TASW Newsletter, November 2015



African Livestock Futures Study:“Realizing the potential of livestock for food security, poverty reduction and the environment in Sub-Saharan Africa”
The Study was presented and disseminated on 28 September, in New York, at an event hosted by EchoHealth Alliance. You can watch the event on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bffi8vTVBW4

2015 GRF One Health Summit, Davos Oct 2015, Conference Programme booklet and Short Abstracts
The 2015 Conference Programme booklet and Short Abstracts collection are available now. This year's programme book will be published electronically only in order to protect our environment. WLAN access is available in the conference centre so that the agenda can be accessed any time.
Seoul Declaration - Global Health Security Agenda

September 2015 High - Level Meeting in Seoul

We, the ministers gathered on September 9, 2015, at the Global Health Security
Agenda (GHSA) High - Level Meeting in Seoul, commit ourselves to work toward strengthening health security and to reaffirm the shared goals from the 2014 GHSA White House Event, to make a world safe
and secure from infectious disease threats whether naturally occurring, deliberate or accidental,
and to promote global health security as a national and international priority.

Integrating behavioral surveillance into emerging infectious disease prevention

EcoHealth Alliance, October 16, 2015

Pandemics associated with emerging infectious diseases, particularly zoonotic infections, are increasing in both frequency and impact. Over the past decade, attempts to control deadly zoonotic viruses like severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses, and highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses, have been, out of necessity, almost entirely reactionary.

ILRI’s Corporate Report 2014–2015 is out: Twenty-one stories of better lives through livestock

ILRI, 28 Oct

The board of trustees, management, scientists and support staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) take pleasure in announcing publication of the institute’s corporate report for 2014 and 2015.

Establishing resilient animal health systems to reduce biological threats


Recent examples of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, such as Ebola or zoonotic influenza, highlight the difficulty of predicting when and where new diseases will naturally emerge or where existing ones will resurface. Moreover, animal pathogens may be used as bio-weapons or in bioterror because they have a high impact...

El Niño threat to the Pacific

UNISDR, 23 October 2015

Suva, FIJI – A high level disaster resilience forum in the Pacific next week will have added importance as concerns grow over the potential impact on the region of this year’s El Niño....


UNISDR: Proposed Updated Terminology on Disaster Risk Reduction ...

Preventionweb, Aug 29, 2015

Indicators and terminology on past and recent work on disaster risk reduction. People who have suffered injury, illness or other health effects...

WHO: Managing disaster risks in communities

WHO, 18 Sept

Managing disaster risks in communities. A community-based approach to disaster risk reduction. Training manual for the trainers of cluster representatives and volunteers. A community-based approach to disaster risk ...

World Bank: Funding Boost for Climate Action

WB, 10 Oct

  • Significant increase in World Bank Group’s climate financing
  • More funds to help countries adapt to and mitigate impact of climate change
  • Special meeting in Lima on climate shows real progress on financing

International Day for Disaster Reduction Message from the Secretary-General

UNISDR, 13 Oct

In his message for tomorrow's International Day for Disaster Reduction, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, recalled his meeting with the President of Vanuatu, Solomon Lonsdale, at the Sendai World Conference the same day that Cyclone Pam hit the country. This year’s observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.


CDC: Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC)

CDC, Sep 8, 2015

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication is an approach to communicating effectively during emergencies. The CERC program consists of 1) training, 2) resources, and 3) shared learning.

UNICEF: C4D in humanitarian situations

UNICEF, Aug 6, 2015

Communication for Development in humanitarian situation seeks to share relevant, .... Guidance. Behaviour Change Communication In Emergencies: A Toolkit.


Influences of Preparedness Knowledge and Beliefs on Household Disaster Preparedness

MMWR, Sept 2015

In response to concern about strengthening the nation's ability to protect its population and way of life and ability to adapt and recover from emergencies, the President of the US issued Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness.

CDC Grand Rounds: Addressing Preparedness Challenges for Children in Public Health Emergencies

MMWR, Sept 2015

Recent public health emergencies including Hurricane Katrina (2005), the influenza H1N1 pandemic (2009), and the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa (2014-2015) have demonstrated the importance of multiple-level emergency planning and response. An effective response requires integrating coordinated contributions from community-based health care providers, regional health care coalitions, state and local health departments, and federal agency initiatives.

UNEP: Preparedness key to avoiding worst consequences of disasters

PreventionWeb, 19 Aug

With industrialization progressing rapidly and climate change making extreme weather the new normal, more and more communities are threatened by potentially crippling disasters. A handbook launched today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) helps countries minimize the health, environmental and economic costs of disasters through building preparedness and community awareness of the risks.

Asia: USAID and NASA today launched 'SERVIR-Mekong'

Date:31 Aug 2015
Sources:Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States of America - gov; United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States of America - gov

Bangkok — The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters and increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

Japan: Measures need to be reexamined to prepare for major disasters

Date:1 Sep 2015, Source(s):Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun writes in an opinion piece that Japan should reexamine its preparedness against natural disasters as their occurrence is unpredictable. Ahead of Disaster Prevention Day on Tuesday, antidisaster drills are to be held at various parts of the country.


Presidents of Sierra Leone and Liberia outline post-Ebola recovery plan in addresses to UN Assembly

UN News Centre, 29 September 2015

In their respective statements to the United Nations General Assembly today, the leaders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, two of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak, discussed their subsequent recovery efforts, and also spoke about the need for the reform of UN bodies....

US: Sharper forecasts may help avert repeat of Katrina disaster - Feature

Reuters, 31 Aug

The science of predicting hurricanes has come a long way since Katrina caught New Orleans officials off guard 10 years ago, reports Reuters. A range of technological advances, from a new generation of satellites to supercomputers and unmanned drones, promises more-accurate forecasts that would increase public officials' confidence in weather experts' advice that in turn, could save lives.

New Orleans Tells the Story of Resilience After Disaster

Time, 2 Sept

Today, crisis has become the new normal for cities, due to the volatile mix of 21st century trends of globalization, urbanization, and climate change. And, no, cities can't hide from the reality that what happened in New Orleans could happen to them.


UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
Date: 27-29 January 2016
Venue: Geneva International Conference Centre, Geneva, Switzerland
Purpose: The outcomes of the conference are to:
  • Launch the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, and
  • Discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Road Map to 2030 to define the expected outcomes of the science and technology work under each of the four Sendai Framework priorities for actions and the ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs.

Conference topics

  • High Level Panel: Introduction of the UNISDR Science and Technology road map for the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
  • Work stream 1: The Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework
  • Work stream 2: Understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning
  • Work stream 3: Use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support the implementation and reporting of Sendai Framework
  • Work stream 4: Leveraging science through capacity development and research
  • High Level Panel: Agree and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology road map for the implementation of the Sendai framework.

Target participants: The conference aims to bring together the full diversity of the science and technology community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels.

2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP21/CMP11
Date: 30 November 2015 – 11 December 2015
Location: Paris, France
Training and Events calendar on PreventionWeb


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