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27 Sep 2016 description

KARACHI: At least 8.3 million children aged five or less would be targeted in the six-day polio campaign being launched on Monday (today) in Sindh, officials said on Sunday.

Of the children, they added, some 2.2 million would be targeted in Karachi.

“We have a perfect opportunity to eradicate polio in Sindh,” said the coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre for polio in Sindh. He said for more than four months all environment samples of Sindh were negative, which was a ‘huge success’.

25 Sep 2016 description

Islamabad, September 21, 2016: Pakistan and Afghanistan polio teams gathered in Islamabad today to deliberate on common challenges and issues faced by both countries during the course of polio eradication. The meeting agreed on improving the cross border coordination mechanism to fast track progress finish line. The meeting was organized in the backdrop of the recent outbreak in the South KP / FATA and South Eastern Afghanistan Block. Basic objective of the meeting was to review status in the Common polio Reservoirs and joint planning to address the outbreaks.

23 Sep 2016 description
report European Commission

Islamabad, 23 September 2016: The Government of Pakistan has signed a Financing Agreement today with the European Union for the implementation of a 22 Million EUR project titled "Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan. Additional 12 Million EUR will be provided by the Government of Germany.

22 Sep 2016 description

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has begun implementing the relief aid project in two areas of Kabul Province, in Afghanistan.

The move follows directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and follow up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Chairman of the Khalifa Foundation.

22 Sep 2016 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11824
21 SEPTEMBER 2016
SEVENTY-FIRST SESSION, 11TH, 12TH & 13TH MEETINGS (AM, PM & NIGHT)

Focusing on international peace and security, world leaders stressed the need to curb terrorist attacks, end ongoing conflict, resolve the refugee crisis and reform the Security Council, as the General Assembly continued its annual debate today.

21 Sep 2016 description
report InterAction

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21 Sep 2016 description

KOT CHANDNA, MIANWALI, 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 – The first girls’ high school in Kot Chandna refugee village in Mianwali district, Punjab opened on Wednesday. The school called “Community Girls Model School No 2” will teach 11 girls aged between 14-16 years old. The girls will be taught by Ms. Aqeela Asifi – the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner. Using the Nansen prize fund of US$100,000, Ms. Aqeela Asifi expanded her middle-secondary school to include higher-secondary classes for 9th and 10th grade pupils.

20 Sep 2016 description

Numbers crossing sea to Europe in first nine months of 2016 are down on last year, but higher than whole of 2014.

By: Jonathan Clayton

GENEVA – Over 300,000 refugees and migrants have made the dangerous Mediterranean sea crossing so far this year, according to figures released by UNCR, the UN Refugee Agency today.

20 Sep 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

Pakistan among top ten countries affected by intense climate events

Erratic weather events more likely

UN report points out curricula without climate change lessons

Pakistan among top 10countries affected by intense climate events

Monsoon season ends, heavy rainfall still expected

Growing drug economy fuelling terrorism in Pakistan

Civil-Military differences hold up CPEC security plan

Pakistan rejects India's allegations of involvement in terrorist attack held in Kashmir

20 Sep 2016 description

FAO’s chief addresses UN summit on migration

19 September 2016, New York-Bolstering the opportunities that allow rural people in developing countries to remain at home is a critical component of any plan to tackle the contemporary migration crisis, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

19 Sep 2016 description

Lille, France | AFP | Monday 9/19/2016 - 20:06 GMT

The squalid migrant camp known as the "Jungle" in France's northern port of Calais has become home to nearly 1,000 more people since August, bringing the total to more than 10,000, two charities working there said Monday.

"The total number of people is 10,088. The previous count was 9,106, making it an increase of 12 percent in a month," according to the French association L'Auberge des Migrants and the British non-governmental organisation Help Refugees.

19 Sep 2016 description

Lille, France | AFP | lundi 19/09/2016 - 17:44 GMT

La "Jungle" de Calais, dans le nord de la France, où affluent des migrants espérant passer en Angleterre, accueille désormais plus de 10.000 personnes, soit presque 1.000 personnes de plus qu'en août, ont affirmé lundi deux associations actives dans le bidonville.

Selon l'association française l'Auberge des Migrants et l'ONG britannique Help Refugees, "le nombre total de personnes est de 10.088. Il était au recensement précédent de 9.106, soit une augmentation de 12% en un mois".

19 Sep 2016 description

Immediate palliative care is a vital response to the world's record numbers of refugees and internally displaced. But any sustainable solution to this global crisis must go further, buttressing international law and ending the wars that drive so many from their homes.

Jonathan Prentice | Director of London Office and Senior Advocacy Adviser | @PrenticeJD

18 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 9/18/2016 - 10:36 GMT

The death toll from a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northwest tribal Pakistan has risen to 36, including eight children, officials said Sunday.

The Friday attack targeted a mosque in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting Taliban militants.

18 Sep 2016 description

Islamabad, September 16, 2016 - Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA Sheikh Ansar Aziz has directed that dedicated human resource for the upcoming polio campaigns be provided on urgent basis.

The direction was given in a high profile meeting to analyse polio campaign status in Federal capital. The meeting was chaired jointly by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio and Sheikh Ansar Aziz Mayor Islamabad. The meeting deliberated the challenges faced during the preparedness and conduct of polio campaigns in Islamabad and suggested solutions.

17 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Saturday 9/17/2016 - 12:51 GMT

The death toll from a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northwest tribal Pakistan rose to 30 on Saturday, officials said.

The Friday attack targeted a mosque in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

"Two more injured people died of their wounds early today raising the death toll to 30," deputy chief of the Mohmand tribal district administration Naveed Akbar told AFP.

16 Sep 2016 description

Afghanistan - IOM is appealing for USD 21 million to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable among the 400,000-plus undocumented Afghans likely to return home from Pakistan before the end of 2016.

16 Sep 2016 description
report Guardian

A new programme of fortification of everyday foods such as bread and oil is being rolled out in Pakistan in an attempt to tackle chronic and widespread malnutrition.

The food fortification programme, which is backed with $48m (£36m) of funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), will see nutrients added directly to wheat flour, edible oils and ghee at source in mills and factories.

16 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 9/16/2016 - 19:41 GMT

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens more as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, officials said.

The bombing took place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

"At least 28 people have been killed and 30 others wounded," deputy chief of the Mohmand tribal district administration Naveed Akbar told AFP.

16 Sep 2016 description

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: With a high likelihood of becoming polio-free next year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is facing the challenge of how to counter militant attacks on vaccinators on its soil.

The militants had killed union council polio eradication committee head Dr Zakaullah Khan in Peshawar last week to send a message across that they’re around and thus, terrifying vaccinators to stay away from administering oral polio vaccine against which they spread false propaganda for years.