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28 Nov 2014 description

Lahore, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 11/28/2014 - 14:07 GMT

Pakistan police arrested three men for beating up two polio vaccinators in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said Friday, the latest case of violence against health workers seeking to immunise children against the crippling disease.

28 Nov 2014 description

In Pakistan, internally displaced persons leaving North Waziristan are able to protect their children against polio for the first time in 2 years.

The Convention of the Rights of the Child, which marks its 25th anniversary on the 20th November, defines the right of each child to survive and develop to their full potential.

28 Nov 2014 description

Clarification Message to the Press

Recently there has been news in the media relating to the closure of business of WHO Pakistan in Balochistan following the recent two attacks against the polio workers. WHO would like to categorically dispel the notion of closing down or with-drawing its operations in Balochistan or anywhere else in Pakistan, and would like to firmly clarify what was decided:

27 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan Thursday launched a polio vaccination campaign in the restive North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, where Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants have sanctuaries.

The campaign, targeting 39,000 children, was initiated under huge international pressure to vaccinate every child in the country, despite more than two years of a dangerous security situation in the region.

The military has been carrying out an offensive against Islamist militant strongholds in the area since June.

27 Nov 2014 description

11/27/2014 - 17:05 GMT

Militants attacked an army patrol in Indian Kashmir Thursday, leaving three soldiers and four civilians dead in an ongoing gun battle near the border with rival Pakistan, security officials said.

The day-long attack coincided with a regional summit in Nepal attended by the leaders of India and Pakistan, which was overshadowed by rising tensions between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Guardian

Despite new cases setting back the effort to eradicate polio, health officials believe the crisis will be brought under control in 2015

Jon Boone in Islamabad

International health officials in Pakistan believe they can resolve the country’s polio crisis in the coming year, despite the number of cases of the crippling disease soaring to their highest level in 14 years.

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27 Nov 2014 description
report Qatar Charity

During the past fourteen months, Qatar Charity has implemented more than QAR 20 million (USD 5.5 million) on projects for Pakistan.

Immediate disaster response accounted for QAR 1.1 million (USD 300,000) for flood and earthquake response. Most notably, this included the 2013 Baluchistan earthquake and 2014 Muzaffar Ghar floods in the province of Punjab responses where shelter, food and clothing was provided to those most affected.

27 Nov 2014 description

ISLAMABAD: “Out of the 13,000 schools in Balochistan, only 2,500 are for girls,” said Balochistan Additional Secretary Education Mohammad Tayyab Lehri.

He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the five-year project ‘Balochistan Educational Programme’ carried out by Save the Children with support from Embassy of the Netherlands.

Mr Lehri said Balochistan was a province with a vast expanse of territory and there was a need to provide education to children closer to their homes.

27 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014, Monsoon rains had affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.

Initially PRCS has catered the emergency needs of the people through provision of 4500 x Food packs of 22 kg in different districts of Punjab along-with provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) (comprising of emergency shelter & essential household items) to 3,370 x families .

26 Nov 2014 description
  • In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.

26 Nov 2014 description
report Human Rights Watch

Saroop Ijaz

On Monday, gunmen from the Taliban splinter group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan attacked a polio vaccination team, injuring at least one person in yet another setback to battling Pakistan’s polio epidemic.

26 Nov 2014 description
report ACT Alliance

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26 Nov 2014 description

Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 13:26 GMT

by Maaz Khan

Gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, and one survivor recounted screaming at police and dozens of passers-by for help before it finally arrived.

The attack -- the latest in a series by militants in Pakistan -- happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

26 Nov 2014 description

QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minis­ter Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch inaugurated a six-day immunisation campaign in parts of Quetta district on Monday.

The drive launched against nine fatal diseases would target 280,000 children in 18 union councils of Quetta, including Pasthoonabad, Eastern Bypass, Killi Aghbarg, Balili, Kharotabad, Killi Kotwal, Kuchlak, Ahmezai, Kechi Baig, Shadezai and Killi Geo.

He said Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Balcoh had contributed Rs150 million from the CM’s funds for eradication of polio and other diseases from the province.