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Kyrgyzstan: Inter-Agency Health and Nutrition Initial Rapid Assessment, Southern Kyrgyzstan - Jalal Abad and Osh Oblasts, June 29 - July 3, 2010

Executive summary

i. Kyrgyzstan has experienced escalating violence since the previous government was overthrown on April 7 and an interim government took power. Subsequently, violent clashes took place in Osh and Jalal-Abad Oblasts (province) throughout April and May and fighting reached its highest intensity from June 10-14 during which shooting, killing, looting, and property destruction were widespread in cities as well as in rural areas leading to mass population displacements. After four

A Challenging Road to Recovery: Voices from Osh and Jalal-Abad

OSH and JALAL-ABAD, Kyrgyzstan (10 July 2010) — To the left and to the right, you see houses completely burned to the ground, 26 in all, without roof or walls – each a hollow, empty shell that once was a home. Multiply this by three blocks, and again by hundreds of communities in and around Osh and Jalal-Abad, and only then does one begin to comprehend the magnitude of the disaster and destruction. Then you notice a couple of houses amid the rubble still standing, completely untouched, and it

UNFPA Kyrgyzstan Continues its Efforts to Meet the Humanitarian Needs of People in Osh and Jalalabad
Kyrgyzstan (29 Jun 2010) -- UNFPA Kyrgyzstan continues its efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of people in Osh and Jalalabad who have been affected by the violence that began on 11 June. The latest figures by the Provisional Government of Kyrgyzstan indicate that 295 people have been killed and more than a thousand hospitalized so far. The UN estimates that 375,000 people have been internally displaced in southern Kyrgyzstan, including refugees who recently returned from Uzbekistan, and up
UNFPA Responds to Urgent Needs of Victims of Kyrgyzstan Fighting

UNITED NATIONS, New York (17 June 2010) — UNFPA has been gearing up to meet the humanitarian needs of those who have fled their homes in Kyrgyzstan as a result of the violence engulfing the country since 11 June. The Fund is particularly concerned about the fate of pregnant women who will deliver their babies in shelters and refugee camps.

Some 400,000 people have been uprooted by the violence, reported UNHCR, citing figures provided by governmental and non-governmental organizations on the

United Nations Population Fund has provided humanitarian assistance to the people in Osh and Jalalabad for more than one million soms
BISHKEK, KYRGYZSTAN- 16 June 2010.  UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, has sent humanitarian assistance for more than one million soms to people in Osh and Jalalabad.  Humanitarian assistance will be sent to medical and non-governmental organizations in Osh and Jalalabad for further distribution.  The humanitarian shipment contains medical supplies, hygiene and detergent products and clothes for adults and babies. 
Currently UNFPA is mobilizing additional humanitarian assistance from abroad
Uncharted Territory: Emerging Population Issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

NEW YORK (9 April 2010) – The combination of extremely low birth rates, migration losses and moderate mortality is leading to both rapid population decline and ageing in many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Because this is an unprecedented phenomenon, the international community cannot provide these countries with policy advice or reference to best practices elsewhere.

These are findings of a new UNFPA publication entitled, Emerging Population Issues in Eastern Europe and Central

Message of Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, UNFPA Executive Director on international Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, let us pay tribute to all women worldwide who contribute so much to the well-being of their families, communities and nations.

In every part of the world, women are the weavers of the fabric of society, and progress towards equality is being made. Today more girls attend school, more women hold parliament and government seats, and more women benefit from paid employment. Yet there is still a long way to go to achieve true equality.

As long as one woman dies

Message by Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA, on the occasion of World AIDS Day

1 December 2009 - Today on World AIDS Day we extend solidarity to all people who are living with HIV and AIDS so they can live free of stigma and discrimination. And we remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives to AIDS.

Today, we call for universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support, and respect for human rights for all. 

Message of Ms. Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

25 November 2009 -  Every day, women and girls are subject to domestic violence, exploitation, sexual violence, trafficking, honour crimes, harmful traditional practices, such as bride burning and early marriages, and other forms of violence against their bodies, minds and human dignity.

As many as one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way.

In the 16 days leading up to Human Rights Day and every day, let us come together to demand an end to the most

Women central to efforts to deal with climate change, says new UNFPA report

Women bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, concludes The State of World Population 2009, released today by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in London. “Poor women in poor countries are among the hardest hit by climate change, even though they contributed the least to it,” says UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid


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