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Southeast Asia News

Monthly Update
July 2017

Floods in Northeastern Thailand
Since July 2017, 11 provinces in Thailand have been affected by floods, with 10 provinces remain inundated with more than 800,000 people affected. The Thai Red Cross provided relief kits to one of the worst-hit areas, Sakhon Nakhon province, to 500 affected people of flood victims in the Dong Chon sub-district and to 400 recipients at Ta lae sub-district, Muang district. Click for source and Thai Red Cross updates.

Welcome to our July 2017 Southeast Asia news updates!
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Thematic updates from Southeast Asia

Building Urban Resilience in Southeast Asia (ECHO funded)

At regional level, the 3rd Regional Coordination Meeting was held by Lao Red Cross in Vientiane, Laos from 11-12 July. The meeting brought all partners: the Red Cross societies of Laos, Finland, Spain, Germany and IFRC together to review the project progress and future planning as well as challenges faced vs. solutions. Click here to read more

Revision of the minimum standard commitments

The IFRC Minimum Standard Commitments to Gender and Diversity in Emergency Practice (pilot - 2015) is the key operational document for IFRC and Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies for gender and diversity. After over two years of testing, the minimum standard commitments will be reviewed to ensure its practicality. We welcome your comments to this document revision through this google doc link. The deadline for comments is 15 August 2017. Click here to read more

Audio-visual storytelling workshop to showcase community voices

Between 10 and 13 July in Metro Manila, staff and volunteers from different departments and chapters of the Philippine Red Cross joined a participatory video workshop facilitated by IFRC’s audio-visual experts. This workshop aimed at enhancing the audio-visual storytelling skills and capacities of the participants, allowing them to better advocate on behalf of the communities the Red Cross supports. Click to read more

Youth Network meeting on Asia Pacific level and on Southeast Asia level

The youth representatives from Asia Pacific are meeting in the Asia Pacific Youth Network (APYN) from 3-6 July to review their plan of action and develop one for the next year. Click here to read more. While within the Southeast Asia, the Southeast Asia Youth Network (SEAYN) conducted its 18th online meeting, which featured Translator Gator, an online web-based crowdsourcing game, and school safety mapping exercise. Click here to read more

Indonesia: A Regional Leader on Disaster Law

Following Indonesia’s Disaster Management Law of 2007 and the establishment of National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the ‘Planas-PRB’, where Palang Merah Indonesia (PMI), the Red Cross Society of Indonesia and IFRC are active members, Indonesia has continued to establish its position as a regional leader on disaster law. In Jakarta, IFRC met with the ASEAN Secretariat to discuss the current partnership on a disaster law mapping initiative in Southeast Asia. This mapping is exploring the institutionalization of preparedness and response provisions in the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) in domestic law and policy in ASEAN Countries. As part of this research, a consultation is proposed next month with government and National Society representatives from across the region. Click to read more

Updates from National Societies

Proud moment of Brunei Darussalam Red Crescent Youth

The people of Brunei Darussalam celebrated His Majesty Sultan of Brunei Darussalam’s 71st Birthday on July 15. The highlight of the celebrations was the traditional ceremonial parade to mark the birthday of the monarch where Brunei Darussalam Red Cross Youth was proudly taking part in His Majesty’s ceremonial parade, with more than 1,200 other participants. Brunei Red Crescent Society personnel and volunteers were then invited to the ceremony of His Majesty’s birthday. For more information, contact Faizal Gurie at

Cambodia Red Cross equips communities with a law to empower them during disasters

To strengthen the public’s awareness on the new Law on Disaster Management, following a successful National Workshop in Cambodia, the Cambodia Red Cross, in partnership with the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) have undertaken two sub-national workshops. These workshops serve to disseminate and also to highlight the role of Cambodia Red Cross as a key community-based actor and partner of the national and provincial committee for disaster management. Click to read more


Increased Access of water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure in Cambodia

