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19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

19 Jan 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

The headlines in 2017 were full of heart-wrenching stories and images of natural disasters wreaking havoc on communities around the world. When disaster strikes, the immediate concern of all humanitarian responders is, and should be, how to help people meet their basic, urgent needs, like food, water and shelter. But how a response is conducted can have significant implications on how the community recovers — and how fast.

14 Jan 2018 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) led by its Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon held a consultative meeting with the European Union (EU) ambassadors to discuss how they can contribute to save and uplift the lives of those suffering from recent disasters that hit country.

Gordon toured the EU ambassadors at the PRC Operations Center and highlighted the priority needs of those suffering from recent disasters such as the destructive storm Vinta, which hit Mindanao and Palawan last month.

12 Jan 2018 description

The materials contained in this supplementary document complement those found in the existing IRP Guidance Note on Recovery – Health. The discussions and case studies contained herein portray an expanded and oftentimes fresh perspective on many of the issues found in the original guidance note on several new and emerging issues for which there exist best practices and lessons learned.

08 Jan 2018 description

This Synthesis Report consolidates the evidence and lessons learned from the DFID-funded Shock-Responsive Social Protection Systems research programme, drawing on six country case studies and an international literature review (among other outputs).

20 Dec 2017 description

Abstracts from the Research Network Annual Meeting 2017

by Louise Juul Hansen

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Red Cross Red Crescent Research Network on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support brought together 32 people from 16 countries to share their research experience on two themes: mental health of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers and caring for staff and volunteers. The annual meeting was a combination of key note speakers, abstract presenters and workshops. The book of abstracts is available for download here.

17 Dec 2017 description

The scale of the destruction, pain and misery wrought by Typhoon Haiyan in the central part of the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, was staggering. The initial response provided life-saving support to millions of people in the affected region, however, the greater challenge has been to ensure that recovery and reconstruction efforts will leave devastated communities better prepared to withstand future shocks. The world may now be wondering how Typhoon Haiyan survivors have rebuilt their communities?

17 Dec 2017 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has turned over 100 houses and a health facility in a relocation site built for Yolanda survivors in San Remigio, Cebu as part of the organization’s commitment to the ongoing Yolanda recovery program.

During the ceremonial turn over on Friday, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said the new houses and health facility would ensure the resilience of Yolanda-affected families to future disasters.

06 Dec 2017 description

New publication launched: Local Humanitarian Action in Practice – Case Studies and Reflections of Local Humanitarian Actors

01 Dec 2017 description
report CARE

This report, the result of internal research by CARE International, argues that partnerships in humanitarian response not only meet lifesaving needs but can also address gender inequalities. Based on the review of five recent emergency responses, the report explores which partnership models and practices can best foster gendertransformative humanitarian action.

Gender dimensions

28 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank, GFDRR

GFDRR’s Resilient Recovery program is involved in every major disaster, helping affected countries assess damage as well as economic losses and needs, plan for recovery, and be better prepared to respond in the future. From hurricanes in the Caribbean to earthquakes in Nepal, the program has a record of supporting governments to rebuild lives and create a safer future through resilient recovery. And the program works with the disaster-prone countries before events in order to enhance their readiness for post-disaster recovery.

17 Nov 2017 description

Working and discussion papers | October 2017 | John Twigg, Emma Lovell, Holly Schofield, Luisa Miranda Morel, Bill Flinn, Susanne Sargeant, Andrew Finlayson, Tom Dijkstra, Victoria Stephenson, Alejandra Albuerne, Tiziana Rossetto and Dina D’Ayala

16 Nov 2017 description

Consuelo B. Alarcon

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Nov. 14 (PIA) -- Tacloban City Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez expressed her gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for pushing the national government agencies to implement the Yolanda projects the soonest possible time.

This was emphasized by the local chief executive during a press conference held at Patio Victoria, San Jose as Tacloban marked the fourth year anniversary that brought devastation in the city.

13 Nov 2017 description

Authors: John Twigg, Emma Lovell, Holly Schofield, Luisa Miranda Morel, Bill Flinn, Susanne Sargeant, Andrew Finlayson, Tom Dijkstra, Victoria Stephenson, Alejandra Albuerne, Tiziana Rossetto and Dina D’Ayala

13 Nov 2017 description

On the third anniversary of Supertyphoon Yolanda on November 8, 2016, Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte ordered the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to release P5,000 to affected households in Regions VI, VII, and VIII who have not received a single centavo or any other form of assistance from the government when the typhoon struck in 2013. Operationally, this refers to households that did not receive funds from the DSWD’s Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program.

10 Nov 2017 description
report CARE

Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Haiyan, has become a name that’s hard to forget. The super typhoon wiped out homes, killed more than 6,000 people, and devastated agricultural lands leaving those who survived homeless and without any source of income. But for the people who witnessed its wrath, the only way to move forward was to pick up the pieces and rise.

09 Nov 2017 description
report Irish Red Cross

Launch of the 2016 annual report

2,299 patients in Ireland received first aid treatment from Irish Red Cross volunteers in 2016. These volunteers gave 200,000 hours of voluntary service which represents a 20% increase on 2015. These and other insights are detailed in the Irish Red Cross’ 2016 Annual Report which was launched recently by Minister for Defence Paul Kehoe and Irish Red Cross Chairman Pat Carey at the Irish Red Cross shop in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

08 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

BONN, Germany, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) - November 8 marks the fourth anniversary of Haiyan’s landfall in the Philippines. The super typhoon was the strongest ever to make landfall.

Today, the world continues to be devastated by even more extreme weather events. This year alone saw flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, and the United States; drought in Somalia; Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in the Caribbean and the U.S.; and just last week, Storm Herwart in Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland.