UN CALLING ASIA: UNICEF focuses on water hygiene in Cambodia

Constructing a toilet in Cambodia. Photo: UNICEF

Improving hygiene and protecting water sources from contamination, remain key challenges for Cambodia.

According to the UN Children's agency (UNICEF) less than one in three Cambodians have access to latrines and hand washing facilities, one of the lowest rates in South East Asia.

Cambodia is among the country's that remain off-track to meet the Millennium Development Goals on sanitation.


Philippine coconut farmers count cost after loss of 33 million trees

Coconut farmers in the Philippines are counting the cost caused by Typhoon Haiyan which swept across the country three months ago flattening millions of trees.

The country's second largest coconut-producing region, Eastern Visayas, was one of the areas most affected.

Thirty-three million trees were damaged or destroyed there leaving more than a million coconut farmers in need of assistance.

Those farmers are now replanting trees. However, it will take between six to eight years for those trees to reach full production.

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting recovery efforts.


Photo: UNMISS/Irene Scott

Australian pilots play vital logistical role in UN South Sudan Mission

Pilots from Australia have been playing a crucial role in South Sudan as the United Nations ramps up its response to a conflict which broke out in December

The fighting made an already precarious  humanitarian situation even worse.

Instability has now spread to six out of ten states displacing more than 200,000 people.

The Australian Air force has been stepped in to assist the UN response around the country by airlifting tonnes of supplies.



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