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03 Dec 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production

  • Above-average production for 2016 summer cereal crops estimated

  • Rice exports expected to increase in 2016

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened in recent months

  • Localized food insecurity persists

Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production

02 Dec 2016 description

Told rains won't come, some wheat farmers have switched crops - and are on track to avoid losses

By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

RAWAT, Pakistan, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like his farming neighbours, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests and sells his winter crop a few months later.

But this year, there are no wheat stalks are to be seen on his 3 hectares (5 acres) of land in Rawat, a town some 12 miles (20 km) from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.

02 Dec 2016 description

This issue of Frontiers of CLTS explores the potential, and some of the recorded learning, on how CLTS, as a community-based, collaborative approach to sanitation behavioural change, can be applied successfully in contexts of fragility and displacement, leading to communities more convinced and prepared to maintain and develop safe sanitation practices.

02 Dec 2016 description

ASHFAQ YUSUFZAI

PESHAWAR: The district administration has claimed to have reduced refusal cases by parents against polio vaccination amid complaints by health workers that they are forced by people to show their children as ‘vaccinated’ in the record without administering them the vaccine.

02 Dec 2016 description

SYED ALI SHAH

There are more than 600 people in Balochistan who are registered as HIV/Aids patients with the number of non-registered patients deemed to be more alarming.

The number of non-registered patients is more alarming," said Dr. Noor Qazi, Chief of Balochistan Aids Control Program.

Qazi was speaking at an event held in Quetta to mark the World Aids Day 2016.

The program has registered 638 HIV/Aids patients belonging to various parts of the province so far, of which only 407 are getting medicines regularly, Qazi added.

02 Dec 2016 description

SYED ALI SHAH

Around 16,000 children were not provided polio vaccine during the recent campaign in October in Balochistan, Chief of Emergency Operation Cell (EOC) Syed Faisal Ahmed told DawnNews.

According to Emergency Operation Cell's data, around 16,000 kids below the age of five year remained deprived of polio vaccine

About 11,000 children could not be provided polio vaccine because they were not at home during the campaign during the campaign conducted in October this year in Balochistan.

02 Dec 2016 description

PESHAWAR: While putting the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country at around 97,400, health minister Shahram Khan Tarakai on Wednesday said his government would continue supporting such patients in their treatment and rehabilitation.

He told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that his department was ensuring provision of free antiretroviral medicines and testing facilities to patients at two HIV centres in Peshawar and Kohat districts.

01 Dec 2016 description

Global Overview NOVEMBER 2016

01 Dec 2016 description

THIS WEEK

Polio this week as of  30 November 2016

30 Nov 2016 description

New US$ four million Japanese grant to procure Inactivated Polio Vaccine

Islamabad - 29 November 2016: The Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed today an agreement of Japanese Yen 404 million (US$ 4 million) grant for “the Project for the Control and Eradication of Poliomyelitis”.

29 Nov 2016 description

Afghanistan - “It feels like I’ve been dropped from the sky back into Afghanistan. I came here with almost nothing, not even a pillow. I need land and a job and I need medical treatment.” These are the words of Khargul, a 45-year-old widow, who crossed back into Afghanistan with her two young boys at the Spin Boldak border point this week after 10 years in Pakistan.

29 Nov 2016 description

In the past decade, Pakistan has experienced a range of natural and human-made disasters, from floods to droughts, and is one of the countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sudden climate-related events can wreak havoc on entire communities, damaging agricultural land and putting lives and livelihoods at risk.

Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP visited Chitral in November 2016 to see for themselves how communities are being supported to prepare for, and mitigate disasters.

28 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • A total of 4,158 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan between 20-26 November, a 17.7% decrease from the previous week.

  • A total of 6,339 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Iran during the same period. This is a 30.4% decrease from the previous week.

  • A total of 236,724 undocumented Afghans have spontaneously returned or been deported from Pakistan and 406,022 from Iran since the beginning of the year.

28 Nov 2016 description
report UN Security Council

CS/12598

CONSEIL DE SÉCURITÉ
7818E SÉANCE – MATIN

Sous la présidence du Ministre des affaires étrangères du Sénégal, et en présence du Secrétaire général de l’ONU, le Conseil de sécurité a organisé aujourd’hui un débat public, dans la suite de celui du 26 avril dernier, sur le thème « Eau et paix et sécurité », alors que l’amenuisement des ressources hydriques exacerbe les tensions à l’heure du changement climatique et de l’expansion démographique. Les spécialistes préviennent que l’accès inégal à l’eau sera la principale cause des conflits de demain.

25 Nov 2016 description

ALI AKBAR

Parents of children being immunised in a polo vaccination drive in Bannu shot at a female polio worker after she vaccinated their children on Thursday, police said.

District Police Officer Qasim Ali Khan said that the parents of the children shot at the polio worker as she was leaving their house after vaccinating their children. The parents did not want anti-polio drops to be administered to their child.

25 Nov 2016 description

SG/SM/18297

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days. He calls on all involved to prioritize the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.

24 Nov 2016 description

Polio this week as of  23 November 2016

  • Rotary Foundation named “world’s outstanding foundation for 2016”, by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The judges cited Rotary’s PolioPlus efforts as a major driver for its selection. More.

24 Nov 2016 description

In October 2016, AOAV recorded 4,749 deaths and injuries in 237 incidents of explosive violence. Of these deaths and injuries, 77% (3,640) were civilians. This means October accounted for the worst month of explosive violence recorded so far this year, with not only the most civilian deaths and injuries but also the highest total deaths and injuries.

On average 153 people were killed each day by explosive violence in October. Importantly, it is also worth noting that of those killed and injured by explosive violence in populated areas 97% were civilian.

24 Nov 2016 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (24 November 2016) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today has approved a $200 million loan to strengthen Pakistan’s disaster risk management including support to the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to reduce the country’s vulnerability to disasters from natural hazards, and climate variability and change.

As part of the support, a $1 million technical assistance grant has been approved for Capacity Building of Disaster Risk Management Institutions. ADB will also administer a $3.3 million grant provided by the Government of Australia.