There have been important advances in the past decade, with 86% of children globally receiving basic vaccinations. But progress has recently stagnated and 19.4 million children under one are still excluded.
As a result of experiences in responding to disasters such as the 2004 Tsunami, Cyclone Nargis and Typhoon Haiyan, which together claimed over 370,000 lives, ASEAN is now a world leader in disaster risk management.
Community-based approach treats school construction as a community learning opportunity to better understand risks, collectively commit to safety, and to learn and apply strategies for safer construction.
The first six months of 2014 saw the most intense and highest number of storms in Asia and the Pacific compared to the same period over the last five years. Over 31 million people were affected by 58 natural disasters.