Supported by IFRC and Cartier Charitable Foundation, the Cambodian Red Cross has completed the shallow tube wells in Kratie province, following the construction of household sanitation in Kratie and Svayt Rieng province. These infrastructure are supported with Red Cross Volunteers. Click to read the update of this month

Cambodian Red Cross volunteers equipped in Healthy Ageing support

A total of 87 Red Cross volunteers received 2-day community based healthy ageing training organized by Cambodian Red Cross headquarters and in three provincial branches: Prey Veng, Svay Rieng and Kampot provinces. The training was followed by community outreach sessions conducted by the trained volunteers in 9 villages and 18 health education sessions in providing and implementing the “Healthy Ageing” intervention and health promotion including health screening, physical exercise, healthy eating, lifelong learning and meditation sessions for elderly people. Click to read more

Lao Red Cross Youth trained to be facilitators of school safety

With the collaboration of Thai Red Cross Society and IFRC, the first Youth in School Safety Facilitators Training was held in July 25-28 in Vientiane, Laos, to support the Lao Red Cross Youth in School Safety programme, under the Building Urban Resilience in Southeast Asia project. A total of 20 participants attended the two-day practice and conducted one-day programme in five target schools. Click to read more

One million mangrove trees shield Indonesia’s coastline from disasters

This year, the International Mangrove Day marks an important achievement by the Indonesian Red Cross Society. Thanks to the efforts of Red Cross staff and volunteers working closely with local communities, more than one million seedlings have been planted across three counties in Indonesia including Aceh, central Java and West Nusa Tenggara, where there is a high risk of disasters such as tsunamis, floods and landslides. Click to read more

Gender and Diversity toward Philippine Red Cross quality programming

Following its mandate of reaching and providing humanitarian service to the most vulnerable, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), with the support of IFRC and Australian Red Cross, held a Gender and Diversity Organizational Assessment Workshop on 17-18 July 2017. The two-day activity seeks to come-up with valuable strategies to integrate gender and diversity in Philippine Red Cross operations and services. Click to read more

Migration Lessons Learnt Workshop for Mindanao Returnees operation

The Philippine Red Cross organized Migration Lessons Learnt Workshop for Mindanao Returnees operation from 19-20 July 2017 in Manila, the Philippines with the support of IFRC. The workshop aimed to share and exchange good practices in migration related programs. Click to read more

Singapore Red Cross nurtures socially responsible youth regionally

Singapore Red Cross held its inaugural Singapore Humanitarian Youth Summit on 1 and 2 July. The summit featured a series of lectures on pressing humanitarian issues, a youth symposium on humanitarian trends, and a ‘model’ IFRC General Assembly. Seventy youth leaders aged 17 to 35 attended lectures on Elderly Inclusion, Voluntary Blood Donation and Migration, and proposed ideas in support of these humanitarian trends. Click here to read more

_re Y_u the Missing Type?

Singapore Red Cross (SRC) and the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore ran the ‘Missing Type’ campaign for the second round. The 2017 Missing Type Campaign elicited support from 79 organisations which joined the campaign by removing the blood type letters ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘O’ from their signage and branding from 4 July to 9 July. Click to read more

Community volunteers lauded at Singapore Red Cross Awards 2017

Singapore Red Cross presented awards to 28 individuals and eight organisations at the 5th Singapore Red Cross Awards on 25 July, for their dedicated humanitarian service. The award recipients are actively involved in the full spectrum of community causes championed by the homegrown humanitarian organisation in and outside of Singapore – these include the national blood programme, community first aid, food aid, transport aid, elder aid, home and day activity for persons with disability, and disaster response. Click to read more

Peer-to-peer support on resource mobilization

On 10-11 July, representatives from the Asia Pacific Fundraising Network (APFN) visited the Viet Nam Red Cross Society (VNRC) and IFRC to provide peer-to-peer support on resource mobilization. The APFN provided recommendations on strengthening VNRC’s corporate fundraising capacity, developing online donation mechanism and donor database, among others. This is in line with VNRC’s plan to develop the staff capacity in corporate resource mobilization this year. For more information, contact at IFRC in Vietnam.

