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A Cross-Sectional, Randomized Cluster Sample Survey of Household Vulnerability to Extreme Heat among Slum Dwellers in Ahmedabad, India

Extreme heat is a significant public health concern in India; extreme heat hazards are projected to increase in frequency and severity with climate change. Few of the factors driving population heat vulnerability are documented, though poverty is a presumed risk factor. To facilitate public health preparedness, an assessment of factors affecting vulnerability among slum dwellers was conducted in summer 2011 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 16-22 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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La Organización Meteorológica Mundial y la OMS unen fuerzas frente al cambio climático

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UN News Service

08 de julio, 2014 — La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) y la Organización Meteorológica Mundial (OMM) anunciaron este martes que van a aunar esfuerzos para abordar de forma conjunta el creciente impacto del cambio climático sobre la salud pública.

Esas organizaciones de la ONU han creado una Oficina sobre el Clima y la Salud para estudiar el riesgo de fenómenos como las temperaturas extremas, las inundaciones, las sequías y los ciclones.

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World + 2 others
L'OMM et l'OMS établissent un bureau commun pour le climat et la santé

Genève, le 8 juillet 2014 (OMS/OMM) – L'Organisation mondiale de la Santé et l'Organisation météorologique mondiale s'allient pour parer aux risques accrus que font courir à la santé humaine les aléas météorologiques et climatiques, tels que les températures extrêmes, les inondations, les sécheresses et les cyclones tropicaux.

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WMO and WHO Establish Joint Office for Climate and Health

Press Release No. 996

For use of the information media

Not an official record

Geneva, 8 July 2014 (WHO/WMO) - The World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Organization have joined forces to tackle the increasing risks to human health posed by weather and climate hazards such as extreme temperatures, floods, droughts and tropical cyclones.

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Toxic footprint of Syria’s War

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Peace Direct

July 7 2014: Pieter Both and Wim Zwijnenburg, from PAX, discuss the long term health and environmental impacts of Syria's civil war.

Syria’s ongoing civil war has already resulted in over hundred-and-fifty thousand casualties and has brought enormous destruction in cities and towns all over the country. Apart from the direct impact of the armed conflict on the lives and livelihoods of Syrian citizens, health and environmental impacts are emerging as problems that deserve immediate as well as long term attention.

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Millennium Development Goals Report

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United Nations

Momentum builds to achieve more Millennium Development Goals by end of 2015: UN report

With many MDG targets met and aid monies hitting record highs, other lagging targets need final push to seize on results and available solutions

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Guatemalan Red Cross Annual Report 2013 (MAAGT002)

This report covers the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2013

Overview

According to the last Human Development Index, Guatemala has improved by 35 per cent between 1980 and 2012, which is a significant result, but is still insufficient to bring the country up from the lowest rung on the ladder of Latin American countries. In the various departments the index values vary widely, with the lowest values being recorded in the northwestern regions of the country, where the indigenous populations are located.

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Strategy Paper for the Belgian Fund for Food Security

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The Belgian Fund for Food Security (BFFS) is a unique financing instrument that focuses on improving the food security of vulnerable populations in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa at great risk of food insecurity.

The fund was established in 2010 by an act of the Federal Parliament. It is financed by the National Lottery and secondarily, by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) which injects additional resources. It is a unique instrument of development since it is the result of a parliamentary initiative, fed by Lottery funds.

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Emerging El Niño Conditions: Notes for the Global Health Community

With a moderate El Niño expected to develop later this year, the global health community is closely monitoring seasonal climate forecasts. A new bulletin released by the IRI addresses ways in which health decision-makers can use climate information to reduce the potential for negative health impacts. IRI is a a WHO/PAHO Collaborating Centre for Early Warning Systems for Malaria and Other Climate Sensitive Diseases.

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Adding to the Agenda of the 6th AMCDRR, Southasiadisasters.net Special Issue no.113, June 2014

Southasiadisasters.net issue no. 113, June 2014:

The 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) will be held from June 22—26, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. As we inch closer to this conference, it becomes necessary to introspect on important issues that should be raised there. The theme of this conference is Promoting Investments for Resilient Nations and Communities. This is a vast theme that merits deliberation on a lot of important factors related with DRR in Asia.

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Climate Displacement and Resilient Communities: Lessons from the case of Manatí, Colombia [EN/SP]

Also posted in Spanish

CDKN has recently published a Policy Brief derived from the project “Growing up in Adversity”, led by CDKN and the University of El Norte. The document presents the methodology of psycho-social intervention that was implemented among 90 families in a shelter in Manatí, Atlántico Department in Colombia, who were victims of flooding produced by the “La Niña” phenomena (2010-1011) and who were displaced as a result.

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Uganda + 3 others
Uganda Emergency Update - 4 - 10 June 2014

Covering the southwest, midwest and northwest

Main Highlights

  • The number of South Sudanese refugees assisted since 16 December 2013 is now 110,657 in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo districts of Uganda. Together with those registered in Kampala (3,636), the total number assisted is now 114,293.

  • A PSN verification exercise was concluded in Kiryandongo and one is underway in Arua for refugees in Koboko (Congolese) and Rhino Camp (South Sudanese).

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Colombia: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 27 | 1 – 31 May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indigenous groups increasingly affected by armed violence, displacement and confinement.

  • Mass protests in May led to mobility restrictions and humanitarian access constraints.

  • May has been the month with the highest number of people affected by natural disasters.

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UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UNDAC Mission to Serbia - Floods, 18-31 May 2014: End of Mission Report

UN hands over the expert report to Government of Serbia

Belgrade, 4 June 2014.- The United Nations team of experts says that a massive reconstruction, recovery and clean-up effort is needed in response to the unprecedented floods that hit Serbia in mid-May.

In a report delivered to the Government of Serbia today, the experts warn of health risks from stagnant water, potential risk to the environment and damage to agriculture.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Chad Long Term Planning Framework 2014-2015 Version 2

1. Who are we?

The Country Representation of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in Chad is managed by a Country Representative with expertise in Disaster Management, supported by a Programme Coordinator, regional resource persons, members of the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) and well qualified and trained local staff.

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Addressing heat-related health risks in urban India: Ahmedabad’s Heat Action Plan

Higher daily peak temperatures and longer, more intense heat waves are becoming increasingly frequent globally due to climate change, and a new scale of coordinated action is essential to prevent the dangerous health effects of heat stress.

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Programme Services (MAA00029) Annual Report 2013

Overview

In 2013, the internal policy environment was shaped by the General Assembly which took place in November, and where we saw the endorsement of the revised Principles and Rules for Humanitarian Assistance, a process led by the Programme Services division, and the adoption of the Council of Delegates resolution entitled Strengthening Movement coordination and cooperation which has tasked the Federation and the ICRC to commence a consultation process ensuring the involvement of all components of the Movement.