Singapore Pledges Additional Funding for IOM’s Ayeyarwady Delta Shelter Programme

Posted on Tuesday, 18-05-2010
Myanmar – Singapore has pledged a further USD 200,000 to support IOM’s shelter programme for the victims of Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady delta.The donation, which follows an earlier Singaporean contribution of USD 100,000, will go towards helping the most vulnerable households in rural areas of Pyapone township to repair and weatherproof their homes ahead of the monsoon, which is expected this month.

The money will pay for materials, including nipa palm for roofing materials, bamboo mats for walling, and bamboo for structural support.  Each household will also receive a shelter instruction book to help them to build safer homes.

Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar in May 2008, killing some 140,000 people and affecting some 2.4 million others in the delta region, much of which is only accessible by water.

“The Singapore Government is committed to helping the survivors of Cyclone Nargis rebuild their lives. Our partnership with the IOM is intended to address the considerable ongoing need for shelter in Nargis-affected areas, and remains guided by the Post-Nargis Recovery and Preparedness Plan (PONREPP) and the Prioritised Action Plan,” said Singaporean Ambassador to Myanmar Robert Chua.

IOM has already helped over 68,000 families to repair or rebuild their homes in the delta at a cost of some USD 15 million since the cyclone. Other contributors to the IOM post-Nargis shelter programme have included the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Japan and ECHO.

But two years after the disaster, thousands of vulnerable families still remain without adequate shelter, according to IOM Myanmar Chief of Mission Mariko Tomiyama. “IOM is currently appealing for a further USD 12.5 million to meet the needs of a further 50,000 vulnerable families,” she says.

For more information please contact:

Nelson Bosch
IOM Myanmar
E-mail: nbosch@iom.int

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported more than a 100 percent increase in HIV-AIDS deaths in Mon State in the last two months.

June leaves Mon State with unprecedented HIV-AIDS death rate
Wed 01 Jul 2009, IMNA, Rai Maraoh and Roi Mon
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported more than a 100 percent increase in HIV-AIDS deaths in Mon State in the last two months.

Responsible for supplying over 200 HIV-AIDS patients with antiretroviral (ARV) medicines, the organization told reporters that the number of new and developing cases may still be on the rise.

“At the end of June we had a meeting to review our work…this month [June] 11 of our patients died, which has never happened before,” said one IOM staff member who works in Mudon Township. In contrast, 5 patient deaths were reported in May.

Since early 2007, when IOM began its medicine distribution in Mon State, workers told IMNA that there has been a variance in whether or not there will be recorded deaths in any given month, but that this number is startlingly high.

In fact, this development occurred in light of the IOM’s doubling of the number of HIV-positive patients issued the medicine in April and June—from 100 to 200.

“Most HIV and AIDS patients need ARVs, though many don’t get enough [oftentimes none at all]. But some of them didn’t take the drugs regularly, and that’s [part of the reason] why the patient deaths have increased this month [June],” said another member of the IOM staff. Continue reading “The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported more than a 100 percent increase in HIV-AIDS deaths in Mon State in the last two months.”