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24 Jun 2016 description

QUETTA: The role of religious scholars in building a welfare state is huge, and it’s utterly important for them to create awareness to protect children from fatal diseases, worst among them, polio.

These observations were made during a meeting of the Polio Emergency Centre, Quetta.

Exhorting religious scholars to support vaccination programmes for children against fatal diseases, participants said that they needed to guide the public about the urgency of vaccination.

23 Jun 2016 description
report IRIN

By Aamir Saeed

Sardar Gul has been forced to cut his earnings by more than half.

Daily scrutiny by police cracking down on Afghan refugees in Pakistan turned his three-kilometre commute to a construction site into a two-hour ordeal. It became untenable. So, instead of braving checkpoints and spot checks at work, Gul traded in his shovel for an awl.

23 Jun 2016 description

Pakistan wants to repatriate some of the almost 1.6 million refugees living in the country. UNHCR has set aside funds for 60,000 returnees.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 23 (UNHCR) - Families sat quietly. Small children explored among the chairs. These people were going back, some after decades. And they were going back for good.

They were Afghan refugees and this was the Voluntary Repatriation Centre of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in Peshawar.

23 Jun 2016 description

KARACHI: With a cloudburst predicted to be around the corner, the provincial government has ordered relevant officials to reactivate flood relief control rooms and relief centres across Sindh as a precautionary measure to face the potential threat of flooding in Sindh’s urban and rural districts, it emerged on Wednesday.

23 Jun 2016 description

In the period from the 10 to 16 June 1,130 families have returned to North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Returns are slow due to Ramadan and will likely remain slow for the coming month.

23 Jun 2016 description

Islamabad, Pakistan | AFP | Thursday 6/23/2016 - 05:15 GMT

Pakistan, home for decades to millions of Afghan refugees, called for the support of the international community as it warned that without help, the flow of those fleeing Afghanistan's decades-long war to Europe could increase.

After the Soviet invasion in 1979, "five million Afghan refugees came to Pakistan," then with the support of the international community, said minister for border areas Abdul Qadir Baloch at a meeting devoted to Afghan refugees in the capital Islamabad Wednesday.

22 Jun 2016 description


One new case of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) was reported in the past week in Shigal Wa Sheltan district of Kunar with onset of paralysis on 29 May. The total number of WPV1 cases for 2016 is now six compared to three at this time last year.

No WPV1 environmental positive samples have been reported in 2016. The most recent environmental positive samples were collected on 27 December 2015 - one in Jalalabad in Nangarhar province and the second in the city of Kabul.

22 Jun 2016 description

The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) through support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to strengthen responses with focus on women and issues faced by them during and post disasters.

Pakistan has been home to disasters, which have devastating consequences, including widening of the ‘gender’ gaps between women and men.

21 Jun 2016 description
report Alhasan Systems
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Highlights - NDMA attains capacity to support 300,000 disaster prone people.
- May 2016: Recorded as hottest May in modern history.
- Climate change melting 5,000 glaciers rapidly, drastic impact expected.
- Ahsan urges for installation of modern flood warning system.
- Pakistan, Afghanistan agree for effective border management mechanism to counter terrorism.
- New computer algorithm can help predict next terror attack.
- Additional Pakistan army units are ready to join UN missions.

21 Jun 2016 description

Pakistan's Vision 2025 reaffirms the need to make economic growth inclusive and sustainable in order to eradicate poverty. It also recognises that poverty is multidimensional, encompassing not only monetary deprivation but also the inaccessibility of healthcare, education and other amenities for all communities across the country.

21 Jun 2016 description
map Alhasan Systems

222 children die after outbreak of disease in drought-hit Thar More than ailing children, meanwhile, have been admitted to different hospitals in the drought-hit Thar district Hospitals are facing a shortage of doctors. Only 298 doctors are available, which includes child specialists and female doctors. Meanwhile, over 215 dispensaries remain non-functional in Thar's remote villages

20 Jun 2016 description

By Hasan Mansoor

KARACHI: The Sindh health ministry has planned a ‘case response campaign’ starting on Monday (today) in eight districts of the province which have either produced polio cases or deemed potential sanctuary for the crippling disease, officials said on Sunday.

The officials in the emergency operations centre (EOC) for polio in Sindh stated that it was conducting a case response campaign in Shikarpur, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Larkana and Qambar districts on Monday.

19 Jun 2016 description

KARACHI: As the Sindh health ministry continues to delay the much-awaited vaccination campaign against measles, the number of children afflicted with this vaccine preventable disease are on the rise; with Karachi being the major recipient of the menace, it emerged on Saturday.

Although, there are no official figures unveiled by health officials, sources privy to the vaccination programme said at least 30 children had died of it so far this year with more than a dozen belonged to Karachi.

19 Jun 2016 description

PESHAWAR: Internally displaced persons belonging to different localities of Khyber Agency have refused to go back to their homes unless the government provides them basic facilities.

They have been sitting at a protest camp along the Sher Shah Suri Road for past 34 days in favour of their demands.

19 Jun 2016 description

GHALANAI: A landmine went off in Baizai tehsil here on Saturday, injuring three young boys, security sources said.

The landmine was planted by unknown persons at a place used by the people for taking rest underneath trees in Atmar Khel area.

Security sources identified the victims as Arif Khan, 18, Noor Ullah, 10, and his brother Abdullah, 11, who were playing when the blast struck. The injured were shifted to a Peshawar hospital for treatment. One of the injured was stated to be in critical condition.

19 Jun 2016 description

LAKKI MARWAT: The power loadshedding-hit people of Lakki have refused to let their children immunised against the crippling polio disease.

The revelation came up at a meeting held at the district headquarters complex, Tajazai, on Saturday chaired by deputy commissioner Mohammad Bakhtiar Khan.

18 Jun 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

After nearly 1,300 people died in extreme heat last year, the city is stepping up preparations for this summer

By Aamir Saeed

ISLAMABAD, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last summer, temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius led to more than a thousand heat-related deaths in Karachi. This year, as it prepares for the peak of summer heat, the city has opened 179 heatstroke centres to try to hold down the death toll.

17 Jun 2016 description

MITHI: Seven children died from diseases caused by malnutrition at Mithi civil hospital and Islamkot in the drought-hit Thar over the past two days, raising the death toll, according to official figures, to 222 this year.

Thar DHO Dr Chandar Lal told Dawn on Thursday that most of the patients were newborns and underweight. So far, 51,680 kids were given medicines and 5,348 were admitted to six healthcare facilities of the district, he said.