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169 Polio surveillance: tracking progress towards eradication worldwide, 2013–2014

179 Performance of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) surveillance and incidence of poliomyelitis, 2015

24 Apr 2015 description

LANDI KOTAL: The repatriation of the internally displaced persons of Bara, currently residing at Jalozai camp in Nowshera district, was finally started on Thursday.

On the first day of repatriation, 66 Akkakhel families returned to their area after spending nearly six years at the camp.

“The returning families are simply overjoyed as they were issued Voluntary Return Forms (VRF) along with ATM cards which guarantee them cash amount of Rs10,000 for the journey and an immediate cash grant of Rs25,000,” a jubilant Najib Jan told Dawn by his mobile phone from Jalozai camp.

24 Apr 2015 description

(23.04.2015) Just a couple of hours ago we received the terrible news that our dear colleague Giovanni LoPorto, who had been taken hostage almost three years ago, is dead. He was killed already in January as collateral victim in what the White House calls an "antiterrorist operation" in the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

24 Apr 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Filed by: Kelly Montgomery
Digital Content Producer

In Iraq and Pakistan, adolescent youth are facing huge challenges as they try to grow up amidst the conflict, danger and uncertainty that surrounds them. With fighting and other security issues interrupting their daily lives, it’s nearly impossible to learn, grow and make important life decisions without a strong support system.

23 Apr 2015 description
report GAVI Alliance

Geneva, 23 April 2015 - In light of recent reports in Pakistan regarding the non-payment of vaccine workers and subsequent industrial action, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, would like to clarify the following points:

  • The health workers, known locally as ‘Gavi vaccinators’, are employees of the Pakistan government.

  • Gavi contributed to the salaries of some vaccinators in Pakistan between 2007 and 2010 through an Immunisation Services Support grant to the federal government. This support ended, as agreed, in 2010.

23 Apr 2015 description
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Leaders Gather in Jeddah for World Malaria Day; Call for Increased Investment to Save Lives & Advance Development Efforts

23 Apr 2015 description

As people began crossing into Afghanistan in mid-June, a number of families settled in an open area in Gurboz district, known as Gulan. When agencies started delivering assistance to the new refugee camp, it became apparent that unfortunately the area was mined. UNMAS and partner agencies including Halo Trust began clearing the land to make it safe for the refugees and conducting extensive education among the population to increase awareness and understanding of the risks.

23 Apr 2015 description

En octobre 2014, les équipes de Solidarités International ont commencé à intervenir dans le camp de Gulan dans la province de Khost en Afghanistan afin de venir en aide aux milliers de réfugiés Pakistanais fuyant les combats opposants l’armée pakistanaise à des groupes Talibans dans le nord Waziristân. Pour Jean-Philippe Barroy, coordinateur terrain, la réponse de Solidarités International à aux besoins des refugiés "sauve des vies".

22 Apr 2015 description

KARACHI: A five-year-old girl was killed and a man was injured Wednesday when unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade at a residential compound near Karachi's Lyari Town office.

Two women also sustained minor injuries in the attack.

Eyewitnesses told DawnNews that unknown persons hurled a hand-grenade and fled from the area.

A huge contingent of police personnel arrived in the area.

Panic gripped the area in the aftermath of the attack.

22 Apr 2015 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This technical paper provides evidence-based estimates of the likelihood of disaster-induced displacement in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

22 Apr 2015 description

MOHAMMAD SALEEM

FAISALABAD: Zahid knew he was racing against time. With the passage of every moment, two-year old Abu Bakar, his nephew, was losing gasps and vomiting blood in his arms. It was Friday (April 17, evening).

The toddler, who had consumed a mosquito repellent, needed medical treatment urgently.

Zahid said they took the child to a clinic in the neighbourhood where the doctor advised to take him to some hospital where ventilator was available.

22 Apr 2015 description

KASHIF ABBASI

ISLAMABAD: Around 1.8 million children, nearly a tenth of all enrolled students in Pakistan, study in religious seminaries, according to a report launched by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training on Tuesday.

The Pakistan Education Statistics 2013-14 report also reveals that there has been no significant change in enrolment at the primary school-level and the number of students enrolled in primary schools is almost at the same level as it was in 2011-12.

22 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Pakistan today signed a loan of $42.9 million for upgrading water management and irrigation systems in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), paving the way for the conflict affected tribal communities to increase their farmland productivity and income.

Mohammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division for the Government of Pakistan, and Werner E. Liepach, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, signed the agreement.

21 Apr 2015 description

Photos and Text by Amar Guriro

Five years after Pakistan’s worst floods, thousands of displaced people continue to live makeshift lives in a slum on the outskirts of Karachi with the government doing little to help them.

It has been five years since the devastating floods of 2010 that drove Rubina Hisbani out of her village, five years of living like a refugee in a makeshift hut near Pakistan’s commercial capital Karachi.

21 Apr 2015 description

Snapshot 15–21 April 2015

Iraq Violence has displaced 14,000 families in and around Ramadi: 7,000 in Anbar; 5,000 in Baghdad, 2,000 on their way to Baghdad. Checkpoints and insecurity hamper IDP movement. UNICEF estimates 8.29 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, up from 5.2 million in February.

21 Apr 2015 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Confronting Climate Change

  • Monsoon pattern to become clear by May & June: Chairman NDMA

  • WFP hands over Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) in Sindh

  • Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction

  • Catalyzing Cooperation: Disaster Diplomacy and its potential to shortcircuit the Climate-Conflict link

  • Muslim Aid completes two more water wells in Tharparkar

  • Steps in Karachi: ‘Restoring peace is PM’s main goal’