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18 Dec 2014 description

This issue of the magazine examines some of the possible psychosocial consequences of working in dangerous situations, and how workers can protect themselves.

It includes a briefing note on providing psychosocial support in epidemics, as well as recommendations for health care workers on how best to operate when offering psychosocial support in dangerous situations.

Please see the bottom of this post for links to download the magazine in English, French and Spanish.

18 Dec 2014 description


  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

17 Dec 2014 description

By Maude Froberg, IFRC

As a step to improve community communications, the very first live call-in radio programme was launched on 11 December by Bangladesh Red Crescent Society through community radio in the Kurigram district.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

16 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank


  • Bangladesh is among the most vulnerable countries to flooding and climate change impacts.

  • Innovative community-driven adaptations are building climate change resiliency. Around 15,000 families escaped the calamity of recent floods and protected their homes and assets by building on elevated grounds.

15 Dec 2014 description
report UN Volunteers

Dhaka, Bangladesh: The 16 days of activism campaign is a global initiative to raise awareness and combat all forms of gender based violence. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joined the 2014 campaign in Bangladesh and decided to focus on an issue often raised during discussions with Bangladeshi citizens: gender and public transportation.

15 Dec 2014 description


TS Hagupit (local name Ruby) left the Philippines Area of Responsibility on 10 Dec. As of 14 Dec, Hagupit affected nearly 3.9 million people in Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, VI, VII, VIII, CARAGA and NCR. Nearly 172,000 people are being assisted inside and outside 463 evacuation centers. 18 deaths were reported in regions IV-A, IV-B, VII and VIII. 916 injuries were reported.
The Government is responding to the situation, with in-country humanitarian organizations coordinating with the Government response mechanisms.

18 deaths

12 Dec 2014 description

Italy - Days before International Migrants Day – observed on December 18th – Italy’s Ministry of the Interior has released November and year-to-date data on migrant arrivals by sea. Through November 30, 2014 Italy reports 163,368 migrants have been rescued at sea this year.

11 Dec 2014 description

IFAD supported project to provide rural micro-entrepreneurs better access to financial services and markets

Dhaka, 11 December 2014 – The government of Bangladesh and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) signed a US$40 million loan agreement today that will provide financial services and technical training to 452,000 rural women and men in rural areas throughout the country.

11 Dec 2014 description

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has assured the Maldives of her Government’s support during the Male’ water crisis. This assurance was extended during a telephone conversation between President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and Prime Minister Hasina, this morning.

10 Dec 2014 description

GENEVE, 10 décembre (HCR) – Le HCR a alerté, mercredi, sur le fait que la communauté internationale perdait de vue la priorité de sauver des vies dans le climat de confusion qui règne entre les pays côtiers et les blocs régionaux sur la réponse à apporter au nombre croissant de personnes s'engageant dans de dangereuses traversées des mers en quête d'asile ou pour migrer.

10 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA, December 10 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency on Wednesday warned that the international community was losing its focus on saving lives amid confusion among coastal nations and regional blocs over how to respond to the growing number of people making risky sea journeys in search of asylum or migration.

09 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 3–9 December

Philippines: Category 5 Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as Ruby, made landfall on 6 December over the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar province (Eastern Philippines). At least 49 of 81 provinces are potentially at high risk. The typhoon is moving very slowly, potentially subjecting each community in the path of the typhoon to high winds and torrential rainfall for much longer. 1.1 million people are affected.

08 Dec 2014 description

IPC - 10 Years of Multi-partner Collaboration towards Better Food Security Decisions and Country Impact

This year IPC celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification was developed in 2004 by FSANU, the former FAO Food Security Analysis Unit in Somalia, to respond to decision makers’ strong call for a consensual, rigorous and comparable food security analysis which enabled effective response to the Somalia food crisis. As of today, the IPC is regularly used in 29 countries worldwide and demand for IPC is still growing.

08 Dec 2014 description

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has appealed for the ‎support and cooperation of the Maldivian public in resolving the national ‎crisis, brought on by the fire that broke out at the Maldives Water and ‎Sewerage Company (MWSC). The President made this appeal, while ‎speaking at a press conference held this evening at the President’s office, ‎regarding the issue.‎

05 Dec 2014 description

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policy-makers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.

The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2013, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

05 Dec 2014 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

A new UNHCR report has found that more people are risking their lives on smugglers’ boats in South-East Asia despite the prospect of horrific violence en route.

04 Dec 2014 description

Smallholder farmers are more than climate victims – says IFAD report

Lima, Peru – 3 December 2014 - Smallholder farmers in developing countries are more than victims of climate change; they are a vital part of the solution to global warming, according to a report from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

03 Dec 2014 description


Retail price of food: The national average retail price of rice was stable in the reporting quarter and that of wholemeal wheat flour (atta) decreased further from the quarter of April-June 2014. Prices of lentils (masur) and oil (palm oil) began to increase prior to the month of Ramadan (July 2014). Although prices of oil decreased after Ramadan, prices of lentils are still on an increasing trend.

03 Dec 2014 description

Written By Kaladan News

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Climate and Disaster Minister Mofazal Hussain Chowdhury Maya of Bangladesh visited Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp on November 27, to observe the situation and to discuss local concerned authorities regarding the evacuation of refugee camp from the existing place, according to Helal Uddin from Teknaf.