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18 Oct 2017 description

by Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio | @saleemzeal| Thomson Reuters Foundation

A new plan aims to take a hard look at two big problems: Uncollected trash clogging sewers and construction on drainage systems

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late August, a month's worth of rain fell on Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi in two days, leaving residents wading through waist-deep water, amid stalled vehicles and the bodies of dead animals floating through the streets.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Rotary

EVANSTON, Ill. (Oct. 17, 2017) — With just 11 confirmed polio cases so far in 2017, the world is on the brink of eradicating polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

To recognize this historic progress, Rotary clubs worldwide will host events in conjunction with Rotary International’s fifth annual World Polio Day celebration on Oct. 24.

17 Oct 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue of the ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) covers the period 8-14 October 2017 and includes updates on Legionnaires' disease, influenza, rubella, measles, West Nile fever, chikungunya, cholera and plague.

17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

16 Oct 2017 description

Countrywide Conflict Displacement

As of 15 October, a total of 286,918 people were displaced due to conflict in Afghanistan. This is up by more than 20,000 people compared to the previous week. The provinces sheltering the highest numbers of IDPs are Nangarhar (34,872), Kunduz (28,427), Badghis (24,625) and Baghlan (18,788).

16 Oct 2017 description
report Frontier Post

F.P Report

PESHAWAR: About 415 patients have been tested positive for dengue in the 41 dengue screening health camps organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Society Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar and adjacent districts.

However in a total of 4230 outpatient department (OPD), 2212 patients were examined in which 415 among them were tested positive for dengue, said PRCS KP Health Manager, Dr Babar Jadoon while talking to media on Sunday.

16 Oct 2017 description

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food supply and prices in countries at risk of food insecurity. The Regional Supply and Market Outlook report provides a summary of regional staple food availability, surpluses and deficits during the current marketing year, projected price behavior, implications for local and regional commodity procurement, and essential market monitoring indicators.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Frontier Post

F.P. Report

GHALANAI: At least 2,400 patients among them 879 females have been examined in free medical camps organized in parts of Mohmand Agency to facilitate and provide free medicines to tribesmen.

During these camps, deserving and vulnerable communities of tribal agency were beneficiaries of 10 days long medical camp and it was organized by Pakistan Red Crescent FATA Branch. Political administration provided full proof security to medical staff.

15 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States are set to resume four-way discussions Monday in Oman in a renewed bid to seek a politically negotiated settlement to the Afghan war.

The meeting of the so-called Quadrilateral Cooperation Group, or QCG, in the Gulf state is taking place after a gap of 16 months. Senior foreign ministry officials from the four nations will lead their respective delegations at the talks.

13 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Following a series of attacks leaving seven staff members of ICRC dead, the organization reduces its footprint in Afghanistan after three decades of continuous presence.

  • Displacement in Afghanistan surpasses a quarter of a million people from January to September.

  • Polio vaccinators were unable to reach more than 130,000 girls and boys due to conflict and lack of humanitarian access.

13 Oct 2017 description

SUDDEN ONSET DISASTERS TO MAKE 14 MILLION PEOPLE HOMELESS EVERY YEAR

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

13 Oct 2017 description

ISLAMABAD: The Indus River System Authority (Irsa) on Thursday expressed fears of unusually acute water shortage during the current Rabi season and asked the provincial governments to make contingent plans for wheat sowing to avoid major losses to upcoming crops.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Oxfam

Authors Pearl-Martinez, Rebecca Publication date 13 Oct 2017 DOI 10.21201/2017.0889 ISBN 978-1-78748-088-9

SUMMARY

13 Oct 2017 description

13 October 2017 – Research findings released today on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk.

An unique modelling exercise based on the latest data covering 204 countries and territories calculates that sudden onset disasters such as floods and cyclones, are displacing on average 13.9 million people each year, excluding those involved in pre-emptive evacuations.

13 Oct 2017 description

13 octobre 2017 – Les résultats d’une nouvelle étude publiés à l’occasion de La journée internationale pour la prévention des catastrophes prévoient une augmentation continue du nombre de déplacés parmi les populations des pays les plus vulnérables aux aléas naturels, à moins que des progrès importants ne soient réalisés en faveur d’une meilleure gestion des risques.

12 Oct 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Regressive Step by Parliament on International Day of the Girl

12 Oct 2017 description

Current Major Event

Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network in WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

The WHO's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) has progressed towards establishing an Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN). The main purpose of the network is to enhance laboratory diagnostic capacity of Regional laboratories and to timely respond to health emergencies in the Region.

12 Oct 2017 description

INTRODUCTION

This report is a comprehensive presentation of all data on migration gathered through IOM’s DTM programme for July-August.