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18 Jun 2017 description

Key messages

  • A devastating earthquake struck central Nepal in April 2015, killing over 9 000 people and flattening entire villages. To date, the European Commission has released €16.4 million of humanitarian funding to help address the most urgent needs: emergency shelter, emergency healthcare, water and sanitation, livelihood support, and logistics.

13 Jun 2017 description

New Delhi, 13 June, 2017: Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted endemic measles virus transmission, ahead of the 2020 Regional target.

31 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • Dietary Assessment: Fourteen enumerators were trained for four days on the data collection methodology and protocols. The enumerators consisted of district dietitians and officials from the district education offices.

  • Rice Fortification: A local private sector rice mill with technical support by WFP successfully blended 315 mt fortified rice for use in the second quarter of 2017.

26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

22 May 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

Note by the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General has the honour to transmit to the General Assembly the report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization, submitted in accordance with General Assembly resolution 70/300.

Report of the Director-General of the World Health Organization on consolidating gains and accelerating efforts to control and eliminate malaria in developing countries, particularly in Africa, by 2030

Summary

10 May 2017 description

World Red Cross Day 2017 was special for Bhutan this year. In a ceremony steeped in tradition and graced with the presence of Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen, Bhutan Red Cross Society (BRCS) was officially launched on 8 May in Thimphu. Guests at the event included Prime Minister Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay, Jeremy England, Head of the New Delhi Regional Delegation, Leon Prop, Head of the Regional Office of the IFRC and Annemarie Huber-Hotz, Vice President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent.

06 Mar 2017 description

Works to reduce flood risk from Mitidrang stream, which runs through Trashigang town, is in full swing. The stream poses threat to the town especially during heavy monsoon.

Flood protection walls are built along the stream.

The first and second phase of the project worth over Nu 15 million has been complete.

The works began in 2015-2016 financial year.

According to Trashigang Dzongda Chekey Gyeltshen, Mitidrang stream requires flood protection walls, as the stream swells during monsoon and poses threat to the town.

04 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

The First Meeting of South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children

KATHMANDU - Friday, March 3 2017: UNICEF South Asia, in coordination with the Parliament of Nepal, organized the first South Asia Parliamentarian Platform for Children in Kathmandu on March 2. The meeting is taking place for two days.

04 Mar 2017 description
report World Bank

Thimphu, March 2, 2017 — The Royal Government of Bhutan and the World Bank signed into effect today the preparation of the Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR) Grant of US$1.5 million, which will support Bhutan to formulate a long-term plan to improve climate resilience.

22 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • The WFP Country Programme platform was used to support the Karnali drought response by utilising the existing food pipeline to expand activities to include a blanket supplementary feeding programme to prevent acute malnutrition. The CERF funding has now concluded and food distributions are complete.

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.

02 Feb 2017 description

Highlights

  • From 6 – 8 December, WFP in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), held a three-day Simulation Exercise on emergency preparedness, response, and capacity building at the Humanitarian Staging Area (HSA). The exercise saw more than 150 participants attend, from the Government, armed forces, and civil society.

31 Jan 2017 description

Experts meet in Delhi to discuss how South Asian countries could adopt the new drought monitoring system to better prepare and mitigate drought risks

27 Jan 2017 description

KATHMANDU – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been compelled to reduce the amount of food provided to less vulnerable Bhutanese refugees starting in January 2017 due to a severe lack of funding. At present, there are around 11,000 refugees from Bhutan who depend on humanitarian assistance.

26 Jan 2017 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño phenomenon has been one of the strongest on record, affecting deeply the lives and livelihoods of more than 60 million people across 40 countries. It has devastated crops and killed livestock, in some cases dried up water-sources in others caused massive flooding, driven up malnutrition rates, increased disease outbreaks and caused significant migration.