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.
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Returns to South Waziristan (SWA), Khyber and North Waziristan (NWA) Agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) started on 16, 20 and 31 March respectively. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) endorsed supporting the returns process once the steps in the returns framework were completed, such as conducting security and inter-cluster assessment missions to the return areas, and returns intention survey to ensure a voluntary and dignified return.
The Government and humanitarian partners have made detailed arrangements to facilitate returns.
Overview of IDPs in KP/FATA
Overview of protection cluster trainings/workshops
ADTF, GBV, CP and HComms/IOM
Towards Evidence-based Humanitarian Assistance: A joint report by WFP, UNHCR – an initiative under Protection Cluster
Success Story of the Field
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.
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.
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.
Approximately 48,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan to date in 2015, reflecting a substantial rise in the daily return rate from 2014.
Severe weather events affect more than 8,800 Afghan households in February and March.
USAID/FFP provides 40,300 metric tons (MT) in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.
- 12 April marked 60 years since Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) was launched, enabling children to be protected against polio for the first time. Read more.
- The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) is meeting this week in Geneva, and will review the current epidemiological situation for polio and provide updates on readiness for oral polio vaccine withdrawal.
Minister Yelich delivers Canadian statement at United Nations Security Council open debate on sexual violence in conflict
April 15, 2015 - New York City, New York - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced an additional $5.5 million to fight sexual and gender-based violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In June 2014, military operations in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan led to the displacement of some 300,000 people to surrounding districts of Khost and Paktika in Afghanistan. The border and population remains fluid with refugees cross into and out of Afghanistan on a regular basis. UNHCR is currently undertaking a re-verification process. As for 8 April, the total re-verified active caseload is 34,9181 families (241,641 individuals) with 25,301 families (174,322 individuals) in Khost and 9,617 (67,319 individuals) in Paktika.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.