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28 Oct 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

The WHO wants to see a worldwide switch from the traditional "live" oral polio vaccine

By Tom Miles

GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization.

Read the full story by Reuters.

28 Oct 2016 description
report AlertNet

Effort to cut child deaths includes new construction standards for schools, evacuation drills and putting climate risks into the curriculum

By Saleem Shaikh

SAJAWAL, Pakistan, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When seven hours of non-stop rain led to a flash flood that swept through his village school, leaving it heavily damaged, science teacher Ali Zamin Samejo had to be hospitalised for shock.

Read the full story by the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

27 Oct 2016 description

This bulletin examines trends in staple food and fuel prices, the cost of the basic food basket and consumer price indices for 70 countries in the third quarter of 2016 (July to September). The maps on pages 6–7 disaggregate the impact analysis to sub-national level.

Global Highlights

27 Oct 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - 26 Oct 2016): 169,459

Total arrivals in Greece during Oct 2016: 2,635

Average daily arrivals during Oct 2016: 101

Average daily arrivals during Sep 2016: 103

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 47

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Oct 2016: 1,270

27 Oct 2016 description


  • Some 6,300 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, encountered by UNHCR and partners remain in Serbia. Of those, some 4,900 (or 78%) were accommodated in governmental facilities, with 1,740 in five Asylum Centres and 3,160 in “Transit” or Reception Centres. The others were counted at the border with Hungary and close to 1,000 sleeping rough at night in Belgrade City centre.

26 Oct 2016 description
report IRIN

Part of an in-depth series on Afghanistan's migration crisis

Rakshe Kanwal is confronted with a cruel dilemma: follow her husband, who’s been deported from Pakistan to Afghanistan – where he was born and she has never been – or succumb to family pressure and get divorced.

26 Oct 2016 description

In Numbers

1 million people anticipated to be on the move by Dec 2016, comprising:

400,000 undocumented returnees

220,000 refugee returnees

400,000 internally displaced

750,000 people in need of food assistance and livelihood support under the food security and agriculture cluster


  • The scale of undocumented and documented returnees crossing Afghanistan’s eastern border has remained level, at around 300 households per day.

26 Oct 2016 description

It has been a difficult year for the global campaign to eradicate polio. In August, two new wild polio cases were reported in Nigeria, which accounted for half of the global count in 2012 yet had not recorded a single wild polio incident since July 2014. It was a year away from being certified polio-free by the World Health Organization.

25 Oct 2016 description

A police officer was killed and a Bomb Defusal Squad personnel injured in two separate Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts targeting a polio team in Peshawar's Daudzai area Tuesday morning, police said.

A polio team was hit when the first IED was detonated, police said.

A second blast occurred when the BDS attempted to defuse another IED found during a search operation in the area, they added. A BDS personnel was injured in the blast.

Polio vaccination drives are underway across Pakistan, one of only two polio endemic countries left in the world.

25 Oct 2016 description

Polio workers around the world overcome huge obstacles every day to protect millions of children and ensure that we end polio.

World Polio Day on 24 October provides an opportunity to reflect on just how many hands are contributing to making polio history. From committed donors and governments to citizen activists and non-governmental organisations to international partners, thousands of people work tirelessly to get vaccines to every last child.

24 Oct 2016 description



24 Oct 2016 description

It has been a difficult year for the global campaign to eradicate polio. In August, two new wild polio cases were reported in Nigeria, which accounted for half of the global count in 2012 yet had not recorded a single wild polio incident since July 2014. It was a year away from being certified polio-free by the World Health Organization.

24 Oct 2016 description

Return From Pakistan:
From 16 – 22 October, a total of 9,069 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan through Nangarhar’s Torkham and Kandahar’s Spin Boldak border crossing points according to the Border Monitoring Team of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR). 9,006 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 63 were deported individuals.
The total number of returnees and deported Undocumented Afghans in the week of 16 —22 October (9,069) represents a 2% decrease in comparison with the previous week.

24 Oct 2016 description

The closing ceremony of Balochistan Agriculture Project (BAP) was held in Islamabad. Launched in 2005, the project endeavored to respect the dignity of the recipient communities in its work and to avoid creating the culture of dependency on assistance.

The Balochistan Agriculture Project was designed and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations with the assistance of USAID.

24 Oct 2016 description

Naveed Siddiqui

The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) said on Sunday that the country has witnessed a 62 per cent drop in polio cases during the current year.

A 55pc reduction has also been noted, with the number of children missed for vaccination falling below 1pc compared to last year’s 1.5pc.

Despite the progress made, polio has remained a resilient foe in the country and 15 cases have been recorded this year.

24 Oct 2016 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Three day anti-polio drive will start today October 24, in thirteen high risk districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province targeting more than 3.65 million children under the age of five.

Coordinator EOC Akbar Khan said this while chairing a high level meeting here at Emergency Operations Center to review the preparatory status for the upcoming anti-polio campaign starting from October 24-26, next. Representatives of health department, UNICEF, WHO, BMGF and other partner organizations were also present on the occasion.

24 Oct 2016 description

24 October 2016, Amman | Today, on World Polio Day, polio eradication partners celebrate the successes of the programme to date and rally for the additional support needed to wipe out the disease for good. In the Middle East, polio partners WHO and UNICEF acknowledge the hard work done to keep the region polio free, but urge all countries to maintain vigilance and to guard against the virus being re-introduced.