Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 3 May 2016 11:20 GMT
By Rina Chandran
MUMBAI, May 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A tablet-based application that helps to identify some of the poorest girls in eastern India has the potential to prevent human trafficking, early marriage and child labour, according to a charity which has developed the app.
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NEW DELHI, May 3 2016 (IPS) - A staggering 330 million Indians, making up a quarter of the country’s population (or roughly the entire population of the United States), are currently reeling under the effects of a severe drought, resulting in an acute drinking water shortage and agricultural distress.
State governments are resorting to emergency measures like rushing water trains carrying billions of litres to thirsty hinterlands and doling out food rations to the starving poor.
The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.
WFP provided technical support for registration of about 32.6 million individuals in the state of Odisha to benefit from the Government of India’s National Food Security Act (NFSA).
The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence on food and nutrition security.
WFP has been invited to share its experiences on fortification and the results of the fortification pilot as inputs for potential formulation of a national food fortification policy.
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:01 GMT
By Rina Chandran
MUMBAI, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The worst drought in decades across several states in India is forcing tens of thousands of people to migrate from rural areas in search of water, food and jobs, increasing the risk that they may be trafficked or exploited, activists said.
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Following two consecutive below-average monsoon seasons, 330 million people are affected by drought across 10 of India’s 29 states, according to the government. Water shortages are severe. People are facing food shortages and livelihoods have been severely damaged.
21 AVRIL 2016 | GENÈVE – Lors de la Semaine mondiale de la vaccination 2016, organisée du 24 au 30 avril, l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) met en lumière certaines avancées récentes dans la couverture vaccinale et décrit de nouvelles mesures que les pays peuvent prendre pour _« Combler les lacunes en matière de vaccination »_ et atteindre les cibles mondiales fixées pour 2020.
21 APRIL 2016 | GENEVA – During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020.
By Shreshtha Kumar, Shahrzad Rouhani, Abhishek Gautam and Madhumita Das
The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) program, implemented by the Rajiv Gandhi Mahila Vikas Pariyojana (RGMVP) was implemented in 2012 to empower women by organizing them into microcredit-linked self-help groups (SHGs) to increase the demand for toilet construction and therefor increase positive WASH outcomes. The program was designed to impact an estimated 21,000 households across 80 villages in two districts (Sultanpur and Amethi) in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Indian state of Assam is highly prone to disaster and climate risks. A burgeoning population and haphazard planning further drive up the vulnerability of Assam's cities to such risks.
Assessment of Impact of Drought on Men, Women and Children
An Inter-Agency Initiative
Banda, Chitakoot, Siddharth Nagar, Sonbhadra & Mahoba Districts, Uttar Pradesh
Situation Report- Odisha
The Due to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon-2015, the State of Odisha faced with a severe drought situation. In addition to erratic and deficient rainfall during the South-West Monsoon2015, the dry spell continued in subsequent months. The actual state average rainfall during the months from June to November, 2015 vis-à-vis the long term average rainfall for the said months is indicated below:
Author: Nita Bhalla and Gopal Sharma
By Nita Bhalla and Gopal Sharma
NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, April 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nepal and India expressed alarm on Tuesday over a report that children as young as 10 from both countries are being sold as domestic slaves to rich families in the UK for 500,000 rupees ($7,525) each.
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La Commission européenne a annoncé aujourd’hui un train de mesures d’aide humanitaire d’un montant de 52 millions d’euros, visant spécifiquement la réalisation, en 2016, de projets éducatifs en faveur d’enfants en situation d’urgence.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 5 April 2016
EU quadruples its humanitarian financing to education in emergencies worldwide.
The month saw violent extremist movements, including the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, carry out major deadly attacks in Turkey, Pakistan, Côte d’Ivoire, Tunisia and Belgium. In Libya, the arrival of Prime Minister Serraj in Tripoli despite warnings from multiple factions could lead to further destabilisation. Meanwhile in Central Africa, political violence rose in Burundi and could break out in Chad around the 10 April presidential election.
The Bundelkhand region (comprising seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and six districts of Madhya Pradesh) is once again making headlines for its drought situation.
The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 56,578. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
On 18 March , EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available, please see page 9.