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19 Feb 2018 description

Kate Nolan, MSF emergency coordinator in Bangladesh

Since 25 August 2017, nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh. They join tens of thousands of others who were fled there after previous periods of tension and violence in neighbouring Rakhine state, Myanmar. The thing I find most striking about this situation is its magnitude – the sheer number of people who have crossed the border in a short space of time, barely six months. In fact, people continue to arrive today.

18 Feb 2018 description

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  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

17 Feb 2018 description
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February 17th, 2018 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has sent a medical team to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to conduct the 12th edition of its annual cardiac catheterization programme for poor children with congenital heart problems.

This is the first of 23 medical missions planned by QRCS for 2018, including cardiac catheterization for children, open-heart surgery, eye camps, etc. These missions would cover 13 countries in Asia and Africa.

16 Feb 2018 description
report Theirworld

Elaine Hunter - Early childhood development writer

Child-friendly facilities make vulnerable youngsters feel secure - and help them to develop through play and learning.

They have fled conflict and witnessed brutal atrocities. But the battle to save Rohingya children has just begun.

16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


Ana Maria Buller; Amber Peterman; Meghna Ranganathan; Alexandra Bleile; Melissa Hidrobo; Lori Heise


16 Feb 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – When 10-year-old Ansarullah was asked to draw his dream and greatest wish, he drew a house.

So did almost every other of the 25 Rohingya refugee children who took part in a recent drawing activity session run by IOM’s psychosocial support team in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Children account for around 60 per cent of the 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past six months.

16 Feb 2018 description

900,000 Rohingya Population in Cox’s Bazar

688,000 New Rohingya Arrivals since 25 August 2017 in Cox’s Bazar

1.2 Million People in Need in Cox’s Bazar

Key Highlights

  • This week, IOM distributed 4,000 Upgrade Shelter Kits (USKs) — including materials and tools — to carry out shelter upgrades and household level site improvements such as soil stabilization, slope protection, and drainage improvements in Zones JJ, LL, SS and XX (Camps 8W, 9, 10, and 18).

16 Feb 2018 description

341.1 M required for 2018

20.2 M contributions received, representing 6% of requirements

320.9 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

16 Feb 2018 description


  • As of 10 February 2018, a total of 5 659 clinically suspected diphtheria cases have been reported.

  • The second diphtheria vaccination campaign ended on 10 February, with 391 678 children up to 15 years immunized.


15 Feb 2018 description

301.8 M required for 2018
17.6 M contributions received, representing 6% of requirements
284.2 M funding gap for the Myanmar Situation

All figures are displayed in USD

15 Feb 2018 description

This policy brief represents the first attempt to map the number of children living in conflict settings around the world. More than half of the world’s children live in a conflict-ridden country, and more worryingly, one in six children lives very close to a conflict zone – that is, less than 50 km from where the actual fighting takes place.

14 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • 79 new cases of acute jaundice syndrome were reported with no deaths, bringing the total to 556 cases for 2018. The aetiology is still not well defined.

14 Feb 2018 description

ROME – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, has restated the organization’s commitment to providing food assistance to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Meeting with the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, in Rome on Monday, Beasley thanked her Government for its support to people fleeing violence in Myanmar.

14 Feb 2018 description
report Malteser

Mega camp at risk from flooding and landslides in the upcoming monsoon season

Cologne/ Cox’s Bazar. Malteser International believes that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh may remain in the country for many years to come. “They have faced serious human rights violations. Their villages have been razed and burned down. Almost every refugee in the camp has lost a relative,” says Cordula Wasser, Asia Team Leader at Malteser International. The massive mega camp will also be at risk from flooding and mudslides when the monsoon season comes.