In May 2015, a total of 12,053 Afghan refugees voluntarily repatriated to Afghanistan. 11,794 came from Pakistan, 253 from Iran, and 6 from India. This figure is more than four times the 2,840 returnees who returned in May 2014, and is also 30% higher compared to 9,287 returnees in April 2015.
In the first five months of 2015, a total of 33,558 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan under UNHCR’s assisted return program.
By Majda Shabbir, IFRC
At least 1360 patients have died due to heatstroke in different hospitals in Karachi. Following the rising number of deaths due to the heatwave, the Pakistan Red Crescent Society established Heatstroke Treatment Centres in the city, almost all of them operating inside Red Crescent’s existing Medical Units in Karachi. Open to all, the centres provide free-of-charge quality treatment to those who are suffering from heatstroke.
Islamabad - President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the hope that Pakistan would rid itself of the crippling poliovirus within two years.
Talking to International Polio Plus Committee Chairman Michael K. McGovern, who had called on him along with a delegation at the Presidency on Tuesday, the president was quoted as saying that Pakistan was not responsible for the spread of polio; rather the elements who had spread terrorism in the region should be blamed for it.
The Newspaper's Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Sindh health authorities on Thursday announced five more deaths in the province — four in Karachi and one in Tando Allahyar — as it formally lifted the ‘heatwave emergency’ it had imposed earlier. All available resources were put forward to deal with the heatwave which killed 1,271 alone in the metropolis since June 20, when the first heatstroke victims arrived at hospitals.
Renewed fighting displaces more than 20,000 families across five provinces
Targeted attacks on aid workers and foreigners result in 20 aid worker deaths
USAID/OFDA commits additional assistance to support humanitarian coordination and health initiatives
QUETTA: Another child fell prey to the crippling polio virus in the capital of Balochistan on Thursday. The latest case was found in a 4-year-old child, who is the resident of Quetta's Pashtoonabad area.
With this new case, the number of polio cases rises to four in Balochistan during the year of 2015.
Refusal was the underlying reason behind the latest polio case in the city. The parents had refused to provide anti-polio drops to the affected child, Dr Syed Saifur Rehman the Coordinator Emergency Operations Balochistan told DawnNews.
In this issue:
How Surveillance Works
Containing a Polio Outbreak: Horn of Africa and Central Africa
Review of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan
Global Voices in Support of Polio Eradication
CURRENT EPIDEMIOLOGY OF POLIO IN PAKISTAN
Epidemiological week no. 48
(23 - 29 Nov 2014)
• 3 suspected CCHF cases were reported this week from Balochistan province.
• In this week, 75 out of 87 districts and 2,777 out of 3,590 health facilities have reported to Disease Early Warning System (DEWS), compared to 77 districts with 2,646 health facilities shared weekly data in week 47, 2014.
• A total of 1,132,033 patients consultations reported in this week 48, 2014.
June 2015 – Trends
Afghanistan, Chad, Kuwait, Myanmar, Tunisia
July 2015 – Watchlist
Conflict risk alerts
Conflict resolution opportunities
HIGHLIGHTS Overview of IDPs in KP/FATA
Protection Cluster Work Plan 2015
Overview of trainings/workshops
Spontaneous settlements in Bannu
Inter-cluster mission to North Waziristan Agency
MHPSS Assessment by IMC, Handicap international and We Can
Update on Pakistan Humanitarian Pooled Fund (PHPF)
LAHORE: Punjab is formally introducing the injectable Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) in routine immunisation from July 1 (today) in all 36 districts across the province.
The IPV has been made part of the larger plan for nine vaccine preventable diseases, under the umbrella of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation.
The introduction of IPV comes as a milestone in polio’s endgame strategies and is part of the Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-2018 developed in consultation with stakeholders, polio-infected countries, partners and global advisory bodies.
In West Africa, market availability was adequate in May, with supplies from recent 2014/15 harvests and international rice and wheat imports. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following disruptions over the second half of 2014.
Building on the success and the knowledge gained during the preceding project, the current one focuses on the integration of the „School Based Disaster Risk Management“ (SBDRM) model into the governmental system of the Pakistani Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
This SBDRM model has been developed in close cooperation with the DIPECHO partners in the course of the DIPECHO 7th Action Plan. The project is co-financed by ECHO, ADC and HOPE’87.
According to the concept of „Comprehensive School Safety“ the main goals of the project include:
On 29 June 2015 we responded to a funding alert in response to the heat wave in Pakistan.
During the past week, the Sindh province of Pakistan has experienced increased temperatures of around 48–52 centigrade, the highest temperature among recorded statistical data. 1,400 people are reported to have died of intense heat stroke across southern Pakistan.