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24 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Afghanistan HCT—comprising UN, international organization, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) representatives—releases Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for 2015

  • USAID supports winter preparedness and response activities

  • USAID/FFP provides 26,100 metric tons (MT) of emergency food assistance

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

23 Jan 2015 description

Abdul Sami Paracha

KOHAT: After a polio case was detected here on Thur­sday, the Kohat administration arrested the father of the affected child because he had refused to get his child vaccinated against polio when vaccinators visited his home. Two health supervisors and a patwari have also been taken into custody for showing negligence in performing their duty.

Three-year-old Moham­mad is the second victim of polio in Dhodha area of Kohat district this year.

23 Jan 2015 description

Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhawa government will spend Rs7 billion on schools' security in the wake of threat following the Peshawar carnage on December 16, 2014, which left more than 150 people dead — mostly children.

Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani said Rs1 billion have already been released and the remaining amount would be released soon.

He was speaking at a discussion on education organised by Mishal Pakistan in Peshawar.

22 Jan 2015 description

Ministers of Health from around the world will convene next week at WHO’s Executive Board meeting, to set global public health policies. Among other topics, representatives are expected to review the current polio epidemiology and global preparedness plans for the phased removal of oral polio vaccines. A report has been prepared, to facilitate discussions, available here.

22 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USAID/FFP commits $30 million to the UN World Food Program (WFP) to support food assistance activities in Pakistan

  • USAID/OFDA responds to humanitarian needs in NWA through the Responding to Pakistan’s Internally Displaced (RAPID) fund

  • Poliovirus vaccination campaigns target previously inaccessible areas of FATA

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

22 Jan 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conflict-induced displacement in Kunar

  • Shelter response 83 % completed

  • Humanitarian access in Helmand

In this issue

Scores displaced in Kunar P.1
Humanitarians respond to winter P.2
Mission to Daykundi P.3
Humanitarian access P.5

22 Jan 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Zofeen Ebrahim

KARACHI, Jan 21 2015 (IPS) - As a wave of outrage, crossing Pakistan’s national borders, continues a month after the Dec. 16 attack on a school in the northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, some citizens are turning away from collective expressions of anger, and beginning the hard work of building grassroots alternatives to terrorism and militancy.

22 Jan 2015 description

By Irene van Horrsen

HelpAge is starting a three-year programme to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian agencies to deliver age and disability inclusive emergency response, as part of the innovative portfolio of projects supported by the DFID Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) and with separate funding from the OFDA.

21 Jan 2015 description

New UN report calls for changes to legal environment to enhance HIV response in Pakistan

Islamabad, Pakistan – A new report, jointly released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Country Team and the National AIDS Control Programme of Pakistan, calls for adoption and revision of laws and policies to create a more effective national HIV response that will mitigate the impact of HIV and promote and protect the human rights of key populations and vulnerable groups.

21 Jan 2015 description

Irfan Haider

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (Safron) Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch on Wednesday said that the repatriation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of North Waziristan will start from Feb 15.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad, the minister said that the process of repatriation and rehabilitation of two million IDPs will be completed within a year and that the government requires Rs100 billion for the same.

21 Jan 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief and the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) have this week signed an agreement that is being hailed as a significant step toward a disaster resilient AJK.

In the last few years, disasters have killed scores of people and wreaked vital infrastructure in AJK. Tens of thousands of people were affected by widespread flash flooding in AJK last year. As well as recurrent flooding and landslides, the area is also prone to earthquakes.

21 Jan 2015 description

Amjad Iqbal

TAXILA: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police picket on the GT road near the Mughal garden area of Wah on Tuesday, leaving three members of a family injured.

ASI Babar, who intercepted the suicide bomber, told Dawn that during a routine checking of passenger vehicles coming from Peshawar, a 25-year-old man tried to sneak out from a passenger van coming from the KP and tried to board a Rawalpindi-bound passenger bus.

21 Jan 2015 description

Afghanistan - IOM distributed winter aid in Afghanistan’s Khost province on Sunday and Monday to 250 Afghan families displaced by fighting in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

IOM has been supporting Afghan families displaced from North Waziristan since fighting broke out last June. To date, over 1,400 displaced Afghan families (7,700 individuals) have been assessed by IOM field teams in Afghanistan’s Khost, Paktika, Kabul and Nangarhar provinces.

20 Jan 2015 description

Snapshot 14–20 January

Cameroon: 50,000 people are estimated displaced due to the recent increase in Boko Haram (BH) attacks in the northern regions. In the past week, an attack on a military base in Kolofata resulted in 143 BH killed, subsequently, BH kidnapped 80 people from one village – with three killed and 24 later released. The conflict has escalated regionally, with Chad pledging military support in Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram.

20 Jan 2015 description
report Rotary

The continued fight to eradicate polio gets an additional $34.8 million boost from Rotary in support of immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. The funds will be used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF for polio immunization, surveillance and research activities in ten countries, as well as to provide technical assistance to additional countries in Africa.

20 Jan 2015 description

Highlights

North Waziristan Dispclment :

  • In total, 35,382 children (girls: 12,556, boys: 22,860) benefited under Education in Emergencies program.

Complex Emergency in KP FATA :

  • By December 2014, Cluster members provided education services to 33,345 children (17,693 girls) in camps, host communities and in areas of return.

  • Cluster members trained 2,063 PTC/TIJ members (995 females) and 984 teachers (477 female) to improve their capacity on various topics.

20 Jan 2015 description

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Amid tight security, an anti-polio campaign was launched in Quetta and twenty five other districts of Balochistan on Monday morning. However, the campaign could not be launched in four Northern districts of the province owing to security threats.