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17 Nov 2017 description

Polio this week as of 15 November 2017

  • New on polioeradication.org: Polio infrastructure helping to stop malaria in Nigeria, and Innovations in reverse cold-chain building resilience for disease surveillance in Sudan.

  • Underlining their commitment to a polio-free world for all future generations, Italy has provided €4.5 million to deliver polio vaccines in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

17 Nov 2017 description

During the reporting period, 387 Undocumented Afghan individuals returned to Afghanistan through the Torkham border crossing whilst 435 individuals used the Chaman/Spin Boldak border crossing, bringing the total number of returns this week to 822 (151 families). Even though there is an approximate 5% decrease in the total number of returns compared to last week, returns through the Torkham border decreased by 4%.

16 Nov 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Heather Barr
Senior Researcher, Women's Rights Division

“My sister finished the first year at school, but then she got tired and decided to leave. She walked four hours each way every day, so that made her tired,” Sabina, 12, who grew up in rural Balkh province, said. Sabina was able to study starting at age 10 after her family moved to the city of Mazar-i Sharif. Her sister, after leaving school, married at age 15 or 16.

16 Nov 2017 description


Between 1 January and 31 October 2017, 111,397 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 30% decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (159,427).
Disembarkations slowed as of mid-July 2017, with monthly arrival numbers being significantly lower since, compared to 2016. In October 2017, 5,979 persons reached Italy by sea, compared to 27,384 registered at landing points in October 2016.

16 Nov 2017 description

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemns today’s attack in Kabul’s Aspa Square that killed at least nine civilians, including one child, and injured at least 16 others.

Preliminary findings indicate that in the Labe Jar Area of Aspa Square, a suicide attacker detonated a body-borne improvised explosive device where a large gathering of Jamiat party members had taken place and when attendees were leaving the conference hall.

Islamic State–Khorasan Province claimed responsibility for the attack.

16 Nov 2017 description

Repatriation of registered Afghan refugees was 22% less compared to 678 refugees that repatriated between 29 October and 4 November 2017. The return of undocumented Afghans also decreased, by 13%, compared to last week’s figure of 968 individuals.

Some 86% (724 individuals) of the undocumented returnees were provided with needs-based assistance while 98% (521 individuals) of the registered Afghan refugee returnees were provided with cash assistance.

16 Nov 2017 description

Response: WASH Cluster Coordinator, Ramesh Bhusal having fun time in Barik-Ab, Kabul with local children. This returnee’s settlement received emergency WASH support from UNICEF through DACAAR where a solar pumping system with eight water points were installed to cover the need of 138 families. The project initially provided water by trucking for 30 days followed by a durable solutions to meet the longer term needs of returnee families who decided to settle in the area for good.

16 Nov 2017 description


  • Humanitarians and the Government plan to help 78,000 families to get through winter warmly.

  • Civilian casualties recorded in the first nine months of the year remain close to record levels.

  • Biosand filters provide clean drinking water to families in Lashkargah.

  • More than 160 humanitarian partners ensure good coverage and capacities across the country.

  • Eradication of Polio in Afghanistan has never been so close, but much work remains to be done.

16 Nov 2017 description

Arrivées par la mer

138,800 1er-3ème Tr. 2017
303,838 1er-3ème Tr. 2016

361,709 en 2016
1,015,078 en 2015

Morts et portés disparus

2,666 1er-3ème Tr. 2017
3,543 1er-3ème Tr. 2016

5,096 en 2016
3,771 en 2015

16 Nov 2017 description

Sea Arrivals

138,800 in Q1-Q3 2017
303,838 in Q1-Q3 2016

361,709 in 2016
1,015,078 in 2015

Dead and Missing

2,666 in Q1-Q3 2017
3,543 in Q1-Q3 2016

5,096 in 2016
3,771 in 2015

16 Nov 2017 description

With families on the move posing one of the biggest challenges to eradication in Pakistan, an innovative campaign is vaccinating children on trains.

Dressed in a blue uniform, carrying a vaccine carrier on his shoulder, Imran Khan is a polio vaccinator working at Karachi Cantonment Railway station. “I make sure no child under five travelling by train is missed during the immunization campaign,” he says. Apart from vaccinating children, Imran also sensitizes their parents on the importance of vaccination and threats posed by the crippling disease.

16 Nov 2017 description
report World Bank

With an average annual population growth rate of 3 percent and an estimated 400,000 individuals entering the labor market each year, Afghanistan needs much higher growth rate to improve per capita incomes and to provide quality employment opportunities for the expanding workforce.

16 Nov 2017 description
report The Asia Foundation

The 2017 Survey of the Afghan People polled 10,012 Afghan respondents from 16 ethnic groups across all 34 provinces, including insecure and physically challenging environments. The annual survey is the longest-running and broadest nationwide survey of Afghan attitudes and opinions. Since 2004, the Survey has gathered the opinions of more than 97,000 Afghan men and women, providing a unique longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, media, women’s issues, and migration.