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Volume 93 Number 884 December 2011
EDITORIAL: THE FUTURE OF HUMANITARIAN ACTION
In some conflict-affected countries, education itself can become a target of attack for a variety of ideological, political, religious, ethnic, and economic reasons in the context of the larger conflict. Attacks on students, education personnel, and education institutions put the lives of civilians, including children, at risk and may violate international humanitarian and human rights law, including undermining the right to education.
“Walking the talk”
It is often only in retrospect that we see the success of interventions. This is true for Dalit movements and organisations struggling at the local or national level as well as for joint efforts of Dalit human rights defenders at the international level.
Deprived of love and laughter, children globally are afflicted by war, violence, disease, exploitation, neglect and other devastating circumstances. Progress has been made in strengthening their families of origin and preventing child abandonment, but much remains to be done.
1. Introduction 1.1 A background to PHF
1.1.1 PHF 2003 – November 2010
Pakistan's vulnerability to natural and human induced disasters is characterized by earthquakes, floods, droughts, cyclones, landslides, sea hazards and a range of complex emergencies. The response to the earthquake of 2005 signified the importance of a national platform to manage and coordinate the response efforts to deal with the risk of disasters in a synchronized manner.
The Education ERWG has reached 97 percent out of 1.3 million target beneficiaries including 485,479 girls and women and 809,509 boys and men to access safe learning environment across Pakistan. The Early Recovery 2010 Flood officially ended by 31st December 2011 as per NDMA decision. Final meeting of early recovery held in provinces chaired by PDMAs to review the progress and left over residual gap. Followings are highlights of the achievement in severely and moderately affected districts across the country.
By Raheela Chaudhry
BENAZIRABAD DISTRICT, Pakistan – 29 December 2011 – In the Quaid-e-Awam relief camp, 11-year-old Tariq Ali’s eyes are rimmed with shadows.
When monsoon flooding struck Sindh Province earlier this year, Tariq was one of the 2.4 million children affected. Now, as families begin to return to their devastated homes, Tariq faces even greater challenges than most.
KARACHI, 26 December 2011 (IRIN) - In certain cafés close to medical colleges in Pakistan, and of course within the institutions themselves, students studying gynaecology speak of some unexpected sights they have seen.
"Recently, we examined a woman who complained of pain in her genital region. We were shocked to see when we examined her that she had suffered some mutilation of her private parts. I have read about these practices but I didn't know they took place here," Zeba Khan, a 4th year medical student, told IRIN.
Epidemiological week no. 50 (9 to 15 December, 2011)
• 82 districts and 2 agencies provided surveillance data to the DEWS this week from 2,867 health facilities. Data from mobile teams is reported through sponsoring BHU or RHC.
• A total of 851,621 consultations were reported through DEWS of which 240,211 (28%) were acute respiratory infections (ARI); 68,862 (8%) were Skin disease; 61,094 (7%) were acute diarrhoea; and 51,982 (6%) were suspected malaria.
Deaths - 520 (497 in Sindh & 23 in Balochistan)
Injured - 1180 (753 in Sindh & 427 in Balochistan)
Area Affected - 6,752,494 (6,663,899 Sindh & 88,595 in Balochistan)
Total Population Affected - 9.619 Million (9.27 in Sindh & 0.349 in Balochistan)
Houses Damaged - 1,164,406 (1,156,807 in Sindh & 7,599 in Balochistan 6. Cropped Areas Lost - 2.18 Million Acres(Sindh)
Cattle Head Perished - 116,529 (Nos)Sindh 8. Present Number of Relief Camps - 20 (Sindh)
Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.
TUESDAY DECEMBER 20, 2011
Peter Giugni will be setting up the ICRC's first regional office in Afghanistan's volatile Khost province. A world away from the turkey and tinsel of an Antipodean Christmas, Australian Red Cross aid workers will be helping out across the globe in disaster, conflict and development zones this festive season.
The current floods in Cambodia, which have affected more than 50,000 families and destroyed 20,000 hectares of crops, or even tropical storm 12-E in Nicaragua, which has caused floods, landslides, considerable destruction of housing, social and economic infrastructure and massive population displacements, are two recent examples of little known humanitarian emergencies. Such crises have not mobilized much, but ACTED still intends to deliver a response.
Press Release No:2012/229/SAR
Washington, December 22, 2011 – The World Bank Group (WBG) will continue to support Pakistan’s poverty reduction and development agenda with an expected assistance of up to $5.5 billion over the FY 12-14, according to the World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy Progress Report (CPSPR) released here on Thursday.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Record wheat crop, good paddy and maize crops gathered in 2011
Prices of wheat and wheat flour increased in the recent months and that of rice have been rising since the beginning of this year
Food security remains a major challenge for the flood-affected population
Bumper cereal harvest estimated despite floods in parts of the country in 2011
24 Dec 2011 06:17
ISLAMABAD, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 0610 GMT on Saturday.
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BANNU - A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a paramilitary building in the northwestern Bannu district early on Saturday, killing nine people, including five soldiers, and wounding 13, police officials said.
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23 December 2011
This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 31 December 2011.
23 Dec 2011 13:42
ISLAMABAD, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Following are security developments in Pakistan at 1340 GMT on Friday.
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ORAKZAI - Pakistani fighter jets bombed three militant hideouts in the northwestern Orakzai tribal region, killing 10 militants and wounding another 12, security officials said.
TANK - Militants attacked a paramilitary base in the early hours of Friday in the Mulazai area of the northwestern Tank district, killing a soldier and wounding two, security officials said.
1. Who are we?
The 37 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Asia Pacific work to help the most vulnerable groups in their respective countries who are most affected by disasters and socio-economic and health crises. With their widespread network of grassroots members and volunteers, they seek to address the needs of the most vulnerable people in disaster and non-disaster situations.