Published on ASEAN, by ASEAN Secretariat, 13 August 2010.
The ASEAN Post-Nargis humanitarian effort in Myanmar came to an end on 31 July 2010 with the closure of the Coordinating Office of the ASEAN Humanitarian Task Force (AHTF) in Yangon.
Since it was set up in May 2008, the AHTF was instrumental in raising more than USD 600 million with the major contributions coming from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Norway, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Contributions also came from Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Kuwait, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
These funds have been crucial in addressing the needs of the Cyclone survivors to rebuild their lives better. Notable achievements include having some 623,000 children benefitting from educational humanitarian response and 575,000 children receiving essential learning material packs. The funds also led to 356 multi-purpose building cum-cyclone shelters being built and 3,800 ponds constructed. More than 1.5 million people received agriculture support, 172,960 fishing gears distributed and 422 health facilities have been rehabilitated under the purview of the AHTF.
The decision to officially end the operations of the AHTF was made by the ASEAN Foreign Ministers at the 43rd ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in Ha Noi on 20 July 2010. This ASEAN-led coordinating mechanism in Myanmar was established by the Foreign Ministers at their special meeting in Singapore in May 2008 in the wake of Cyclone Nargis that made landfall in Myanmar on 2 and 3 May 2008 … (full text).
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