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04 Mar 2015 description

Islamabad, 4 March, 2015: The Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms of Pakistan signed today an agreement for US$ 11.6 million with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support implementation of key governance reforms at federal and provincial levels. UNDP would contribute US$ 7 million whereas the Government of Pakistan's share is US$ 4.66 million.

04 Mar 2015 description

27 February 2015

The fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 - 15 was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 17 February 2015. The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 13 November 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

04 Mar 2015 description

IKRAM JUNAIDI

ISLAMABAD: Refusal of polio vaccination to children declined in the country this year, an encouraging development but not significant enough to raise hopes for quick eradication of the crippling disease.

Data available by Dawn says that 36,510 parents refused the vaccine in February compared with 54,061 in January.

Greatest resistance to the national immunisation campaigns was observed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa - where almost 26,000 parents refused the vaccine in February – and the least in Punjab, 798.

04 Mar 2015 description

Pakistan - Severe Weather UPDATE (WMO, NMS, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall continued in northern Pakistan over 1-2 March, with 161mm measured in the capital Islamabad and 66m in the town of Dir (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) in 24h on 2 March.

03 Mar 2015 description

AAMIR YASIN | AMJAD IQBAL | DAWN.COM UPDATED

RAWALPINDI: As rain poured down for the second consecutive day, a building collapsed in Wah Cantt on Monday killing eight and leaving four others, who were trapped under the rubble, injured.

Those killed include four children and an elderly man, not yet identified.

03 Mar 2015 description

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 3/3/2015 - 09:14 GMT | 279 words

Pakistani authorities have suspended two health officials after $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated by UNICEF to protect children from deadly diseases were wasted, officials said Tuesday.

The pentavalent vaccines, which protect against five diseases with a single shot, spoiled because they were not stored at the proper temperature, officials said.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul March 02, 2015 3:18 PM

ISLAMABAD— Authorities in Pakistan have arrested more than 470 parents and issued warrants for hundreds of others for refusing to have their children vaccinated against polio. The crackdown is part of renewed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease from Pakistan, one of only three countries where polio remains endemic.

The arrests took place during a fresh immunization drive Monday in the restive northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where the polio virus is most prevalent.

03 Mar 2015 description
report Voice of America

Ayesha Tanzeem
March 02, 2015 4:44 PM

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN— Sahib Rehman Faizy stood in his narrow shop full of brightly-colored Afghan clothing for women and reminisced about when business was good. A refugee from neighboring Afghanistan, he has lived in Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad for more than 20 years. Like many other Afghan refugees, he was able to set up a successful business.

03 Mar 2015 description

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: The second phase of a polio eradication campaign could not be launched in Quetta, Zhob and Sherani districts on Monday because of inadequate security arrangements by the Balochistan government.

The health department refused to send staff and volunteers to take part in the campaign without full security arrangements in the districts.

“We cannot launch the campaign until the required security is arranged,” an official of the department said, adding that it would be launched after the security arrangements were made.

02 Mar 2015 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

By Syed Raza Hassan

ISLAMABAD, March 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.

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02 Mar 2015 description

KARACHI: The wall of a government-run girls’ school and two vehicles were damaged in a bomb blast here on Sunday, police said.

They said an explosive device weighing about half a kg was placed near the boundary wall of Government Primary School for Girls at Gul Mohammad Kalmati Goth near Murtaza Chowrangi.

Two cars parked near the school-building were also damaged when the device containing ball bearings exploded, SP Akhtar Farooq said.

02 Mar 2015 description

Ali Akbar

PESHAWAR: The repatriation process of internally displaced people (IDPs) to South Waziristan will begin on March 16, a government official said Saturday.

The Assistant Political Officer (APO) of South Waziristan, Nawab Safi said that people displaced during the military operation Rah-e-Nijat will return to their home from next month.

02 Mar 2015 description

The Avalanche in North East Afghanistan following heavy snow hit small mountainous province, Panjshir in the North of the capital, Kabul on February 26th 2015 caused wide spread disaster.

In wake of above scenario, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) has extended humanitarian relief assistance for the Avalanche affectees as a gesture of solidarity with the Afghan brethern.

In compliance with the directives of the GoP, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is dispatching two C-130 aircraft carrying 24 tons of humanitarian relief goods on 28th February 2015.

28 Feb 2015 description

Karachi, February 27, 2015 – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), AmanTech, and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed an agreement to work together to improve access to and quality of vocational training.

28 Feb 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:43 GMT

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort.

Avalanches killed at least 286 people across Afghanistan last week, the bulk of the them in the mountainous province of Panjshir, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.

27 Feb 2015 description

Pakistan - Severe Weather (WMO, PMD, Local Media)

  • Heavy rainfall affected north-western Pakistan over 24-25 February. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 61 and 53 mm of rain were measured in 24h in Drosh and Dir respectively, while the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were affected as well.

  • As of 26 February, local media report six deaths in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's capital, Peshawar, and in the towns of Ghalanai and Landi Kotal in FATA. House damage, road flooding and electricity outages have been reported throughout the affected areas.

27 Feb 2015 description

Pakistan - Earthquake (ECHO, GDACS, USGS, PMD, Local Media)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.4M, at 29km depth, occurred in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northern Pakistan on 26 February, at 21.59 UTC. The epicentre was located near the border of Battagram and Manshehra districts, approximately 23km south-east of the town of Allai. Tremors were felt around Islamabad and parts of Khyber Paktunkhwa, according to media.

27 Feb 2015 description

Ensuring access to every child in every district remains the priority in Pakistan.

At a Technical Consultation this February to review the situation on polio eradication in Pakistan, the strength of the low-transmission season plan and the heightened commitment of the Government of Pakistan were recognised by a technical review panel.

27 Feb 2015 description

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Balochistan's second case of polio in 2015 was reported in Killa Abdullah district on Thursday morning.

Sources in Balochistan's health department told Dawn that the polio case was reported from Chaman, Pakistan's bordering town with Afghanistan.

A two-year-old girl named Bibi Hanifa fell prey to the crippling virus, they said.

They termed refusal on the part of parents to vaccinate their child as the underlying reason behind her infection.

26 Feb 2015 description
  • The fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened last week. Outcomes and the Committee’s final report will be made available on www.polioeradication.org.