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29 May 2016 description
report International Alert

New partnership promotes responsible reporting in Pakistan

International Alert is collaborating with Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR) to promote more plural, objective and ethical media reporting in Pakistan.

The partnership, which was marked by representatives from Alert and JDHR jointly signing a Memorandum of Understanding in May, aims to engage the media in Pakistan with citizens to promote and protect human rights, democracy and social cohesion in the country.

29 May 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

A delegation of Pakistani and Afghan former ambassadors, diplomats, and civil society representatives brainstormed strategies last week to help protect the rights of Pakistan’s highly vulnerable Afghan population.

28 May 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, all the environmental samples for polio have tested negative.

A total of 40 samples, collected under the supervision of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in mid-April from 14 cities, were analysed at the National Institute of Health (NIH).

A sample is deemed positive if the polio virus is found in sewerage water, which is the basic parameter to determine if anti-polio campaigns have been successful.

25 May 2016 description

Islamabad, May 24, 2016: Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Mrs. Saira Afzal Tarar addresses World Health Assembly - Calls for equity and social protection as Priority for global health.

25 May 2016 description

QUETTA: The National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has called for repatriation of Afghan refugees back to their country because they are creating problems for Pakistan and disturbing its system.

The commission urged the government to pay special attention to removing sense of deprivation among people of Balochistan by protecting their rights.

This was the crux of a consultative workshop on “Development of Redress and Coordination Mechanisms in Balochistan” held here on Tuesday.

24 May 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights:

  • Temperatures rising
  • Heatwave subsides as rain lashes parts of Punjab
  • Survey to set up flood warning system starts
  • Government hammers out strategy on climate change
  • Two children die of malnutrition in Thar every day
  • Saudi Arabia announces $60m relief projects in Pakistan
  • Policy sought to tackle climate change implications on labour market
  • Chaudhry Nisar has ‘reservations’ over border post handover to Afghanistan
  • Pakistan formally applies to join nuclear suppliers club
  • Pakistan to …
21 May 2016 description

Zulfiqar Ali

BIBAK TOP: With the completion of the final phase of the operation Zarb-i-Azb in Shawal, the army has shifted its focus to the repatriation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), which will be initiated very soon in order to end by December, said senior military officers.

Eighty per cent of the displaced population will be back in their homes in North and South Waziristan by September, said an officer while briefing the media on Friday.

20 May 2016 description

ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government has approved a loan of $59 million for the polio eradication programme in Pakistan in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help optimise immunisation against polio of children under the age of 5.

The loan will enable the government to procure about 273 million doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV) to conduct campaigns from 2016 to 2018.

18 May 2016 description

By Majda Shabbir, IFRC Pakistan

For Gul Bibi and the other residents of Chittabatta and Gulhatra Villages in Mansehra District, clean water has always been a luxury. All her life, Gul Bibi had to walk for hours to reach the mountain top spring far from her village, just to get a pitcher of drinking water. Now, she gazes contentedly at the many containers sitting in her courtyard, filled with clean water. The rehabilitation of two water supply schemes has meant that about 2,800 people in these villages now receive clean water at their doorsteps.

18 May 2016 description
report Voice of America

Ayaz Gul
May 17, 2016 9:21 AM

ISLAMABAD— Pakistan says it is “sincerely” making efforts to reach a negotiated end to the conflict in Afghanistan because doing so would address Islamabad’s own security concerns and encourage millions of Afghan refugees and migrants who have lived in Pakistan for decades to return to their country.

17 May 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deforestation exposes Pakistan to natural threats

  • Climate change to affect over 1 billion people by 2060

  • Climate change badly affecting agriculture in Pakistan

  • Women’s health must be a priority in district disaster management plans

  • More dengue cases reported in city

  • Governor for coordinated efforts to combat heatwave

  • India’s supersonic missile test will disturb balance of power in region: Sartaj

16 May 2016 description

Polio could be eradicated in Pakistan within months, health officials say, as a mass vaccination drive is launched.

A World Health Organisation spokesman told the BBC only a handful of cases have been reported this year in Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan.

The two countries are the last places where polio remains endemic.

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10 May 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems

Highlights

  • PM wants climate change policy implementation
  • Newcastle virus kills 50 peacocks in Thar
  • Avalanches and rainfall cause devastation in Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Urgent anti-dengue campaign to be launched in Rawalpindi
  • Can Pakistan act on climate change?
  • KP CM for long-term plan to protect flood-vulnerable areas
  • Pakistan concerned at nuclearisation of Indian Ocean
  • Afghan border security official arrested from Pishin over spying charges
  • Indian spy agency RAW’s agent arrested from Karachi
  • Huge …
10 May 2016 description

QUETTA: The Coordina­tor of the Emergency Operation Centre (EOC), Balochistan, Dr Saifur Rehman, has said a taskforce constituted last month will ensure that every child living in Afghan refugee camps is vaccinated against polio.

A meeting held here on Monday to review the taskforce’s preparation was attended by representatives of the United Nations refugee agency, the Afghan Refugee Commissioner’s Office, Taraqee Foundation, World Health Organisation and the UN children’s fund.

The participants decided to hold meetings on a monthly basis and share information.

04 May 2016 description

Situation Overview

IOM continues to assist the people and Government of Pakistan by supporting communities affected by natural disasters together with regular programmes focusing on migration management, migration health, disaster preparedness, and resettlement movements and community stabilization implemented in coordination with other development and humanitarian counterparts.

04 May 2016 description
report HOPE'87

The project started in October 2011 and is successfully being implemented. Initially, the project was only approved for the province of KPK, but responding to the needs of Sindh floods of 2011, HOPE’87 requested a contract renewal from the donor ECHO. Fortunately, an additional 325,000 EUR of funds were allocated for the victims of Sindh floods. The part of the project in Sindh was completed on 30th June - the result included the completion of 100 hand pumps, 200 latrines and the distribution of 2,000 water storage and hygiene kits to the most vulnerable families.

04 May 2016 description

Ikram Junaidi — Published May 04, 2016 06:07am

ISLAMABAD: Though the polio programme and the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) have been continuously claiming that the polio virus will be eradicated this year, health experts believe that it will depend on how both departments deal with the virus during the current high transmission season (HTS).

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.