UNICEF - Rehearsing the emergency response

Each year, the 133 UNICEF country offices around the globe respond to an average of 250 emergencies, including such diverse crises as floods, droughts, earthquakes, epidemics and conflicts, among others. Nevertheless, the bulk of UNICEF’s time, energy and human resources are devoted to long-term development issues. This poses an interesting challenge for the organisation: how to maintain the humanitarian knowledge, skills and decision-making ability of all staff members during the long, non-crisis periods?

Christian Aid’s Approach To Resilience: Thriving Resilient Livelihoods

Christian Aid, the fourth largest British development/humanitarian NGO, has developed an approach to supporting resilience which it calls the ‘thriving resilient livelihoods’ approach. Christian Aid wants to enable poor people to move beyond survival, to enjoy thriving lives. This means making a living in ways that provide adequate food, safe conditions and the resources to take new opportunities.

Update on Avian influenza A (H7N9) situation in China (FAO)

As of 10th January 2014, 163 human cases of influenza A(H7N9) virus infection were reported to WHO. Of these cases, 50 died.  Fifteen cases have been reported since the first of the year by China and its close neighbours.

Most human A(H7N9) cases have reported contact with poultry or live bird markets. Knowledge about the main virus reservoirs, and the extent and distribution of the virus in animals remains limited.

WHO MERS-CoV Guidance to Countries - December 2013

Based on the current situation and available information, WHO encourages all Member States to continue their surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns. Health care providers are advised to maintain vigilance. Recent travellers returning from the Middle East who develop SARI should be tested for MERS-CoV as advised in the current surveillance recommendations. Patients diagnosed and reported to date have had respiratory disease as their primary illness.

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Towards a Safer World Newsletter - December 2012

The TASW Network is a diverse group of energetic and expert practitioners from a variety of sectors, organisations and countries demonstrated how they had initiated whole-of- society preparedness for pandemic and related threats. They also indicated their commitment to maintaining and refining the best practices they have developed. They agreed to communicate it widely, mainstream it within institutions, sustain it, reach out and engage others who might benefit from it, and to continue to learn from each other.


TASW Newsletter: July 2012

Towards a Safer World is a multi-stakeholder network of practitioners, led by the UN System Influenza Coordination office and World Food Programme. Its purpose is to identify, disseminate and support implementation of lessons, good practices and innovations that emerged from the enormous amount of work undertaken by civil society, governments and the private sector over recent years to prepare for influenza pandemic – and to demonstrate the relevance of those practices to wider preparedness.