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Pakistan struggling to cope with surge in polio cases


Once on track for polio eradication, Pakistan now faces a setback as a result of inaccessibility, violence and misinformation

Pakistan is heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times. According to figures from the global polio eradication initiative (GPEI), 166 cases of polio have been verified this year, compared with 28 at the same time last year.

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Monsoon 2014 Information Report 13 (as of 01-01-2014)


  • As per the latest flood alert from the Pakistan Meteorological Department, All the Major Rivers are flowing in their normal state of flow. According to the report of NDMA dated 30th September, 2014, Monsoon rains have affected 2,523,681 individuals caused 360 deaths and 646 people got injured in AJK, Punjab and GB.

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Grenade attacks kill four, wound 11 in SW Pakistan: officials

10/01/2014 11:16 GMT

QUETTA, October 1, 2014 (AFP) - Militants lobbed grenades at two small businesses in a southwest Pakistani city on Wednesday, killing at least four and wounding 11 in what police termed ethnically-motivated attacks.

In the first incident, a grenade exploded in a crowded barber's shop in the main market of Quetta, capital of restive Baluchistan province where a separatist insurgency has been waged since 2004.

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Communicating with Communities: A Case Study and Guide from Pakistan and Elsewhere

A guide explains the rationale behind the creation of the Humanitarian Communications Unit and how timely contextualized information reaches communities affected by disaster.

International Organization for Migration:

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Floods in Pakistan mean misery for children

World Vision

Author: Asif Raza

Zainab, 3, had never seen flood waters before. She didn’t understand how destructive they could be until she had witnessed the devastation herself. In addition to the visible marks left on the landscape, the floods have left their marks on Zainab as well. Due to the contaminated water, she is suffering from skin infections and high fever. She is also traumatized and trying to process the loss of her maternal grandfather, who drowned in the flood.

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Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 24–30 September

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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Polio drive starts today

LAHORE: A three-day polio campaign starts from Monday (today) across the province like the rest of the country.

A spokesman for the Punjab Health Department said the total number of target children in the province was over 17.5m while the number of union councils (UCs) where campaign was being held was 3,511. He said 39,900 teams would carry out door-to-door vaccination and they would be supervised by over 7,000 area in charges. Special emphasis would be laid on vaccinating the population on the move at permanent transit points of the province, he said in a handout.

DAWN Group of Newspapers:

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A new start for Gula Jan

Niamat Khan – Distribution Assistant NRC

“NRC provided me with essential items in time of despair, I am very grateful to NRC for starting this project that has helped me in carrying on my daily life activities”, says Gula Jan from Pakistan, after receiving a relief package from NRC.

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NRC provides education to children in Khost

Ongoing military operations in North Waziristan (Pakistan) has led to thousands of refugees being forced to live in makeshift camps in Afghanistan. Currently over 2,900 displaced families are living in tents in Gulan camp in Khost province. There are at least 4,000 children living in the camp, in addition to an estimated 15,000 refugee children living in nearby host communities.

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The Salvation Army Responds To Devastating Floods In Northern Pakistan

Salvation Army

SALVATION Army personnel in northern Pakistan are providing relief supplies to people who have been affected by the worst flooding in a generation. Torrential rain has led to flash floods and river surges which have devastated great swathes of northern Pakistan – particularly the Punjab, which is the country's main agricultural area. Salvation Army relief teams have been to many of the affected areas and – using funds from International Headquarters (IHQ) – 500 families in the Jhang District will receive food and cooking utensils.

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Call Centre in Peshawar reaches out to the displaced persons in FATA

Due to insecurity and the recent on-going military operation, most of the internally displaced people (IDPs) from North Waziristan Agency (NWA) have taken refuge in host communities in the bordering districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province including Bannu, Lakki Marwat, Dera Ismail Khan, Hangu and Karak. Under these circumstances, the IDPs face immense difficulties with limited or no access to basic amenities while being exposed to extreme weather conditions. The worst affected and most vulnerable groups are the women and children who represent more than 70 percent of IDPs.