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10 Nov 2017 description


What lessons can we draw from Bangladesh and other refugee-hosting countries on how to leverage change to policies, laws and practices applied to refugees? In what situations have we seen drastic shifts towards more protective legal and policy frameworks? What endogenous and exogenous factors and incentives have contributed to those shifts and what were the associated risks?


07 Nov 2017 description

The flight of the Rohingya has caught the world’s attention. Since 25 August, more than half a million men, women and children fled from one country to another in search of safety and respite.
The conditions of those now living in Bangladesh, having crossed from Myanmar, are dire. Many have arrived with just the clothes they happened to be wearing; they arrive scarred, wounded, traumatised.

13 Oct 2017 description

by Martha Holley Newsome | Sep 27, 2017

The past month has unleashed what seems to be a startling increase in natural and manmade disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and violence. Bringing healing to people in crisis is core to who we are as an organization. It compels us to act, and to prayerfully consider where Medical Teams can help most – where the health needs are greatest, where we can gain access to those in need, and where we have the resources to respond.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

15 Aug 2012 description
report Maplecroft

Some of Asia’s most important economies have the highest risk from the threat of natural hazards, due to the exposure of their cities and trading hubs to events such as flooding, earthquakes and tropical cyclones, according to the Natural Hazards Risk Atlas released by risk analysis company Maplecroft.

09 Mar 2011 description

Geneva, Switzerland - A new report from the United Nations confirms what governments already hear but are slow to believe: that disciplined public sector involvement in "disaster risk reduction" can significantly reduce setbacks brought by hundreds of droughts, earthquakes, wildfires, hurricanes and other hazards that befall the world each year, on average.

Released today, the "Mid-Term Review of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to …

22 Dec 2008 description



- Bolivia & Guatemala: IRT shipped nearly $1 million of relief supplies to aid flood victims in Bolivia and delivered 75 metric tons of emergency food to villagers in Guatemala who suffered crop failures from recent hurricanes.

- Louisiana: IRT sent 2 shipments of medicines and supplies worth more $66,400 to aid victims of Hurricane Ike.

31 Dec 2007 description

Pledges and contributions

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is pleased to acknowledge the receipt of a new contribution (as of 30 November) made by Chile ($30,000). Meanwhile, Italy pledged an additional $1,393,592 for 2007. OCHA encourages all Member States to turn their pledges into contributions as soon as possible.

Training workshops

During 2007, the CERF Secretariat organized several training workshops in Bangkok, Dakar, Geneva, Nairobi, New York, Panama City, and Rome to improve the use of the Fund.

17 Dec 2007 description
report Caritas

Cáritas. 17 de diciembre de 2007.- Cáritas Española acaba de aprobar el desembolso de diversas partidas económicas por valor total de 1.322.334 euros para apoyar el trabajo humanitario de ayuda a las víctimas que están llevando a cabo las Cáritas locales en diversas emergencias olvidadas de Africa, Asia y América Latina.

04 Dec 2007 description
report AmeriCares

In 2007, a number of disasters devastated communities and impacted the lives of people already struggling to survive on a daily basis. Most recently, a cyclone ravaged remote coastal towns in southern Bangladesh, leaving millions injured or homeless.

26 Nov 2007 description

Deployed since last Thursday in Bangladesh, country which is facing the worst disaster in ten years, Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF) already set up two Emergency Communication Centres in Barisal, Pirojpur, and another one in Barguna held by the United Nations. These three cities are focal points for humanitarian aid coordination in cyclone Sidr affected regions.

Sidr, which hit the coast of Bangladesh on November 15th, killed at least 3 243 people according to a recent official toll.

25 Nov 2007 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

31 Jan 2003 description

Extracted from UMCOR Hotline 31 Jan 2003

21 Jun 2001 description

Gland, Switzerland - New research commissioned by WWF, the conservation organization, has warned that dams built with the promise of reducing flooding can often exacerbate the problem with catastrophic consequences, as some recent floods have shown.