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23 Oct 2018 description

KARACHI: Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho said on Monday that around half of the children dying in Thar died within one month of their birth and low birth weight was one of the leading causes of their deaths.

“Around 50 per cent of children dying in Thar die within one month of their birth and the leading causes of their deaths are low birth weight, septicaemia ... and birth asphyxia or deprivation of oxygen at the time of birth,” said the minister while speaking at a press conference in her office.

23 Oct 2018 description

Nepal heralded a welcome development with the first local and provincial elections held in 20 years, moving forward on its commitments to federalization envisioned in the 2015 Constitution. By the end of 2017, the parties were still discussing the timing of the indirect elections to the Upper House and government formation, once the Federal Parliament results would be finalized, by the beginning of 2018. The various rounds of elections and the enforcement of the Election Code of Conduct impacted the delivery of development and humanitarian assistance.

23 Oct 2018 description

Through community consultations, UNHCR identified 1,400 locations in refugee settlements that need street lighting and mapped those requiring repair. UNHCR is procuring 1,000 solar street lights for installation in refugee sites and will repair the damaged lights. More than 1,600 street lights have been installed as of September in refugee settlements and host community areas to increase security during night time, particularly for women and girls.

23 Oct 2018 description
report Columbia University

A year-long program for adolescent girl refugees in Sub-Saharan Africa successfully promoted healthy transitions to adulthood within the evaluation period, according to the results of randomized controlled trials in Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The studies, which appear in BMJ: Global Health, were led by researchers in the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

22 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

- By September 2018, some 89,000 refugees and migrants, almost a quarter of whom children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean migration routes. Most children arrived in Greece and Spain.
- Between January and September 2018, nearly 16,700 children benefitted from UNICEF specialized child protection support in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Germany. With the start of the school year, 13,810 children were also reached with UNICEF-supported formal and non-formal education activities.

22 Oct 2018 description

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 55 events in the region. This week’s edition covers key ongoing events, including:

  • Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • Dengue Fever in Senegal

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Cholera in Zimbabwe.

22 Oct 2018 description

GENEVA (22 October 2018) – UN human rights experts* are urging Nigeria to take immediate steps to remedy deliberate attempts to exclude women candidates from recent party primary elections for seats in state and national legislatures.

Reports of irregularities in primaries in states around Nigeria include reports of party and election officials excluding women candidates from candidate lists, denying them access to essential information regarding the election, and cancelling and rescheduling primaries, allegedly with the sole purpose of excluding women candidates.

22 Oct 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

General Objective

Assess individual and community characteristics of Jordanian and Syrian women engaged in the formal labour market to inform programming aimed at removing gendered barriers to Jordanian and Syrian women’s participation on the labour market.

Specific Objective(s)

22 Oct 2018 description
report UN News Service

The UN is committed to recognizing the rights of victims of sexual exploitation by UN personnel but, when it comes to preventing and responding to abuse, there is a still “a long way to go, and many challenges to overcome,” says the UN’s first-ever Victims’ Rights Advocate Jane Connors.

Ms. Connors’ post was established by the UN Secretary-General in 2017, a year that saw 62 allegations of abuse by UN personnel.

22 Oct 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Context Analysis


  • 4.6 million people in need and 954,000 children under-5 that are or could be acutely malnourished in the next year.
  • The current number of IDPs in Somalia has increased to 2.6 million from 2.1 million in May.


22 Oct 2018 description
report United Nations

I am pleased to be with you today.

We live during a time of unprecedented challenge – but, equally, unprecedented and massive opportunity.

Our blueprint for addressing these challenges and seizing the opportunities is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

But to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, we need more and better data.

With accurate, representative, inclusive and disaggregated data, we can understand the challenges we face -- and identify the most appropriate solutions for sustainable development.

22 Oct 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Ciudad de México, 21 de octubre 2018 - UNICEF, el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia, se encuentra en Tapachula, Chiapas, para evaluar la situación de niños, niñas y adolescentes migrantes, en respuesta a los acontecimientos vinculados a la llegada de la Caravana Migrante procedente de Centroamérica.

“UNICEF trabaja regularmente en México, incluido el Estado de Chiapas, apoyando los esfuerzos de las autoridades y de la sociedad civil por asegurar el cumplimiento de los derechos de la infancia”, dijo Christian Skoog, Representante de UNICEF en México.

22 Oct 2018 description


This week, 1,179 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 654 arrivals and from last year’s 1,054 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 168, compared to 93 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Nearly 18,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (27%), Iraq (21%) and Syria (17%).

22 Oct 2018 description

Ciudad de Guatemala, 21 oct (AGN).- El Gobierno de Guatemala trasladó hoy a los primeros 943 migrantes hacia Honduras, luego de implementar el Plan de Acción Retorno Seguro, que busca llevar de regreso a las miles de personas que emprendieron un viaje desde el país vecino con destino a Estados Unidos.

Según datos de la Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred), fueron transportados por vía terrestre 635 hombres, 201 mujeres y 107 niños, que se habían movilizado a la frontera de Tecún Umán para intentar ingresar a México, sin haber tenido éxito.

22 Oct 2018 description

Ce rapport est consolidé par le Bureau des Nations Unies pour la Coordination des Affaires Humanitaires (OCHA) en Haïti sur la base des données officielles disponibles (DPC, Primature, …) et en collaboration avec les partenaires humanitaires. Le rapport couvre la période du 09 au 19 octobre 2018.

Faits saillants

  • Un séisme de magnitude 5.9 a frappé le samedi 6 octobre à 20h12 le nord-ouest et le nord d’Haïti occasionnant des pertes en vies humaines et des dégâts matériels importants.

22 Oct 2018 description

El Proyecto: “Fortalecimiento para la Implementación de la Política Pública de Equidad y Género de la Subregión Rio Mayo”, se está implementando, en los municipios de La Cruz, San Pablo, Colón Génova, Belén, San Bernardo, Tablón de Gómez y San José de Albán, en el marco de proyecto de Desarrollo Rural con Enfoque Territorial (DRET), financiado por el Gobierno de Canadá, ejecutado por la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones (OIM) en Nariño y Cauca, y la Secretaría de Equidad de Género e Inclusión Social de la Gobernación De Nariño.

22 Oct 2018 description

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 22 2018 (IPS) - Solar energy has long powered homes, businesses and portable electronics. Now, it’s powering a field hospital in the middle of the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp.

Last month, my organization, the HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh, opened the HOPE Field Hospital for Women in the Kutupalong mega-camp for Rohingya refugees.

22 Oct 2018 description

2018 Response Highlights

  • 30,213 households have received emergency shelters solution while 10,512 households received reinforced/transitional shelters solutions.

  • 41,948 households reached through improved, basic and complimentary NFI Kits including core relief items.

  • 423,687 individuals have been biometrically registered since January 2018

  • 4,194 households have been reached through Cash/Voucher for Shelter /Rental support while 3,501 households with Cash/Voucher for NFI.

22 Oct 2018 description

By Jared Ferrie and Annie Banerji

OU KRALANH, Cambodia/TOLAKCHUIN, India, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phally Chhiv placed a pot of simmering soup filled with fish and greens on a wooden platform outside her one-room home in northwestern Cambodia - using nutrient-packed minnows that experts hope can help to end global hunger.