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South East Asia is falling short of SDGs
17 May 2018

South East Asia is falling short of SDGs

A report released last week by the United Nations titled ‘Asia and the Pacific SDG Progress Report 2017’ found that the region is falling behind its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of the 57 targets set by the UN, Asia-Pacific has fallen behind on 37. The goals that have notably low...

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IOM has successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season
16 May 2018

IOM has successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees ahead of monsoon season

The UN Migration Agency, IOM, have successfully relocated 12,000 Rohingya refugees as monsoon storms have already begun in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The rains have damaged shelter and have increased the risk of landslides on steep slopes. The IOM is urgently preparing to relocate 24,000 of the most at risk people...

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WaterAid’s latest research highlights the need to integrate health and WaSH policies
10 May 2018

WaterAid’s latest research highlights the need to integrate health and WaSH policies

New research by WaterAid and PATH has found that combining clean water, decent household toilets and good hygiene with childhood vaccinations and nutrition support could prevent 697,000 child deaths each year and millions more cases of pneumonia and diarrhoea. Each year almost 300,000 children die around the world from diarrhoeal...

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UNICEF to upscale work in Cox’s Bazar thanks to $15.7 million donation from Japan
09 May 2018

UNICEF to upscale work in Cox’s Bazar thanks to $15.7 million donation from Japan

UNICEF is able to scale up its assistance to women and children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh thanks to a $15.7 million donation from the Government and Japan. The donation comes at a critical time for Cox’s Bazar as monsoon season approaches and only 16% of the total funding needed has...

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Vaccination and relocation programmes are preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season
08 May 2018

Vaccination and relocation programmes are preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season

The refugee camp of Cox’s Bazar is readying itself for the approaching monsoon season with healthcare initiatives and relocation programmes. Over 700,000 refugees have fled Myanmar since August 2017, with around 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar. The majority live in poor conditions and unstable housing, monsoon poses serious...

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Urgent action is needed to tackle water-related disasters
04 May 2018

Urgent action is needed to tackle water-related disasters

The final outcome of ‘Making Every Drop Count’, a document put together by the High Level Panel on Water has called for urgent action to address water-related disasters around the globe. 2018 marks the beginning of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development. Since 1990 water related disasters...

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Drones are connecting rural Nepalese communities to healthcare facilities
03 May 2018

Drones are connecting rural Nepalese communities to healthcare facilities

Drones are increasingly being used to deliver essential medicines and laboratory samples to and from areas of Nepal. The new technology represents progress in the delivery of medicine and a reduced dependence on road and transport networks. This would be particularly beneficial for rural populations, like those in Nepal. In...

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Marginalised people bear the brunt of air pollution
02 May 2018

Marginalised people bear the brunt of air pollution

The latest report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals the significant damage air pollution is having across the world, particularly in low income countries. WHO’s estimates reveal that 90% of the global population breathe air containing a high level of pollution and 7 million die each year due to...

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IOM is training Rohingya refugees on how to improve their shelter ahead of monsoon season
27 April 2018

IOM is training Rohingya refugees on how to improve their shelter ahead of monsoon season

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has trained over 40,000 Rohingya on how to upgrade their shelters ahead of monsoon season. In total 100,000 families will receive training, the IOM is also providing upgrade kits containing ropes, tarpaulin and tools. Humanitarian agencies have raised numerous concerns over the threats monsoon season...

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Press release: Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance
26 April 2018

Press release: Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance

Leading Asia Pacific corporations launch consumer-powered movement to end malaria on World Malaria Day A number of Asia’s leading companies and foundations have launched M2030 – focusing the power of millions of consumers on beating the world’s deadliest disease. London, 25 April 2018. A new collaboration has been unveiled today...

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Natural disasters could cost Asia $160 billion a year by 2030
26 April 2018

Natural disasters could cost Asia $160 billion a year by 2030

​The UN has warned of the significant economic damage natural disasters could cause in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the region has a very low insurance coverage despite regular and devastating natural disasters that have cost approximately $1.3 trillion over the last 50 years. Only 8% of the region’s...

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How stoves are tackling health, environment and gender equality issues in Lao DPR
24 April 2018

How stoves are tackling health, environment and gender equality issues in Lao DPR

The World Bank, in partnership with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), is replacing over 50,000 charcoal and wood burning stoves in Lao PDR. The stoves will be replaced with clean, energy-efficient and smoke free cooking stoves. The first recipients of the stoves will be schools with feeding programmes....

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UK Met Office committed to strengthening Asia’s resilience to climate change
19 April 2018

UK Met Office committed to strengthening Asia’s resilience to climate change

The UK Met Office announced a new programme to strengthen climate change resilience in Asia, working in partnership with the World Bank and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The programme was announced at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London this week. The key...

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Médecins Sans Frontières open new hospital in Cox’s Bazar as health concerns grow for monsoon season
17 April 2018

Médecins Sans Frontières open new hospital in Cox’s Bazar as health concerns grow for monsoon season

The hospital, ran by Médecins Sans Frontières, opens as the camp is preparing for its annual monsoon season which has caused significant concern among humanitarian organisations. Monsoon season will increase the risk of flooding and landslides in the region, in addition to raising concerns over healthcare. For example, there is...

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Asia needs to step up the fight against hunger, says FAO Director
12 April 2018

Asia needs to step up the fight against hunger, says FAO Director

Governments in Asia must further their commitment to Zero Hunger by focusing on rural poverty reduction and adapting their agricultural sectors due to the threats posed by climate change. General José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director commented: “Countries need to step up their efforts to bring the fight against hunger...

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World Bank approves $55 million to support renewable energy projects in rural Bangladesh
11 April 2018

World Bank approves $55 million to support renewable energy projects in rural Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $55 million to grow clean and renewable energy in rural areas of Bangladesh that is cut off from electricity grids. The funding will be added to the existing Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project and will involve the installation of 1000...

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Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks
10 April 2018

Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks

WHO has raised concerns about the potential for disease earthquakes in Papua New Guinea following a large earthquake in February 2018 and a number of subsequent aftershocks. The initial earthquake struck on 26th February with a magnitude of 7.5. This, combined with hundreds of aftershocks, has resulted in the severe...

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IOM, Japan and Bangladesh are working together to bring clean water to Rohingya refugees
10 April 2018

IOM, Japan and Bangladesh are working together to bring clean water to Rohingya refugees

The UN Migration Agency (IOM), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Bangladesh’s Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE) are bringing easily accessible and safe water to 30,000 Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. IOM, JICA and DPHE have collaborated on a major borehole project which opens this week. It is...

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Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks
10 April 2018

Health concerns grow in Papua New Guinea following earthquake and aftershocks

WHO has raised concerns about the potential for disease earthquakes in Papua New Guinea following a large earthquake in February 2018 and a number of subsequent aftershocks. The initial earthquake struck on 26th February with a magnitude of 7.5. This, combined with hundreds of aftershocks, has resulted in the severe...

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Bhutan’s capital is the latest city to join UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign
09 April 2018

Bhutan’s capital is the latest city to join UNISDR’s ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign

Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is the newest member to join Bhutan’s the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign. The Making Cities Resilient campaign addresses local governance and urban risk to promote resilience activities, sustainable development and an understanding of disaster risk. The campaign...

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