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31 Dec 2008 description

Introduction

This six-month report describes the programme and activities of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) during the period July to December 2008.

TBBC is a consortium of currently twelve NGOs from ten countries working to provide food, shelter, non-food items and capacity-building support to Burmese refugees and displaced persons. It also engages in research into the root causes of displacement and refugee outfl ows. Membership is open to other NGOs with similar interests.

31 Dec 2008 description

This report describes the ability of poor and vulnerable households in selected areas in Myanmar to meet their basic food needs, based on information up to December 2008. The report is produced by the Vulnerability Analysis & Mapping (VAM) Unit at WFP Yangon.

Data was collected with the help cooperating partners, including ADRA, World Vision, WHH, REAM, CARE, KMSS, OISCA, Shalom foundation, and field staff from ten WFP sub-offices plus two field offices.

Highlights August to December 2008

- Poor food access in Rakhine State is a cause for serious concern.

31 Dec 2008 description

by Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan, International Campaign to Ban Landmines

Mine warfare has taken place in Myanmar for more than two decades. Anti-personnel mines are used by both the formal military forces of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and by armed groups opposing the junta. Landmine Monitor has documented anti-personnel mine contamination in ten of the country's 14 States and Divisions, mostly in border areas where opposition armed groups maintain their bases.

31 Dec 2008 description

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Bringing Hope to Haiti's Mud-Ravaged Streets

By Niurka Piñeiro, Regional Information Officer for the Western Hemisphere, reporting from Haiti

I am very lucky because there was no death in my family.

31 Dec 2008 description

The Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) outlines a three-year recovery strategy for the areas affected by Cyclone Nargis, which struck Myanmar on 2-3 May 2008 and resulted in a large loss of life and significant destruction in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta region.

31 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

YANGON, 31 December 2008 (IRIN) - A UN specialist has called for the building of cyclone shelters in southern Myanmar ahead of the next monsoon, expected in about five months' time.

"Multi-purpose cyclone shelters should be built before the monsoon season comes to disaster-prone areas in order to reduce the risk of future disasters," Dillip Kumar Bhanja, disaster risk reduction specialist for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Myanmar, told IRIN in Yangon, the former Burmese capital.

"Tens of thousands of people died because they didn't have access to …

31 Dec 2008 description

Silver Spring, Maryland - Seven months after Cyclone Nargis devastated the Irrawaddy Delta in southern Myanmar, killing at least 140,000 people and affecting an estimated 2.4 million others, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is expanding relief efforts in vulnerable areas to meet the long-term needs of residents in the region.

In collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), ADRA Myanmar is increasing food distribution activities by nearly doubling the number of targeted communities receiving food aid, from 106 villages to 197.

30 Dec 2008 description

This report covers the period 01Jul 2008 to 31 Dec 2008

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

In brief

Summary:

This programme update focuses on the work of the team in the Asia Pacific zone office to provide leadership and guidance to the International Federation …

29 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

GWAY CHAUNG, 29 December 2008 (IRIN) - Thousands of survivors of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady Delta face possible water shortages, as the dry season begins to bite.

Rural communities are largely dependent on communal water ponds which were badly-affected by the May 2008 cyclone, according to experts.

26 Dec 2008 description
report IRIN

YANGON, 26 December 2008 (IRIN) - The UN World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with its implementing partners, will soon begin an ambitious food-for-work programme for thousands of Cyclone Nargis survivors.

The programme aims to rehabilitate local assets and restore livelihoods in affected communities, and will target 40,000 participants and 200,000 beneficiaries in Myanmar's badly affected Ayeyarwady Delta.

"Food-for-work activities can make a significant difference to food-insecure residents of the delta, and at the same time help households rebuild their individual …

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

Four years on, tremendous improvements can be seen

By Jane O'Brien

NEW YORK, USA, 23 December 2008 - The 2004 tsunami left a wake of devastation that stretched across the Indian Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed. Many more were made homeless.

23 Dec 2008 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 23 December 2008 - UNICEF called today for more concerted action to make schools safe for children.

"Whether caused by poor construction or natural catastrophes, school collapses invariably have disastrous effects on children," said Cream Wright, UNICEF Global Chief of Education. "Schools must be safe places where children can learn and thrive."

The year 2008 was marked by a number of school collapses - many of them fatal - in various parts of the world.

Following the 3 May cyclone in Myanmar, more than 4,000 schools still need to be repaired or …

23 Dec 2008 description
report Cruz Roja Española

Cruz Roja Española, centrada ahora en proyectos de desarrollo económico y comunitario, trabajará al menos dos años más con las comunidades afectadas

Cuatro años después del tsunami que asoló el sur de Asia, Cruz Roja sigue trabajando con las personas damnificadas por esta catástrofe en 10 países del Índico.

23 Dec 2008 description
report Hong Kong Red Cross

On 26 December 2004, a huge earthquake of magnitude 9.0 on the Richter scale struck the area off the western coast of northern Sumatra, triggering massive tidal waves, or tsunamis, that inundated coastal areas in 13 countries around the Indian Ocean rim - from Indonesia to Somalia.

22 Dec 2008 description
report Mizzima News

Lack of sufficient funding by the military junta and the international community towards the health care system has caused severe suffering and preventable deaths in Burma, a new report by the New York-based Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières said.

The MSF in its annual 'Top Ten humanitarian crises' said the health care system in the military-ruled country is cripplingly under funded, leaving the vast majority of the people without access to health care.

Luke Arend, Deputy Head of Mission …