- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 30 | 20 August–19 September 2014
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- USAID Pakistan Emergency Situational Analysis - District Thatta, September 2014
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Lahore, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 11/28/2014 - 14:07 GMT
Pakistan police arrested three men for beating up two polio vaccinators in the eastern city of Lahore, officials said Friday, the latest case of violence against health workers seeking to immunise children against the crippling disease.
In Pakistan, internally displaced persons leaving North Waziristan are able to protect their children against polio for the first time in 2 years.
The Convention of the Rights of the Child, which marks its 25th anniversary on the 20th November, defines the right of each child to survive and develop to their full potential.
Clarification Message to the Press
Recently there has been news in the media relating to the closure of business of WHO Pakistan in Balochistan following the recent two attacks against the polio workers. WHO would like to categorically dispel the notion of closing down or with-drawing its operations in Balochistan or anywhere else in Pakistan, and would like to firmly clarify what was decided:
Pakistan Thursday launched a polio vaccination campaign in the restive North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan, where Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants have sanctuaries.
The campaign, targeting 39,000 children, was initiated under huge international pressure to vaccinate every child in the country, despite more than two years of a dangerous security situation in the region.
The military has been carrying out an offensive against Islamist militant strongholds in the area since June.
11/27/2014 - 17:05 GMT
Militants attacked an army patrol in Indian Kashmir Thursday, leaving three soldiers and four civilians dead in an ongoing gun battle near the border with rival Pakistan, security officials said.
The day-long attack coincided with a regional summit in Nepal attended by the leaders of India and Pakistan, which was overshadowed by rising tensions between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals.
Despite new cases setting back the effort to eradicate polio, health officials believe the crisis will be brought under control in 2015
Jon Boone in Islamabad
International health officials in Pakistan believe they can resolve the country’s polio crisis in the coming year, despite the number of cases of the crippling disease soaring to their highest level in 14 years.
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During the past fourteen months, Qatar Charity has implemented more than QAR 20 million (USD 5.5 million) on projects for Pakistan.
Immediate disaster response accounted for QAR 1.1 million (USD 300,000) for flood and earthquake response. Most notably, this included the 2013 Baluchistan earthquake and 2014 Muzaffar Ghar floods in the province of Punjab responses where shelter, food and clothing was provided to those most affected.
ISLAMABAD: “Out of the 13,000 schools in Balochistan, only 2,500 are for girls,” said Balochistan Additional Secretary Education Mohammad Tayyab Lehri.
He was speaking at the concluding ceremony of the five-year project ‘Balochistan Educational Programme’ carried out by Save the Children with support from Embassy of the Netherlands.
Mr Lehri said Balochistan was a province with a vast expanse of territory and there was a need to provide education to children closer to their homes.
In response to the outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV) in South Sudan, over 19,000 children were vaccinated last week in Bentiu Poc, where the two cases were reported. Outbreak response plans are in place to hold three rounds of supplementary immunization activities (SIAs) in high risk areas to stop transmission of the virus.
On Monday, gunmen from the Taliban splinter group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan attacked a polio vaccination team, injuring at least one person in yet another setback to battling Pakistan’s polio epidemic.
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 13:26 GMT
by Maaz Khan
Gunmen killed four members of a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, and one survivor recounted screaming at police and dozens of passers-by for help before it finally arrived.
The attack -- the latest in a series by militants in Pakistan -- happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.
QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch inaugurated a six-day immunisation campaign in parts of Quetta district on Monday.
The drive launched against nine fatal diseases would target 280,000 children in 18 union councils of Quetta, including Pasthoonabad, Eastern Bypass, Killi Aghbarg, Balili, Kharotabad, Killi Kotwal, Kuchlak, Ahmezai, Kechi Baig, Shadezai and Killi Geo.
He said Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Balcoh had contributed Rs150 million from the CM’s funds for eradication of polio and other diseases from the province.
LANDI KOTAL: Delay in registration of the newly displaced tribal people from Bara and Tirah areas of Khyber Agency has forced the dislocated families to get tents on rent at Jalozai camp, Nowshera.
During a visit to the camp, this scribe was told that the displaced tribal people, already living at Jalozai, were renting out their extra tents to the newly dislocated people from Akkakhel and Sipah localities of Bara and Tirah.
ISLAMABAD: With confirmation of two new polio cases in the country on Monday, the toll for this year has climbed to 262.
The Polio Virology Laboratory said one case each was reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
Officials said the case from Swat in KP had been reported after a gap of five years. Twenty-one-month-old Abu Talha is a resident of union council Khuwaza Khela in Toragay village of Swat tehsil.
The other patient has been identified as Sumaira, a four-month-old resident of Shikrapur tehsil.
Ganderbal, Inde | AFP | Monday 11/25/2014 - 14:18 GMT
by Parvaiz BUKHARI
Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in droves under tight security Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party made a serious bid for power in the tense Muslim-majority state.
Voters lined up in 15 heavily guarded constituencies in the first stage of staggered elections, ignoring a call by separatist leaders to boycott the poll due to India's rule over the troubled Himalayan region.
ISLAMABAD: Polio vaccination began in South Waziristan on Monday after a break of two-and-a-half years. World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed it a positive development for the eradication of polio virus from the country.
Taliban had imposed a ban on polio vaccination in June 2012 after it was revealed that a physician, Dr Shakeel Afridi, had helped CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine programme in Abbottabad, to confirm Osama bin Laden’s presence in the city by obtaining DNA samples.
By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.
Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that she would be forever bed-ridden.
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 09:35 GMT
Taliban gunmen wounded a polio health worker in northwest Pakistan on Monday, at the start of a fresh campaign to vaccinate children against the crippling disease, officials said.
Two attackers fired bullets at the vaccinator as he came out of a health centre in Shabqadar district, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Peshawar, the main city of restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Syed Ali Shah
QUETTA: Two more polio cases were reported in Balochistan on Saturday, taking the number of polio victims to 14.
According to health officials, polio virus was detected in an 18-month-old girl Bibi Amina who is a resident of Killi Tarkha, Quetta.
The second case was confirmed in Balochistan's Khuzdar district.
Shah Zaman, a resident of Chandni Chowk in Khuzdar, fell prey to the virus even though he was administered polio drops, according to health officials.
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus.
The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012.
"We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC.