Lao PDR: Lethal dengue fever outbreak kills 92
16 Sep 2013
Dao* writhes in pain as his worried family waits for doctors in an overcrowded hospital in Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. Dao is suffering from dengue, a tropical disease which is spread by the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
Dao is one of nearly 50,000 people in Lao PDR who have...
From Fiji to Nepal: World Humanitarian Day 2013 in the Asia Pacific
9 Sep 2013
Aid workers often risk their lives to do the work most of us would shy away from. From Iraq to Syria, Libya to Somalia, thousands of men and women work tirelessly each day in the face of insurmountable danger and some have lost their lives in the course of duty. Paying tribute to their spirit,...
DPRK: $98 million still needed to address humanitarian needs, says UN
28 Aug 2013
The United Nations Resident Coordinator for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ghulam Isaczai, has warned that humanitarian gains made over the past decade could be eroded without urgent funding support.
“Without sustained humanitarian support, the gains made in...
PHILIPPINES: Technology increasingly used in disaster preparedness
28 Aug 2013
The Philippines is a country beset with frequent disasters and part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, so new ways to improve disaster preparedness and the resilience of the communities is a constant challenge for the Government and its humanitarian partners.
Addressing this issue of...
Philippines: Monsoon rains and storms drench Northern provinces
23 Aug 2013
Heavy monsoon rains, exacerbated by a series of tropical storms triggered major flooding across the island of Luzon in the northern Philippines, claiming 16 lives and forcing the evacuation of more than 380,000 people.
On 19 August, some 60 per cent of the Metro Manila region was under...