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29 May 2017 description

During the week of 12 to 18 May, 348 families returned to Khyber, and South Waziristan Agencies. Returns to NWA were halted as of 02 May for the return Pakistan refugee families from Afghanistan, but are scheduled to continue on 23 May.

29 May 2017 description

In 2010, the humanitarian community established the Emergency Response Fund (ERF) as a pooled fund mechanism to provide rapid and flexible funds in country at the onset of an emergency.

The majority of PHPF funding acts as a bridge to cover gaps in humanitarian service provision of urgent humanitarian needs. In many cases, this has been the only funding available to meet critical humanitarian needs.

29 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan increased by 40% compared to last week’s figure of 4,158. The return of undocumented Afghans also increased by 3% compared to 4,410 individuals that returned between 7 and 13 May 2017. Chaman border remained closed during the week. All returns took place via Torkham.

Some 98% (4,471 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance. Also, 97% (5,674 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

29 May 2017 description

Philipines - This week, (22-23/5), the UN Migration Agency, IOM and ten Colombo Process (CP) member States met in Manila, the Philippines, to discuss practical approaches to protecting their nationals abroad during crises.

The CP, which is also known as the Ministerial Consultation on Overseas Employment and Contractual Labour for Countries of Origin in Asia is currently chaired by Nepal. Countries represented at the meeting included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

29 May 2017 description

Current major event

Implementation of Electronic EWARN Platform in EMRO

In collaboration with ITT unit of the Regional Office, the IHM unit of the Department of WHO Health Emergen- cies Programme in EMRO is developing a regional electronic platform for EWARN (Early warning Alert and Re- sponse Network) for humanitarian crisis affected settings.

Editorial note

28 May 2017 description

GUJAR KHAN: An ancient pond near the Miana Mohra village of Gujar Khan has touched the lowest level due to the sweltering heat and diversion of water in the catchment areas.

Ponds in the rural areas of Potohar were mostly carved out by the Hindus and Sikhs during the pre-partition era.

In some of the villages ponds under peepal or banyan trees still exist as relics of the past but in most of the villages the water bodies located on common land have vanished and the land occupied by the land mafia.

28 May 2017 description

Sher Alam Shinwari

The volatile Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) has been the centre stage for the world powers’ theatre for the last over several decades.

The unfortunate tribesmen have suffered huge losses on many fronts when Fata became a war zone and a safe haven for foreign terrorists and homegrown anti- state actors.

26 May 2017 description

Islamabad, 20 May, 2017: On an unusually hot morning in May, Sehat Muhafiz (health protector) mobile vaccination teams mark the gates of residents of Koral village in Islamabad. The markings denote numerous technical aspects serve to facilitate for teams, supervisors and monitors, but the most important of which is the count of children who either have been or should be given two drops of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) in this door to door campaign.

26 May 2017 description

60,521 arrivals by sea in 2017 1,530 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 26 May 363,401 arrivals in 2016

26 May 2017 description

WHY A REGIONAL FOCUS MODEL?

A key challenge faced by humanitarian agencies is how to ensure that limited available resources are allocated where they are most needed and are efficiently delivered in a principled manner. Decisions to allocate resources must strike a balance between meeting the immediate needs of crisis affected communities and supporting efforts to strengthen resilience and response preparedness to future emergencies.

26 May 2017 description

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293 Virologic monitoring of poliovirus type 2 after OPV2 withdrawal in April 2016: an important advance in eradicating poliomyelitis and eliminating live oral poliovirus vaccines worldwide, 2016–2017

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293 Surveillance virologique des poliovirus de type 2 après le retrait du VPO2 en avril 2016: une avancée importante vers l’éradication de la poliomyélite et l’élimination des vaccins antipoliomyélitiques oraux vivants à l’échelle mondiale, 2016-2017

25 May 2017 description
  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) is meeting this week in Geneva, Switzerland.  Ministers of Health and public health professionals from around the world are discussing global public health issues, including the global drive to eradicate polio.  The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) secretariat has prepared a status report, which will inform the discussions by Member States.

25 May 2017 description

GENEVA—The World Health Assembly today made decisions relating to polio, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and the health workforce.

Polio

25 May 2017 description

Ali Akbar

Unknown assailants shot dead a polio worker in Bannu district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday, police said.

Cantt police identified the deceased as Rafidullah, a former supervisor of the polio campaign in Bannu.

An in-charge of Cantt police station confirmed the firing incident, saying that Rafidullah was apparently headed to the local bazaar when unidentified gunmen opened fire at him, gravely injuring the victim.

24 May 2017 description

24 May 2017 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean convened a meeting for delegates of countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region as a side event at the Seventieth World Health Assembly. The meeting discussed the Sustainable Development Goals, polio eradication and emergencies.

Sustainable Development Goals

24 May 2017 description

FATA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched its first cash-based assistance for secondary school girls in Pakistan and is using biometric attendance data for the first time as part of its support to the FATA Secretariat education programme.

About 15,000 female students in 179 middle and high schools in 7 FATA Agencies and the Frontier Regions will take part in the innovative programme. Girls who attend at least 80 percent of classes each month will receive a cash grant of PKR 1000 (just under US$10).

24 May 2017 description

Switzerland - 2015 was the year of hope for the global migration and humanitarian communities.

That year, we saw the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development call for effective measures and strengthened support to empower displaced people and migrants as part of a broader commitment “to leave no one behind”. This was important progress on the Millennium Development Goals which had nothing to say about migration, let alone the contribution it can make to resilience or sustainable development.

24 May 2017 description

During the reporting week, repatriation of registered refugees to Afghanistan increased by 20% compared to last week’s figure of 3,461. The return of undocumented Afghans decreased by 24% compared to 5,781 individuals that returned between 29 April and 6 May 2017. Chaman border remained closed during the week. All returns took place via Torkham.

Some 98% (4,338 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance. Also, 98% (4,085 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

24 May 2017 description

During the week of 05 to 11 May, 637 families returned to Khyber, South Waziristan Agencies. Returns to NWA were halted as of 02 May for the return Pakistan refugee families from Afghanistan.