OCHA Myanmar Monthly Humanitarian Update Issue #3, 1-31 May 2009


Key Points

- The UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar has pursued concerted efforts at various levels to voice the concern of the humanitarian community over the visa issue. The impact and implications in terms of the post-Nargis recovery works for the Delta and beyond have been shared with the Government of the Union of Myanmar (GoUM), the Emergency Relief Coordinator, the donor community as well as the international media.

- A workshop on the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) was held on 21 May for GoUm officials, international/national NGOs, diplomats and donors to familiarize them with the PONREPP structure and the cooperation mechanism in the recovery phase. It was followed by presentations on the PONREPP coordination mechanism to the field coordinators/officers at OCHA Hubs.

- By end of May, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has pledged US$1 million for PONREPP.

- Two OCHA Hubs in Mawlamyinegyun and Pathein will close down at the end of June 2009 and the joint UN-ASEAN Recovery Hub offices will be operational beginning 1 July 2009. Both UN and ASEAN will share the operational costs. OCHA will run two Recovery Hub offices in Bogale and Pyapon while ASEAN will operate Yangon and Labutta hubs.

- A H1N1 flu taskforce has been set up in Myanmar. The taskforce has produced a UN Action Plan to anticipate flu pandemic. There was no report on H1N1 flu case in May. The GoUM has informed the public on the flu pandemic in the local media and a national response plan to H1N1 flu pandemic is being prepared.


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