre 2013
523,592 Refugees and asylumseekers 2,361 Identified unaccompanied minors 1,393,736 Stateless persons 20,000 Estimated irregular maritime departures in 2014
Population of concern
A total of 2.7 million people of concern including 1.4 million stateless and over 700,000 internally displaced.