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26 Apr 2017 description

A press conference on National Level Political Dialogue for Shan State took place in Taunggyi, Southern Shan State yesterday.

At the press conference, Chairman of the Supervision Committee for Region-wise National Level Political Dialogue Shan State Minister for Inn Ethnic Affairs Dr. Tun Hlaing, Member of the National Reconciliation and Peace Center U Tun Tun Hein, Member of the Peace Commission Professor Dr. Aung Tun Thet and Shan State Minister for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Dr. Nyi Nyi Aung replied to the questions raised by the journalists.

25 Apr 2017 description

by Beh Lih Yi | @BehLihYi | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 04:00 GMT

"Revolutionary" app aims to increase public empathy toward the plight of refugees

KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ping on Kathijah's phone. The Rohingya girl picks up the message, it is from her brother Ishak in Myanmar.

"Kat, r u safe?" he writes. "It was a raid, they found us. Had to run," he said, before sending a video message of him running in a jungle that was abruptly cut off.

25 Apr 2017 description
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Executive Summary

THE PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE STRATEGY FOR 2015–2020

The PMI Strategy for 2015–2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen, setting forth a vision, goal, objectives, and strategic approach for PMI through 2020, while reaffirming the longer-term goal of a world without malaria. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective, and this strategy fully aligns with the U.S. Government’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty.

25 Apr 2017 description

Myanmar's march to democracy, beginning in 2011, uncorked long-suppressed ethnic and religious tensions between Rakhine's Buddhists and the Rohingya

By Antoni Slodkowski, Wa Lone, Simon Lewis and Krishna N. Das

BALUKHALI CAMP, Bangladesh, April 25 (Reuters) - When army helicopters fired on Rahim's village in northwest Myanmar one day last November, the Rohingya schoolteacher told his pregnant wife to take their three young daughters and leave. He stayed behind with his 72-year-old mother.

25 Apr 2017 description

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April 2017 (UNHCR) – Advertising agency Grey Malaysia in partnership with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today launched “Finding Home” – a revolutionary smartphone application that allows users to experience a refugee’s journey of survival through an interactive experience. The application aims to increase awareness and empathy among the public on the refugee issue, through the story of a Rohingya refugee child as she is forced to flee her homeland.

25 Apr 2017 description
report The Global Fund

GENEVA – The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will continue to support five Southeast Asian countries to expand efforts against malaria, and aim to eliminate the most deadly strain of malaria.

25 Apr 2017 description

IOM Bangladesh rolled out the first round of Needs and Population Monitoring (NPM) in Cox’s Bazaar from 21 – 28 March 2017. The assessment collected baseline information on Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) including their location, population numbers, movement trends and a preliminary overview of needs. The assessment was conducted in 3 makeshift settlements and 41 host community locations, and estimates that 132,138 UMNs are living in assessed locations in Teknaf and Ukhiya Upazila. An estimated 63,705 individuals are new arrivals.

25 Apr 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s powerful military will not accept any revisions or amendments to a nationwide cease-fire agreement it signed in October 2015 with eight ethnic armed groups in order to accommodate remaining militias that have refused to sign or have been excluded from the pact, the country’s deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces said Monday.

25 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Htet Naing Zaw

NAYPYIDAW – The government has set the date for the second session of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference as May 24, after the first Joint Implementation Coordination Meeting (JICM) on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) was held in Naypyidaw on Monday.

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma Army deputy commander-in-chief Vice Snr-Gen Soe Win, and Karen National Union (KNU) chairman Saw Mutu Say Poe delivered the opening speeches at the JICM, attended by representatives of the government, the Burma Army, and ethnic armed organizations.

24 Apr 2017 description

Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, the Vice Chairman of the National Natural Disaster Management Committee, met residents of Bogale town, Pyapon District and Kyonkan village, Pyapon township yesterday to oversee preparation works and ensure a proper response to natural disasters.

24 Apr 2017 description
report The Irrawaddy

By NYEIN NYEIN 21 April 2017

The government will convene the regional national-level dialogue in the Shan State capital of Taunggyi from Sunday until Tuesday, April 23-25, but the ethnic-based political dialogue led by the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) remains unable to proceed.

The public consultations for national-level political dialogues—based on region, ethnicity and theme—have been conducted by the government and the signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) since December 2016.

23 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Mapping of resilience work in Asia

23 Apr 2017 description

6.8 M required for 2017

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6.8 M funding gap for the Bay Of Bengal Situation

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22 Apr 2017 description

Tropical diseases such as skin diseases, chickenpox, fever, cough and vomiting have recently spread among the people in Maungdaw south, Fir Ahamed, a local villager from Maugdaw said.

“Mostly children of Kan Hpoo village, Udaung village and Aley Than Kyaw village have been suffering from various diseases in this hot season”, he added.

The health workers from the government hospital of Aley Than Kyaw village tract, were not paying attention the effected children who went to the hospital, said Refan, a father of effected child.

21 Apr 2017 description
report Start Network

Emergency aid will be able to reach communities in Bangladesh more quickly through a new local crisis response fund set up by a global network of aid agencies.

The £10 million Start Fund Bangladesh, designed to enabled aid agencies to respond early and fast to under-the-radar emergencies, has been set up by the Start Network and is funded by the UK government.

From this month (April) it can activate funding within 72 hours of receiving a crisis alert, and is accessible to national and international Start Network member NGOs within Bangladesh.

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • In the northern part of Rakhine State, WFP assisted 25,500 food-insecure and vulnerable people. The majority of displaced people returned to their villages of origin.

  • WFP successfully completed the second round of disbursements for the e-wallet pilot project in Kachin State, which included three additional camps in March.

  • WFP conducted a mission assessing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for humanitarian preparedness and response.

Operational Updates

21 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The WFP Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2020 was approved by the WFP Executive Board in February in its First Regular Session of 2017. It will replace the Country Programme and Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation starting on 01 April 2017.

21 Apr 2017 description

Over the past seven months Myanmar has experienced a surge in new displacement in four states, while humanitarian organizations simultaneously faced severe constraints on access. Border post attacks on 9 Oct 2016 and subsequent security operations triggered a new humanitarian crisis in northern Rakhine. Intensified conflict resulted in new displacement in Kachin and northern Shan. Thousands were also relocated in Kayin State due to fighting in Sep 2016.