On Monday, gunmen from the Taliban splinter group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan attacked a polio vaccination team, injuring at least one person in yet another setback to battling Pakistan’s polio epidemic.
Appeal Target: US$2,704,873
Balance Requested: US$1,522,116
Geneva, 26 November 2014
Quetta, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/26/2014 - 07:49 GMT
Gunmen opened fire on a team of polio vaccinators in Pakistan's restive southwest on Wednesday, killing four of them and forcing authorities to halt an immunisation drive, officials said.
The incident happened on the eastern outskirts of Quetta, the capital of oil and gas rich Baluchistan province.
QUETTA: Balochistan Health Minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch inaugurated a six-day immunisation campaign in parts of Quetta district on Monday.
The drive launched against nine fatal diseases would target 280,000 children in 18 union councils of Quetta, including Pasthoonabad, Eastern Bypass, Killi Aghbarg, Balili, Kharotabad, Killi Kotwal, Kuchlak, Ahmezai, Kechi Baig, Shadezai and Killi Geo.
He said Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Balcoh had contributed Rs150 million from the CM’s funds for eradication of polio and other diseases from the province.
LANDI KOTAL: Delay in registration of the newly displaced tribal people from Bara and Tirah areas of Khyber Agency has forced the dislocated families to get tents on rent at Jalozai camp, Nowshera.
During a visit to the camp, this scribe was told that the displaced tribal people, already living at Jalozai, were renting out their extra tents to the newly dislocated people from Akkakhel and Sipah localities of Bara and Tirah.
ISLAMABAD: With confirmation of two new polio cases in the country on Monday, the toll for this year has climbed to 262.
The Polio Virology Laboratory said one case each was reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh.
Officials said the case from Swat in KP had been reported after a gap of five years. Twenty-one-month-old Abu Talha is a resident of union council Khuwaza Khela in Toragay village of Swat tehsil.
The other patient has been identified as Sumaira, a four-month-old resident of Shikrapur tehsil.
Source: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:35 GMT
SLAMABAD, Nov 25 (Reuters) - A Pakistani man shot dead his teenage niece because she was listening to loud music, police said on Tuesday.
Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet
Pakistan: Drought conditions in Sindh have affected nearly 1.7 million people; nearly 500 have died in Tharparkar, including 296 children. In FATA, the number of people displaced by the military’s operation Khyber One in the Tirah Valley has grown to 440,000 people, adding to 993,000 displaced by operations in North Waziristan.
Liberia: Two million children are thought to be affected by the consequences of the Ebola epidemic. High levels of unemployment are affecting income: 70% of households in a recent survey said they do not have enough money to afford food.
ISLAMABAD: Polio vaccination began in South Waziristan on Monday after a break of two-and-a-half years. World Health Organisation (WHO) has termed it a positive development for the eradication of polio virus from the country.
Taliban had imposed a ban on polio vaccination in June 2012 after it was revealed that a physician, Dr Shakeel Afridi, had helped CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine programme in Abbottabad, to confirm Osama bin Laden’s presence in the city by obtaining DNA samples.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES
Conflict causes death, injury and displacement
7,965 civilians killed and injured by conflict January-September 2014, 22 per cent of which were children. 105,800 people fled their homes, in the same period, amidst increased fighting in Northern Hilmand and other provinces.
1.2 million children acutely malnourished
By Ashfaq Yusufzai
PESHAWAR, Pakistan , Nov 24 2014 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.
Though her family rushed her to the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, capital city of Pakistan’s northern-most Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, doctors told the young girl that she would be forever bed-ridden.
Update includes the following:
Daily Health Report of District Tharparkar by DHO as on 23-11-2014
PDMA Sindh Emergency Contact Details
Deaths in District Tharparkar from 17th to 23rd Nov, 2014
Media Updates on Tharparkar as on 24-11-2014
NDMA Updates as on 21-11-2014
NIDM with Help Age International Conducted a Training of Trainers on CBDRM at Jacobabad, Sindh
FATA TDPs Statistics as of 19-11-2014
This study estimates the prevalence of key livestock diseases in district Faisalabad and evaluates the effects they have on livestock productivity and farm incomes. All five tehsils of district Faisalabad are included in the study. From each tehsil three villages were chosen, and from each village 10 livestock farmers were chosen randomly to collect survey information. Three categories of farmers were formed on the basis of the adult animal units (buffaloes and cows): small (1-3 animals), medium (4-6 animals), and large farmers (greater than 6 animals).
Peshawar, Pakistan | AFP | Monday 11/24/2014 - 09:35 GMT
Taliban gunmen wounded a polio health worker in northwest Pakistan on Monday, at the start of a fresh campaign to vaccinate children against the crippling disease, officials said.
Two attackers fired bullets at the vaccinator as he came out of a health centre in Shabqadar district, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Peshawar, the main city of restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Syed Ali Shah
QUETTA: Two more polio cases were reported in Balochistan on Saturday, taking the number of polio victims to 14.
According to health officials, polio virus was detected in an 18-month-old girl Bibi Amina who is a resident of Killi Tarkha, Quetta.
The second case was confirmed in Balochistan's Khuzdar district.
Shah Zaman, a resident of Chandni Chowk in Khuzdar, fell prey to the virus even though he was administered polio drops, according to health officials.
Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are approaching a significant milestone: the eradication of type 3 wild poliovirus.
The last case of polio caused by the type 3 virus was reported in Yobe, Nigeria, on 10 November 2012.
"We may have eradicated a second of three; that's a major milestone," said Dr. Stephen Cochi, a senior adviser at the Center for Global Health at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaking to the BBC.
Based on the information received from the Proofing of Refugees Cards Centers in Quetta to the Public Relations and Communications Department of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, 2354 renewed refugees cards were distributed from first to end of October 2014 and also 595 refugees cards were given after the proofing the specific forms to those who were eligible.
11/21/2014 - 20:22 GMT
At least 15 people including three parliamentarians were injured when gunmen opened fire on a political party camp in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, officials said Friday.
The incident occured in the city's restive eastern district Orangi Town when the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) membership drive meeting came under gun and grenade attack.