7-20 | RCEP trade deal could cut medicines lifeline for people in developing countries As the sixteen countries negotiating Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade agreement meet in Bangkok this week for another round of closed door negotiations, public health experts and the international medical humanitarian organization - Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warn that inclusion of any harmful intellectual property provisions in the agreement could have a severely negative impact on access to affordable generic medicines.
3-22 | More than 688,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar, a district in southeast Bangladesh, since late August 2017, after fleeing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. They joined several other thousands who had made the same journey in previous crises. The refugees – from a minority Muslim group denied citizenship and other rights in Myanmar – have settled in existing camps, as well as in new makeshift settlements set up by the Bangladeshi authorities in an effort to cope with the humanitarian crisis. Here we recount the journeys of three Rohingya.
12-14 | Surveys conducted by MSF in refugee settlement camps in Bangladesh estimate that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar, in Rakhine state, between 25 August and 24 September.
10-24 | Since 25 August over 600,000 Rohingyas have fled targeted violence in Myanmar and sought safety across the border in Bangladesh. This brings the total of Rohingyas in Bangladesh to nearly a million refugees. The new arrivals have shared horrific stories with Médecins Sans Frontières about their villages being raided and burned and of widespread violence against civilians. In the first three weeks alone, MSF treated over 250 newly arrived patients with violence-related injuries.
10-23 | Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis organized by OCHA, IOM and UNHCR and co-hosted by the European Union and Kuwait. In the piece below she describes her recent visit to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where a refugee crisis is unfolding after renewed violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. “Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh in the past two months.