Mogadishu, 11 December 2017 – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic, via the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation, is making a contribution of 3 million Euros towards the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)’s new Country Programme for Somalia over the period 2017-2020.
In partnership with UNFPA, this generous contribution will support the Federal Government of Somalia’s efforts in reducing maternal deaths, unmet need for birth spacing, and ending violence and harmful practices against women and girls.
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The border between Bangladesh and Myanmar is the site of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Over 620,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Rakhine State in Myanmar have arrived in Cox’s Bazar District in just three months.
With more refugees arriving every day, settlements are overflowing. The concentration of refugees is now among the densest globally. And more than half the arrivals are women and girls.
During the past decade, maternal and newborn mortality in Timor-Leste has experienced a notable decline . Improvements have been made, but still an estimated 2702 women die in pregnancy or childbirth for every 100,000 live births: 243 neonates die around the time of birth for every 1,000 live births. These indices are unacceptably high and reflect the limited quality and availability of maternal and newborn health services in the country.
The Fastest Growing Humanitarian Crisis in the World
More than 620,000 Rohingya refugees have poured into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since August 2017. The pace of new arrivals has made this the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world, and the concentration of refugees is now amongst the densest globally. The Rohingya crisis is largely feminized. Over half of the refugees are women and girls – they are the focus of UNFPA’s humanitarian response.
Key Protection Challenges
This World AIDS Day, December 1, the Government of Sweden, together with the regional offices of UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNICEF and WHO, announces the start of a USD45 million Joint United Nations (UN) four-year Regional Programme to reduce unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), new HIV infections, maternal mortality and sexual and gender-based violence (GBV) across East and Southern Africa.
Erbil, Iraq, 30 November 2017 – The completion of the second phase of the liberation of West Anbar towards end of October 2017 has resulted in need for humanitarian assistance for the current and displaced residents in the areas of Ana, Rua, Qaim & Obaidi. It is estimated that approximately 60,000 people, out of whom 15,000 are women of reproductive age, remain in Qaim, Ana, Rawa, Obeidi and the surrounding villages.
Amman Jordan, 29 November 2017 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launched the Strategy to Address the Needs of Syrian Adolescent Girls in Syria in the presence of representatives from United Nations agencies, international and local organizations, donors, partners and media.
Dhaka, 23 November 2017: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with support from the Government of Canada, UNICEF and UNFPA today has launched its, “Improving Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights including Maternal and Newborn Health in low performing districts” project to improve integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights including maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in the lowest performing five districts of the country.
ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraq. According to an interagency assessment mission to Sulaymaniyah, the earthquake left eight people dead and more than 500 injured. Hundreds of families were displaced.
14 Partners in 18 Districts as of July 15th, 2017