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31 Jan 2010 description


Providing food aid in remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan

Drought, famine, severe weather conditions and other climate change-induced hazards pose significant risks for most of Afghanistan, often adding to the impact of the global food crisis on local populations. Coupled with a volatile economy and labour market, these hazards leave isolated mountainous communities with restricted access to food.

03 Nov 2009 description


21 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

This plan seeks to provide support to the core programmes of Pakistan Red Crescent Society for the coming two years, 2010-2011. The plan focuses on four core areas: disaster management, health and care, organisational development and the promotion of humanitarian principles and values.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of Asia Pacific Zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, South Asia remains one of the most disadvantaged regions in the world and is vulnerable to health and disaster-related risks due to poor socio-economic conditions. The region has some of the highest levels of poverty, being home to about half of the world's poor (1).

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

14 Oct 2009 description

New York, 14 octobre 2009 - Malgré l'existence de traitements peu couteux et efficaces, la diarrhée tue plus d'enfants que le sida, le paludisme et la rougeole réunis, selon un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'UNICEF et l'Organisation mondiale pour la santé (OMS).

Le rapport, intitulé, Diarrhée - Pourquoi les enfants meurent encore et ce que l'on peut faire, contient des informations sur les causes des maladies diarrhéiques, des données sur l'accès aux moyens de prévention et de traitement, et un plan en 7 points pour réduire les décès dus à la diarrhée.

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14 Oct 2009 description

NEW YORK / GENEVA - Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children - must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as they released a new report on the disease.

"It is a tragedy that diarrhoea, which is little more than an inconvenience in the developed world, kills an estimated 1. 5 million children each year," said UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman.

01 Oct 2009 description


01 Sep 2009 description
report Government of Nepal

A Vision for Addressing Climate Change Risks and Vulnerabilities in the Himalayas

A Regional Climate Change Conference
31 August - 1 September 2009

01 Sep 2009 description

Islamabad_(dpa) _ At least 15 people were killed in torrential rains in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, local media reports said Tuesday.

Torrential showers began falling at the weekend and continued through Monday, causing chaos in the metropolis of nearly 17 million people.

Most of the deaths were caused Monday by collapsing houses and electrocution, the Aaj television channel said. At least three people were swept away in swollen channels, and more than two dozen others were reported injured.

Rainwater flooded the streets across the port city, stalling scores of vehicles …

31 Aug 2009 description
report World Bank
  • South Asia is endowed with great rivers, which are the lifelines of the regional economy.

    - Impacts of climate change are shared by many countries across the Himalaya Region.

    - Regional cooperation can play a key role in adaptation and development in the Himalayan region.

    The Government of Nepal is hosting a Regional Climate Conference titled "Kathmandu to Copenhagen," from August 31 to September 1, 2009.

28 Aug 2009 description

This report was issued by OCHA HQ with a coverage period from 20 to 26 August. The next report will be issued on or around 5 September 2009.


- Jean-Maurice Ripert of France has been appointed Special UN Envoy for Assistance to Pakistan.

- UN completed a high-level mission to Mingora in Swat District to assess the prevailing humanitarian situation.

19 Aug 2009 description
report American Red Cross

Shortly after a nine-story garment factory collapsed outside Dhaka, Bangladesh after a boiler exploded in the basement, rescuers were able to save 85 people and remove 61 dead.(1) Thanks to training and equipment these rescuers received through the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), lives were saved.

PEER, a program supported by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance under the Agency for International Development, began in 1998, focusing on disaster preparedness in four Asian countries.

"In the face of climate change, urbanization, environmental …

10 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 55 (c) of the provisional agenda*
Sustainable development: International Strategy

10 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Soixante-quatrième session
Point 55 c) de l'ordre du jour provisoire*
Développement durable : Stratégie internationale

25 Jul 2009 description

HYDERABAD: Two men and a woman were killed and an unspecified number of trees and electricity poles were uprooted when intermittent rain with strong winds across the province late on Thursday night and continued to drizzle in some parts on Friday.

In Hyderabad, the second spell of monsoon rains began on Thursday night and continued intermittently till Friday.

Parts of the city plunged into darkness with the onset of the rains but by and large main roads in the city, Latifabad and Qasimabad talukas did not get flooded.

Youths and families thronged picnic spots like Al-Manzar, Kalri …

24 Jul 2009 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only. Due to heavy monsoon rainfall in the Sindh and Baluchistan provinces of Pakistan, around 200 families have been affected.

24 Jul 2009 description

This report was issued by OCHA HQ with a coverage period from 15 to 23 July 2009. The next report will be issued on or around 31 July 2009.


- According to the Government, over 412,000 IDPs have returned to their homes in southern Swat, Buner and Dir Districts in NWFP.

- Two IDP camps, Sheikh Yasin and Sheikh Shahzad, have now been closed as the populations occupying the camps have returned to their areas of origin.

24 Jul 2009 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.