22 November 2013

Getting to zero: young people set the agenda at AIDS congress

A migrant worker activist shares a joke with the HIV virus on the parade
© UNICEF EAPRO/2013/Andy Brown
I’ve been to many international conferences in my time and the word ‘fun’ doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), held in Bangkok this week, really was fun. This was largely because of the enthusiastic participation of young people and HIV activists from around the region.

Typhoon Haiyan Diary: Rising from the rubble

by Nonoy Fajardo, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Specialist, UNICEF Philippines

I arrived in Tacloban two days after Typhoon Yolanda hit the city to do initial assessment together with a UN assessment team. Despite all the destruction and sadness around us, I saw some ray of hope.

21 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan Diary: From the field in Tanauan

A woman cradles her baby amid the debris of Super Typhoon Haiyan  © UNICEF/2013/Maitem
Today, I drove with a UNICEF team out of Tacloban, which I'm sure you've heard of. It's the city of +200,000 people that was leveled by super typhoon Haiyan and from where most of the world's media have been reporting.

14 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan diary: Mud and ruin in Tacloban

By Nonoy Fajardo, UNICEF Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Specialist

A boy displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban, Philippines

© UNICEF Philippines/2013/JMaitem 
TACOLBAN, Philippines, 13 November 2013 - I have been working on emergencies for more than 15 years now, and I seriously thought I had seen it all. But flying into Tacloban on Monday as part of a UN assessment team, I was in for a shock. As the plane taxied along the bare runway, I could see mud and ruin – only mud and ruin – where once there had been trees and buildings and all the normal signs of life.

13 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan diary: Aid is getting through

A child displaced by Typhoon Haiyan in an evacuation centre in Tacloban

© UNICEF Philippines/2013/JMaitem
It’s day four since Typhoon Haiyan hit, and the good news is aid is getting through. And I’m proud to say that UNICEF’s water and sanitation supplies – the aid category that we are leading on – are now in Tacloban, where they will help us avoid the much-feared outbreaks of typhus and cholera. Other agencies are leading on food, shelter and medicine.

12 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan diary: “There is nowhere to go”

By Christopher de Bono, Regional Chief of Communication, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific

In the Philippines, the devastation of a 'super typhoon' has left communities helpless, while the Government and relief groups struggle to mount aid operations.