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25 August 2018 marks one year since violence erupted in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, triggering the massive Rohingya exodus to neighbouring Bangladesh, adding to the population of refugees who had arrived in Cox's Bazar after previous bouts of violence in earlier years. As of this writing, about 700,000 refugees have fled from Rakhine to Cox's Bazar in the latest phase, most of them within the short span of 45 days. 

UNFPA and partners have been responding to the crisis by providing essential supplies and services, to ensure safer pregnancy and childbirth, and address and prevent violence against women including sexual assault.

Here's a look back at what we've done over the past year - underscoring the challenges ahead.

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Real people. Real change. In 2017, UNFPA - the United Nations Population Fund - made life safer, better and fairer for millions of women, girls and youth across Asia and the Pacific.



Helping displaced families manage tension and trauma in Myanmar's Rakhine State.


Youth smash sexism in Bangladesh.


Supported by UNFPA and the Government of Luxembourg, the programme connects provincial hospitals with experts at National Center for Maternal and Child Health (NCMCH). Using software from partners at the Swiss Surgical Team, local doctors are able to consult with experts, in real time, without having to leave the examination room.


After a historic decision by the government of Cambodia to establish a national budget line for the procurement of contraceptives, the government plans to fully cover the contraceptive needs for the public sector from 2016 onward. The Cambodia Ministry of Health is partnering with UNFPA to provide a variety of reproductive health supplies worth over $2 million in 2016


UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is encouraged by the progress being made on a programme that seeks to improve the quality of, and access to, essential services that respond to the needs of women and girls subjected to violence.


The importance of family planning underpinned by individual rights was a key theme at the 2015 Pakistan Population Summit.  Religious leaders have pledged to work with government and civil society to optimize population dynamics and to "put people first" in the context of Pakistan 2025 - One Nation, One Vision, a national consensus framework for development across the spectrum.


The reportage from Afghanistan, Nepal and Pakistan highlights the efforts in treating fistula through stories of women who endured and overcame the condition. 


UNFPA-trained midwives are deployed in Rakhine State, where displaced women and girls are in need of life-saving reproductive health care.