A digital literacy initiative in partnership with Open Learning Exchange Nepal was launched in Baitadi, raising the total number of districts covered by the One Laptop per Child programme.
WFP continues to prepare its latest Special Operation for Emergency Logistics Preparedness to be launched at the beginning of November 2016. The Special Operation will build on the successes of WFP’s logistics operation during the earthquake and emergency WFP Nepal preparedness measures.
Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.
During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.
Chronic conflicts, drought, earthquakes, floods, seasonal storms, and severe winter weather, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in South Asia. Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a diverse range of natural and man-made disasters in the region.
By Manny Maung
BELDANGI/NEPAL, 7 October 2016
The monsoon is in its last throes here on Nepal’s eastern frontier. As another deluge begins, Karna Rai takes shelter in a makeshift teashop in the Beldangi refugee camp where he has lived for the past 24 years after being driven out of Bhutan.
The Prime Minister of Bhutan graced the South Asia School Feeding Regional Meeting with his presence. The meeting brought together Government and WFP Officials from Afghanistan, Bangladesh,
Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka that was held in Paro, Bhutan.
An “Outcome Statement” to jointly pursue work towards improving the national school feeding programmes in all participating countries was produced by the participants to the first South Asia Regional Meeting on School Feeding.
Background to the project The aim of this paper is to start a conversation about how we can answer the question: What is a rights-based alternative to the current model of third country processing in Nauru and Papua New Guinea?
The Commission has endeavoured to identify options for responding to flight by sea which are consistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations.
Colombo, 9 September 2016 - In a critical step for emergency preparedness across the WHO South-East Asia Region, Member countries today agreed to establish a dedicated funding stream aimed at building preparedness for health emergencies in the Region, which is one of the most disaster-prone.
“If you want to action great ideas, you need to apply the strength of a Himalayan mountain.” - Bhutanese Proverb
A Change in Environment
Colombo, 8 September 2016 – One in seven people globally is a migrant, refugee or an internally displaced person. With countries across South-East Asia Region host to large migrant populations, WHO today called for focused attention to address their health needs.
Colombo, 7 September 2016 - The World Health Organization today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across South-East Asia Region, particularly women and girls.
Bhutan experienced the worst recorded monsoon season this year. Floods and landslides have affected people, infrastructure, agricultural land and domestic assets. The school feeding programme, fortunately, was not affected.
Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the National Nutrition Taskforce Team is determined to develop a strategy, by the end of August 2016, to accelerate the improvement of nutrition in the country.
The report summarizes the technical content of the workshop, highlights key principles, lessons and way forward. The workshop was jointly organized by UNICEF and the SUN Movement Secretariat, aimed to accelerate the efforts of Asian countries in the SUN movement to increase the dialogue and alignment among sectors by reporting on multi-sectoral nutrition budgets and costs of multi-sectoral nutrition plans, addressing the issue of decentralized public finance, and contributing to making the investment case for nutrition.
Due to funding constraints, the PRRO 200787 supporting refugees has substituted Super Cereal with rice in July.
The upgrade of the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA) at the Tribhuvan International Airport is ongoing, with a projected finish date of mid-September. The HSA helped WFP save time in responding to the 2015 earthquake and will help with emergency preparedness activities.
There is agreement in the scientific community that the global food system will experience unprecedented pressure in the coming decades – demographic changes, urban growth, environmental degradation, increasing disaster risk, food price volatility, and climate change will all affect food security patterns.
As of 4 August, 18 districts were affected by floods and landslides – Sarpang, Chukha and Samtse districts were the worst hit.
The Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs has instructed all the Dzongkhag Administrations to carry out detailed damage assessments including economic loss estimates within two weeks.
The Royal Government of Bhutan is leading the relief efforts.
No formal request for international support has been issued by the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs.
From 1 to 31 July, torrential monsoon rains caused severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal affecting millions of people and destroying thousands of homes. Disaster management authorities are leading the local response supported by the national Red Cross and Red Crescent, volunteers and civil society organizations.
On 13 June, the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP), a food security monitoring system, was handed over to the Government of Nepal. The Government will now lead and take ownership of NeKSAP with continuing support from WFP.
The Government of Nepal has requested for WFP’s assistance to respond to a drought in the isolated Karnali zone, located in the north-west of the country.