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03 May 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Expected heatstroke, arrangements made at Government services hospital

  • Temperature on the rise in different cities

  • Sindh without a disease warning system since past 15 months

  • Scattered Rain-Dust storm predicted during coming week

  • Sindh govt to set up climate change, environment, coastal development dept

  • Pakistan and Climate Change

  • PM claims restoration of peace in major cities including Karachi

03 May 2016 description

Razeshta Sethna

Veteran journalist Shahzada Zulfiqar is almost mid-way through his third stint as president at the Quetta Press Club in a province where it is preferable to stay silent to remain alive.

In Balochistan, a good story is not one that is well-documented by local reporters. Instead, it is one that mitigates risk. Local journalists think twice about doing stories likely to infuriate state and non-state actors, making self-censorship the norm.

03 May 2016 description

Hanif Samoon

MITHI: At least 162 children lost their lives in past four months due to malnutrition and other complicated diseases in Tharparkar district of Sindh, officials claim.

District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Arjun Kumar while briefing DC Tharparkar Shahzad Thaheem said that at least 245 kids with serious complications were referred from hospitals within Mithi to different areas in past four months.

03 May 2016 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights were shocked to learn on Monday that as many as 828 children had died in Thar over the past three years.

The meeting, held at the offices of the National Commission on Human Rights, was presided over by MNA Babar Nawaz Khan.

29 Apr 2016 description

Here are ten facts that shed light on the hunger situation in Pakistan. Please help the World Food Programme (WFP) raise awareness by sharing these important facts on Twitter. 

29 Apr 2016 description

By Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Planning and Development adopted on Thursday a report on how Pakistan had lost significant land mass along the coast due to sea intrusion and was going to rapidly lose more in the future.

The report has been prepared by a three-member sub-committee assigned by the main committee to visit the coastal area of Sindh and Balochistan to take stock of the situation and frame recommendations on controlling erosion caused by sea intrusion.

28 Apr 2016 description

Highlights

The Education Cluster planned to support the education of 204,000 children of which 93,840 girls in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA during 2016.

By March 2016, the cluster managed to reach 51,952 children including 20,678 girls in camps, off-camps and in areas of return in KP and FATA.

The Education Cluster is developing a monsoon contingency plan 2016 for effective and efficient humanitarian preparedness and response.

28 Apr 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: Despite an increase in the 2015-16 education budget Pakistan’s current expenditure on education is the lowest in South Asia.

“Pakistan has a literacy rate of 58pc, which has improved from 35pc in 1990-91, but still way behind the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target of 88pc, which was to be achieved by the end of 2015,” a report launched on Wednesday stated.

The report, ‘Public Financing of Education in Pakistan and Agenda for Education Budget 2016-17’, was launched by the Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS).

27 Apr 2016 description

KARACHI: Despite the deadly attack on the seven policemen guarding polio workers last week, volunteers succeeded to vaccinate 95 per cent of the targeted children against the virus during the drive, officials said on Tuesday.

“During the campaign concluded last week, around 7,000 volunteers and teams succeeded to vaccinate 95pc of the target in Karachi,” officials of the emergency operations centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh told a meeting presided over by Karachi commissioner Asif Hyder Shah.

27 Apr 2016 description

PESHAWAR: Efforts have been focused on strengthening vaccination in the regional epidemiological block comprising areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan to eradicate poliovirus from the remaining endemic countries.

Officials said that of the total four cases recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2016, the virus was detected in two genetically sequenced with Nangarhar province where it was in full circulation, according to health officials both from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

26 Apr 2016 description

One day national seminar on ‘Seeking Solutions and Managing Afghan Refugees in Pakistan’ was held at National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad on 26th April 2016. A large number of participants attended the proceedings. The seminar aimed at highlighting the importance of developing a practical set of policies regarding lasting solutions for the management of Afghan refugees in Pakistan and initiated a national dialogue for seeking efficacious management of the refugees’ issue.

26 Apr 2016 description

HASAN MANSOOR

KARACHI: A latest study says climate change induced disasters and left negative impacts on psychology and behaviour of people, in particular women, who bore the major brunt of various disasters that struck Sindh in recent years.

“There is evidence that shows interlinkages between climate change, health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR),” says the study titled ‘Understanding climate change, impact on women’s reproductive health: Post-disaster interventions in Sindh’.

26 Apr 2016 description

SALEEM SHAHID

QUETTA: Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Chairperson Dr Jean Marc Oliver has said that Balochistan is moving in the right direction for the eradication of polio from the province.

“We are close to disrupting the virus transmission in Balochistan. The province has shown remarkable progress since September 2015 which is commendable, but there are some gaps that need to be filled to ensure we reach every child,” he said during a meeting at the Emergency Operations Centre on Monday.

26 Apr 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • Pakistan boosting capacity to check adverse impacts of climate change: Nisar

  • Environment issues highlighted on Earth Day

  • Pakistan to sign historic climate change pact today

  • Hot spell to prevail in Karachi: Met office

  • Public health: ‘Six dengue fever cases reported this year’

  • Over 800 illegally appointed policemen face the axe in Sindh

  • Gang extorting millions from ‘corrupt’ officials busted

25 Apr 2016 description

ISLAMABAD, 23rd April, 2016 (WAM) -- The UAE Pakistan Assistance Programme, UAE PAP, has announced the completion and delivery of 12 water projects, costing more than US$1.2 million, for the provision of clean drinking water to people living in 12 villages in Mohmand Agency and North Waziristan.

25 Apr 2016 description

QUETTA: Balochistan government has launched a campaign against malaria in 21 districts of the province under which awareness would be created about the disease and adequate measures would be taken for its control in view of the arrival of summer season.

This was announced by provincial Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh at a press conference here on Sunday. He was accompanied by the provincial health secretary.

25 Apr 2016 description

QUETTA: At least 1.3 million children of less than five years will be vaccinated against poliovirus during a three-day campaign that is set to commence on Monday.

Balochistan Emergency Operation Centre Coordinator Dr Saifur Rehman said at a meeting that the campaign would be carried out in 12 districts of the province, including the high-risk areas.

“Around 395 fixed and 210 transit points have been selected where 3,619 workers will perform duty to vaccinate more than 1.3m children,” he said.

23 Apr 2016 description
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ADB program in Pakistan has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.

ADB has provided Pakistan with more than $27 billion in loans and over $531 million in grants since 1966.

22 Apr 2016 description

KARACHI: Seemingly resolved but blighted with susceptibility in the wake of the bloodshed on Wednesday, thousands of volunteers and policemen resumed their campaign against polio across the city on Thursday as officials said nothing would deter them from their ‘national duty’.

“Some 7,000 teams of volunteers marched in all neighbourhoods of the six districts of Karachi to resume the campaign on its third day,” said a spokesman for the Sindh government emergency operations centre (EOC) for polio.

20 Apr 2016 description

Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 4/20/2016 - 10:05 GMT

by Ashraf KHAN

Motorcycle gunmen on Wednesday shot dead seven policemen guarding a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi, officials said, a brazen attack in the country's economic hub.

Feroz Shah, a senior police official, told AFP that eight gunmen carried out the killings in two separate attacks in the city's western Orangi Town neighbourhood.