A year ago RMF backed the project Empower Adolescent Girls in India with Catapult: Action for Equality. On September 1, 2012, Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) conducted a workshop of 44 adolescent girls in the community hall in Bhagyapur Village. With the help of two books and a curriculum published by the National Level Government Organization for the Purpose of Adolescent Education, the content of the workshop was created. The content covered: What is Adolescence?, The Changes in Adolescence – Physical, Emotional, Psychological and Social, Anemia, Diet in Adolescence, Menstrual Cycle vs Myths & Misconceptions, and Personal Hygiene.

The...

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Since November 2014, 17,645 refugees (as of 16 December 2015) have fled the insecurity in Burundi and sought safety in Uganda. New arrivals continue to enter the country on a daily basis and this is a trend that we expect to continue into 2016. The majority of refugees are hosted within settlements in government-gazetted land in South-West Uganda, while around 21% choose to live in Kampala. The emergency response is focused on rural settlement areas, where the most vulnerable refugees are living, while refugees in Kampala are able to access government services and targeted support is provided to refugees with...

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Key topics and speakers revealed at the upcoming AIDF Africa Summit 2016

With the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016 (2-3 February, UNCC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) fast approaching, you are invited to hear from internationally recognised experts, who will deliver invaluable insight into technological innovations and best practice to improve aid delivery and development strategy in East Africa, including:

• H. E. Debretsion G. Michael, Minister of Communications & Information Technology, Ethiopia and H.E. Kesetebirahn Admasu, Minister of Health, Ethiopia invited as keynote speakers of the Aid & Development Africa Summit 2016

• Opening Keynote Address by H.E. Dr...

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Since the outbreak of violence in December 2013, 172,411 (as of 24 November 2015) South Sudanese refugees have arrived in Uganda and there continues to be a steady influx of new arrivals. More than 45,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in 2015 alone, despite the Peace Accord signed in August. This trend is expected to continue into 2016, albeit in lower numbers than those seen in 2015. The majority of refugees are hosted on communal in northern Uganda, where they share the limited resources available with the host community. The emergency response is focused on meeting the needs of this particularly...

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1.1 Current context

Situation in the Country of Origin (DRC)

The eastern part of the DRC has been plagued by a number of recurrent insurrections since the Sun City Peace Accord was signed in South Africa in 2003. Uganda has yet again been receiving major refugee influxes from the DRC since 2011. This is due to continued activities by rebel groups in Eastern DRC, including the M23, ADF, M18 and other Mai Mai militia groups, as well as due to other human rights violations in the area. The main areas of origin are North Kivu and...

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1. CONTEXT AND SCENARIOS

1.1 Current context

Situation in the Country of Origin (Burundi)

• Swift escalation of insecurity and the continued rise in violence which had led to increased cases of human rights violations and abuses- including more than 200 arbitrary killings, curtailed freedom of media;
• Persisting political impasse, marked by a lack of dialogue among Burundian interested parties;
• Possible withdrawal of donor support and frozen cooperation;
• Rise in levels of poverty, lack of coping mechanisms and inability of government to pay public wages; which could be exacerbated by withdrawal of donor support if negotiations with...

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On October 26, 2015, at 1409 hrs, an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 occurred in the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan. The epicenter was 76 Km south of Feyzabad Afghanistan, north of the Chitral border of Pakistan. The earthquake has been calculated to have occurred due to reverse faulting at approximately 190 Km below the earth’s surface where the Indian tectonic plate moves northward and collides with Eurasian plate at a velocity of about 37 mm/yr. This convergence collision has produced the highest mountain peaks in the world including the Himalayan, the Karakoram, the Pamir and the Hindu Kush ranges.

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Rubina Mumtaz, Country Director for Pakistan, spoke with WIRED about the earthquake.

Nick Stockton 10.27.15

The Afghan Quake’s True Cost Could Come in the Winter

On Monday, a massive earthquake shook the Hindu Kush mountains. Residents felt its effects across hundreds of miles, but so far reports of any destruction have been minimal relative to the quake’s 7.51 magnitude.

That doesn’t mean the threat is over. Tomorrow, military and aid workers will survey the damage in outlying areas, and probably return with more injured and dead. But not all earthquake damage can be counted in bodies. In the coming months...

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More than 200 people have died, mostly in Pakistan, after a magnitude-7.5 earthquake hit north-eastern Afghanistan. Tremors were also felt in northern India and Tajikistan. At least 12 of the victims were Afghan schoolgirls killed in a crush as they tried to get out of their building.

The earthquake center was in the mountainous Hindu Kush region, 76km (45 miles) south of Faizabad. The death toll is set to rise as the most severely affected areas are very remote and communications have been cut off.

RMF’s Pakistan team is closely monitoring the situation, preparing our relief efforts.

In Pakistan, at...

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