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India’s worst ever water crisis
15 June 2018

India’s worst ever water crisis

A recent report, called The Niti Aayog Report, conducted by a government think tank has revealed that India is facing its worst ever water crisis. The report has evaluated data from 24 of India’s 29 states and revealed that 600 million people are facing an acute water shortage, with the...

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3 things you must know about bringing water to rural communities
14 June 2018

3 things you must know about bringing water to rural communities

Here are 3 lessons that WateROAM founders learnt in bringing water solutions to the rural poor. They are sharing it with us so that we don’t have to make the mistakes that they did and help one another end water poverty. Keep it light, Make it Portable Firstly, a rural...

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Finalists announced for AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award
14 June 2018

Finalists announced for AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the AIDF Asia Innovator of the Year Award 2018! The award celebrates individuals as well as teams who have introduced game-changing initiatives, created research or inventions that have made an impact on the humanitarian aid and development sectors in Asia over the...

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Rapid Rohingya response: Our emergency response approach
13 June 2018

Rapid Rohingya response: Our emergency response approach

by Martina Aureli, Sales & Business Development Manager – Asia & Oceania at NRS International “We work hand in hand with humanitarian aid agencies to ensure a successful and fast supply of high quality shelters and life-saving core relief items.” Natural disasters and health epidemics are unpredictable. When disaster strikes,...

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We help you save more lives, by saving costs
12 June 2018

We help you save more lives, by saving costs

Do you know the Total Cost of Ownership of your Cold Chain equipment? Do you know that a new cold chain equipment is half as expensive as vaccines wasted in one single breakdown. The value of vaccines stored in the lifetime of a fridge can be more than 30 times...

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Monsoon rains hit Cox’s Bazar
12 June 2018

Monsoon rains hit Cox’s Bazar

Heavy rains hit Cox’s Bazar on Saturday 9th June and have continued to cause severe disruption to the Rohingya refugee camps in the area. The camp is home to approximately 1 million people, 31,000 of which are living in areas that are considered at high risk of deadly flooding and...

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Fears that IOM’s health services in Cox’s Bazar could be cut due to funding shortfalls
06 June 2018

Fears that IOM’s health services in Cox’s Bazar could be cut due to funding shortfalls

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) have carried out over 400,000 medical consultations in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since August 2017, the agency has reported. However, concerns are growing that a funding shortfall will cut services just as monsoon season strikes. IOM is one of the largest medical providers in the refugee...

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India approves world’s largest solar farm
06 June 2018

India approves world’s largest solar farm

The Indian Government has given planning permission to a huge new solar projectwhich is set to become one of the largest in the world. The approval for a 5,000 megawatt (MW) solar farm in the state of Gujarat was announced earlier this month by the Ministry of New & Renewable...

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Embassies and international organisations take a stand against plastic pollution in Vietnam
05 June 2018

Embassies and international organisations take a stand against plastic pollution in Vietnam

On Monday 4th June 2018, ahead of World Environment Day, 41 embassies and international organisations in Vietnam pledged to cut plastic pollution in the country. Canadian ambassador Ping Kitnikone said: “As international partners, we have the privilege to work in Vietnam, and have a collective responsibility to reduce our plastic...

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How is WHO preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season?
01 June 2018

How is WHO preparing Cox’s Bazar for monsoon season?

The Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar has started to experience intermittent flooding as the first rains of the monsoon season fall. The camp is home to approximately 1.3 million people. The World Health Organisation and other partners from the health sector are focusing on further strengthening the preventative and...

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WMO and WHO sign legal agreement to improve protection against climatic and atmospheric threats
01 June 2018

WMO and WHO sign legal agreement to improve protection against climatic and atmospheric threats

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have signed a legal agreement to protect communities using ‘relevant and authoritative’ data on the weather, climate and atmosphere. The agencies will combine their expertise to help protect populations around the world against extreme weather, air pollution and climate...

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Climate change could displace 140 million by 2050
30 May 2018

Climate change could displace 140 million by 2050

The World Bank has warned that climate change could push tens of millions of people in the developing world to migrate both inside and outside their own countries. The Bank analysed the impact of ‘slow-onset’ climate change and migratory patterns in three developing regions in the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, South...

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$55 million to connect rural Bangladesh with renewable energy
30 May 2018

$55 million to connect rural Bangladesh with renewable energy

The government of Bangladesh has signed a $55 million agreement with the World Bank to expand the country’s use of renewable energy in rural areas. The financing comes as part of the Second Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Development (RERED II) Project and will install 1,000 solar irrigation pumps, 30...

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Nutrition initiatives in Cox’s Bazar have received a boost
29 May 2018

Nutrition initiatives in Cox’s Bazar have received a boost

France has donated €400,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support nutrition activities for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar. The donation will increase WFP’s nutrition programme targeting young children, pregnant women and nursing women and address acute malnutrition in the settlement. Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador of France to...

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Nepal eliminates trachoma, the first country in South East Asia to do so
23 May 2018

Nepal eliminates trachoma, the first country in South East Asia to do so

The World Health Organisation has confirmed that Nepal has eliminated trachoma as a public health problem. The country is the first in the South East Asia region to overcome the leading infectious cause of blindness. The disease thrives in crowded living conditions with water shortages, inadequate sanitation and where eye...

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Grass planting initiatives are protecting Rohingya refugees from landslides
21 May 2018

Grass planting initiatives are protecting Rohingya refugees from landslides

The UN Migration Agency, IOM, has distributed 2 million vetiver grass plants throughout Cox’s Bazar in the last 2 weeks in an effort to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in the refugee camp. In addition, local and international NGOs will be provided with a further 2 million...

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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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