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Bangladesh + 6 others
USAID FrontLines – March/April 2014


About FrontLines

Insights from Administrator Rajiv Shah

Introduction: A Call to Action to End Extreme Poverty

Weathering the Storm: Rice Lifts Bangladesh Village from Saltwater Deluge

Investments, Not Charity, Provide Hope to Ethiopia’s Most Vulnerable Children

In Senegal, First an Implosion and Then a Transformation

Lifting Cambodia’s Poorest Out of Poverty with Health Insurance

Timor-Leste and ConocoPhillips Improving Incomes for Rural Farmers

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Rwanda + 8 others
"20 years after the genocide in Rwanda: Lessons learned and unlearned" Op-ed by UN Secretary-General

By BAN Ki-moon

Today in the Central African Republic, government and community leaders are struggling to help the country find the path of peace.

On Monday in Kigali, I will join the people of Rwanda in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the genocide, the reverberations of which are still being felt across an arc of uncertainty in Africa’s Great Lakes region -- and in the collective conscience of the international community.

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World + 6 others
Dengue: Turning up the volume on a silent disaster

Over the past 50 years, dengue has spread from nine countries to over one hundred countries. IFRC urges a shift from responding to isolated outbreaks to investing in long-term integrated programming.

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World + 11 others
Dengue and malaria impacting socioeconomic growth: WHO

SEAR/PR 1570

3 April, New Delhi: While countries in South-East Asia have made substantial economic progress, diseases such as dengue and malaria fuel a vicious cycle of poverty and have a significant impact on socioeconomic status of communities. These diseases are still killing thousands of people in the WHO South-East Asia Region. On World Health Day – 7 April – the World Health Organization is urging countries to prevent and control vector-borne diseases including chikungunya, dengue, kala-azar, lymphatic filariasis and malaria, among others.

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Texts Connect Midwives to Mothers in Timor-Leste

Posted by Mary Anne Mercer, Senior Maternal and Child Health Advisor, Health Alliance International on Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

‘A pregnant woman has one foot in the grave.’ This common saying reflects the reality in many developing countries: bearing a child is one of the main risks to a woman’s life. In the poor countries of the world, giving birth is both one of the most significant days in a woman’s life but also a time when she is closest to losing it.

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World + 7 others
Restore or Reform: UN Support to Core Government Functions in the Aftermath of Conflict


This report, developed by the United Nations Working Group on Public Administration in Post-Conflict, aims to capture the experience of the United Nations system’s work on public administration in the early years of post-conflict environments and to provide recommendations for more predictable, efficient and timely United Nations support in this area.

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Fiji + 5 others
Asia Pacific Region: Weekly Regional Humanitarian Snapshot 18 - 24 March 2014

There were 12 deaths and 15,446 suspected cases of dengue fever as the outbreak has now spread to all divisions of Fiji. In Vanuatu, there is increased relief response to TC Lusi.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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World + 11 others
Tuberculosis control in the South-East Asia Region, Annual Report 2014

World TB Day: 24 March 2014

New Delhi: Of the approximately 3 million people who get sick with TB every year in the WHO South-East Asia Region, a third do not get the TB services. On World TB Day, WHO is urging countries to find, treat and cure the “missing” 1 million who do not get TB services, in order to accelerate progress towards zero TB deaths, infections, suffering and stigma.

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World + 3 others
Driving Progress in Asia through Science, Innovation & Partnership

Posted by Denise Rollins, Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia on Monday, March 17th 2014

Nepal is a place of mesmerizing beauty. Located in the Himalayas with eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains, including the highest peak on Earth, Mt. Everest, it’s no wonder more than 20 percent of the country is protected. The diverse terrain ranges from emerald green tea gardens, terraced paddy fields and historic temples nestled in hillsides to thick jungle, sprawling forest, pristine lakes and the largest concentration of glaciers outside the polar region.

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World + 1 other
Les pays d’Asie et du Pacifique invités à adopter le Défi Faim Zéro

Le Directeur général de la FAO demande un “effort massif” pour mettre un terme à la faim dans la région

13 mars 2014, Oulan-Bator, Mongolie - L'élimination de la faim dans la région la plus peuplée du monde a reçu une nouvelle impulsion alors que les Etats membres de la FAO ont répondu positivement à un appel du Directeur général, José Graziano da Silva, de déployer des "efforts massifs" contre la faim en Asie et dans le Pacifique.

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World + 20 others
Climate change threatening small island countries and posing a danger to food security in landlocked states

Mongolia Ministry of Industry and Agriculture convenes high-level forum to discuss remedial action – 10 Government Ministers attend

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 12 Mar 2014 -- While the environments of small islands in the Pacific and landlocked countries with no access to the sea may seem polar opposites, they share common problems that need collaborative efforts to address and resolve if food security is to be guaranteed for future generations, a specially convened meeting in the Mongolian capital has heard.

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EU-UNICEF join forces to support improving Timorese children’s nutritional status

Dili, 13 March 2014 – The European Union and UNICEF signed the European Union Contribution Agreement of Euro 4.2 million for Timor-Leste’s Integrated Nutrition Project today.

The Minister of Health, who witnessed the signing, endorsed the project which will help his ministry deliver quality nutrition services and shall help strengthen the systems and capacity of the Ministry of Health’s network of service providers.

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World + 1 other
Countries in Asia and the Pacific urged to take up the Zero Hunger Challenge

FAO Director-General calls for “massive effort” to bring a lasting end to hunger in the region

13 March 2014, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The mission for an end to hunger in the world’s most populous region has received a boost, with FAO member countries responding positively to a call by the Organization’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva for a “massive effort” to end hunger in Asia and the Pacific.

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Thailand + 3 others
IWD 2014 - Women too often carry the burden of poverty and injustice

Women perform 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the world’s food, yet they only receive 10% of the worlds income and own 1% of the world’s property.

That's why three-quarters of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's projects are aimed at improving opportunities for women and, by doing this, improving their families' lives. We work with local women's groups and women's community groups and unions to deliver projects that women really need and want.

Here are just a few of our projects that focus on improving the lives of women:

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World + 1 other
Gender equality focus for Asia-Pacific MPs

Achieving gender equality is a major priority for Asia-Pacific parliamentarians as they renew efforts to end inequality in international forums and celebrate upcoming International Women’s Day events, says Senator Claire Moore, vice-chair of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).

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Fiji + 14 others
European Union and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) sign a €35.5 (FJ$90.8) million financing agreement on climate change and sustainable energy

The programme will help 15 Pacific countries to address three main challenges: adapting to climate change; reducing their reliance on fossil fuels; and capacity building.

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Red Cross volunteers play a key role in dengue prevention in Timor Leste

By Dewindra Widiamurti, IFRC

Ana Bonifacio was 16-years old when she decided to join the Red Cross of Timor-Leste, also know as Cruz Vermelha de Timor-Leste (CVTL). “I wanted to be on the frontline, serving my community,” she says. “I saw what my brother was doing as a volunteer and it inspired me.”

Over the past four years, Ana has been supporting various health programmes in the capital city of Dilli, including HIV/AIDS youth-peer education, community first aid and epidemic control. Given the recent dengue outbreak, the work of volunteers such as Ana, is critical.