Japan: Strengthening Civil-Military Coordination in Asia and the Pacific
29 Oct 2013
What is the role of the military for saving lives of the most vulnerable when major earthquakes, and super cyclones threaten their survival? How can we ensure the humanitarian objective of military’s relief operations, especially when foreign troops are involved and their assets are...
Aid worker diary: Devastation in the Philippines
21 Oct 2013
More than 350,000 people have lost or fled their homes following the devastating earthquake that struck the central-Philippines island of Bohol on 15 October. OCHA’s Prerna Suri was part of a team that visited towns near the quake’s epicentre.
It's been five days since Roddel...
Philippines: Hope amidst the ruins of Bohol
16 Oct 2013
A joint OCHA/Government assessment team found severe damage in Carmen, the town at the epicentre of the earthquake that shook the central-Philippine island of Bohol on Tuesday (15 October). They also found a doctor who was determined to keep delivering for her patients in extraordinary...
Philippines: Escaping conflict in Zamboanga
4 Oct 2013
When the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex was built in Zamboanga, a cityon the southern Philippines island of Mindanao, its architect could never have imagined it would be used for anything but sports. But in recent weeks, the stadium became a temporary home to more than 70,000 people...
Pacific: Disaster simulation boosts readiness across three countries
3 Oct 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...