- WFP Pakistan Country Brief, August 2016
- UNHCR Protection Cluster Report: April - July 2016
- USIP Balochistan: Caught in the Fragility Trap, June 2016
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Return From Pakistan:
From 16 – 22 October, a total of 9,069 undocumented Afghans spontaneously returned or were deported from Pakistan through Nangarhar’s Torkham and Kandahar’s Spin Boldak border crossing points according to the Border Monitoring Team of the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR). 9,006 were spontaneous returnees in family groups and 63 were deported individuals.
The total number of returnees and deported Undocumented Afghans in the week of 16 —22 October (9,069) represents a 2% decrease in comparison with the previous week.
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QUETTA: The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in collaboration with USAID, has established more than eight hundred community organisations in Balochistan to increase the production, sale and revenues from crops and livestock.
“A total of 826 community organisations have helped improving incomes for 16,000 households in Balochistan,” said Patrick Evans, the FAO representative, in a statement on Friday.
The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) said on Sunday that the country has witnessed a 62 per cent drop in polio cases during the current year.
A 55pc reduction has also been noted, with the number of children missed for vaccination falling below 1pc compared to last year’s 1.5pc.
Despite the progress made, polio has remained a resilient foe in the country and 15 cases have been recorded this year.
PESHAWAR: Three day anti-polio drive will start today October 24, in thirteen high risk districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province targeting more than 3.65 million children under the age of five.
Coordinator EOC Akbar Khan said this while chairing a high level meeting here at Emergency Operations Center to review the preparatory status for the upcoming anti-polio campaign starting from October 24-26, next. Representatives of health department, UNICEF, WHO, BMGF and other partner organizations were also present on the occasion.
24 October 2016, Amman | Today, on World Polio Day, polio eradication partners celebrate the successes of the programme to date and rally for the additional support needed to wipe out the disease for good. In the Middle East, polio partners WHO and UNICEF acknowledge the hard work done to keep the region polio free, but urge all countries to maintain vigilance and to guard against the virus being re-introduced.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.
The Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) Sindh with the support of Canadian Red Cross (CRC) is installing 10 solar power water pumps under the project “Provision of Solar Powered Water Pumps with Hygiene Promotion in District Tharparkar, Sindh”. The proposed project aims to provide safe drinking water by using alternative energy to improve health, hygiene and the overall well-being of villagers.
WFP continues relief food assistance to displaced and returnee populations in the country’s north-west, complemented by livelihoods, nutrition and education support in the region alongside other targeted districts across Pakistan.
Provincial consultation meetings of the Food Security and Nutrition Strategic Review continue.
Cash-based livelihood support activities are in progress in FATA. Preparatory work for the implementation of livelihood support activities in KP, Sindh and Balochistan is underway.
In response to the influx of Afghan returnees from Pakistan, WFP is preparing an Emergency Operation (EMOP) from October to June 2017 to provide food assistance to 548,000 people, covering documented and undocumented returnees, newly-affected internally displaced persons (IDPs), and refugees from Pakistan. WFP requires USD 67 million for timely food and cash assistance to these vulnerable people.
The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.
- In September 2016, the price of wheat was unchanged while the price of wheat flour recorded a negligible increase of 0.2%;
- Headline inflation, based on Consumer Price Index (CPI), negligibly increased by 0.2% from the previous month (August 2016), whereas it has slightly increased by 3.9% from the same month last year (September 2015);
- Compared to the previous month, prices of most non‐cereal food commodities remained stable except the prices of live chicken, pulse Dal Mash and Dal Moong which significantly decreased;
318,816 arrivals by sea in 2016
published 09:00 CET 18 October
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015
Polio health workers have been instructed by the Health Department of Punjab to take photographs of the children they administer vaccinations to, a spokesperson from the health department confirmed on Wednesday.
Health workers' teams will use Android phones to take photographs of children they administer the vaccine to. The photographs will be sent onto the Punjab Information Technology Board, the officials.
SYED ALI SHAH
At least two people were killed and nine were wounded in a land mine explosion in Balochistan's Sibi district on Thursday.
A security official told DawnNews a vehicle carrying local tribesmen hit a land mine in Babar Kach area of Sibi district.
"Two tribesmen were killed on the spot whereas nine suffered wounds. The injured were rushed to district headquarter hospital Sibi for medical treatment," he said.
The official informed that unknown miscreants had planted the landmine on the roadside, which caused the human loss.
IN 2015, ACTION AGAINST HUNGER’S GLOBAL NETWORK SERVED 14.9 MILLION PEOPLE IN 47 COUNTRIES.
Polio this week as of 19 October 2016
PESHAWAR: The fourth phase of the return and rehabilitation process of the people displaced from South Waziristan will commence on Wednesday.
According to a statement issued by the ISPR, the military’s public relations wing, 81 villages of Ladha, Makeen, Sararogha, Sarwakai and Tiarza tehsils will be rehabilitated during the phase that will continue till Dec 6.
Thousands Pushed Into ‘Voluntary Returns’ Face Fresh Dangers at Home
By Ahmad Shuja
At Kabul airport on Tuesday, I met a group of Afghans – three women and 10 men – who had just arrived from Turkey. It was not a joyous homecoming. They had joined the waves of several hundred thousand Afghans whose bid for safer lives abroad in the face of worsening insecurity at home ended in limbo in Turkey, blocked from claiming refugee status or continuing onward to Europe.