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Threats and violence affecting emergency care
22 September 2018: In Rajbiraj city, Saptari region, Sagarmatha zone, the emergency ward of the Gajendranarayan Singh Sagarmatha Zonal Hospital was vandalized by locals who claimed that doctors had pronounced dead a child who was still living. Source: ACLED
Middle-East and North Africa
Introduction to this guide
Less than two months after an earthquake hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi province on 28 September, triggering a deadly tsunami. More than 1,900 people were killed, and the death toll is likely to rise.
UN 20-year review: earthquakes and tsunamis kill more people while climate change is driving up economic losses
The past may reveal local patterns and triggers of urban risk, highlighting the importance of long-term exposure to everyday events and barriers to risk reduction. A historically grounded response to risk will ensure greater legitimacy and enhance effectiveness of local actions to secure urban resilience.
A person’s security can be affected by his/her ethnicity, ethical or religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or role within an organisation among other things. Each staff member has his/her own specific profile, and each profile will result in different risk levels, depending on the context in which a staff member works.
An aid worker’s personal security is impacted by the interplay between where the aid worker is, who they are, and their role and organisation. As employers, aid organisations have a duty of care to take all reasonable measures to protect their staff from foreseeable risks, including those that emerge due to an aid worker’s personal characteristics – for example, biological sex, gender, ethnicity, cognitive and physical abilities, sexual orientation, etc.
CBM launches a guide for disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction
CBM is launching a good practice guide for disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, based on its longstanding experience in the flood affected communities of Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh.
Building the capacity of people with disabilities to become agents of change for inclusion in disaster risk reduction
Briefing papers | October 2018 | Katie Peters and Laura E.R. Peters
The Caritas State of the Environment for Oceania Report: Waters of Life, Oceans of Mercy - Releases today
Climate action should prioritise the poor – Caritas Report
In its fifth environment report for Oceania, Caritas has called for an integrated approach to tackling climate change that prioritises the needs of the poor. The call comes ahead of the release of a Special Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
This report examines selected examples of integration between urban planning and emergency management in Australia. It seeks to identify initial issues to implementation at national and state level. Overall, this report argues that an integrated approach will require a coordinated framework at the strategic, tactical and operational levels, across functional areas and stakeholders, to establish an effective integrated governance approach that offers desired societal outcomes when faced with extreme events.
Several earthquakes struck Central Sulawesi province from 28–29 September. The strongest earthquake had a magnitude of 7.5 and triggered a tsunami that hit land at a speed of 800 kph with waves of up to 6m. Around 48,000 people have been displaced and 1,200 people killed, with these numbers expected to continue rising rapidly. At least, 300,000 people were exposed to category 5-8 shaking, while up to 1.5 million people who live in the area may be affected.
Development work has traditionally been centered on poverty reduction/ alleviation strategies, with attention on developing livelihood opportunities at the community level for the most disadvantaged. With climate change and the increasing frequency of natural hazards - including typhoons, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - the progress of poverty alleviation strategies has been severely compromised.
by Michael Digregorio, Nguyen Tri Thanh and Le Quang Trung
The Centre for Institutional Disaster Preparedness (CREPD, by its Spanish acronym) aims to support the components of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by strengthening capacity building in disaster preparedness among National Societies. The aim is to develop methodologies, tools, learning techniques and harmonization processes considering the National Societies’ expertise and best practices and under the coordination of the IFRC Regional Office for the Americas.
En mai 2016, le Sommet humanitaire mondial a appelé à un changement dans la gestion, la planification et la mise en œuvre de l’action humanitaire. Dans son rapport Une seule humanité, des responsabilités partagées 1 , en amont de ce sommet, le Secrétaire général des Nations unies a lancé un appel mondial afin de « changer la vie des gens : passer de la fourniture de l’aide à la fin des besoins ».
The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that: »
Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I). »
The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II). »
This brief summarises key considerations concerning changes in behaviour and care-seeking practices in the context of the outbreak of Ebola in the Grand Nord of North Kivu, DRC, September 2018. Further participatory enquiry should be undertaken, but given ongoing transmission, conveying key considerations and immediate recommendations related to community engagement have been prioritised.