Update on Indonesian earthquake/tsunami

UN Calling Asia - a weekly magazine programme, in English, that keeps you in touch with UN developments covering Asia and the Pacific.

earthquake victim

On October 25th a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit West Sumatra off of Indonesia triggering a tsunami alert. Indonesian authorities report that more than 270 people have been killed. Rescue workers say more than 400 people are still missing. Phillip Charlesworth, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Indonesia gives us an update regarding the situation on the ground.

Stepping up for Asian tigers.


Environmentalists are urging governments to help double the number of wild tigers from 3000 to 6000 by 2022 to save them from extinction. A century ago, tigers in Asia were estimated at 100,000. But since the economic boom in Asia, their natural habitat is being taken over by humans. Poaching is also cause for their dwindling numbers. Jamie Kemsey, Communications Officer in charge of the World Wildlife Fund campaign to save the tigers.

Epilepsy sufferers in rural China get treatment.

Global Campaign against Epilepsy: Out of the Shadows

Many countries in the world fall short in treatment for those suffering with mental illnesses. Even though it is relatively inexpensive and easy to deliver, the vast majority of people with mental, neurological and substance use disorders do not receive even the basic care. The World Health Organization’s has put together an easy to use mental health guide to make care more accessible. China has been the first to integrate the model in local clinics to treat epilepsy sufferers.

Producer: Jocelyne Sambira
Production Assistant : Sandra Guy
Engineer : Zach Prewitt
Duration: 14’00″

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