Warmer temperatures and increased rainfall can pose threats to our livelihoods and health by impacting the quality of water we drink, the food we consume, and the weather we experience.
But there are also vector-borne diseases (carried by mosquitoes and other insects), and water-borne bacteria and viruses, that become prevalent during periods of high and low rainfall, which pose great health risks to local populations. For example, increased risks of contracting dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and other diseases.
By Wilawan Watcharasakwet and Nontarat Phaicahroen, and Muzliza Mustafa
Thailand has named a new chief negotiator in stalled talks aimed at resolving a decades-long separatist conflict in its southern border region, while a panel representing insurgent groups has expanded, officials said Tuesday.
The 10 ethnic armed groups that have signed a nationwide peace accord with the Myanmar government agreed in principle on Tuesday to a key military demand that they fold their militias into a single national army and to extend dialogue to ethnic armies outside the cease-fire agreement, participants said.
Average to above average cumulative seasonal rainfall despite localized early-season deficits
Guatemala is the country with the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America, and among the six countries with the highest rates world-wide. Almost half (46.5%) of all Guatemalan children under the age of five are affected.
Additionally, high levels of inequality and poverty put many families in Guatemala in a situation of acute vulnerability. Two-thirds of the country’s population of around 16.5 million lives on less than 2 USD/day. The indigenous population is disproportionately affected by a lack of resources as are women and girls, children and young people.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, Khartoum, Sudan — The 65th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean continued its regular sessions today in Khartoum, Sudan.
HE the Federal Minister of Health in Sudan Professor Mohamed Abu Zaid Mustafa was elected by the members of the Regional Committee as the chair of the 65th Session of the Regional Committee.
by Deissy Martinez Baron | Oct 16, 2018
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PLENARY
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 20TH MEETING (PM)
The General Assembly decided today to provide additional rights and privileges of participation to the State of Palestine when it assumes its position as chair of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China for the year 2019.
The Assembly set out those terms in a resolution (document A/73/L.5) adopted by a recorded vote of 146 in favour to 3 against (Australia, Israel, United States), with 15 abstentions.
UN Headquarters, New York, 16 October 2018
Excellences, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for joining us for this briefing on the humanitarian situation in Mali. I am delighted to be joined by His Excellency Mr. Issa Konfourou, Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations as well as by my colleague Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwe, the Deputy Special Representative to the Secretary-General and Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Mali.
Alert is a quarterly magazine published by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-USA) that features compelling stories and photography from our work in the field. Below is an excerpt from MSF-USA Board President John P. Lawrence's introduction to the Fall 2018 issue (Vol 19. No. 3).
How we treat migrants and refugees making the journey from Central America to the United States has become a focus of public attention in this country and abroad.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY FOURTH COMMITTEE
SEVENTY-THIRD SESSION, 8TH MEETING (AM)
Spiking insecurity and instability in Africa’s Sahel region indicates an urgent need to resolve the long-standing dispute over Western Sahara, delegates told the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today, as it concluded its general debate on decolonization.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / BY: Fred Strasser
Bloodshed in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala must be addressed on every front—like an epidemic disease.
USD 12 m overall requirements
16.619 MT of food assistance distributed
USD 334,499 cash based transfers made
USD 115.66 m total requirements
27,799 people assisted in September 2018
• WFP is supporting the Government’s humanitarian assistance through the distribution of vouchers to severely drought-affected households of the Honduran Dry Corridor. In the following months, the 65,500 most affected households will be assisted in 74 municipalities.
US$ 638,791 cash-based transfers made
US$ 3.83 m six months (October 2018-March 2019) net funding requirements
39,086 people assisted in September 2018
• WFP’s provided attention to 22,950 vulnerable people on the move. As the Venezuelan migration crisis continues, the majority of people assisted are Venezuelans (76.6 percent), followed by Colombians (22.6 percent) and 0.8 percent of other nationalities.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has called an Emergency Committee meeting on the Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has already claimed around 130 lives.
The WHO has assessed the national and regional risk of the current Ebola outbreak in DRC as “very high,” although the global risk remains low and, so far, the UN’s health watchdog has not called for any trade or travel restrictions to be imposed.
BERLIN, 16 October 2018 - Eleven heads of the world’s leading health and development organizations today signed a landmark commitment to find new ways of working together to accelerate progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Coordinated by the World Health Organization, the initiative unites the work of 11 organizations, with others set to join in the next phase.
42.5 mt of food assistance distributed
USD 12.7 m total requirements
20, 215 people assisted in August 2018
• WFP is supporting national priorities to enhance the sustainability of social safety nets for vulnerable groups (children, pregnant and lactating women, and the elderly), providing regular and specialised nutritious foods.