This week, synchronized polio campaigns were conducted across 13 countries in west and central Africa including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Guinea, Mali, and Niger. Over 190 000 vaccinators aimed to immunize more than 116 million children over the course of the campaign.
28 March 2017, Islamabad—There have been an increasing number of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) initiatives in Pakistan since the 2005 earthquake. Actors adopted various approaches that all yielded different results, depending on the tools and methodologies used. Many of the approaches emphasize particular types of vulnerable groups, e.g., women, and specific geographical areas i.e. rural areas over urban areas.
Description of the disaster
Continuous heavy rains and snowfalls broken the record of many years in Balochistan province, and caused widespread flooding across 3 districts of Balochistan from 17th to 22nd January 2017. Government declared the emergency in 3 most affected districts and call for assistance for 60,000 families that were affected by onset of disaster situation in Balochistan. Government has also requested PRCS to support affected population.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HABIB KHAN GHORI
**KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday demanded of the federal government that the management of water distribution from the Mangla and Tarbela dams be given to Sindh and Balochistan on a rotational basis since the Water and Power Development Authority was not reliable as far as fair distribution of irrigation water was concerned.""
Speaking at a press conference, the CM said that the shortage of water would hit the province badly since early sowing took place in Sindh because of the weather conditions.
During 2017, the government has taken key policy decisions regarding registering the undocumented Afghans and institutionalizing measures to support Afghan refugees, IOM Pakistan is supporting the government through participation in the Provincial Taskforce on Documenting the Unregistered Afghan Nationals.