By Patrick Fuller and Kate Marshall, IFRC
In recent months Red Cross health workers and community volunteers across Asia have been playing a vital role supporting health services in many countries across the region struggling to cope with major outbreaks of dengue fever. Thousands of people have been struck down by the sometimes lethal illness which is spread by the aedes aegypti mosquito. In the past six months Malaysia recorded over 80,000 recorded cases while India, Philippines, Viet Nam and Sri Lanka are all experiencing major spikes in the disease.
Access closures along the Nepal-India border and ongoing political unrest in the Terai region has constrained delivery of daily supplies and winterization materials. An estimated 81,000 households living in high altitude areas are at risk if winterization goods are not delivered within the next few weeks. In 120 displacement sites hosting some 59,000 people, about 85% of shelter, are not suitable for the coming winter. Fuel rationing has limited operations and aid.
Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | Monday 10/5/2015 - 06:14 GMT
Nauru announced Monday that asylum-seekers at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island will no longer be locked up, saying they will instead be free to roam around the tiny nation.
The Nauru government said the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) had been converted into an "open centre", giving its inhabitants freedom of movement.
It also promised to process all outstanding refugee claims for those living in the centre -- about 600 of them -- within a week.
The Navy provided necessary assistance to the areas affected by the prevailing adverse weather conditions in the island. Naval relief teams were deployed at Yakkalamulla and Imaduwa in the Galle district from 29th September to 01st October and they provided assistance to distribute food and other necessities to the people trapped in the areas where public transportation had been obstructed.
Sri Lanka Navy always renders assistance for the people affected by natural disasters as part of it's humanitarian missions.
AFTERNOON 1 October 2015 The Human Rights Council today adopted 16 texts on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka, the grave and deteriorating human rights and humanitarian situation in the Syrian Arab Republic, the death penalty, and on human rights and unilateral coercive measures, among others.
September 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Mozambique, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Yemen
Colombia, Guatemala, Macedonia
October 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic
Conflict resolution opportunities
30 September 2015
Hears Presentation of Reports and Updates on Myanmar, Cambodia, Yemen, South Sudan, Boko Haram and Iraq and Starts General Debate on Technical Assistance and Capacity Building
Satellite rainfall estimates from Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) revealed extraordinary flooding in Sri Lanka caused by unusually strong monsoonal rainfall over the period 10 September - 30 September 2014.
Since the Peacebuilding Fund’s Stakeholders meeting at the end of June, the Fund has made new commitments in Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea-Bissau, Sri Lanka, Niger and Myanmar amounting to $37.7 million. This programming includes $12 million to help catalyze the DRC’s Trust Fund for stabilization in the east – including $4 million in an innovative matching allocation to spur bilateral contributions.
Islamic Relief Worldwide has today published its annual report for 2014, which gives details of income and expenditure – and the positive impact achieved for millions of vulnerable people.
In 2014, our total global income reached £182 million – a growth of £62 million since 2012 – and voluntary income rose to a record high of 79 per cent of our total income. This year saw even more spending carried out directly through our field offices worldwide.
From the director
2014 was a devastating year with record numbers of people living in internal displacement induced by conflict, violence, disasters and natural hazards. Meeting the immense needs generated by these calamities remains one of the most challenging humanitarian tasks faced by the international community in modern times. To address these serious situations, IDMC in 2014 published 20 country overviews, 2 global reports, 8 thematic/technical reports, 32 blogs, 8 briefing/discussion papers, 22 submissions to human rights bodies.
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30 September 2015
Mr President, Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
30 September 2015 – After years of conflict, “a new era of democracy” dawned in Sri Lanka this year, ushering in justice, freedom and equality, the country’s President told the United Nations General Assembly today, reporting that his Government supports a “fresh universal approach” that deals honestly with the past while pursuing sustainable development.