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28 Sep 2016 description

ISLAMABAD - 28 September 2016: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an agreement to extend their partnership for Child Centred Disaster Risk Management (CCDRM) in order to enhance the government’s existing capacity and delivery of services to minimise risks for women and children during disasters.

28 Sep 2016 description

Press Release

High-level delegation meets returning Afghan refugees at Voluntary Repatriation Centres in Nowshera and Peshawar

NOWSHERA: The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) inaugurated the agency’s second voluntary repatriation centre Wednesday, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to facilitate the safe and dignified return of Afghan refugees to Afghanistan.

28 Sep 2016 description

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have launched the fifth edition of the Pakistan Education Atlas.

“The updated, credible and detailed information [in the Atlas] can assist the Government and development actors operating in the education sector of Pakistan in making informed policy and programme decisions,” said Haseeb Athar, Secretary for Federal Education and Professional Training, speaking at the launch of the report last Tuesday.

28 Sep 2016 description

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: The six-day polio campaign began in the city and the remaining 23 districts of Sindh as per schedule with no incident of violence being reported on the first day of the drive, officials said.

Officials said the campaign, which will continue till Saturday, was simultaneously launched from the cities of Karachi and Hyderabad to the desert of Thar, mountainous districts and riverine food baskets of Sindh.

The exercise will target 8.3 million children aged five or less, with around 2.2 million based in Karachi.

27 Sep 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS

Lahore: Congo virus claims another life

Criticality of climate change explained

Comprehensive arrangements for treatment of dengue patients

4.9 magnitude earthquake jolts Nawabshah

Accounts of over 8,400 terror financing suspects being frozen

State sponsor of terrorism: US bill unlikely to gain Congressional support

Safe travel: Plea moved for effective measures against accidents

TDPs return, rehab continue at full pace

27 Sep 2016 description

KARACHI: At least 8.3 million children aged five or less would be targeted in the six-day polio campaign being launched on Monday (today) in Sindh, officials said on Sunday.

Of the children, they added, some 2.2 million would be targeted in Karachi.

“We have a perfect opportunity to eradicate polio in Sindh,” said the coordinator of the Emergency Operations Centre for polio in Sindh. He said for more than four months all environment samples of Sindh were negative, which was a ‘huge success’.

25 Sep 2016 description

Islamabad, September 21, 2016: Pakistan and Afghanistan polio teams gathered in Islamabad today to deliberate on common challenges and issues faced by both countries during the course of polio eradication. The meeting agreed on improving the cross border coordination mechanism to fast track progress finish line. The meeting was organized in the backdrop of the recent outbreak in the South KP / FATA and South Eastern Afghanistan Block. Basic objective of the meeting was to review status in the Common polio Reservoirs and joint planning to address the outbreaks.

23 Sep 2016 description
report European Commission

Islamabad, 23 September 2016: The Government of Pakistan has signed a Financing Agreement today with the European Union for the implementation of a 22 Million EUR project titled "Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan. Additional 12 Million EUR will be provided by the Government of Germany.

21 Sep 2016 description
report InterAction

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21 Sep 2016 description

KOT CHANDNA, MIANWALI, 21 SEPTEMBER 2016 – The first girls’ high school in Kot Chandna refugee village in Mianwali district, Punjab opened on Wednesday. The school called “Community Girls Model School No 2” will teach 11 girls aged between 14-16 years old. The girls will be taught by Ms. Aqeela Asifi – the 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner. Using the Nansen prize fund of US$100,000, Ms. Aqeela Asifi expanded her middle-secondary school to include higher-secondary classes for 9th and 10th grade pupils.

20 Sep 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

Pakistan among top ten countries affected by intense climate events

Erratic weather events more likely

UN report points out curricula without climate change lessons

Pakistan among top 10countries affected by intense climate events

Monsoon season ends, heavy rainfall still expected

Growing drug economy fuelling terrorism in Pakistan

Civil-Military differences hold up CPEC security plan

Pakistan rejects India's allegations of involvement in terrorist attack held in Kashmir

18 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Sunday 9/18/2016 - 10:36 GMT

The death toll from a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northwest tribal Pakistan has risen to 36, including eight children, officials said Sunday.

The Friday attack targeted a mosque in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting Taliban militants.

18 Sep 2016 description

Islamabad, September 16, 2016 - Mayor of Islamabad and Chairman CDA Sheikh Ansar Aziz has directed that dedicated human resource for the upcoming polio campaigns be provided on urgent basis.

The direction was given in a high profile meeting to analyse polio campaign status in Federal capital. The meeting was chaired jointly by Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq, Prime Minister’s Focal Person on Polio and Sheikh Ansar Aziz Mayor Islamabad. The meeting deliberated the challenges faced during the preparedness and conduct of polio campaigns in Islamabad and suggested solutions.

17 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Saturday 9/17/2016 - 12:51 GMT

The death toll from a Taliban suicide bomb attack on a mosque in northwest tribal Pakistan rose to 30 on Saturday, officials said.

The Friday attack targeted a mosque in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

"Two more injured people died of their wounds early today raising the death toll to 30," deputy chief of the Mohmand tribal district administration Naveed Akbar told AFP.

16 Sep 2016 description
report Guardian

A new programme of fortification of everyday foods such as bread and oil is being rolled out in Pakistan in an attempt to tackle chronic and widespread malnutrition.

The food fortification programme, which is backed with $48m (£36m) of funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID), will see nutrients added directly to wheat flour, edible oils and ghee at source in mills and factories.

16 Sep 2016 description

Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Friday 9/16/2016 - 19:41 GMT

A Taliban suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and wounded dozens more as they attended Friday prayers at a mosque in a northwestern Pakistani tribal area, officials said.

The bombing took place in the village of Butmaina in the Mohmand tribal district bordering Afghanistan where the army has been fighting against Taliban militants.

"At least 28 people have been killed and 30 others wounded," deputy chief of the Mohmand tribal district administration Naveed Akbar told AFP.

16 Sep 2016 description

By Ashfaq Yusufzai

PESHAWAR: With a high likelihood of becoming polio-free next year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is facing the challenge of how to counter militant attacks on vaccinators on its soil.

The militants had killed union council polio eradication committee head Dr Zakaullah Khan in Peshawar last week to send a message across that they’re around and thus, terrifying vaccinators to stay away from administering oral polio vaccine against which they spread false propaganda for years.

15 Sep 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

Abuses, Harassment Force Afghans Home to Danger

14 Sep 2016 description

In the last week of August, more than 15.5 million children across Pakistan’s highest-risk districts received the most vital health interventions to protect them from polio: two drops of oral polio vaccine.

Pakistan is close to entering the final stages of what will be a major milestone in global health: the interruption of polio. After many years, and despite many challenges faced by the polio programme, the highly transmittable yet vaccine-preventable virus, is finding that there are very few places left to hide.

14 Sep 2016 description

By Sher Alam Shinwari

PESHAWAR: “What Eid! I have spent my whole life under the shadow of fear, frustration and war ravages.

I have seen my country being devastated by warlords. For us Eid has lost its meaning. I spent years to build walls of my rented mud house in Board Bazaar in Peshawar. Also, I set up a small juice point to feed my seven-member family.

I belong to a war generation. Happiness for me, my family and my Afghan brethren is a far-fetched idea,” Mazar Gul Baba, narrated his tale of miserable life.