- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 33, 18 Jan - 19 Feb 2015
- Fact Sheet: Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) 2007-2014 Pakistan - Feb 2015
- IPS: Threats, Deaths, Impunity – No Hope for Free Press in Pakistan
Appeals & Funding
Nairobi, 27 March 2015—With the contribution of USD50.93 million from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat will implement projects in Asia, Arab States and Africa.
BANNU: A jirga of tribal elders on Thursday expressed reservations over the draft of an agreement provided to them by the political administration in North Waziristan Agency, proposing several restrictions as well as responsibilities for them for maintaining peace in the once militants-dominated tribal agency.
The administration is seeking an undertaking from local tribes to ensure peace in the area.
KARACHI: At least two persons were killed and 13 others wounded in an explosion near Murghi Khana bus stop in Karachi's Quaidabad area on Friday morning.
Most of the victims were policemen.
The explosives, which were planted on a motorcycle, detonated as a bus of the Sindh Police's Special Security Unit passed by, according to Station House Officer of Quaidabad police station.
Around 50 police personnel were travelling in the vehicle at the time of the blast.
ISLAMABAD: After Sindh and Balochistan, alarm bells have begun to sound in Punjab also as the province realises that the poliovirus could spread in the remote parts of the province.
Punjab Chief Minister’s Adviser on Health Khawaja Salman Rafique suggested that the priority list of high-risk districts for 2015 should be revised and that Rahim Yar Khan, D.G. Khan and Rajanpur should be designated as the most at-risk districts.
Last week 250 independent wheat flour millers in Pakistan’s province of Punjab voluntarily committed to start fortifying their flour.
The commitment, made at a seminar organised by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) in collaboration with the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), follows a previous move by 34 Punjab flour mills earlier this year to also start voluntarily fortifying their flour.
Islamabad 19th March 2015:
In view of the prevailing drought conditions in Sindh, NDMA organized a meeting by inviting relevant government departments, UN agencies, INGOs and NGOs to assess the drought situation in Sindh in general and in Tharparkar in particular. The special focus of the conference was to come up with a strategy on how to conduct Multi-Sector assessment in drought affected areas of Sindh.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes
Despite improved production, wheat imports anticipated higher in 2014/15 marketing year (May/April)
Prices of wheat and wheat flour declined in February and were well below year-earlier levels
Overall food security conditions stable but localized food insecurity persists
Wheat production in 2015 forecast at record level of 26.4 million tonnes
In short term emergency project where time is short and assistance is critical, a humanitarian organization can rely upon community elder for SMART (Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant and Time bound) implementation of the project, provided; that the community elder is sensibly selected. Previous experience of the community elder with a community based organization makes him/her more suitable person as he/she knows the know-how of community work.
by Ravi Wickremasinghe
Every minute of every day a child dies from an illness we know how prevent and treat – diarrhoea.
In the 21st century that just shouldn’t be happening. It’s high time we ended this appalling loss of life.
Today, in Delhi, Save the Children launched a ground-breaking partnership with our global partner RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser) to help do exactly that.
KHAR: The Fata Secretariat on Tuesday began providing compensation to the people whose houses have been in use by the security forces for last several years.
About 88 people of Khar subdivision, whose houses have been occupied by security forces since 2010, received cheques of over Rs6.3 million during a ceremony. Tribal elders, members of peace committees and administration officials were in attendance.
By: A. Sami Malik
Sheikhupura - Punjab Pakistan: As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial containing Measles vaccine, Nishat (30) watches carefully holding her two-year-old son in her arms. She knows that the needle will hurt her child but she also knows about the benefit that comes with that pain.
WE are living in a nuclear state which has developed ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, trainer/fighter aircraft, tanks and armed drones. But we are unable to ensure immunity for our future generations from crippling and potentially fatal diseases such as polio. We usually fail to address challenges because of lack of will rather than lack of resources. The campaign to eradicate polio demonstrates as much.
I have been taught that if I see a person unconscious I should remove anything dangerous and check if they are breathing, clear the airway then check circulation by checking their pulse. I will then put them in the recovery position and wait for help to arrive.'
Sawera Saad is eight years old. She attends school in Pakistan’s Lower Dir region, an area where natural and man-made disasters are a real risk.
KARACHI: The Sindh government is extremely perturbed over the increase in polio cases from districts other than Karachi as the number was significantly smaller than that of the metropolis in the past two years, it emerged on Sunday.
The provincial health authorities have already reported four polio cases from three districts of northern Sindh in the current month, which too is considered to be alarming given the fact that for many years Sindh had reported its first case not before May.
Water is essential to life. Clean water is vital for drinking, growing food and keeping clean. A person can only survive on average three days without water, and if the water they have is dirty and contaminated, fatal diseases spread quickly and the effects are devastating. At Islamic Relief, we believe in providing Water For Life.
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2015 ─ The World Bank today approved US$187 million for a Sindh Irrigated Agricultural Productivity Enhancement Project (SIAPEP) to help improve irrigation water management at tertiary and field levels in Sindh. The project will support efficient management of scarce water resources and is designed to augment adaptation under different climate change scenarios.
Press Release 83/2015 16 March 2015
BARA: As many as 245 displaced families of Akkakhel tribe left for home in Bara as the first phase of the repatriation of internally displaced persons of the subdivision began on Friday.
The Khyber Agency political administration along with the Fata Disaster Management Authority and two mobile phone companies tasked with issuing SIM cards to the returning families established several desks at a registration centre adjacent to the Milward army camp inside Akkakhel area for the purpose.
Karachi, Pakistan | | Friday 3/20/2015 - 18:48 GMT
At least two people were killed and seven others wounded after a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside a mosque in Karachi on Friday, police said.
The blast took place in the congested Aram Bagh area of Pakistan's biggest city, outside a mosque belonging to a sub-sect of the minority Shiite Muslim community.
Pakistan has been hit by a rising wave of sectarian violence in recent years, most of it carried out by militant Sunni Muslim groups targeting Shiites.