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04 May 2016 description

Situation Overview

IOM continues to assist the people and Government of Pakistan by supporting communities affected by natural disasters together with regular programmes focusing on migration management, migration health, disaster preparedness, and resettlement movements and community stabilization implemented in coordination with other development and humanitarian counterparts.

04 May 2016 description
report HOPE'87

The project started in October 2011 and is successfully being implemented. Initially, the project was only approved for the province of KPK, but responding to the needs of Sindh floods of 2011, HOPE’87 requested a contract renewal from the donor ECHO. Fortunately, an additional 325,000 EUR of funds were allocated for the victims of Sindh floods. The part of the project in Sindh was completed on 30th June - the result included the completion of 100 hand pumps, 200 latrines and the distribution of 2,000 water storage and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable families.

04 May 2016 description

Ikram Junaidi — Published May 04, 2016 06:07am

ISLAMABAD: Though the polio programme and the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) have been continuously claiming that the polio virus will be eradicated this year, health experts believe that it will depend on how both departments deal with the virus during the current high transmission season (HTS).

03 May 2016 description

Greece - International Organization for Migration reports an estimated 184,546 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 1 May. Latest fatalities stand at 1,357, which includes reports of at least four deadly shipwrecks off Libya’s coast since last Friday (29 April). whose fatalities are estimated as 113 men, women and children according to witnesses who spoke to IOM staffers after arriving in Italy at Catania, Pozzallo, Lampedusa and Trapani

03 May 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Expected heatstroke, arrangements made at Government services hospital

  • Temperature on the rise in different cities

  • Sindh without a disease warning system since past 15 months

  • Scattered Rain-Dust storm predicted during coming week

  • Sindh govt to set up climate change, environment, coastal development dept

  • Pakistan and Climate Change

  • PM claims restoration of peace in major cities including Karachi

03 May 2016 description

Razeshta Sethna

Veteran journalist Shahzada Zulfiqar is almost mid-way through his third stint as president at the Quetta Press Club in a province where it is preferable to stay silent to remain alive.

In Balochistan, a good story is not one that is well-documented by local reporters. Instead, it is one that mitigates risk. Local journalists think twice about doing stories likely to infuriate state and non-state actors, making self-censorship the norm.

03 May 2016 description

Hanif Samoon

MITHI: At least 162 children lost their lives in past four months due to malnutrition and other complicated diseases in Tharparkar district of Sindh, officials claim.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Arjun Kumar while briefing DC Tharparkar Shahzad Thaheem said that at least 245 kids with serious complications were referred from hospitals within Mithi to different areas in past four months.

03 May 2016 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights were shocked to learn on Monday that as many as 828 children had died in Thar over the past three years.

The meeting, held at the offices of the National Commission on Human Rights, was presided over by MNA Babar Nawaz Khan.

01 May 2016 description

The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRELIEF) in cooperation with the World Food Program (WFP) distributed 774 tons of dates in Pakistan, Jordan and Mauritania.

King Salman Center has allocated 396 tons of dates for Pakistan, 306 tons for Syrian refugees in Zaatari and Azraq camps in Jordan, and 72 tons of dates to Mauritania.

29 Apr 2016 description

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Pakistan. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter. 

29 Apr 2016 description

Greece - IOM reports an estimated 183,017 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 27. Latest fatalities stand at 1,244.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday that 1,400 migrants rescued through last weekend have been brought to shore in recent days. Additionally, 237 migrants were brought to Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday night.

29 Apr 2016 description

By Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Planning and Development adopted on Thursday a report on how Pakistan had lost significant land mass along the coast due to sea intrusion and was going to rapidly lose more in the future.

The report has been prepared by a three-member sub-committee assigned by the main committee to visit the coastal area of Sindh and Balochistan to take stock of the situation and frame recommendations on controlling erosion caused by sea intrusion.

28 Apr 2016 description

This World Immunization Week, we are closer than ever to the target of a world free of polio, with just two remaining polio endemic countries- Afghanistan and Pakistan. Read more about what remains to be done to carry the world across the threshold here.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

The Education Cluster planned to support the education of 204,000 children of which 93,840 girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA during 2016.

By March 2016, the cluster managed to reach 51,952 children including 20,678 girls in camps, off-camps and in areas of return in KP and FATA.

The Education Cluster is developing a monsoon contingency plan 2016 for effective and efficient humanitarian preparedness and response.

28 Apr 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: Despite an increase in the 2015-16 education budget Pakistan’s current expenditure on education is the lowest in South Asia.

“Pakistan has a literacy rate of 58pc, which has improved from 35pc in 1990-91, but still way behind the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target of 88pc, which was to be achieved by the end of 2015,” a report launched on Wednesday stated.

The report, ‘Public Financing of Education in Pakistan and Agenda for Education Budget 2016-17’, was launched by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS).

27 Apr 2016 description

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • The number of forcibly displaced people (refugees and internally displaced people) has continued to rise alarmingly in 2015 and 2016, calling for increased humanitarian assistance worldwide.

27 Apr 2016 description

KARACHI: Despite the deadly attack on the seven policemen guarding polio workers last week, volunteers succeeded to vaccinate 95 per cent of the targeted children against the virus during the drive, officials said on Tuesday.

“During the campaign concluded last week, around 7,000 volunteers and teams succeeded to vaccinate 95pc of the target in Karachi,” officials of the emergency operations centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh told a meeting presided over by Karachi commissioner Asif Hyder Shah.

27 Apr 2016 description

PESHAWAR: Efforts have been focused on strengthening vaccination in the regional epidemiological block comprising areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan to eradicate poliovirus from the remaining endemic countries.

Officials said that of the total four cases recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2016, the virus was detected in two genetically sequenced with Nangarhar province where it was in full circulation, according to health officials both from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

26 Apr 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Tuesday 4/26/2016 - 20:54 GMT

Greece returned another 49 migrants to Turkey on Tuesday under a controversial EU-Turkey deal to reduce the influx, a police source said, three weeks after the first deportations.

The latest expulsions came as tensions flared at a migrants' camp on the Greek island of Lesbos during a visit by Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas.

26 Apr 2016 description

One day national seminar on ‘Seeking Solutions and Managing Afghan Refugees in Pakistan’ was held at National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad on 26th April 2016. A large number of participants attended the proceedings. The seminar aimed at highlighting the importance of developing a practical set of policies regarding lasting solutions for the management of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and initiated a national dialogue for seeking efficacious management of the refugees’ issue.