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Nepal Census 2021 message cards

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The main census enumeration commenced on 11 November across Nepal. The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has worked tirelessly since 2018 to ensure that the census preparations were thorough. UNFPA commends the management of CBS for persevering despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to organize the census in 2021, which will raise consistency with earlier censuses.

These digital messages have been jointly produced by CBS and UNFPA to provide relevant information to promote people's participation in the census. 

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Lumbini Province: Strategy on Ending Child Marriage

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On 12 November 2021, the Provincial Government of Lumbini Province launched a strategy to end child marriage. The Ministry of Law, Women, Children, and Senior Citizens of Lumbini has called for cooperation from concerned organisations and public to end child marriage in the province through the successfull implementation of the 10-year strategy.

Developed with support from UNFPA, the strategy aims at working with local governments and partners in Lumbini to educate, aware and empower children and their parents on the importance of ending child marriage through imparting skill-based training and conducting community-level awareness campaigns. It also aims at generating research and analysis to identify the existing problems in order to enable the concerned authorities and agencies to chart out an action plan against child marriage.

Nepal has one of the highest rates of child marriage in Asia – for both girls and boys. Although the legal age of unions for both sexes is 20, more than a third of young women aged 20-24 report that they were married by the age of 18, and just over one in ten by 15. Nepali boys are among the most likely in the world to be child grooms. More than one in ten is married before they reach 18.Child marriage is a human rights violation, restricting children’s choices, changing their course in life, and putting them at significant risk of abuse and violence.

In 2016, UNFPA and UNICEF launched a global programme to tackle child marriage in 12 of the most high-prevalence or high-burden countries, including Nepal. Under the programme, UNFPA and partners are working together, among others, with adolescent girls and boys in their communities to empower and protect them.

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Nepal heavy rains and flooding: SitRep 48

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with partners. It covers the period from 17-22 October 2021.

Unseasonal, heavy rains beginning 17 October in the West of Nepal and continuing for several days, moving east on 19 October have left a wake of deaths, missing persons, damage to roads, bridges, hydropower stations and other physical infrastructure as well as heavy agricultural losses due to flooding and landslides across the country.

Current estimates of losses vary, but assessment processes are ongoing to develop a clear picture of impacts, needs and gaps. More clarity is expected in the coming days. However, what is  emerging clearly is that the most substantial impacts are in agriculture, with heavy damages to both land and crop yields.

Current losses, combined with the existing livelihood setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could be devastating and severely impact the survival of many families in the coming months. In addition, the impact of evacuations, collective sheltering and rescue operations on COVID-19 transmission will emerge only in the coming weeks.

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Nepal COVID-19 SitRep 46

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with partners. It covers the period from 21 August to 6 September 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heavy rainfall between 26-29 August affected thousands of people across the Tarai regions.
  • Major roadways have been frequently obstructed by landslides and flooding, impeding humanitarian access to hard-to-reach areas. Humanitarian partners are coordinating with security forces on road clearance and access issues.
  • Initial Rapid Assessments have been conducted in most affected areas, providing initial basic information on impacts. Several clusters are collecting more detailed sectoral information to plan interventions.
  • Basic WASH, shelter/NFI and health support provided to households in heavily affected districts.
  • All clusters monitoring situation closely and on standby to provided additional response if needed.

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Senior Citizens Act

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This Senior Citizens Act 2063 (2006) was enacted by Nepal's parliament to make provisions immediately on the protection and social security of senior citizens and enhancement of trust, respect and good faith towards them by utilizing knowledge, skills, capability and experiences inherent in them.

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Nepal COVID-19 SitRep 45

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with partners. It covers the period from 17- 30 July 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • With rising COVID-19 cases coupled with fewer partners engaged in the response, there is a potential for gap between needs and response to widen dramatically.
  • Need to prioritize PPE in non-COVID-19 service delivery points for continuity of essential services.
  • Over 45 water supply schemes are reportedly affected by floods and landslides countrywide, including Melamchi Water Supply Project, addressing water supply needs of Kathmandu Valley.
  • Lack of adherence to public health and social measures by leaders at provincial and local levels has constrained promotion of practices among the general public.
  • Road obstruction due to flooding and landslides has delayed COVID-19 and monsoon response in various parts of the country.
  • Clusters are responding to localized flooding in affected municipalities in provinces One and Two.

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Nepal COVID-19 SitRep 44

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with partners. It covers the period from 17- 30 July 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Relaxing of prohibitory orders and decreasing adherence to public health and social measures observed across the country, particularly outside Kathmandu Valley, in contributing to concerns of a new spike in infections.
  • Fear of disease transmission and movement restrictions remain major challenges for patients to access non-COVID-19 health services.
  • Daily food and other essential needs of vulnerable families affected by secondary impacts of COVID-19 are largely unmet.
  • Dry spell across western Nepal is compounding food hardships, with winter crop production expected to drop by 40-80%.
  • Construction of semi-permanent health desks is completed at two points of entry and ongoing at three additional points of entry (PoEs).
  • Eight young children have died in Sarlahi district due to lack of proper drainage systems after falling in road depressions and drainage holes.

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Nepal COVID-19 SitRep 42

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This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator in collaboration with partners. It covers the period from 19- 25 June 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • On 21 June, the Government of Nepal decided to resume more flights with full compliance of public health standards. The Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation has asked Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal to resume international flights from 1 July onwards without exceeding 50 percent of total international flights.
  • The monsoon rainfall continues to have a localized impact in some areas. According to the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology the monsoon is currently close to the southern part of the country, and more rainfall is predicted for next week.
  • Frontline workers continue to be infected by COVID-19, leading to disruptions in essential humanitarian service delivery.
  • On 1 July continuous rainfall affected communities across Bagmati, Gandaki and Province Two, temporarily displacing over 300 households, killing two and damaging 160 houses.

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लैङ्गिक हिंसालाई नाई भनौं

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कोभिड-१९ महामारीको समयमा लैङ्गिक हिंसा सम्बन्धी जानकारी तथा सहयताका लागि

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Nepal Family Planning Project Achievements

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These documents contains a summary of the achievements of our four-year (Dec 2016-Dec 2020) Nepal Family Planning Project funded by UKaid. The key objective of the project was to increase access to, and the utilization of, family planning services among excluded and marginalized women and adolescent girls across 15 districts of Province 1, Province 2, Lumbini Province, Karnali Province, and Sudurpaschim Province in Nepal.

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