ISLAMABAD: The government is formulating a pilot project of the National Zero Hunger and Family Farming Programme, which will be implemented in the most food-insecure areas.
A specially established National Zero Hunger Cell in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research has been tasked with preparing the pilot project before launching the National Zero Hunger Programme.
Australia’s support to the World Bank Multi Donor Trust Fund for the Border Areas (MDTFBA) has helped to provide nearly 250 schools with infrastructure and new facilities in Balochistan Province, Pakistan.
The Promoting Girls Education in Balochistan (PGEB) program supported access to education and the retention of children in schools, with a special focus on girls. The program brought almost 39,000 children into school, including almost 33,500 girls from across Balochistan.
SANGHAR – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan, in collaboration with Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA and DDMAs), have launched two new projects aimed at reducing the risks posed by natural disasters in Pakistan: a Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) project and a School Safety project.
During 2016, the volume of Afghan refugees and undocumented migrants returning to Afghanistan steadily increased with an estimated 232,566 undocumented individuals having returned by November 2016. As per current estimates, approximately 0.7 million undocumented Afghans continue to reside in Pakistan. In coordination with IOM Afghanistan, IOM Pakistan is supporting information collection, dissemination and in-kind assistance to returnees.
Increased tensions on the Pakistani-Indian border have caused 11,000 families to flee.
Over the last two days Islamic Relief has delivered 300 food packs to feed 1,500 people who have fled their homes in the Upper Neelum Valley.
It’s believed thousands of families living along the border line have left their homes behind and moved towards nearby towns.
Some are staying with family members, while others are seeking shelter in government-allocated buildings.
By Dr. Waheed Miraj, KP
Even in the most far-flung districts of Pakistan, Surveillance is being enhanced to ensure no case of polio is missed.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production
Above-average production for 2016 summer cereal crops estimated
Rice exports expected to increase in 2016
Prices of wheat and wheat flour strengthened in recent months
Localized food insecurity persists
Favourable prospects for 2017 wheat crop production
Told rains won't come, some wheat farmers have switched crops - and are on track to avoid losses
By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio
RAWAT, Pakistan, Dec 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like his farming neighbours, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests and sells his winter crop a few months later.
But this year, there are no wheat stalks are to be seen on his 3 hectares (5 acres) of land in Rawat, a town some 12 miles (20 km) from Islamabad, Pakistan's capital.
PESHAWAR: The district administration has claimed to have reduced refusal cases by parents against polio vaccination amid complaints by health workers that they are forced by people to show their children as ‘vaccinated’ in the record without administering them the vaccine.
SYED ALI SHAH
There are more than 600 people in Balochistan who are registered as HIV/Aids patients with the number of non-registered patients deemed to be more alarming.
The number of non-registered patients is more alarming," said Dr. Noor Qazi, Chief of Balochistan Aids Control Program.
Qazi was speaking at an event held in Quetta to mark the World Aids Day 2016.
The program has registered 638 HIV/Aids patients belonging to various parts of the province so far, of which only 407 are getting medicines regularly, Qazi added.
SYED ALI SHAH
Around 16,000 children were not provided polio vaccine during the recent campaign in October in Balochistan, Chief of Emergency Operation Cell (EOC) Syed Faisal Ahmed told DawnNews.
According to Emergency Operation Cell's data, around 16,000 kids below the age of five year remained deprived of polio vaccine
About 11,000 children could not be provided polio vaccine because they were not at home during the campaign during the campaign conducted in October this year in Balochistan.
PESHAWAR: While putting the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the country at around 97,400, health minister Shahram Khan Tarakai on Wednesday said his government would continue supporting such patients in their treatment and rehabilitation.
He told reporters at the Peshawar Press Club that his department was ensuring provision of free antiretroviral medicines and testing facilities to patients at two HIV centres in Peshawar and Kohat districts.
Polio this week as of 30 November 2016
New US$ four million Japanese grant to procure Inactivated Polio Vaccine
Islamabad - 29 November 2016: The Government of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) signed today an agreement of Japanese Yen 404 million (US$ 4 million) grant for “the Project for the Control and Eradication of Poliomyelitis”.
In the past decade, Pakistan has experienced a range of natural and human-made disasters, from floods to droughts, and is one of the countries considered most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Sudden climate-related events can wreak havoc on entire communities, damaging agricultural land and putting lives and livelihoods at risk.
Representatives of the Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP visited Chitral in November 2016 to see for themselves how communities are being supported to prepare for, and mitigate disasters.
Parents of children being immunised in a polo vaccination drive in Bannu shot at a female polio worker after she vaccinated their children on Thursday, police said.
District Police Officer Qasim Ali Khan said that the parents of the children shot at the polio worker as she was leaving their house after vaccinating their children. The parents did not want anti-polio drops to be administered to their child.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (24 November 2016) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today has approved a $200 million loan to strengthen Pakistan’s disaster risk management including support to the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to reduce the country’s vulnerability to disasters from natural hazards, and climate variability and change.
As part of the support, a $1 million technical assistance grant has been approved for Capacity Building of Disaster Risk Management Institutions. ADB will also administer a $3.3 million grant provided by the Government of Australia.