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25 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

by Rina Chandran | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 23 May 2016 13:32 GMT

MUMBAI, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's worst drought in decades is hurting women and lower-caste Dalits disproportionately, with impacts ranging from malnutrition to early marriage to prostitution, activists say.

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25 May 2016 description
  1. Executive Summary

This Annual Evaluation Report provides an overview of evaluation in the Department for International Development (DFID) for 2015.
The report summarises DFID’s evaluation activities in 2015 and highlights progress against the Evaluation Strategy.

24 May 2016 description

Highlights

  • The Government of India and WFP signed a Letter of Intent for a proposal to establish a Centre of Excellence (CENEX) on food and nutrition security. The first steering committee meeting has taken place.

  • WFP has been invited to share its experiences on food fortification and the results of the fortification pilot as inputs for potential formulation of a national food fortification policy.

23 May 2016 description
report UN Population Fund

Asia-Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. It is also home to a number of long-running conflicts that exact a human toll. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) places women and girls at the center of humanitarian response. Every year the number and frequency of disasters (whether natural or conflict-related) is increasing, with millions of people displaced from their homes.

22 May 2016 description

Minister of Education, Dr. Assadullah Hanif Balkhy and Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Indian Ambassador to Kabul signed a Memorandum of Understanding with respect to India’s $USD One Million Financial Assistance to the Ministry of Education of Afghanistan.

In a Press Conference held after singing the MoU, H.E. Dr. Hanif Balkhy expressed his appreciation of the international community’s aid to Afghanistan, particularly those of the friendly country of Indian to the education sector.

19 May 2016 description

New Delhi, 19 May 2016 – In a major public health feat, WHO South-East Asia Region has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus with all districts across the 11 countries having reduced the cases to less one than per 1 000 live births.

Maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination (MNTE) for the Region became official after a team of experts today successfully validated the remaining four provinces of Indonesia, the last pocket in the Region to achieve the target; after India reached the MNTE goal last year.

18 May 2016 description

A disaster or extreme event precipitates when hazards interact with existing vulnerabilities. This truism is particularly apt for the Indian state of Assam which is exposed to an array of hazards and is highly prone to disaster and climate risks. In response to the state's enhanced vulnerability, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) routinely takes up various initiatives to build the resilience of Assam and its citizens to such risks. The All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) has partnered with ASDMA on several such initiatives.

14 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

NEW DELHI— South Asian countries will set up a toll-free helpline and online platform to fight human trafficking, which is growing on a massive scale in one of the world's poorest and most populous regions.

While some activists are hopeful this will curb cross-border trafficking, others doubt that it will dent the problem.

Although there is no specific data on the number of women and children trafficked in the region, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says South Asia is the second-largest and fastest-growing region for human trafficking.

13 May 2016 description

New Delhi, India | AFP | Friday 5/13/2016 - 09:19 GMT

India's top court Friday ordered state governments to provide free meals to schoolchildren even during the summer break as the country reels from the impact of one of the worst droughts on record.

Free lunches are offered to some 120 million students throughout India in what is the world's largest school feeding programme, but not during holidays.

11 May 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

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 69/325.

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 2015

Summary

09 May 2016 description
report Guardian

Parts of India are being parched by a drought that means farmers are unable to irrigate their fields, with some areas even running out of drinking water

04 May 2016 description
report AlertNet

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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03 May 2016 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

02 May 2016 description

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.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

  • 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.

27 Apr 2016 description
report AlertNet

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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27 Apr 2016 description

Crisis overview

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 Apr 2016 description

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 Apr 2016 description

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.