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25 Nov 2014 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Polio vaccination began in South Waziristan on Monday after a break of two-and-a-half years. World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed it a positive development for the eradication of polio virus from the country.

Taliban had imposed a ban on polio vaccination in June 2012 after it was revealed that a physician, Dr Shakeel Afridi, had helped CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine programme in Abbottabad, to confirm Osama bin Laden’s presence in the city by obtaining DNA samples.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that she would be forever bed-ridden.

24 Nov 2014 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 09:35 GMT

Taliban gunmen wounded a polio health worker in northwest Pakistan on Monday, at the start of a fresh campaign to vaccinate children against the crippling disease, officials said.

Two attackers fired bullets at the vaccinator as he came out of a health centre in Shabqadar district, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Peshawar, the main city of restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

24 Nov 2014 description

Syed Ali Shah

QUETTA: Two more polio cases were reported in Balochistan on Saturday, taking the number of polio victims to 14.

According to health officials, polio virus was detected in an 18-month-old girl Bibi Amina who is a resident of Killi Tarkha, Quetta.

The second case was confirmed in Balochistan's Khuzdar district.

Shah Zaman, a resident of Chandni Chowk in Khuzdar, fell prey to the virus even though he was administered polio drops, according to health officials.

23 Nov 2014 description

Based on the information received from the Proofing of Refugees Cards Centers in Quetta to the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, 2354 renewed refugees cards were distributed from first to end of October 2014 and also 595 refugees cards were given after the proofing the specific forms to those who were eligible.

21 Nov 2014 description

11/21/2014 - 20:22 GMT

At least 15 people including three parliamentarians were injured when gunmen opened fire on a political party camp in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials said Friday.

The incident occured in the city's restive eastern district Orangi Town when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) membership drive meeting came under gun and grenade attack.

21 Nov 2014 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: After being closed to vaccinators for nearly two years, a door-to-door polio immunisation campaign will be launched in the restive South Waziristan agency from Nov 24, sources told Dawn on Thursday, just as the agency reported yet another polio case

Local jirgas, tribal elders, the local political administration and other government departments have been taken on board to ensure that the teams are provided complete security, while the army will also helping the workers.

21 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Pakistan was set up to support the rehabilitation effort in the aftermath of the insurgency and security crisis that displaced an estimated 2 million people.

  • The Economic Revitalization of KP and FATA (ERKF) Project has disbursed grants to 887 crisis affected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) above the project target of 850;

  • The ERKF follows a well-defined selection criteria including number of employees, sound business plan, and successful operational history.

20 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

20 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

By: A. Sami Malik

Kasur, Punjab – November 2014: “My biggest pleasure is to see that the mother and child are both healthy after the delivery,” says Shagufta Shahzadi (30) a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) who lives and works in Nandanpura village located in Kasur district, Punjab province of Pakistan.

19 Nov 2014 description

Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/19/2014 - 13:31 GMT |

Nearly 300 children have died this year in desert communities in southern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, as poor monsoon rains and livestock diseases have combined to worsen malnutrition.

The Thar desert, straddling the Indian border and one of Pakistan's poorest areas, has seen an alarming number of children suffering pneumonia or diarrhoea due to a dangerous mix of drought, poverty and poor health infrastructure.

18 Nov 2014 description

Salma Malik Assistant professor, Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University

The newly-elected President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, while addressing a joint press conference at the end of his two-day visit to Pakistan, said “We must overcome the past…we will not permit the past to destroy the future.” It was indeed a very optimistic and pragmatic message for interested and watchful audiences not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but for all those keenly monitoring the transition Kabul is undergoing.

18 Nov 2014 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Tuesday 11/18/2014 - 04:25 GMT | 119 words

An 11-year-old boy died in a bomb attack on a school bus in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, which also killed the driver, officials said Tuesday.

The bombing took place in the Nisti Kot area of the Upper Kurram tribal district, which is rife with insurgents and is also gripped by sectarian violence between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

18 Nov 2014 description

Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has chalked out a new strategy under which it plans to focus on mobile population like internally displaced persons and run an aggressive communication campaign to ensure immunisation of children at risk of contracting polio in the low transmission season from December to May.

18 Nov 2014 description

Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: Over 80 per cent children under five years of age were administrated polio vaccine during the three-day campaign in Quetta region and the coverage will be increased to 98pc, but parents of 9,958 refused, an official said on Saturday.

Balochistan Health Dir­e­c­tor General Dr Naseer Ba­loch said at a press conference along with World Health Organisation (WHO) representative Anwar Bugti that health teams had covered the entire region and knocked at every door in Quetta and 10 other district during the campaign that ended on Thursday.

18 Nov 2014 description

Allah Bux Arisar

UMERKOT: Unrelenting drought-like conditions has seen the deaths of seven malnourished infants in Tharparkar district on Monday whereas one infant died in Civil Hospital Umerkot.

In the past 24 hours, a total of 14 people have died in Tharparkar.

The latest number of reported deaths has taken the cumulative figure to 80 in the past 45 days in Tharparkar whereas 61 infants have died over a span of three months in Umerkot, Dawn learnt today.

17 Nov 2014 description

Sukkur, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 11/17/2014 - 03:46 GMT

by Ashraf KHAN

Razia Shaikh looks up to the sky, her eyes glistening with tears and a Koran in her lap, seeking divine justice for one missing daughter and another slain by vengeful relatives in the name of "honour".

The widow, in her 40s, wails as she shows two photos of her daughter -- bright-eyed and vivacious in one, in the other cold and lifeless, shrouded in her white burial cloth.

15 Nov 2014 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Saturday 11/15/2014 - 17:47 GMT

Two civilians including a child were killed when stray mortars hit a Pakistani village during a clash between Afghan security forces and militants on the other side of the border, officials said Saturday.

"Some bullets and mortars landed in Arondu village of Chitral during a clash between Afghan security forces and militants killing a girl and a man," a senior Pakistani security official requesting anonymity told AFP.

A police station in the village was also destroyed, he added.

15 Nov 2014 description

The third meeting of the Emergency Committee under the IHR (2005) regarding the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 was convened by the Director-General through electronic correspondence from 2 through 7 November 2014.1 The following IHR States Parties submitted an update on the implementation of the Temporary Recommendations since the Committee last met on 31 July 2014: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Pakistan and the Syrian Arab Republic.

14 Nov 2014 description

Pakistan - IOM has supplied shelter repair kits to 390 families in the remote and restive Tirah Valley in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.

With support from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), vulnerable families affected during last year’s clashes have been given building materials to repair their shelters before the full onset of winter.