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27 Nov 2015 description

Next week, Mozambique, formerly one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, will formally declare it has completed mine clearance on its territory, the 29th country to do so since the 1990s. This leaves 60 countries and territories still contaminated according to Clearing the Mines, a review of mine action programmes around the world published today by Norwegian People’s Aid. The report’s authors have calculated that by 2020 another 20 countries should have completed mine clearance and the urgent humanitarian threat removed from the other 40.

27 Nov 2015 description

QUEZON CITY, Nov. 28 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Australian government are set to launch a partnership project that will enhance the DSWD’s capacity in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The launch, which includes the groundbreaking for a new warehouse, will be held on December 3 at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.

27 Nov 2015 description

Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that exists only on paper in Pakistan. Each year thousands of Christians, forming 13% of the total population, suffer at the hands of religious bigots who use blasphemy as an excuse to ruin their life. Christian girls are increasingly being forced to convert to Islam. According to a report released by Pakistani NGO Aurat Foundation on 13 July 2015, around 1,000 girls are forced to convert to Islam every year in Pakistan. The victims of these forced conversions are largely girls from the Pakistani Christian and Hindu communities.

27 Nov 2015 description


On 26 October 2015 at 14:09h local time, an earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck North West Pakistan. The epicenter of the quake was in neighbouring Afghanistan in a remote part of the Hindukush mountain range at a depth of 212.5 km. The tremor was felt in Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of northern India. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (KP) and Bajaur Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were listed as the worst affected areas and they remain the focus of relief efforts. Aftershocks of varying intensity were felt in subsequent days.

27 Nov 2015 description
report IRIN

OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.

26 Nov 2015 description
report AlertNet

Author: Aamir Saeed

THATTA, Pakistan, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fisherman Muhammad Yusuf's family has been living on the island of Hajamaro, just over three miles off the coast of southern Pakistan, for generations. But the island that was once a happy home has now become a prison.

Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation

26 Nov 2015 description

Programme improvements and innovations in 2015 have brought us closer to ending polio in Pakistan – but the road ahead is rough.

Over the course of 2015, Pakistan has seen encouraging signs of progress against polio, with the programme tightening its grip on the last strongholds of the virus. The number of cases has declined sharply, with 39 reported to date in 2015, compared with 235 cases by the same point in 2014.

Not children reached, but children missed

26 Nov 2015 description
  • The emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has met for the seventh time and assessed that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). They also expanded the temporary recommendations to outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus, due to the importance of stopping all types of poliovirus as we near the finish line of polio eradication. Learn more about cVDPVs.

26 Nov 2015 description

The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 10 November 2015. The Director General of WHO had noted the concerns expressed by the Emergency Committee in its August 2015 report with respect to circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). In response, she convened this meeting of the Emergency Committee with broader terms than was previously the case to also look at outbreaks of cVDPV.

26 Nov 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban.

But each painting reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to flee Kabul.

26 Nov 2015 description

Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT

Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.

At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.

All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.

26 Nov 2015 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 14:16 GMT

At least two people were killed when a roadside bomb hit the convoy of a Pakistani cabinet minister in the country's troubled northwest Thursday, police said.

Akram Khan Durrani, a minister for housing in Nawaz Sharif's cabinet, survived the attack as he was travelling in the remote Frontier Region Bannu area near the North Waziristan tribal district after addressing a rally.

26 Nov 2015 description

Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She has just returned from a six-month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.

25 Nov 2015 description

By Khalid Bin Majid, Pakistan Red Crescent Society

On November 25 - the first day of the internationally-recognised 16 Days of Activism to prevent gender-based violence, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society launched a landmark Women's Forum at its National Headquarters in Islamabad.

The Forum addresses the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to early warnings that do not reach women while they are at home.

25 Nov 2015 description


6,000 Refugees registered since the outbreak of the crisis
2,612 Registered females.
2,277 Registered children and adolescents.


25 Nov 2015 description
report UNAIDS

On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte

25 Nov 2015 description

I am directed to refer to the subject noted above and to say that in the wake of earthquake on 26.10.2015, FDMA has taken following actions for the affectees.


Establishment of control room in FDMA immediately to operate round the clock with the following telephone numbers: - 091-9216336 - 091-9216864

Political Administrations imposed and declared emergency in all the hospitals with in their jurisdiction and all injured were shifted to hospitals and free meals and medicine were provided.

25 Nov 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: Although the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill titled ‘The Islamabad Mandatory Vaccination Bill’, the name of the bill was later changed to ‘The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination Bill’.

The name’s amendment may affect efforts to vaccinate children, as vaccination will not be considered ‘mandatory’.

25 Nov 2015 description

PESHAWAR: Registered Afghan nationals are likely to be allowed to stay in Pakistan till December 2017.

According to official sources, the Ministry of State and Frontier Region (Safron) put up a summary to the prime minister secretariat a few days ago proposing that Afghans having Proof of Registration (PoR) cards be given another year to stay in the country.

If the federal cabinet approves the summary, this will be the fourth extension given to the refugees.