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%he year 2012 marks the final year of PED’s 2008-2012 Strategic Plan for a Secure and Disaster-resilient Health Sector in the Americas. Four major strategic lines of action were included in this plan:
• Improving disaster preparedness capacity in the health sector
• Protecting health services from the risk of disasters
• Supporting countries to respond to disaster events in the health sector
• Forging stronger partnerships with national, regional and global partners
The earthquake that occurred off the Sanriku coast of northern Japan on 11 March 2011 caused one of the most destructive tsunamis ever recorded. Aside from the devastating loss of human life and damage to physical infrastructure, 470,000 survivors were evacuated to shelters and as of December 2013, about 117,000 remain displaced in temporary accommodation.
The Asia-Pacific region is by far the most disaster-prone region in the world. A multitude of meteorological and geological hazards have persistently ravaged the region causing, in many cases, devastation, catastrophe and regression to livelihoods, economies and development gains. These hazards can range from extreme weather conditions such as drought, ice, rain, snow, varying temperatures and wind, as well as earthquakes, floods, forest fires, hurricanes, mudslides and volcanic eruptions.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today issued a desperate appeal for governments across the world to end impunity for violence against journalists and media staff after posting 108 killings for 2013. Fifteen more lost their lives in accidents while on assignments. (Read in French/Spanish)
A core objective in IDSN’s advocacy for the elimination of caste discrimination is to influence policy makers and international institutions. In respect to parliamentary action, 2013 became one of the most productive years in IDSN’s history; the results constitute years of advocating for the human rights of Dalits and others affected by caste discrimination with EU and UN institutions.
It is said that natural disasters know no borders. Indeed, countries all across Asia experienced a variety of disasters, including earthquakes, typhoons, floods, forest fires, drought, and landslides, and these regularly resulted in the loss of many precious lives and a tremendous amount of property.
This is the first edition of the Global Slavery Index. The Index estimates the number of people in modern slavery in 162 countries. The Index identified factors relevant to risk of slavery and provides a standardised measure of these factors that allows comparison country by country. The Index examines the strength of government responses for the 20 countries at the top and bottom of the Index ranking.
In 2009, an estimated 400 000 children were newly infected with HIV, with 90% of infections occurring in children in sub-Saharan Africa through mother-to-child transmission (MTCT). Without any intervention, the risk of MTCT ranges from 20% to 45%; without any treatment, half of the babies will die before their second birthday. About 42 000 to 60 000 of pregnant women die from HIV. In contrast, in high-income countries, the number of new infections among children as well as the number of maternal and child deaths due to HIV are virtually zero.
This publication is a collection of three submissions by War Child Holland to the Children and War Conference 2013. The submissions include a study on the reintegration of war affected children in five of our field offices, an examination of the detention of children and young people in East Jeruslam, and an assesment of our psychosocial intervention, I DEAL, in South Sudan.
UNEP Disasters and Conflicts Sub-Programme
L’importance d’une approche globale
VOICE (pour «Voluntary Organisations in Cooperation in Emergencies» – organisations volontaires pour une coopération dans les situations d’urgence) est un réseau européen de 82 organisations non gouvernementales (ONG).
La RRC et le developpement post-2015
Comprendre les risques
La réduction des risques de catastrophe consiste en un ensemble d’activités de préparation, de prévention et d’atténuation, exécutées du niveau local au niveau international. Par exemple, un programme de réduction des risques mis en oeuvre dans une zone inondable comprendra les volets suivants: gestion améliorée de l’environnement pour stopper les inondations (prévention), consolidation des berges ou construction de barrages (réduction des effets – atténuation), systèmes d’alerte précoce, et planification de l’évacuation/capacités d’intervention (préparation).
Sometimes it‘s difficult to imagine that another natural disaster could ever happen again, leaving massive destruction in its wake like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami or the earthquake in Haiti. But then with incredible force, typhoon Haiyan struck, creating a catastrophe of almost incomprehensible proportions.
The Humanitarian Programme Cycle Reference Module establishes the overarching policy for the application of the cycle in humanitarian crises globally. It is meant primarily for managers of organizations that prepare for and respond to humanitarian crises. It provides an overview of what needs to be done, when and by whom, to enable managers to allocate staff and tasks, sequence decisions and planning, and identify priorities.