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Aid distributed to people affected by drought in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, 19th April 2014 (WAM) - In keeping with the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Project to Aid Pakistan has announced distribution of 1,500 tons of food relief to 20,000 drough - affected families in Tharparkar district of Pakistan's Sindh Province.

The management of the project said that Sheikh Khalifa's initiative was the first international humanitarian response to the sever drought which hit region and affected over 1.2 million people there.

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Quetta violence claims at least four lives

SYED ALI SHAH

QUETTA: At least four people, including a police officer and a 14-year-old girl, were killed Saturday in separate incidents of violence in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan.

In the first reported incident, police said armed militants shot dead a police officer and critically injured his son in the Sariab road area.

Imran Qureshi, the Superintendent of Police, said two militants on a motorcycle sprayed bullets at the vehicle of Assistant Sub Inspector Police Kudratullah.

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Gunmen kidnap two Pakistani U.N. staff members from Karachi

By Syed Raza Hassan

ISLAMABAD April 19 (Reuters) - Gunmen have kidnapped two men working for the U.N. Children's Fund from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi, police said Saturday

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Improving Punjab Irrigation: More Crops from Every Drop

Report
World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan is facing serious threats from escalating water shortages. Over half Punjab’s share of water in agriculture is lost in canals and watercourses.

  • A Punjab government project, supported by the World Bank is providing farmers more efficient irrigation systems, community support, and better technology, maximizing water productivity, minimizing losses, and increasing yields.

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Situation Survey on Polio Eradication Activity in Pakistan

AMDA started a situation survey on Polio eradication activity in Pakistan since September, 2013 with Chigasaki Chuo Rotary Club, which have been the supporter for polio eradication.

For the first survey in September, AMDA staff visited Thatta District in the Sindh Province of Pakistan located approximately 100km east from Karachi, the major city in Southern Pakistan, with the support from a local NGO NRSP(National Rural Support Programme) and collected information on polio campaign.

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Pakistan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 25 | 21 March – 18 April 2014

Partners are currently reaching only 25 per cent of the estimated 130,000 children who require life-saving nutrition support drought-affected Tharparkar and surrounding districts in Sindh.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Govt plans to enrol 4m children this year

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday launched Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 with a commitment to enrol some four million out-of-school children this year and optimum enrolment by May 31, 2016.

The chief minister was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Students Enrolment Campaign 2014 at his secretariat on Wednesday.

He himself enrolled three students on nursery class at a public school’s stall set up in a corner of the stage.

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Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Report
Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s prime minister has asked the military to help protect polio vaccination workers in the insurgency-plagued northwest. The request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic. Recent national eradication efforts have suffered critical setbacks, threatening global gains against the crippling disease.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
Conflict, Violence Harsh on Afghan, Pakistani Women

Report
Voice of America

Sharon Behn
April 17, 2014

ISLAMABAD — Prolonged conflicts in Pakistan and Afghanistan have had a particularly harsh effect on women in both countries. Terrorism, sectarian conflict, criminality and a culture of impunity are limiting women's ability to get to school and get jobs outside the home, trapping them in an ever-smaller public space.

During the past decade, women have made significant strides towards social, political and financial empowerment in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. But analysts say the gains are being threatened.

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ZonG and UNICEF join hands to defeat Polio in Pakistan

Islamabad, 16 April 2014: As the number of polio cases in Pakistan reached 49 so far this year more partners come forward to protect the children and rid Pakistan and the world of the menace of the this debilitating disease.

To create an enabling environment for polio eradication in Pakistan, ZonG and UNICEF signed today a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on strengthening the use of mobile phone messages to ensure more children are vaccinated during the polio campaign.

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Sindh PDMA Situation Update, 16 April 2014

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GOVERNMENT OF SINDH
REHABILITATION DEPARTMENT
PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT
AUTHORITY
Karachi Dated: 16th April, 2014

SITUATION UPDATE (2200 Hours)

  • The relief activities in drought affected districts are in full swing. PDMA Sindh has so far provided 53,000 Family Ration Bags; 27000 to Tharparkar, 10,000 to Umerkot, 8,000 to Sanghar and 8,000 Family Ration Bags to district Khairpur.

  • PDMA Sindh has fully met the districts’ requirement of ration bags i.e. 53000.

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 26 | 01 – 31 March 2014

While the overall precipitation pattern for the growing season is still unclear, food security partners need to monitor the situation very closely from March to June - the most critical for rainfall in the wheat growing season.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Equatorial Guinea + 19 others
Polio this week - as of 16 April 2014

  • In central Africa, a new wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported in Equatorial Guinea. In total, three cases have now been reported from the country; genetic sequencing indicates the cases are linked to an ongoing WPV1 outbreak in Cameroon. Outbreak response in the country is currently being planned.

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Pakistan: Protection Cluster Bulletin September - December 2013

HIGHLIGHTS

• Return monitoring missions to Tirah Valley, Parachamkani and Bajaur

• Presentation to donors regarding Protection Cluster’s work in 2013, gaps in funding and need-based projects and way forward

• Creation of Referral Pathways in Peshawar, Kohat, and Nowshera

• Evidence based advocacy on legal issues such as harassment and documentation

• Workshop on legal documentation

• Deactivation of Natural Disaster Clusters at the end of 2013

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Pakistan: Post return assessment in Tirah Valley - consultation with returnees and mission conducted from 25 to 29 March 2014

I. Background

Maidan Tirah valley is part of Bara sub-division of Khyber agency, it is an area located at its confluence with Orakzai and Kurram agencies, and in the North it borders Nangarhar province of Afghanistan through Kukikhel valley. The valley is surrounded by high ridges and the houses are mostly scattered. The valley has three entry routes: from Khyber agency (route DwaToi to Bara); from Khurram agency (route Haider Kandao – Sadda); and from Orakzai agency through Aranhanga Pass – Kohat.

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Pakistan: Protection Cluster Quarterly Summary, Jan-Mar 2014

In this quarters update:

  1. Protection cluster strategy 2014

  2. Trainings in Quarter 1

  3. Overview of IDPs in KP FATA

  4. North Waziristan displacement updates

  5. Referral pathways for DI Khan, Kurram, Hangu and Tank

  6. Grievance Desks Online Reporting System

  7. Inter cluster pre-return mission of Alisherzai tribe to Kurram Agency

  8. Protection cluster Return intention survey for central Kurram return

  9. District Coordination Working Groups

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United Nations humanitarian fund releases US$9.5 million for critical aid operations in North-Western Pakistan

(Islamabad, 10 April 2014): The United Nations' Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$9.5 million (920 million Pakistani rupees) to help meet the needs of the more than 1 million people who remain displaced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan due to insecurity.

The funding comes at a crucial time, as significant humanitarian needs remain in KP and FATA, yet aid agencies have limited resources to meet those needs.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghanistan + 3 others
Volrep and Border Monitoring Monthly Update - March 2014

VOLUNTARY RETURN TO AFGHANISTAN

1 – 31 March 2014: In March 2014, a total of 1,351 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. Of this, 821 came from Iran, 524 from Pakistan and 6 from India.

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Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin - Disease early warning system and response in Pakistan, Volume 5, Issue 14, Wednesday 9 April 2014

Epidemiological week no. 14 (30 Mar to 5 Apr 2014)

• Dengue fever: During this week, no Dengue fever lab confirmed cases have been reported from any province.

• In this week, 77 out of 87 districts and 2,448 out of 2,700 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 82 districts with 2,592 health facilities shared weekly data in week 13, 2014 to the DEWS.

• Total 846,666 patients consultations reported in week 14, 2014 compare to 960,672 consultations in week 13, 2014.