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28 Sep 2016 description


  • 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.

14 Sep 2016 description

Executive summary

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.

09 Sep 2016 description

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.

08 Sep 2016 description

“If you want to action great ideas, you need to apply the strength of a Himalayan mountain.” - Bhutanese Proverb

A Change in Environment

08 Sep 2016 description

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.

07 Sep 2016 description

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.

01 Sep 2016 description


  • 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.

Operational Updates

22 Aug 2016 description

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.

17 Aug 2016 description


  • 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.

10 Aug 2016 description


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.

08 Aug 2016 description


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.

03 Aug 2016 description


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.

02 Aug 2016 description


  • 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.

30 Jul 2016 description


 Torrential monsoon rains and flooding across Bhutan affected 125 households. Four deaths (including one child) were confirmed by authorities.

 Providing immediate relief assistance to affected communities and ensuring safety for people in high risk areas remain priorities of the Government of Bhutan.

 On 29 July, the Government briefed development partners on the ongoing flood response.

27 Jul 2016 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

26 Jul 2016 description


  • The first South Asia School Feeding Meeting is to be held in Bhutan to facilitate knowledge management and implementation of capacity development on school feeding.

  • The Ministry of Health formed an inter-ministerial National Nutrition Taskforce, of which WFP is a member, to accelerate the nutrition agenda in Bhutan.

Operational Updates