Urgent assistance needed to avoid deaths among displaced during cold
Urgent steps are needed if Afghanistan is to avoid a repeat of the deaths among children and adults in the country’s displacement camps that occurred during last year’s bitterly cold winter conditions, a coalition of 30 NGOs including Amnesty International said.
The 2011/12 winter was unusually cold in Afghanistan, and more than a 100 people, mostly children, died in refugee camps from the cold or illness.
In this Edition:
Volunteer Training: Understanding Reception Centres
A Global Initiative
• Earthquake Simulation in Pakistan
• A Child is the Key to Change
• Hike4Life: Scaling Kilimanjaro
• Risk Reduction in Lari Babaji
• Global ShakeOut Drill ‘The Pakistan Floods 2010’: A Video-Documentary by Faridoun Hemani
FOCUS and partner organisations provided relief and recovery support in health nutrition and education FOCUS is continuing to assist the most vulnerable mountain communities in the province of Badakhshan in north-eastern Afghanistan through cross sectoral relief and recovery support in education, health, nutrition and livelihoods. Badakhshan is one of the most remote and least developed provinces of Afghanistan and has a history of precarious economic situations with decades of food insecurity.
IN THIS EDITION:
- Preparing Children for Earthquakes in Pakistan
- Building Partnership in Disaster Risk Reduction
- North America: Disaster Preparedness through Community Engagement
- India: Taking Readiness to the Next Level
- Project PAMIR: Increasing Resilience of Vulnerable Communities
- Tajikistan: Public and Private Sectors Collaborate on DDR Initiatives
- In Memorial: Safo Rajabov
- Bikers Unite to Save the World One Hill at a Time
This Guide documents a community disaster risk management process developed by Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) with the people of Gorno-Badakhshan to re-establish and expand community and individual capacities to plan for, respond to and recover from disasters. The process described in the Guide has had a demonstrable impact in improving local resilience to disasters. In particular, the process has lead to a clear empowerment of communities to take concrete steps to reduce the likelihood or severity of disasters in the region.
IN THIS EDITION:
- Pakistan: After the Deluge
- Strengthening Emergency Communication in India
- Responding to Food Crises in Afghanistan
- Tajikistan: Building Partnerships with Japan
- North America: Commitment to Disaster Preparedness
- The Largest “ShakeOut” in US History
- Golfers Unite to Support FOCUS
- In Memorial: Azalsho Dushanbiev
- In the Spotlight: Nusrat Nusab, Deputy Executive Officer, FOCUS Pakist
Prevention, Mitigation, and Preparedness (PMP) is the channel through which FOCUS works to decrease a community's vulnerability to natural disasters such as landslides, floods, mudslides, epidemics, and earthquakes, catastrophic rain or snow, and prepares them to respond rapidly and effectively to natural disasters. In this way, the initiative also seeks to ensure that communities are empowered in the learning process.
Disaster Response: Recent Case Studies in Response
Since 1994, FOCUS has provided a full spectrum of emergency response activities from first -response to extended relief and recovery support. When FOCUS responds to a disaster, it is able to call upon a pre-positioned pool of volunteers from within the Ismaili Muslim community in the country of the intervention.
Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan has been actively involved in response and relief efforts following continued rains and massive floods affecting various parts of the country.
IN THIS EDITION:
- Attabad landslide calls for FOCUS to respond
- Search & Rescue helps to build capacity
- FOCUS Afghanistan: Responding & Reacting
- Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction
- Improving the Quality of Life in Tajikistan
- Disaster Awareness & Preparedness
- In Remembrance
- Bike4Life Mali: 25 December 2010 -3 January 2011
Islamabad, Pakistan, 12 August 2010 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, an affiliate of the Aga Khan Development Network, has launched a relief effort to assist the thousands of people displaced by the recent floods in the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions of northern Pakistan.
FOCUS, with its teams of trained personnel and hundreds of volunteers, supplied food items comprising flour, rice, cooking oil, sugar and tea to the hundreds of families left destitute by the heavy monsoon rains, which have ravaged different parts of Pakistan. In addition to food supplies, …
In August 2009, Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) completed its three year Andhra Pradesh Relief to Development (APR2D) Project which stemmed from the devastating South Asian tsunami of December 2004 that claimed close to 200,000 lives and wiped out homes, livelihoods and infrastructure.
In the wake of the tsunami, Canadians rallied to assist those who had been affected.
Providing food aid in remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan
Drought, famine, severe weather conditions and other climate change-induced hazards pose significant risks for most of Afghanistan, often adding to the impact of the global food crisis on local populations. Coupled with a volatile economy and labour market, these hazards leave isolated mountainous communities with restricted access to food.
Attabad Village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, 13 January 2010: Focus Humanitarian Assistance is providing relief to four villages in northern Pakistan that were struck by a devastating landslide on 4 January 2010.
According to initial disaster assessment reports, Attabad Payeen, Attabad Bala, Sarat and Ayeenabad were directly affected by the massive landslide in Hunza valley, which killed thirteen people and injured nine others.
FOCUS is continuing to assist the most vulnerable mountain communities in the province of Badakhshan in north-eastern Afghanistan through cross sectoral relief and recovery support in education, health, nutrition and livelihoods.
FOCUS completes rehabilitation of earthquake-devastated kindergarten in Qumsangir
Following the devastating earthquakes in Qumsangir, southern Tajikistan in July 2006, in which many homes and community buildings were seriously damaged, FOCUS provided humanitarian support through the provision of immediate relief. Immediate recovery efforts by the Government primarily focused on the reconstruction of homes.
Situation Update and Assessment
Tajikistan continues to experience the compounded crisis situation in 2008. This situation is magnified for the communities in the isolated mountainous regions of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) where temperatures are the lowest, snowfall is the heaviest and natural hazards have devastated homes, schools and hospitals this winter as well as having already been the cause of one fatality. According to the Agency on Hydrometeorology in Tajikistan, in 2008 GBAO is experiencing significantly increased snowfall than that of in 2007.
Islamabad, Pakistan, October 14, 2005 - Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS), an agency affiliated with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), has mobilised specialised staff, volunteers and resources in response to the widespread destruction following the earthquake which struck several parts of Pakistan.
FOCUS is conducting search and rescue operations and distributing essential relief items to tens of thousands of families in the affected areas of Islamabad, Muzzafarabad and other remote regions of the country.