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16 Nov 2017 description
report WaterAid

Introduction

It is easy to take a toilet for granted – lock the door, do your business, flush when finished, and forget all about it. But for 2.3 billion people worldwide – almost one in three – such a normal part of daily life is out of reach. A lack of decent toilets and clean water causes diarrhoeal diseases that, on average, claim the lives of almost 800 children every day – one every two minutes.

The health impacts of poor sanitation trap people in poverty, making it difficult to get an education or to work to support their families.

16 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

The World Bank is moving ahead to support low-income countries hosting large numbers of refugees. Under the 18th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA18) – the Bank’s fund for the poorest countries – a $2 billion financing window is now available to help manage these crises with longer term solutions, which will benefit both refugees and host communities. Eight countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa regions have been found eligible for assistance so far, and discussions are underway with several other countries for potential support.

14 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • 844 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

  • 12,319 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

  • 94,107 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

  • 380,064 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

  • 85% of returnees from Pakistan (724 individuals) assisted

  • 5% of returnees from Iran (589 individuals) assisted

  • 153 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan

14 Nov 2017 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 193 residents living in the site of Alexandria as of November 2nd

  • There were 19 new arrivals

  • There were 97 departures in total: 35 spontaneous departures, 61 under the urban accommodation scheme and 1 under the relocation scheme.

  • NRC in coordination with IOM & at the request of the MoMP began the relocation of the camp population inside the site to facilitate space for site works

12 Nov 2017 description

Total (observed) arrivals – October: 1,017
Total (observed) arrivals - September: 673

Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - October: 69
Total (observed) arrivals of unaccompanied/separated children - September: 28

Total occupancy of government centres – end October: 4,100
Total occupancy of government centres - end September: 3,900

10 Nov 2017 description

Local Stories of Change

Empowering communities to help themselves

In May 2017 UNFPA with the Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF) began supporting the FATA Health Department and its field units in Kurram Agency, helping two overburdened health facilities in Sadda and Alizai lower Kurram to provide female health workers with reproductive health supplies, safe delivery kits and new-born baby kits.

09 Nov 2017 description

As of 31 October, United Nations-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) require US$24.1 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million particularly vulnerable people of an estimated 145 million crisis-affected people in 39 countries. The appeals are funded at $11.8 billion, leaving a shortfall of $12.3 billion. This is $1.5 billion less than the gap reported at the end of September 2017.

07 Nov 2017 description

The flight of the Rohingya has caught the world’s attention. Since 25 August, more than half a million men, women and children fled from one country to another in search of safety and respite.
The conditions of those now living in Bangladesh, having crossed from Myanmar, are dire. Many have arrived with just the clothes they happened to be wearing; they arrive scarred, wounded, traumatised.

07 Nov 2017 description

Highlights

  • 968 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

  • 18,083 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

  • 93,263 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

  • 367,765 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

  • 88% of returnees from Pakistan (851 individuals) assisted

  • 3% of returnees from Iran (566 individuals) assisted

  • 155 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan

07 Nov 2017 description

The Natural Disasters Consortium (NDC) comprising IOM, FAO, UNICEF, ACTED and HANDS works across the country implementing preparedness, response and recovery interventions. Through multi-sector activities, the NDC works towards building communities’ resilience to future shocks by enhancing household skills, spearheading community initiatives and empowering beneficiaries to reconstruct in a sustainable manner.

During 2017, the NDC implemented the following Response and Preparedness activities:

02 Nov 2017 description

Mr. President,

Distinguished delegates,

A few weeks ago, I was in Bangladesh, at the border with Myanmar - witnessing the most rapid refugee exodus since the massive population movements of the mid-1990s.

It was a stark illustration of what happens when the root causes of conflict and violence are not addressed, and the relationship between a state and some of its people breaks down.

The result is a human tragedy on a dramatic scale.

31 Oct 2017 description

Highlights

923 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan

18,033 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran

92,300 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017

349,610 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017

88% of returnees from Pakistan (814 individuals) assisted

4% of returnees from Iran (749 individuals) assisted

31 Oct 2017 description

Bangladesh

607,000 newly arrived Rohingya in Cox's Bazar are in need of WASH assistance, which is impeded by physical access at new sites, overburdened existing facilities and the extremely limited safe water and sanitation facilities at reception areas close to the border.

There is a gap in response targeting for some 636,000 people. Protection is another major concern with 597,000 people requiring assistance including psycho-social support, child protection, and family tracing and reunification.