Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 11-17 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, West Nile fever and MERS.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 28 August - 3 September 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, yellow fever, West Nile fever and cholera.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
NATURAL DISASTERS IN 2012
After an intense year of natural disasters in 2011, countries in the Asia-Pacific region welcomed a reduction in the number of events in 2012. OCHA and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters recorded 93 natural disaster events in 2012, in which over 3,200 people were killed and more than 75 million people were affected. China and the Philippines experienced the most disasters in 2012.
by Ron Corben
BANGKOK — Doctors across Southeast Asia are on alert for outbreaks of a strain of the virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease, responsible for killing scores of children across Asia in recent months. Medical authorities say the peak of the outbreak still has not been reached.
Reports of outbreaks of the virus that causes hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) have cropped up in countries across Asia in recent months, mainly affecting young children.
The hardest hit has been China with more than 1.2 million cases and over 350 deaths.
APEC lends support for health innovation, eyes greater worker productivity, economic sustainability
Issued by the APEC Health Working Group
St Petersburg, Russia, 28 June 2012 – APEC member economies participating in the APEC High-Level Meeting on Health & the Economy Wednesday recognized the urgent need for APEC member economies to invest in the health of their populations at all stages of life in order to fully capture the economic returns of a healthy and productive populations.
MANILA, 23 July 2009, 16:00 hrs - Continued spread of the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus in the Republic of Korea prompted national health authorities to raise the alert to the second highest level and shift policies to focus more sharply on mitigation of the disease. Meanwhile, Singapore reported two additional deaths linked to the virus.
Health authorities in the Republic of Korea announced on 21 July that efforts to contain the disease would give way to a new "damage-minimizing" strategy focusing on the treatment of patients with serious illness.
MANILA, 15 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Health authorities in New Zealand and Australia warned of an increased strain on intensive care units over the next few weeks as cases of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 continued to grow significantly.
New Zealand Health Minister, Tony Ryall, said the visits to health clinics would put more pressure on the health system as flu season peaked.
MANILA, 14 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Almost 100 Australians are currently in hospital with Pandemic (H1N1) 2009, health authorities said, as a new analysis of hospitalized cases in the state of Victoria found that young and healthy people had been severely sickened by the virus.
Australia is one of a number of countries in the Western Pacific Region to have shifted to a mitigation phase in its response to the disease and is no longer testing all suspected cases. Also, some countries are not reporting new cases on a daily basis.
MANILA, 13 July 2009, 1600 hrs - Singapore health authorities announced an end to thermal screening of travellers entering the country, as it continued its shift from containment to mitigation of the virus. Screening had become less useful since there was now localized community spread in Singapore, the authorities stated.
Singapore's decision comes as some countries in the Western Pacific Region refocus their response efforts to provide better medical care to patients with severe illness rather than try to keep track of individual cases.
MANILA, 10 July 2009, 1600 hrs - The summer holidays have been brought forward for 43 secondary schools in Hong Kong (China) in an effort to curtail the spread of Pandemic H1N1 2009, health authorities said, as 57 new infections were detected in the territory. The Department of Health called on parents to pay attention to the health of their children, and to ensure they practiced good personal hygiene.
On 9 July, New Zealand announced its sixth death linked to Pandemic H1N1, that of a woman with underlying health conditions.
MANILA, 9 July 2009, 1600 hrs - As its case numbers approached the 7000 mark, Australia announced AU$7 million (US$5.45 million) in funding for research projects to learn more about Pandemic H1N1 2009 and to help produce better responses to future outbreaks.
Health authorities in Australia, which has the highest number of cases in the Western Pacific Region, said the funding would be provided for 41 projects to help national authorities tailor their responses to the virus.
MANILA, 8 July 2009, 1600 hrs-The World Health Organization said it would ask countries hardest hit by Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 to move away from laboratory testing of individual cases and towards collecting broader data about the disease.
MANILA, 6 July 2009, 1600 hrs - The number of deaths in the Western Pacific Region associated with Pandemic H1N1 2009 increased to 16 in the reporting period to 6 July, after New Zealand reported that three people with the virus had died.
The first fatality, a 19-year old man in Hamilton, died on 28 June. It is not yet known whether he had underlying health conditions. On 2 July, a 42-year old man with underlying medical conditions died in Christchurch, and on 4 July a young girl with underlying medical problems died in Wellington.
MANILA, 2 July 2009, 1600 hrs-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo went into voluntary quarantine in a Manila hospital after returning from a two-week tour that took her to Japan, Brazil, Colombia and Hong Kong. Aides said the move was designed to set an example to other Filipinos returning from locations that had outbreaks of Pandemic H1N1 2009. The President was reported to be in good health.
MANILA, 1 July 2009, 1600 hrs-Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service has stepped in to help evacuate indigenous Australians from remote northern communities as health officials warn that the indigenous population is more vulnerable than others to Pandemic H1N1 2009.
MANILA, 30 June 2009, 1600 hrs-The Philippines has become one of the latest countries to move from containment to mitigation in its response to the Pandemic H1N1 2009 virus. Under new measures announced by the Manila government, testing of all suspected cases is being discontinued. Instead, "selective testing" will be done on high-risk individuals, those arriving from abroad with flu-like symptoms and the first suspected cases in a community.
MANILA, 29 June 2009, 1600 hrs - Fatalities in Australia associated with Pandemic H1N1 2009 increased to seven in the reporting period to 29 June as the number of people infected with the virus in the Western Pacific climbed beyond 8800.
Australia's Department of Health and Ageing announced that two men aged 50 and 85 from the state of Victoria had died while infected with the virus. The 50-year-old was being treated for life-threatening cancer and was later diagnosed with Pandemic H1N1 2009. He died while receiving treatment in hospital.