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19 Apr 2015 description

Muzaffarabad, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 4/19/2015 - 12:01 GMT

by Sajjad Qayyum

Hundreds of people in Pakistani Kashmir burnt India's flag and an effigy of its prime minister Sunday in protest at a crackdown on separatists in the Indian part of the divided region.

Refugees from Indian-ruled Kashmir rallied under the banner of "Pasban-e-Hurriyat" (Protectors of Freedom) in Muzaffarabad, the capital of the Pakistani side.

19 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By A. Sami Malik

A measles vaccination campaign in Pakistan relies on the dedication of local health workers, coordination of government authorities and the support of international partners in order to provide life-saving immunizations to millions of children.

SHEIKHUPURA, Punjab province, Pakistan, 17 April 2015 – As the vaccinator fills the syringe from a vial of measles vaccine, Nishat, 30, watches carefully while she holds her 2-year-old son. She knows the needle will hurt, but she also knows the benefit that comes with the pain.

19 Apr 2015 description

On 18 March, the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) culminated in the official adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030). UNDP was actively engaged in this process, both in the months of development leading up to it and at the WCDRR itself.

18 Apr 2015 description
report AlertNet

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:03 GMT
Author: Waqar Mustafa

LAHORE, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food and water security in Pakistan, already fragile in many parts of the South Asian nation, face an additional threat from climate change impacts, an independent human rights watchdog said on Friday.

Read the full article on AlertNet

17 Apr 2015 description

Hasan Abdal, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 4/17/2015 - 04:43 GMT

by Issam AHMED

Pilgrims descended from all over the world on a small town in Pakistan that is home to one of Sikhism's holiest sites this week, dipping into holy spring water and solemnly offering prayers.

They have come from India, Britain and the Middle East to the Panja Sahib Gurdwara in Hasan Abdal, 55 kilometres (35 miles) from Islamabad, where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion, is said to have imprinted his hand.

17 Apr 2015 description


LAHORE: The province-wide drive to fight polio through a large-scale immunisation programme may suffer a blow as Chief Minister Road Map Project Manager Dr Emma Hannay and officials of the health department, WHO and Unicef have developed “serious differences” over the proposal of replacement of doctors with non-medics.

17 Apr 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

By A. Sami Malik

Travelling far and wide, a veteran vaccinator dedicates himself to protecting the health of children in Pakistan, where the recent introduction of pneumococcal vaccine has helped save more lives.

16 Apr 2015 description


  • Education cluster members reached to 53,338 children including 21,129 girls and 32,209 boys in camps off camps and areas of return.

  • Education cluster KP/FATA agreed to established working group on psychosocial social support. This group will standardize training package for psychosocial social support which can be further adopted by cluster members

  • Educating cluster members trained 1,109 teachers including 549 female in camp off camp and areas of return.

15 Apr 2015 description

USAID is partnering with the Government of Pakistan to rehabilitate the Mangla hydroelectric power station located in the Mirpur District of Azad Kashmir. The dam has a power generation capacity of 1,000 MW from 10 generating units. However, as a result of degraded equipment, the plant's capacity was reduced to 980 MW. By refurbishing and upgrading Units 5 and 6, along with related plant facility enhancements, the Mangla Dam Rehabilitation Project will add 90 MW to the plant's generation capacity and produce approximately 750 GWh/year of energy.

15 Apr 2015 description

The Municipal Services Program (MSP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh seeks sustained improvement in municipal service delivery to better address basic needs and build the capacity of provincial governments to manage key municipal services such as the drinking water supply, sanitation systems (including drainage and sewerage), and the solid waste management (SWM) systems within three administrative divisions (Peshawar, Malakand and Dera Ismail Khan) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and selected towns of Sindh.

15 Apr 2015 description

The USAID Economic Stabilization Program (ESP) creates jobs and improves economic opportunities in Bajaur, Mohmand and South Waziristan Agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). USAID­ESP will develop farmers' and livestock holders' skills and resources to improve the quality and quantity of their produce. The project will also provide support to establish or expand small businesses, improve logistics, rehabilitate market infrastructure, and develop trade associations.


15 Apr 2015 description

KARACHI: A five-day polio drive was launched on Tuesday in eight ‘high-risk’ union councils of Malir, east and west districts, targeting some 240,000 children, officials said.

They added that 1,285 teams started vaccinating the children against polio in Muzaffarabad Colony, Gujro, Songal, Manghopir, Ittehad Town, Chishti Nagar and Islamia Colony. These union councils were among the 11 high-risk neighbourhoods identified by the authorities as the ones that produced all the 23 polio cases in Karachi last year.

15 Apr 2015 description


PESHAWAR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seems to be in a quandary over how to tackle the issue of the voluntary repatriation of 1.5 million Afghan refugees as their legal status in Pakistan will expire at the end of December.

Head of the UNHCR sub-office Peshawar Jacques Franquin said in a press briefing on Tuesday that apart from voluntary repatriation, the world body was trying to convince Pakistani authorities to integrate certain number of registered refugees.

15 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will be proposing coordinated, simultaneous polio vaccination campaigns to health officials in Afghanistan to tackle cross-border transfer of the virus. The issue will be discussed at a meeting scheduled to be held in Kabul on April 16 and 17.

In the past, the polio virus had been transmitted between the two neighbouring countries which share a porous 2,500 kilometre-long border. Although children are vaccinated at legal entry and exit points along the border, a large number of people cross the border illegally each day.

15 Apr 2015 description

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch has expressed concern over the increasing cases of hepatitis in the province and said that his government was making efforts to control the situation.

The chief minister was talking to a delegation of Mercy Corps led by its Executive Director of European Headquarters, Simon O’Connell, at a meeting held here on Tuesday.

He said with the support of international health organisations the Balochistan government had initiated some programmes to curb hepatitis cases in the province.

15 Apr 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

Islamic Relief’s microfinance scheme has helped over 14,000 families in Pakistan to escape the poverty trap. Last month saw a fourth client scooping a prestigious entrepreneurship award, once more highlighting the success of the scheme in changing lives.

14 Apr 2015 description

ISLAMABAD: A bill titled “Islamabad Mandatory Vaccination and Protection of Health Workers Bill 2015” was tabled by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq on Monday.

The bill aims to make the universal immunization mandatory and to provide security to people employed as health workers for vaccinating children.

Following enactment, the law will ensure every child is vaccinated a Union Council and National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) would not issue a birth certificate or Form-B for a child who has not been given the required vaccination.

14 Apr 2015 description

The following assistance was provided to the returnees:

-Transport Cash Assistance @ Rs.10000/- per family through Mobile SIM

  • One Time Return Cash Grant @ Rs.25000/- per family through ATM

  • Family Tent (targeted)

  • Standardized NFI kit (targeted).

  • Hygiene Kit (targeted).

  • Monthly Food Package (six months) in the area of return

14 Apr 2015 description


PESHAWAR: The three-day anti-polio drive which commenced today under Sehat Ka Ittehad programme has been cancelled in four districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) due to poor performance in the previous campaign on Monday.

According to a source in an Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for Polio of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department, the ongoing three-day anti-polio campaign was stopped in Buner, Swat, Lakki Marwat and Swabi districts.

14 Apr 2015 description


ISLAMABAD: A government laboratory has declared that eight brands of mineral and bottled water – currently available on the open market – are “completely unsafe” for human consumption due to “chemical and microbiological contaminations”.