Give2Asia and the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) have joined together to work on the NGO Disaster Preparedness Program, which is a three-year program aimed at strengthening community-level disaster preparedness in Asia. The program will do so through financial support of the most innovative and effective disaster preparedness initiatives in at-risk communities in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Vietnam. [Read more...]
Earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides have shaken communities across all continents over the past decade, bringing focus to natural disasters and climate change impact, as the 2013 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report highlight. We have witnessed disasters in Aceh, Indonesia in 2004; Sichuan Province, China in 2008; Tohoku, Japan in 2011; and Eastern Samar, Philippines in 2013.
Myanmar may only be the twelfth largest country in Asia, but it is home to the second most malaria deaths – mostly in regions hard to reach due to conflict, geography and lack of infrastructure. The issue is compounded by both the influx of fake malarial medication and a rise in drug-resistant malaria strains in the region, according to the World Health Organization. [Read more...]
This article originally appeared on the Eurasia Review website on March 7, 2013.
By Steve Hirsch
Donors of foreign aid to Burma are now making many of the same mistakes in that country as they have elsewhere in the past, according to a study on overseas assistance to the country as it reforms after decades of military rule. [Read more...]