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06 April 2018

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Hamada’s micro gardening kit will improve her family’s diet Photo: IOM

Micro Gardening Scheme to Help Feed Rohingya Refugees, Bangladeshi Local Communities

Posted on Fri. April 6, 2018​​

Boa Vista – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled to Cox’s Bazar from Myanmar’s North Rakhine State in the past seven months. Many were already suffering from malnutrition due to poverty and discrimination in Myanmar. Now reliant on basic food rations of rice, lentils, cooking oil and spices distributed by aid agencies every two weeks, the refugees, particularly children under five years old, urgently need to diversify their diet. Local families also need access to more diverse and nutritious food.

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A child being examined at an IOM health facility in Hargeisa, Somaliland. © IOM

World Health Day 2018: ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’

Posted on Fri. April 6, 2018​

Geneva – Ahead of World Health Day, which will take place tomorrow (07/04), IOM calls for ‘Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere’ to ensure the inclusion of internally displaced persons (IDPs). People displaced within the borders of their own countries are often excluded from health services and have difficulties in accessing them due to social exclusion, financial constraints, as well as cultural and political barriers.

“Without the inclusion of migrants and internally displaced people, universal health coverage (UHC) would not be truly universal,” said Jacqueline Weekers, Director of the Migration Health Division at IOM. “Their inclusion is of paramount importance to rights-based health systems and global health security. Not doing so, counters public health principles, ethics and universal health care goals,” she added.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that IOM has called on Facebook to police its site and its WhatsApp messaging subsidiary for use by abusive human smugglers.
  • AFP reported that European law enforcement officials say they are tracking at least 65,000 migrant smugglers.
  • Radio Free Asia reported that the voluntary relocation of about 100,000 Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in southeastern Bangladesh to a recently formed sedimentary island at the mouth of the Meghna River could start by June.
  • Naija 247 News reported that the Nigerian Government has relocated 3,000 internally displaced people of Bama origin in Borno to their hometown.
  • Mercados y Tendencias (Spanish) reported that IOM launched MigrantApp, a mobile application in Costa Rica which gives migrants the opportunity to make informed decisions about regular migratory options.

Trending on the Internet

  • Voices on Central Asia featured the work of photographer and reporter Iris Oppelaar who followed Central Asian labour migrants from their hometowns in remote areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through their journeys to Russia.
  • Daily Mail reported that experts from the Pew Research Center in Washington DC used UN figures to depict the movement of people in a new interactive map.


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