- WFP Pakistan Country Brief, August 2016
- UNHCR Protection Cluster Report: April - July 2016
- USIP Balochistan: Caught in the Fragility Trap, June 2016
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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.
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QUETTA: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with USAID, has established more than eight hundred community organisations in Balochistan to increase the production, sale and revenues from crops and livestock.
“A total of 826 community organisations have helped improving incomes for 16,000 households in Balochistan,” said Patrick Evans, the FAO representative, in a statement on Friday.
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.
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 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.
The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) Sindh with the support of Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is installing 10 solar power water pumps under the project “Provision of Solar Powered Water Pumps with Hygiene Promotion in District Tharparkar, Sindh”. The proposed project aims to provide safe drinking water by using alternative energy to improve health, hygiene and the overall well-being of villagers.
The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.
Polio health workers have been instructed by the Health Department of Punjab to take photographs of the children they administer vaccinations to, a spokesperson from the health department confirmed on Wednesday.
Health workers' teams will use Android phones to take photographs of children they administer the vaccine to. The photographs will be sent onto the Punjab Information Technology Board, the officials.
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At least two people were killed and nine were wounded in a land mine explosion in Balochistan's Sibi district on Thursday.
A security official told DawnNews a vehicle carrying local tribesmen hit a land mine in Babar Kach area of Sibi district.
"Two tribesmen were killed on the spot whereas nine suffered wounds. The injured were rushed to district headquarter hospital Sibi for medical treatment," he said.
The official informed that unknown miscreants had planted the landmine on the roadside, which caused the human loss.
Polio this week as of 19 October 2016
PESHAWAR: The fourth phase of the return and rehabilitation process of the people displaced from South Waziristan will commence on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the military’s public relations wing, 81 villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sararogha, Sarwakai and Tiarza tehsils will be rehabilitated during the phase that will continue till Dec 6.
Thousands Pushed Into ‘Voluntary Returns’ Face Fresh Dangers at Home
By Ahmad Shuja
At Kabul airport on Tuesday, I met a group of Afghans – three women and 10 men – who had just arrived from Turkey. It was not a joyous homecoming. They had joined the waves of several hundred thousand Afghans whose bid for safer lives abroad in the face of worsening insecurity at home ended in limbo in Turkey, blocked from claiming refugee status or continuing onward to Europe.
A boy was killed and 15 other people, including women and children, were reportedly injured when an explosion occurred outside Dar-i-Abbas Imambargah on Monday evening in Karachi's Liaquatabad area, DawnNews reported.
SSP Central Muqaddas Haider, while talking to Dawn, confirmed the death of teenage boy. The deceased has been identified as 13-year-old Faraz s/o Bashir, he said.
Meanwhile, Sharifabad police officials said that unknown suspects riding a motorcycle threw an improvised explosive device (IED) at the Imambargah, causing several injuries to persons.
KARACHI: The Planning and Development Department of the Government of Sindh and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a Secretariat for the Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative in Karachi.
Bhurban, 15 October 2016 - The National Polio Management Team, together with the Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners met in Bhurban this week to review the progress of Pakistan’s National Emergency Action Plan (NEAP) on polio eradication in Pakistan and to chalk out the programme’s critical steps for the remainder of 2016.
The meeting, just one week before the October Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs), was seen as a critical opportunity for the programme to re-focus efforts to deliver the highest quality campaign, reaching every child under five.
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The threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) might become a growing challenge to international peace and security as the military operations against the group continued to make progress, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs told the Security Council today.
•The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will convene in Geneva next week (18-20 October). On polio eradication, the group is expected to review the latest global epidemiology, global supply situation of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) and discuss long-term polio immunization policy options. More.
Sri Lanka is literally baking these days.
During the first week of October, the Metrological Department reported that maximum daytime temperatures in some parts of the country were between 5 to 2C above average. They hit 38.3C in some parts of the North Central Province, a region vital for the staple rice harvest.
PESHAWAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has successfully implemented its first cash-for-work programme for conflict-affected people who have returned to their areas of origin in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).