2,221 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
699 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
12,149 total returns from Pakistan since 1 January 2017
57,872 total returns from Iran since 1 January 2017
86% of returnees from Pakistan (1,919 individuals) assisted
7% of returnees from Iran (52 individuals) assisted
by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Many farmers are adopting drip irrigation and laser levelling to conserve water, but costs for these technologies are out of reach for poor farmers
BAKRANI, Pakistan, March 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since his father died in 2011, Moeez Assadullah has been looking after his family's farm alone.
22 March 2017, Islamabad — As communities around the world begin to experience the impacts of climate change and face recurrent disasters, there has been increasing awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction (DRR) - taking action to reduce vulnerabilities and exposure, and developing more resilient communities.
Majda Shabbir, IFRC
The glow of lightbulbs in the pristine Neelum valley, North of Pakistan, marks an impressive wave of progress for communities living in the village of Naqdar. With help from the Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s Integrated Community Based Risk Reduction (ICBRR) programme, local villagers, led by Muhammed Shafiq, have recently discovered a way to systemise the power flow to 400 households, allowing them to channel electricity into their homes high up in the mountains.
Countrywide Conflict Displacement
The total number of individuals displaced by conflict in 2016 rose to 660,639, as joint assessment teams finalise assessments of those displaced last year. This is the highest number on record, and a 40 per cent increase on last year’s high of around 470,000.
In 2017 so far, 47,404 individuals have been verified as displaced, with 22 provinces recording some level of forced displacement.
Eastern Mediterranean Route
Families returned this week: 1,768
Families returned in 2017: 9,299
Families returned total*: 239,467
Families remaining in displacement: 64,704
By Ayaz Gul
Pakistan says it has started fencing off its long border with Afghanistan and areas vulnerable to cross-border militant attacks are being given priority.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa revealed the project during a visit Saturday to tribal districts, including Mohmand, near the Afghan border where "terrorists" assaulted outposts from across the other side and killed five Pakistani soldiers this month.
By Hanif Samoon
At least six more infants died in Tharparker over the weekend due to various waterborne diseases and malnutrition, raising the death toll in the desert region to 72 since January this year, a district official told Dawn.
According to the official figures shared by District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Chandar Lal in Mithi, out of the 72 deaths, around 90 per cent of the deaths were reported from the only government hospital in the district headquarters.
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Shoaib Mir has said that each member of society has to play their role for eradicating polio that could paralyse generations.
During a visit to the Polio Emergency Centre on Friday, he said the provincial government was working actively for the eradication of the virus by achieving major targets in this regard.
25,170 arrivals by sea in 2017 559 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 24 March 363,401 arrivals in 2016
WFP continues to provide food and nutritional assistance to vulnerable people in Afghanistan. However, as a result of funding shortfall, WFP could not provide food to 224,000 vulnerable people and cash-based transfers to 277,000, as lean season support in January and February respectively.
Polio this week as of 22 March 2017
From 25 to 28 March, synchronised polio campaigns will take place across 13 counties in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators will immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaigns. Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: No new WPV or cVDPV positives were reported this week.
The urban context in Pakistan is complex and posses major risks for the most vulnerable groups. Following the results of a participatory analysis, Oxfam developed a strategy for improving urban WASH governance and accountability in Pakistan. The model is centred on citizens, with strong elements for influencing and networking. The inclusion of social accountability mechanisms is already showing results in terms of the accountability of local administrations and improved service delivery, particularly to women and vulnerable groups.
The number of reported child sexual abuse cases in Pakistan has risen by 10 per cent in the last year, with roughly 11 children abused every day, according to a report released on Wednesday by non-government organisation (NGO) Sahil.
Sahil said in the report that a total of 4,139 cases were registered in 2016, an increase from 3,768 in 2015.
The report added that 2,410 girls and 1,729 boys were victims of sexual exploitation last year.
Some 45pc of the victims were between the ages of six and 15.
So far in 2017, the total number of undocumented returnees who have arrived from Pakistan has now reached 9,928 exceeding – by 3% – the total figure (9,335) which returned in the first quarter of 2016. In the past month, numbers of undocumented returns slowed significantly following the closure of the Spin Boldak and Torkham borders between 16 February and 19 March owing to security concerns; the borders reopened on 20 March. Only 23 deported Afghans arrived in the country from 12 to 18 March.
The ICRC along with its partners conducted a detailed research study on the patterns of violence against healthcare in Karachi. The report can be accessed here.