The 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October)
WHO has been actively supporting disaster risk reduction for decades and is currently working with UNISDR to promote a central focus on people’s health for disaster risk reduction, included in the next global framework on disaster risk reduction. Research show that an estimated 15% of the world’s population live with some form of disability, yet they are among the most vulnerable and neglected before, during and after any type of emergency. People with disabilities face widespread barriers in accessing services such as health, education, employment and transport. The basic and specific needs of people with disabilities are frequently ignored or overlooked in emergency risk management. Like all community members, people with disabilities have the right to participate in the assessment, design, implementation and monitoring of emergency programmes. Staff and volunteers working in health and other sectors should ensure that their programmes and services are inclusive of people with disabilities.
One of the lessons learnt from emergencies or disasters in the South-East Asia Region is that information and knowledge management is a weak area. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 was no exception . In any emergency, no matter how difficult, information needs to be collected, stored, and retrieved systematically for analysis. This should be done before, during and after any event. By having a disciplined structure and practice around these activities, we can be more effective in turning information into knowledge and knowledge into action. This is the main goal of this book. This book, in two volumes, serves as a reference textbook for the event itself as it happened in each country of study and provides a method for documenting emergencies in the larger discipline of emergency risk management in health.
World Humanitarian Day - 19 August 2013
“Every year on August 19th we mark World Humanitarian Day in honour of aid workers, who have lost their lives in the line of duty. We commemorate their sacrifice and reaffirm our commitment to the lifesaving work that humanitarians carry out around the world every day, often in difficult and dangerous circumstances, where others cannot or do not want to go. This year our World Humanitarian Day campaign is calling on people to answer a question: ‘What do you think the world needs more of?’” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Violence in Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar (May 2013)
Riots occurred in Lashio, Northern Shan State on the evening of 28 May 2013 and continued till 29 May. Violence appeared to have begun after a woman vendor was doused in petrol and set fire in Lashio by a person identified as a drug addict. A religious building and shops attached to an orphanage were destroyed by fire. From 28-29 May a total of 5 houses, 3 religious buildings, one cinema, 4 warehouses, 32 shops, 11 motorcycles, and 2 vehicles were burnt. One death and five injured cases were reported and treated at Lashio General Hospital. Lashio has been under curfew since 8 pm on 28 May. Government deployed Military and Police forces to control the situation and now security is under control. No health emergency assistance is requested by MOH.
Emergency and Humanitarian Action
World Health Organization
Regional Office of South East Asia
Tel: 91-11-23370804 Ext. 26444
Fax: 91-11-23378438 (Direct)