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25 Nov 2014 description

Ikram Junaidi

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.

25 Nov 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

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.

24 Nov 2014 description
report iMMAP

Update includes the following:

Sindh Updates

Drought Update

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

Nationwide Update

FDMA Updates

FATA TDPs Statistics as of 19-11-2014

24 Nov 2014 description

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).

24 Nov 2014 description

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.

24 Nov 2014 description

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.

23 Nov 2014 description

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.

21 Nov 2014 description

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.

21 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

According to the report of NDMA dated 15th Oct, 2014, Monsoon rains had affected 2.53 million caused 367 deaths and 673 people got injured in AJK, Punjab,KP and GB.

Initially PRCS has catered the emergency needs of the people through provision of 4500 x Food packs of 22 kg in different districts of Punjab alongwith provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) (comprising of emergency shelter & essential household items) to 3370 x families .

21 Nov 2014 description

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: After being closed to vaccinators for nearly two years, a door-to-door polio immunisation campaign will be launched in the restive South Waziristan agency from Nov 24, sources told Dawn on Thursday, just as the agency reported yet another polio case

Local jirgas, tribal elders, the local political administration and other government departments have been taken on board to ensure that the teams are provided complete security, while the army will also helping the workers.

21 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for Pakistan was set up to support the rehabilitation effort in the aftermath of the insurgency and security crisis that displaced an estimated 2 million people.

  • The Economic Revitalization of KP and FATA (ERKF) Project has disbursed grants to 887 crisis affected small and medium enterprises (SMEs) above the project target of 850;

  • The ERKF follows a well-defined selection criteria including number of employees, sound business plan, and successful operational history.

20 Nov 2014 description

KABUL, Afghanistan, November 20 (UNHCR) – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 25 years ago today to protect children like Hasanat, Aisha and Safia.

The three, aged between seven and 13, have all returned to a homeland, Afghanistan, that they had heard much about but never visited. Half of Afghanistan's 5 million returnees since 2002 were born in exile, mostly in Iran or Pakistan, which together still shelter 2.5 million Afghans.

20 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

By: A. Sami Malik

Kasur, Punjab – November 2014: “My biggest pleasure is to see that the mother and child are both healthy after the delivery,” says Shagufta Shahzadi (30) a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) who lives and works in Nandanpura village located in Kasur district, Punjab province of Pakistan.

19 Nov 2014 description

Karachi, Pakistan | AFP | Wednesday 11/19/2014 - 13:31 GMT |

Nearly 300 children have died this year in desert communities in southern Pakistan, officials said Wednesday, as poor monsoon rains and livestock diseases have combined to worsen malnutrition.

The Thar desert, straddling the Indian border and one of Pakistan's poorest areas, has seen an alarming number of children suffering pneumonia or diarrhoea due to a dangerous mix of drought, poverty and poor health infrastructure.

18 Nov 2014 description

Salma Malik Assistant professor, Defence and Strategic Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University

The newly-elected President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, while addressing a joint press conference at the end of his two-day visit to Pakistan, said “We must overcome the past…we will not permit the past to destroy the future.” It was indeed a very optimistic and pragmatic message for interested and watchful audiences not only in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but for all those keenly monitoring the transition Kabul is undergoing.