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Delivering emergency care to the most vulnerable

Five-year old Ehsam (not his real name) had suffered from a debilitating inguinal hernia since he was six months old. Funding from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) helped get him the life-saving treatment he needed.

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World + 8 others
USAID announces new resources to prevent child, early, and forced marriage

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Community-Driven Attempts to Build Climate Change Resiliency

World Bank


  • Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries to the potential impacts of climate change.

  • The Community Climate Change Project (CCCP) is allocating funds on a competitive basis to nongovernmental organizations (NGO) which supports people even in “hard to reach” areas.

  • Awarded NGOs will implement community-driven interventions to build people’s resilience to climate change impacts.

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World + 7 others
Le Canada se porte à la défense des filles à l’occasion d’un sommet mondial pour mettre fin au mariage d’enfants

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères John Baird a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’il assistera au Sommet sur les filles 2014 à Londres, au Royaume-Uni, afin d’appuyer les efforts mondiaux déployés pour mettre fin aux mariages précoces et forcés ainsi qu’à la mutilation génitale des femmes.

« Le mariage d’enfants est un problème mondial qui exige une action concertée de tous les pays, a déclaré le ministre Baird. Son élimination donnera aux femmes et aux filles l’autonomie dont elles ont besoin pour contribuer au développement et à la prospérité de leurs collectivités. »

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Bangladesh: Focusing on people in need

Communal tensions, politically motivated violence and other disturbances affect the lives of ordinary Bangladeshis in parts of the country. Together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS), the ICRC is working to help people in need.

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Biharis in Bangladesh seek protection, justice


DHAKA, 21 July 2014 (IRIN) - The recent violent attack on Urdu-speaking Biharis in the Bangladeshi capital highlights this minority’s ongoing protection needs: Community leaders allege political collusion in the attack.

Clashes broke out on 14 June between Biharis and Bengalis, who make up the majority of Bangladesh’s population, in Mirpur on the outskirts of Dhaka. Ten Biharis were killed and houses were torched; no arrests have been made to date.


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Philippines + 4 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 15 - 21 July 2014

In the Philippines, 54 people were reported dead, 100 were injured and three are still missing. Around 525,800 people were displaced and seeking shelter in 1,200 evacuation centres.

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Taking a Comprehensive Approach to Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security

In a rural village in the southern delta region of Bangladesh, Rajopa lives with her husband and their four children. She says that for years she and her husband have struggled to feed their family on a marginal income. Like many other illiterate women in her village, she was unaware of the need to provide complementary foods to her six-month old child, who was not receiving the calories and nutrients needed for proper growth.

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World + 15 others
Asia Pacific Food Price and Policy Monitor, June 2014 - Issue 11


  • Regional general inflation was 6.1 percent in May and food price inflation 5 percent, ending five consecutive months in which the pace of inflation slowed.

  • Regional rice price index increased by 5.3 percent in nominal terms as prices continued to rise in South Asia (including India), East Asia and South East Asia.

  • Wheat price indices in South Asia fell by 6.8 percent driven by an 8.3 percent drop in Pakistan.

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From Syria to South Sudan, the need to be prepared has never been greater


Despite overwhelming evidence that a stitch in time saves nine, aid spending on prevention and preparedness remains tiny

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World + 3 others
Climate Change: A humanitarian challenge for the 21st century

The global climate is changing. Humanitarian organisations must now meet new and increasing challenges to continue their life-saving work. The number of climate-related natural disasters has doubled over the last ten years—and scientists predict in the coming decades that there will be more frequent and more severe disasters due to changes in world weather patterns.

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World + 35 others
Annual Report and Accounts 2013–14

Annual Report

The Annual Report meets DFID’s obligation to report on its activities and progress toward the Millennium Development Goals under the International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Act 2006. It includes information on DFID’s results achieved, spending, performance and efficiency. The audited statutory accounts include spend against Parliamentary Estimate, and a statement of DFID’s assets and liabilities.


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Urbanization and its Discontents: Educating Dhaka’s Slum Children

World Bank


“I wanted to be a doctor,” said Batashi, a 13-year-old girl with an infectious smile, “But I had to leave school after class 3, there was no one else to look after my brothers.”

I met Batashi on a muggy afternoon in Korail, the largest slum in Dhaka city. Nestled in the shadows of the city’s glitzy condo buildings, Korail is home to 16,000 families that cram into just .25 square kilometers. Driven from their rural homes by poverty, about 500,000 people – roughly the population of Washington DC – migrate to the city each year.

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Cambodia + 6 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 11 July 2014, vol. 89, 28 (pp. 309–320) [EN/FR]


  • 309 Human cases of influenza at the human-animal interface, 2013


  • 309 Cas humains de grippe à l’interface homme-animal, 2013

Human cases of influenza at the human–animal interface, 2013

This report describes the epidemiology of the 39 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection that were reported from 7 countries during 2013, and summarizes the information on human infections with other nonseasonal influenza viruses.

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Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on July 11th, 2014


• The Brahmaputra and Gangs-Padma are in falling trend.

• The Jamuna and Meghna are in rising trend.

• The Brahmaputra-Jamuna may likely to fall in the next 72 hours.

• The Ganges- Padma may fall in the 48 hours but may likely to rise in the next 72 hours.

• The Meghna and rivers around the Dhaka city may likely to rise in the next 72 hours.

• Surma at Sunamganj and Kansha at Jariajanjail are flowing above their respective danger levels by 15 cm & 117 cm recorded today at 06.00 AM.

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World + 20 others
Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes 1970-2012

The Atlas of Mortality and Economic Losses from Weather, Climate and Water Extremes describes the distribution and impacts of disasters and highlights measures to increase resilience.

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Bangladesh + 1 other
Bangladesh bans marriages for Rohingya Muslim refugees

07/10/2014 11:37 GMT

DHAKA, July 10, 2014 (AFP) - Bangladesh said Thursday it has barred official marriages between its nationals and Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya refugees, whom it claims are attempting to wed to gain citizenship.

Law minister Syed Anisul Haque said he has ordered marriage registrars not to officiate any unions between Bangladeshi nationals and Rohingyas and also between Rohingyas themselves, thousands of whom have fled to Bangladesh.

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Rainfall and River Situation Summary as on July 10th, 2014


  • The Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma are in falling trend

  • The Brahmaputra and the Meghna are in rising trend.

  • The Brahmaputra & the Ganges may likely to fall, the Jamuna, the Padma, the Meghna and river around the Dhaka city may likely to rise in next 48 hours.

  • Teesta at Dalia is flowing its in danger level, Surma at Sunamganj, and Kansha at Jariajanjail are flowing above their respective danger levels by 40 cm & 133 cm recorded today at 06.00 AM.