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31 Dec 2006 description

This report covers 1 January to 31 December 2006

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.

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Programme summary: The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) proved itself a consistent supporter of vulnerable communities during 2006, both in terms of disaster response to …

31 Dec 2006 description

En el origen del proyecto que ha dado lugar a la creación del Observatorio de la Acción Humanitaria percibíamos la necesidad de hacer un seguimiento estable de la acción humanitaria en nuestro país, compartiendo un sentimiento muy extendido por aquellos que buscan la mejora del trabajo solidario a través de la reflexión, la discusión franca y la crítica (y autocrítica). Con esa intención los Informes anuales, iniciados con el análisis de 2003, pretenden ir cubriendo ese hueco, con clara vocación de permanencia y de apertura a la colaboración con la comunidad humanitaria española.

28 Dec 2006 description

2006/1142

Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman

26 Dec 2006 description
report Oxfam

Two years on from the tsunami, international aid agency Oxfam is helping 1.2 million people affected by the disaster.

Oxfam has spent $290m, 95 per cent of the $305m it has received to date, on its tsunami aid work. Over a third of the money has been spent helping people earn a living again; a fifth on public health, water and sanitation; and almost 16 per cent on housing.

22 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

Over 200 million for Education in Emergency and Post Crisis Countries

GENEVA/THE HAGUE, 22 December 2006 - Millions of children in the developing world have a new ray of hope as the Dutch government today announced it has pledged $201 million to UNICEF to radically expand the agency's ongoing efforts to ensure that children in conflict, natural disasters and emerging from crisis can go to school.

It is the single largest earmarked donation UNICEF has received in its 60-year history.

22 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sandar Linn

PHONE DAW, Myanmar, December 2006 - It's a brand new school day for children of Phone Daw, a remote fishing village. With its red roof and unspoiled yellow walls, the village school is a haven for children who endured great loss in the tsunami.

Looking at the smiling faces of the children, one can hardly believe that more than a third of the school's 300 students come from families affected by the December 2004 disaster.

22 Dec 2006 description
report Mizzima News

December 22, 2006 - Former Indian Army Chief of Staff General Shankar Roy Choudhury is of the opinion that India has to function on a Government-to-Government basis with Burma (Myanmar). Similarly at the military level it needs to develop a military-to-military relationship with Burma.

The General felt that the Burmese Army is trying to diversify the sourcing of military equipment. If the Indian Army is in a position to supply them their requirements they should go ahead and do it.

22 Dec 2006 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Clive Parker

The US-led effort to pass a UN Security Council resolution on Burma has been delayed until next year.

The US had indicated in recent weeks that it would aim to push through a non-punitive resolution before 2007, circulating a proposed text among the other 14 members of the UN's most powerful body which called for-among other things-the release of political prisoners and the cessation of hostilities against ethnic groups.

22 Dec 2006 description

Myanmar's military forces have been documented by the Landmine Monitor to use antipersonnel mines extensively, every year since Landmine Monitor began reporting in 1999. Mine use takes place in Karen (Kayin), Karenni (Kayah) and Shan states, and some mine pollution from past or ongoing conflicts is known in 6 other states and divisions of the country.

21 Dec 2006 description
report Merlin

After six months of unrelenting monsoon rains and the heavy flooding that often ensues, it's difficult to imagine water scarcity in the Aye-yar-waddy River Delta. However in the dry season that follows, six months will pass with little or no precipitation falling from the sky.

21 Dec 2006 description
report Mizzima News

With Thailand mediating, a delegation of the Karen National Union, will soon head for Rangoon to revive stalled cease-fire talks, a KNU official said.

21 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Sandar Linn

ASIN CHAING, Myanmar, December 2006 - Asin Chaing is a quiet coastal village in the Ayeyarwady Division of Myanmar. In the 2004 tsunami, the village and its neighbouring communities suffered widespread destruction, and to this day they are still carrying the burden left by the disaster.

20 Dec 2006 description
report UN Children's Fund

Nearly two years on, much has been accomplished in helping tsunami- affected communities rebuild. But much remains to be done.

Many families still lack regular income and continue to live in temporary shelters. Restoring livelihoods is taking much longer than expected, as is constructing houses and infrastructure for social services.

20 Dec 2006 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Sai Silp

The northern border provinces of Thailand have been declared a disaster area following freezing temperatures which have hit rural residents and recent refugees from Burma especially hard.

The Mae Hong Son provincial office said temperatures hovered around 15 Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit) in Mae Hong Son city and temperatures were below freezing in more mountainous areas, including the border area of the Shan, Karen and Karenni states in Burma. Tak Province in Thailand was also declared a disaster area.

The temperature in Thailand's Pangmapha District, where an …

20 Dec 2006 description
report Merlin

Two years on from the Asian tsunami, Merlin has made significant progress in reconstruction of health centres and strengthening health services in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and in helping to control disease outbreaks in Somalia. Merlin is aiming to complete the majority of these projects by the end of 2007.

In total, Merlin received £18.6 million in donations for tsunami-affected countries.

Sri Lanka

Merlin's work in Sri Lanka has focused on Batticaloa and Ampara districts on the east coast.

20 Dec 2006 description
report Human Rights Watch

Civilians Forced to Serve as Human Minesweepers

(New York, December 20, 2006) - The widespread use of landmines by the Burmese army against civilians to terrorize them and hamper the annual harvest season should cease, Human Rights Watch said today.