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21 Oct 2017 description

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Since 25 August 2017, more than half a million people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar. People have moved into settlements/ camps, several spontaneous settlements have come up and many are with host communities. The speed and scale of the influx has resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency with increasing needs for food, health, shelter, water and sanitation, as well as protection and education.

25 Sep 2017 description


• Since 25 August more than 422 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar (as of 19 September).

• 185 000 are located in makeshift settlement/camps, 34 000 in host communities and 203 000 in new spontaneous settlements. 26 747 people have been displaced in Myanmar (as of 6 September)

19 Sep 2017 description


  • Since 25 August more than 379 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar

  • 156 000 are located in makeshift settlement/camps, 35 000 in host communities and 188 000 in new spontaneous settlements

  • 26 747 people have been displaced in Myanmar

07 Sep 2016 description

Colombo, 7 September 2016 - The World Health Organization today called for a whole-of-society approach to address the double burden of malnutrition which affects populations across South-East Asia Region, particularly women and girls.

05 Apr 2016 description
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In 2016 over 125 million people living in crisis-affected countries are in need of humanitarian assistance. The humanitarian community is committed to providing aid to over 87 million of those in need. The risks to health posed by humanitarian emergencies are at an all-time high. Developments such as climate change, urbanization, population growth and worsening civil conflict are increasing the frequency and severity of many types of emergencies. Attacks on health workers and health facilities are also on the rise.

28 Mar 2016 description

Children in South East Asia face a ‘double burden’ of obesity and undernutrition, new report finds

Bangkok, 28 March 2016 – A joint report from UNICEF, WHO and ASEAN has shed new light on the nutrition situation of children across South East Asia. The report finds that several ASEAN countries are facing simultaneous crises of over and undernutrition, with some children overweight while their peers suffer from stunting and wasting. This ‘double burden of malnutrition’ is happening in middle income countries such Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

04 Aug 2015 description


• Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 out of 14 States and Divisions. Worst hit areas are Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions.

• As per records, over 50 persons are dead and 200,000 are affected.

• Many health facilities are inundated and patients have to be evacuated to safer grounds. Floods, Flash floods and landslides have damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure.

27 Jun 2012 description


  • Instability in Rakhine State that started since 28 May has resulted in displacement of over 52 200 people who are accommodated in 66 camps/villages according to official Government sources.

  • 50 people died and 54 injured and over 2230 houses, business and communal buildings were burned and destroyed.

  • The Government had imposed curfew in, Sittwe, Thandwe, Kyaukphyu, Yanbye, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships and the ‘State of Emergency’ was declared in Rakkhine State on 10 June.

09 Jan 2012 description


1.) The Sixty-fourth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia was held in Jaipur, India from 6 to 9 September 2011.
It was attended by representatives of all the eleven Member States of the Region, UN and other agencies, nongovernmental organizations having official relations with WHO, as well as observers.

13 Jul 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

02 Jan 2005 description

Period covered: 00:00 1/1/05-00:00 2/1/05

2 January 2005 (15:00IST)-

- Death toll nearing 150,000 and expected to continue to increase

- Shortage of clean water is widespread and risk of diseases outbreaks increased throughout region

30 Dec 2004 description

Period Covered 28th to the 29th December, 2004
Date of transmission: 29th December, 2004 20:00 hrs

Key Developments

- WHO offices are fully mobilsed across the region, with 24 hour crises centres opened in New Delhi and Geneva

- WHO country offices are being strengthened as public health specialist and supplies are sent from regional and headquarter office (s)

- Needs assessments under way, health sector co-ordination and response plans are being developed

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