- IFRC: Pakistan - Earthquake (MDRPK012): DREF Operation Update n° 1, 27 Nov 2015
- FAO GIEWS Country Brief: Pakistan 20 Nov 2015
- OCHA: Pakistan: Flash Update – Afghanistan/Pakistan Earthquake #7, 9 Nov 2015
Appeals & Funding
- Pakistan 2015 Humanitarian Preparedness Plan (23 Jul 2015)
- UNHCR Global Appeal 2015 Update - Pakistan
- Emergency Response Fund (ERF) in 2015 PDF XLS
- Pakistan adopting environment-friendly policies to overcome climate degradation: PM
- Minister to raise Pakistan case at climate conference
- What Pakistan needs to do to improve its disaster management
- This air we breathe
- Climate change causing surge in migration: experts
- Earthquake: heirs of 223 dead, 472 injured of KP compensated: NDMA
- Environment: SC dissatisfied with efforts of provinces
- Agencies warn of Da’ishinspired attacks in Punjab
- Nawaz offers France antiterror expertise
65th Meeting (AM)
Gains made in the areas of human rights and development contrasted sharply with the volatile and deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan, the General Assembly heard today from three dozen speakers as the 193-member body took up the situation in that country.
THE ONE LAKH CHALLENGE
With its population of over 184 million, Election Day in Pakistan is one of the largest in the world. In 2013, nearly 86 million people were registered in 70,000 polling stations. In the next general elections expected to be in 2018, there may be over 100 million registered voters, and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will set up one lakh (100,000) polling stations, stretching from the dense urban neighbourhoods of Karachi to the remotest mountain villages of Chitral.
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar district administration has decided to send behind bars the parents who have declined vaccination of their children against polio.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner Riaz Khan Mehsud here on Friday.
A spokesman for the DC office said the decision to arrest the parents under 3 MPO was final because the refusing parents were not ready to cooperate with the polio teams. He said though the refusal cases across the district numbered 1,600, half of them had already been addressed.
By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 26 2015 (IPS) - “My two sons were killed by Taliban militants mercilessly three years ago. My husband died a natural death two year back. Now, I am begging to raise my two grandsons,” Gul Pari, 50, told IPS.
Pari, who is waiting for her turn at a psychiatrist’s clinic in Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, says she dreamed every night that her sons were alive and would return one day.
“I am waiting for them. They are martyrs and will come and take revenge from their killers,” she said.
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 28 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Australian government are set to launch a partnership project that will enhance the DSWD’s capacity in responding to natural disasters and other emergencies.
The launch, which includes the groundbreaking for a new warehouse, will be held on December 3 at the National Resource Operations Center (NROC) in Pasay City.
Freedom of religion is a fundamental right that exists only on paper in Pakistan. Each year thousands of Christians, forming 13% of the total population, suffer at the hands of religious bigots who use blasphemy as an excuse to ruin their life. Christian girls are increasingly being forced to convert to Islam. According to a report released by Pakistani NGO Aurat Foundation on 13 July 2015, around 1,000 girls are forced to convert to Islam every year in Pakistan. The victims of these forced conversions are largely girls from the Pakistani Christian and Hindu communities.
OXFORD, 27 November 2015 (IRIN) - Passport checks. Visa controls. Border fences. Electronic and drone surveillance. Sanctions on airlines and shipping companies. And the interdiction and redirection of boats at sea. During the past three decades, the world’s more prosperous states have introduced a panoply of measures intended to prevent and deter the arrival of asylum seekers and migrants from other parts of the globe.
Author: Aamir Saeed
THATTA, Pakistan, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fisherman Muhammad Yusuf's family has been living on the island of Hajamaro, just over three miles off the coast of southern Pakistan, for generations. But the island that was once a happy home has now become a prison.
Read the story on the Thompson Reuters Foundation
Programme improvements and innovations in 2015 have brought us closer to ending polio in Pakistan – but the road ahead is rough.
Over the course of 2015, Pakistan has seen encouraging signs of progress against polio, with the programme tightening its grip on the last strongholds of the virus. The number of cases has declined sharply, with 39 reported to date in 2015, compared with 235 cases by the same point in 2014.
Not children reached, but children missed
The emergency committee of the International Health Regulations (IHR) has met for the seventh time and assessed that the international spread of polio continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). They also expanded the temporary recommendations to outbreaks of circulating vaccine derived poliovirus, due to the importance of stopping all types of poliovirus as we near the finish line of polio eradication. Learn more about cVDPVs.
The 7th meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the international spread of poliovirus was convened via teleconference by the Director-General on 10 November 2015. The Director General of WHO had noted the concerns expressed by the Emergency Committee in its August 2015 report with respect to circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses (cVDPV). In response, she convened this meeting of the Emergency Committee with broader terms than was previously the case to also look at outbreaks of cVDPV.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 2015, Pakistan (UNHCR) – Every stroke of Manizha's brush tells a story. Through her art, hundreds of women have been given a voice, a chance to speak out about their harrowing experiences of life under the Taliban.
But each painting reminds Manizha, a 26-year-old Afghan refugee, of her own struggle, which began in 1997 when she and her family were forced to flee Kabul.
Idomeni, Greece | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 15:45 GMT
Over 200 migrants on Thursday tried to break through barbed wire fences on Greece's border with Macedonia, throwing stones at police, AFP reporters said.
At least five of the migrants managed to get across in the assault as the crowd shouted "Open the border" to the Macedonia police ranged across them.
All five were returned to the Greek side by Macedonian police.
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 11/26/2015 - 14:16 GMT
At least two people were killed when a roadside bomb hit the convoy of a Pakistani cabinet minister in the country's troubled northwest Thursday, police said.
Akram Khan Durrani, a minister for housing in Nawaz Sharif's cabinet, survived the attack as he was travelling in the remote Frontier Region Bannu area near the North Waziristan tribal district after addressing a rally.
Amy Le Compte is a midwife from Gisborne in New Zealand. She has just returned from a six-month assignment in MSF Women's Hospital in Peshawar, in the north of Pakistan where, along with daily maternity work, she supported the launch of a new community outreach program to enable access to quality maternity care for poor and marginalised populations.
By Khalid Bin Majid, Pakistan Red Crescent Society
On November 25 - the first day of the internationally-recognised 16 Days of Activism to prevent gender-based violence, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society launched a landmark Women's Forum at its National Headquarters in Islamabad.
The Forum addresses the specific experiences of Pakistani women and girls in times of disaster (whether natural or human induced), such as distinct healthcare needs in emergencies, or vulnerabilities due to early warnings that do not reach women while they are at home.
On estime que 15,8 millions de personnes sont désormais sous traitement contre le VIH, soit deux fois plus qu’il y a cinq ans, tandis que les pays adoptent la Stratégie d’accélération à l’aide de données permettant d’affiner la prestation des services de prévention et de traitement du VIH afin d’atteindre les personnes laissées pour compte
ISLAMABAD: Although the Senate Standing Committee on National Health Services (NHS) on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill titled ‘The Islamabad Mandatory Vaccination Bill’, the name of the bill was later changed to ‘The Islamabad Compulsory Vaccination Bill’.
The name’s amendment may affect efforts to vaccinate children, as vaccination will not be considered ‘mandatory’.
PESHAWAR: Registered Afghan nationals are likely to be allowed to stay in Pakistan till December 2017.
According to official sources, the Ministry of State and Frontier Region (Safron) put up a summary to the prime minister secretariat a few days ago proposing that Afghans having Proof of Registration (PoR) cards be given another year to stay in the country.
If the federal cabinet approves the summary, this will be the fourth extension given to the refugees.