Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three countries
3 October, 2013
OCHA and its humanitarian partners have completed a disaster simulation across Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – the first time that such an exercise has involved multiple countries in the Pacific. The exercise is part of continuing efforts to strengthen community-, country- and regional-level...
Philippines: Satellite imagery pinpoints vulnerability
30 September, 2013
The UN has used satellite imagery to map the humanitarian fallout of recent violence on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. Fighting between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front and Government forces has left an estimated 131,000 people displaced and killed at least 130....
UN General Assembly: 4 things you need to know
23 September, 2013
Dozens of heads of state along with the UN Secretary-General, Government Ministers, leaders of UN agencies and civil society and other dignitaries are gathering in New York for the 68th Session of the United Nation’s General Assembly. The annual event – a series of meetings...
Lao PDR: Lethal dengue fever outbreak kills 92
16 September, 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 September, 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,...