Weather Forecast for August to October 2017

Are the next 3 months likely to be unusually wet or dry? For more information, click here.
For meteorological agency in the respective Southeast Asian countries, visit :Brunei Darussalam | Cambodia | Indonesia | Laos | Malaysia | Myanmar | Philippines | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam

Featured Video

Bangladesh: Giving people a voice makes for safer and happier communities

‘When a woman has health concerns, she may not always feel comfortable discussing them with a male doctor. Based on our suggestion, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society arranged for a female doctor to be recruited. We consulted with her, and received prescriptions and medicines.’ This is how Sefali Begum from the Sheikhpura village explained why the Complaints Response Mechanism matters to her community. Click here to watch

Upcoming Events for July to September 2017

Upcoming events for August to October 2017
August 31 July – 4 August Regional South-East Asia network meeting and SGBV training Manila
15-17 Lao-Thai Cross-border workshop Nongkhai, Thailand
17-18 ECHO Partners Coordination Meeting Bangkok
29-30 Regional Forum on Demystifying the Global Agenda Frameworks into Practice Bangkok
31 First aid training for Grab Taxi drivers Phuket, Thailand
September 5-8 SEAYN Meeting TBC
11-15 Emergency WASH training in Laos by LRC Lao PDR
18-20 Global Communications Forum Bangkok
21-22 Southeast Asia Red Cross Red Crescent Societies Leadership Meeting Vietnam
TBC 'Rights of Migrants in Action' Global Consultative Meeting Brussels, Belgium
Coming Up TBC Provincial Disaster Law dissemination workshop Cambodia
TBC Provincial and national consultations on Disaster Law Vientiane, Lao PDR
TBC UNDP/ IFRC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Law Subsidiary Legislation Report Launch in Cambodia Cambodia
TBC International Disaster Response Law (IDRL) research report launch and phase II roadmap in Myanmar Myanmar
TBC Global Gender and Diversity SGBV training and network meeting TBC

Global News

“For the first time in 72 years, we have genuine hope”

Joint Statement marking the anniversary of atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Seventy-two years ago this week the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were obliterated and tens of thousands of their inhabitants incinerated by two small nuclear warheads. In the face of such devastation, humanitarian assistance was nearly impossible, and entirely inadequate. It would be the same if nuclear weapons were to be used today. There is no international capacity to respond adequately to such events.

On 6 and 9 August 2017, people in Japan and elsewhere around the world, will stand in silent remembrance of the horror of nuclear weapons. Click to read more

New Resources

Southeast Asia Youth Network (SEAYN) Newsletter – issue 7

Southeast Asia Youth Network Newsletter issue 7 covers key highlights from 11 Southeast Asia Youth Development from February to June 2017.

See also the previous issues of the newsletter - Issue 1 | Issue 2 | Issue 3Issue 4 | Issue 5 | Issue 6

Click here to download issue 7

Healthy Ageing toolkit series translated in Cambodian/Khmer version

The healthy ageing module and toolkit includes the facilitator and volunteer guide, gives an overview of the process and tools for facilitators teaching volunteers and for volunteers working with community members on healthy ageing. The guide provides the intended learning objectives and outlines of session timing for ease of planning healthy ageing sessions. Click here to download the series in English and in Cambodian.

PMI Builds Resilience in Indonesia – 20 stories of significant change

This book is a compilation of stories on the initiatives and innovation of programs and services of PMI (Indonesian Red Cross), and the significant change that its services have brought about to the empowered beneficiaries. Click here to download

Minimum standard commitment to gender and diversity in emergency programming in Lao Red Cross

This checklist is translated from the English version (pilot version), and it provides a quick tool for assessing compliance with the Minimum Standard Commitments in Emergency Programming for Lao Red Cross staff and volunteers in: emergency health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; emergency shelter; livelihoods; non-food items and disaster risk reduction. It serves as a tool for organisations to mark progress and identify their next steps. Click here to download

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