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21 Apr 2015 description


FAISALABAD: Immediately after reaching the school, students of the Government Primary School for Boys, Kot Farid Mahmood Kathia, Shorkot, have to fix the lever of a hand pump. Similarly, they have to remove the lever after end of the school time to save the sole source of water from small-time thieves. They have been doing this for months.

21 Apr 2015 description

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is facing a daunting task to find out the children, who have not been covered under the polio vaccination programme, according to sources.

They said that about 35 per cent of the total missed children in every campaign were never recorded by the vaccinators and weren’t included in the polio eradication programme.

The unimmunised children put at risk the vaccinated ones and are seen as one of the two remaining obstacles in the way of anti-polio efforts. Of the total 10,000 children, names of 300 hadn’t been recorded.

21 Apr 2015 description

Maria Daud works as a project manager in the fields of food security and disaster risk reduction for the Pakistan programme at Malteser International, an NGO that is supported by the SDC. She shared her experience at the SDC’s 2015 Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Bern

How do you explain the concept of disaster risk reduction?

Disaster risk reduction reduces the vulnerability of communities in areas prone to disasters. Two approaches are central: capacity building and mitigation.

20 Apr 2015 description
report AlertNet

Rina Saeed Khan

RAJANPUR, Pakistan, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amina Bibi lost her husband, a boatman, to kidney failure soon after massive floods in 2010 hit the remote district of Rajanpur in Pakistan's Punjab province.

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20 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, 18th April 2015 (WAM) - The UAE has immunised millions of Pakistani children with than 44 million polio vaccines in the first three months of 2015 as part of the Emirates Polio Campaign launched under directives from President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on an initiative by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces.

20 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: A meeting of officials of Pakistani and Afghan health departments in Kabul, which was also to be attended by representatives of UN agencies, was cancelled because of security concerns.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday and Friday was cancelled on the request of Afghan government. A proposal to hold the meeting in Islamabad is now being considered.

Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries which have been transferring polio virus to each other. The major reason is their porous border which is about 2,500km long.

20 Apr 2015 description


QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minister Rehmat Saleh Baloch said on Sunday that the ongoing campaign to administer measles vaccine to 3.5 million children across the province would continue despite an incident of firing in Surkhab area of Pishin district on a vaccination team.

“The ongoing anti-measles campaign will not be abandoned at any cost because we want to save our children from this fatal disease,” he told Dawn.

19 Apr 2015 description

The following assistance was provided to the returnees:-

Transport Cash Assistance @ Rs.10000/- per family through Mobile SIM

One Time Return Cash Grant @ Rs.25000/- per family through ATM

Family Tent (targeted)

Standardized NFI kit (targeted).

Hygiene Kit (targeted).

Monthly Food Package (six months) in the area of return

19 Apr 2015 description

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 12:01 GMT

by Sajjad Qayyum

Hundreds of people in Pakistani Kashmir burnt India's flag and an effigy of its prime minister Sunday in protest at a crackdown on separatists in the Indian part of the divided region.

Refugees from Indian-ruled Kashmir rallied under the banner of "Pasban-e-Hurriyat" (Protectors of Freedom) in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani side.

19 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By A. Sami Malik

A measles vaccination campaign in Pakistan relies on the dedication of local health workers, coordination of government authorities and the support of international partners in order to provide life-saving immunizations to millions of children.

SHEIKHUPURA, Punjab province, Pakistan, 17 April 2015 – As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial of measles vaccine, Nishat, 30, watches carefully while she holds her 2-year-old son. She knows the needle will hurt, but she also knows the benefit that comes with the pain.

19 Apr 2015 description

On 18 March, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) culminated in the official adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). UNDP was actively engaged in this process, both in the months of development leading up to it and at the WCDRR itself.

18 Apr 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:03 GMT
Author: Waqar Mustafa

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food and water security in Pakistan, already fragile in many parts of the South Asian nation, face an additional threat from climate change impacts, an independent human rights watchdog said on Friday.

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17 Apr 2015 description

Hasan Abdal, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 04:43 GMT

by Issam AHMED

Pilgrims descended from all over the world on a small town in Pakistan that is home to one of Sikhism's holiest sites this week, dipping into holy spring water and solemnly offering prayers.

They have come from India, Britain and the Middle East to the Panja Sahib Gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, 55 kilometres (35 miles) from Islamabad, where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, is said to have imprinted his hand.

17 Apr 2015 description


LAHORE: The province-wide drive to fight polio through a large-scale immunisation programme may suffer a blow as Chief Minister Road Map Project Manager Dr Emma Hannay and officials of the health department, WHO and Unicef have developed “serious differences” over the proposal of replacement of doctors with non-medics.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By A. Sami Malik

Travelling far and wide, a veteran vaccinator dedicates himself to protecting the health of children in Pakistan, where the recent introduction of pneumococcal vaccine has helped save more lives.

16 Apr 2015 description
  • 12 April marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched, enabling children to be protected against polio for the first time. Read more.
  • The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, and will review the current epidemiological situation for polio and provide updates on readiness for oral polio vaccine withdrawal.
16 Apr 2015 description

Minister Yelich delivers Canadian statement at United Nations Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict

April 15, 2015 - New York City, New York - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced an additional $5.5 million to fight sexual and gender-based violence.

16 Apr 2015 description


  • Education cluster members reached to 53,338 children including 21,129 girls and 32,209 boys in camps off camps and areas of return.

  • Education cluster KP/FATA agreed to established working group on psychosocial social support. This group will standardize training package for psychosocial social support which can be further adopted by cluster members

  • Educating cluster members trained 1,109 teachers including 549 female in camp off camp and areas of return.

15 Apr 2015 description

USAID is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the Mangla hydroelectric power station located in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. The dam has a power generation capacity of 1,000 MW from 10 generating units. However, as a result of degraded equipment, the plant's capacity was reduced to 980 MW. By refurbishing and upgrading Units 5 and 6, along with related plant facility enhancements, the Mangla Dam Rehabilitation Project will add 90 MW to the plant's generation capacity and produce approximately 750 GWh/year of energy.