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14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

14 Feb 2017 description
  • 132.3 M required for 2017
  • 4.9 M contributions received, representing 4% of requirements
  • 127.4 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

13 Feb 2017 description

70,000 Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown

By Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A Malaysian aid ship arrived in Bangladesh on Monday carrying aid for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Myanmar, many citing abuses by the Myanmar security forces.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

13 Feb 2017 description


  • Until 31 January 2017, there were 4,480 cumulative arrivals to Italy, compared to 5,273 arrivals recorded in the same month in 2016 (a 15% decrease). Greece has seen a 97% lower number of arrivals in January 2017 when compared to the same period in 2016, 1,387 and 67,954 respectively.

  • According to available data, there have been 11,233 new arrivals to Greece, Italy and Bulgaria, as countries of first arrival to Europe since the beginning of 2017 till 8 of February 2017.

13 Feb 2017 description


  • The final round of distributions of cash assistance to people affected by flooding in northwest Bangladesh was successfully completed on 30 January.

  • A report commissioned by WFP, Impact Evaluation of the WFP Enhancing Resilience to Natural Disasters and the Effects of Climate Change Programme, was launched on 22 January, exploring the impact of WFP programme on the people assisted. The full evaluation report can be found here.

13 Feb 2017 description


Elibritt Karlsen

Law and Bills Digest Section

This Quick Guide contains official statistics released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) from the resumption of offshore processing in 2012 until October 2016. The statistics contained herein include:

  • Cost of operating the offshore processing centres in PNG and Nauru

  • Total number of asylum seekers at Offshore Processing Centres

  • Number of asylum seekers at each Processing Centre

09 Feb 2017 description

Resettlement is receiving greater prominence not only in light of US President Donald Trump's recent actions but in the context of the recent surge in numbers of refugees. In the 33 feature theme articles in this issue of FMR, authors from around the world look at some of the modalities and challenges of resettlement in order to shed light on debates such as how - and how well - resettlement is managed, whether it is a good use of the funds and energy it uses, and whether it is a good solution for refugees.

09 Feb 2017 description

The New Urban Agenda: Seeing the bigger picture

Sustainable urbanization, as defined in the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III Summit in October 2016, has been hailed as a positive, transformative force for development. A process that, if properly planned and managed, will usher in a new era of wellbeing, resource efficiency and economic growth for billions of city dwellers.

09 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Provide protection, not isolation on flooded island

(New York) – The Bangladeshi government should immediately drop its plan to transfer Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited, undeveloped coastal island, Human Rights Watch said today. Relocating the refugees from the Cox’s Bazar area to Thengar Char island would deprive them of their rights to freedom of movement, livelihood, food and education, in violation of Bangladesh’s obligations under international human rights law.

08 Feb 2017 description
infographic UN Population Fund

Key facts, figures and examples of how we support actions to better mitigate the risks of disasters and support humanitarian response work that is underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

08 Feb 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

At times of upheaval, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence increase. Reproductive health services—including prenatal care, skilled attendance at birth and emergency obstetric care—are often impacted and sometimes unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to unsafe sex leading to HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and sexual exploitation. And many wom- en lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions.

08 Feb 2017 description

The Bangladeshi Government’s decision to not allow the Food Flotilla Mission to dock at Teknaf was mainly due to the condition of the port, and not to bar the flotilla from going to Teknaf as reported in the media. The Port of Teknaf is shallow, with a depth of only three metres, while the vessel needs a depth of at least eight metres to be able to sail unencumbered into the port.

07 Feb 2017 description

For the past few decades, Thailand has been a major destination country for asylum seekers and refugees from Myanmar. Since 1984, Thailand has provided refuge to people fleeing violence in Myanmar, and more recently to economic migrants. The population in the Thai refugee camps, located along the Myanmar-Thailand border, is now estimated at 111,000 people. Many were born in the camps and have never set foot outside.

07 Feb 2017 description
  • On 7 January, the emergency food intervention expanded to include Tripoli’s Abu Salim detention centre.

  • On 13 January, during a one-day visit to Tripoli, IOM met with the leadership of the Libyan Coast Guard to discuss the outcomes of a needs assessment conducted last year.

  • On 23 January, IOM helped 46 stranded Bangladeshi male migrants return home to Bangladesh from Misratah, Libya.

  • On 30-31 January, a two-day Community Stabilization Committee Coordination Meeting for Sabha was held in Tunis

07 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A joint committee overseeing the drafting process of the framework for political dialogue in Myanmar on Monday suspended regional-level discussions by two ethnic minority groups in the run-up to the second meeting of nationwide peace talks scheduled for the end of February.

07 Feb 2017 description

Foreign Minister Mr. A H Mahmood Ali, MP, briefed the members of the diplomatic community on the situation of Myanmar refugees and undocumented Myanmar nationals at the State Guest House Padma today. About 60 (sixty) Ambassadors/High Commissioners / Heads of Missions /representatives of various Diplomatic Missions in Dhaka as well as representatives from Office of UNRC, IOM, UNHCR and other UN agencies attended the briefing.

07 Feb 2017 description

The Malaysian Government welcomes the decision of the Bangladeshi Government on 3 February 2017 to grant the Food Flotilla mission to access the Port of Teknaf and provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi Government had also agreed to issue Visa On Arrival to the volunteers and crew of the vessel.

However, on 6 February 2017, the Bangladeshi side has since informed Malaysia that Port of Teknaf is incapable to accommodate a big vessel like Nautical Aliya.