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01 Feb 2018 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar.
The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

01 Feb 2018 description

icddr,b is playing a key role to prevent disease outbreak among the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMNs) seeking refuge in Bangladesh. The plight of the FDMNs was mostly hidden from the world until August 2017 when they fled from Myanmar due to a violent military crackdown.

01 Feb 2018 description

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of 27January 2018, a total of 4 907 cases clinically suspected with diphtheria have been reported.

  • A second diphtheria vaccination campaign started, targeting 363 537 Rohingya refugees aged 6 weeks to 15 years.

  • A joint health and WASH sector survey of health facilities started to inform implementation of priority WASH and IPC interventions.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

31 Jan 2018 description

SEAR/PR/1679

New Delhi, 31 January 2018 – With nearly 4.8 million children in WHO South-East Asia Region missing measles vaccination every year, the ‘big six’ countries of the Region today shared their immunization challenges and lessons learnt for accelerating efforts to eliminate measles and control rubella by the year 2020.

31 Jan 2018 description

SITUATION OVERVIEW as of 30 Jan.

  • 688 000 refugees into Bangladesh (of which 585 000 in Kutupalong and Bulukhali camps)

  • 4 865 clinically suspected Diphtheria cases and 31 deaths (reported in refugee camps)

  • In parallel, an increase in mumps cases has been reported.

31 Jan 2018 description
report CARE

January 31, 2018 - According to CARE International, refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh are facing dramatic weeks ahead: the upcoming rainy season might turn into a disaster of threatening floods and landslides. The international aid organization warns that the situation of the nearly 900,000 people living in the refugee camps of the Cox's Bazar region will drastically worsen. The area in the southeast of the country, which previously consisted mainly of agricultural land, grassland and rainforest, was cleared for the construction of refugee tents.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

• The WFP Level 3 Emergency Response for the refugee crisis in Bangladesh-Myanmar has been extended until 21 March 2018.

• An estimated 655,500 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State on 25 August 2017.

• WFP is providing food assistance to the influx through the provision of a general food basket to families and SuperCereal to pregnant and nursing women and children under 5 years.

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

• In Maungdaw District of Rakhine State, WFP reach ed 63,650 against 60,000 targeted people in December.

• In central Rakhine, w ith logistics support from the local authorities, WFP reached 100 percent of the targeted 114,000 beneficiaries during the December distribution cycle.

• For the first time since 25 August 2017, WFP international staff w ere granted access for food distribution monitoring in Rakhine State.

31 Jan 2018 description
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Watch List 2018

Crisis Group’s early-warning Watch List identifies up to ten countries and regions at risk of conflict or escalation of violence. In these situations, early action, driven or supported by the EU and its member states, would generate stronger prospects for peace. It includes a global overview, regional summaries, and detailed analysis on select countries and conflicts.

The Watch List 2018 includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Cameroon, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Sahel, Tunisia, Ukraine and Zimbabwe.

Global Overview

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP is distributing a food basket of 30 kg of rice and non-cereal food items to newly arrived families. To date, 196,180 households have received rice, lentils, and vegetable oil.

  • The Governments of Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal on 16 January, with repatriations set to begin this week.

In Numbers

688,000* people newly arrived in Bangladesh

196,180 households have received food assistance

298,400 people have received micronutrient fortified biscuits

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • WFP is distributing a fortnightly food basket of 25 kg of rice and non - cereal food items to newly arrived families. To date, 184,300 households have received rice, lentils, and vegetable oil.

  • WFP continues to provide micronutrient fortified biscuits to people as they cross the border in to Bangladesh.

  • A diphtheria outbreak is spreading throughout the camps, with 916 suspected cases and 15 deaths as of 14 December.

In Numbers

655,000* people newly arrived in Bangladesh

31 Jan 2018 description

Highlights

  • Total population of 728,786 (84%) persons under surveillance. 147 (93%) of 158 health facilities enrolled in EWARS.

  • Completeness of reporting in W4 was 69% (101/147 health facilities).

  • Total of 95 alerts were triggered, of which 100% were verified; 3% are undergoing risk assessment, and 3% completed risk assessment.

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