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30 Apr 2017 description

ASHFAQ YUSUFZAI

PESHAWAR: The administration has stopped arresting parents over refusing polio vaccination to their children after community’s reaction to such action and threats to the health workers.

It is now banking on the union council level committees comprising clerics, elected representatives and members of the district administration to convince people on immunisation of their children.

30 Apr 2017 description

ZOFEEN T. EBRAHIM

QUETTA: The air hits you like an ice-cold knife as you step into the freezer room in Quetta’s Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) office building.

A prohibited area which is under strict guard, the vault-like room (kept at minus 24 degrees Centigrade) is stacked from floor to ceiling with shelves upon shelves of thousands of neatly stacked sealed boxes of vaccines worth millions of rupees.

28 Apr 2017 description

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization1 met on 25-27 April 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Polio eradication

28 Apr 2017 description

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The group is expected to review the global polio eradication status and advise on additional measures that should be undertaken to fully implement the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan and secure a lasting polio-free world.

28 Apr 2017 description

'Women in our tribes have to learn how to take care of their babies on their own.'

Malnutrition in Pakistani children is cause for serious concern. Just consider these numbers from the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-13:

45% of children under age five show evidence of chronic malnutrition or stunting

30% are underweight

27 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

QUETTA / ISLAMABAD - April 26, 2017: The Balochistan Basic Education Programme (BBEP) was inaugurated by the Governor of Balochistan, H.E Muhammad Khan Achakzai at a ceremony held in Quetta today. The Minister for Education, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, H.E Jean-Francois Cautain, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Ms. Angela Kearney and many senior officials, donors and development partners were present on the occasion.

26 Apr 2017 description

KABUL, Afghanistan - The United Nations Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Mr. Volker Türk, during his visit to Afghanistan, urged the international community and the Government to ensure that the immediate and longer term needs of returnees, internally displaced people and affected communities are given the necessary attention and support to address the need of these populations comprehensively.

26 Apr 2017 description

This afternoon, the Committee against Torture completed the review of the second periodic report of Afghanistan on its implementation of the provisions of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

26 Apr 2017 description

25 years of higher education for refugees

German-funded DAFI scholarships open up a world of opportunity for Afghan refugees in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Government of Germany today marked 25 years of the German-funded Albert Einstein Academic Refugee Initiative (DAFI), that provides means for refugees to pursue a higher education.

26 Apr 2017 description
report UN News Service

26 avril 2017 – Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF) a fourni 2,5 milliards de doses de vaccins à des centaines de millions d'enfants dans près de 100 pays en 2016, atteignant près de la moitié des enfants âgés de moins de cinq ans dans le monde.

Cela fait de l'agence onusienne le plus grand fournisseur de vaccins pour les enfants dans le monde, a précisé l'UNICEF dans un communiqué de presse.

26 Apr 2017 description

25 April 2017 – WHO and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination of Pakistan conducted an intensive house-to-house investigation over the past few weeks to confirm an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Balochistan province in Pakistan where it has been reported for the first time.

26 Apr 2017 description

Highlights

  • The Government of Japan is providing a USD 4 million emergency grant to WFP and a USD 3 million grant to UNHCR in Pakistan.
  • The second Annual Work Plan 2017 agreement was signed with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).
  • An in-depth survey was conducted on “Food Security & Livelihoods amongst Returnee Families in FATA”.

WFP Assistance

26 Apr 2017 description

KARACHI: Experts on Tuesday said as the world marked global immunisation week, Pakistan was battling with miserably low coverage of vaccination with Sindh standing at the bottom of the ladder.

“Sindh has less than 30 per cent coverage of immunisation, which is pathetically low, and what adds to the wound is that such figures are static for years,” said Prof Jamal Raza, president, Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA) for Sindh, at a briefing.

26 Apr 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 26 April 2017 – UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world.

26 Apr 2017 description

At 28 February 2017, there were 1,383 people in immigration detention facilities, including 1,119 in immigration detention on the mainland and 264 in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

A further 550 people were living in the community after being approved for a residence determination and 24,760 were living in the community after grant of a Bridging Visa E.

25 Apr 2017 description

20 April 2017 – In a small health facility in Sakhi Sarwar, a little town in Pakistan’s Punjab province, Dr Ujala Nayyar, WHO’s Surveillance Officer for Punjab, leans over a register to review all doctors’ appointments in recent months. She is checking every record to look for symptoms that could be signs of polio, like the sudden floppiness in arms, legs or any part of the body that indicates acute flaccid paralysis (AFP).

25 Apr 2017 description

According to Nangarhar DoRR; 204 families which includes 1040 refugess returned voluntarily from Pakistan on Saturday April 22.

DoRR Authorities in Nangarhar say that 252 individuals are documented among the refugees, they were introduced to UNHCR to get the aid packages.

788 individuals were undocumented, so the DoRR in Nagarhar introduced them to OIM to get aids and transportation services.

25 Apr 2017 description

KEY UPDATES:

  • Civilian casualties and major attacks are increasing in many parts of Afghanistan; a devastating attack on the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital in central Kabul on 8 March claimed dozens of lives

  • Three more health facilities were forced to close in the southern region due to conflict in March; around 1700 families were displaced

  • Flash floods in Herat province killed four people and affected 352 families. Further 795 families were internally displaced in western provinces due to conflict